Hey guys! I’m glad you enjoyed seeing my day of eats. While I’d love to make it a regular installment, it’s unlikely merely because my eats stay pretty much the same i.e. I go through a phase of really liking a certain meal or combination and then it sticks a while…or at least until boredom kicks in. Of course there are a few combinations which I can eat tirelessly. Example of such? Peanut butter & chocolate…and unless you have nut allergies, chances are you agree with me ;). As much as I love Lindt & all that other fancy schmancy chocolate, I still have a soft spot for Reese’s–> cups, pieces, spread form….I’ll take it all. And that is just how one of my latest breakfasts came to be: Peanut Butter Cup Protein Smoothie.
As I prefer not to start my day on a sugary note, chowing down on a few Reese’s cups probably wouldn’t be ideal. As for still getting in my fix of peanut butter & chocolate? Now that’s what you call hitting the spot! Unfortunately smoothies tend to get a bad rep for being “high in sugar”, “a waste of calories” and/or “not filling”. While that can certainly be the case, I beg to differ with this smoothie. Given the use of raw oats (complex carbs), natural peanut butter (healthy fats), protein powder (lean protein), unsweetened cocoa powder (flavonoids) & unsweetened almond milk (calcium)* , it contains a good balance of nutrients…and I’m willing to put my money on it keeping you full for a fair few hours. And aside from tasting like a cup of dessert for breakfast, it’s also suitable for various dietary requirements including vegan, gluten-free**, plant-based…you are welcome :). And if peanut butter isn’t an option, almond butter tastes equally delicious.
Before I share the recipe for this Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie, I just wanted to clarify about xanthan gum as a few friends have been messaging me about it. Despite its weird name, xanthan gum is nothing more than a tasteless, plant-based fiber that acts as a thickener and emulsifier. If you prefer your smoothies on the thicker & creamier side, I’d highly recommend getting your hands on a bag- even half a teaspoon is enough to do the trick. Just look at that consistency:
Now for that recipe:
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
- 1 ½ teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons raw oats
- ½ teaspoon xanthan gum - optional
- Add all ingredients to a blender & whizz until smooth.
- i) I use Sunwarrior Warrior Blend protein powder
- ii) For a more intense flavor, increase peanut butter amount
**To ensure it’s gluten-free, use oats which are certified as ‘gluten-free’
Finish this sentence: Chocolate pairs best with ______________.