Peanut Butter Cup Protein Smoothie

by Khushboo on January 29, 2015

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.

PB Cup 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. 

PB Cup Smoothie (UP)

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:

PB Cup Smoothie Spoon

 Now for that recipe:

Peanut Butter Cup Protein Smoothie
Serves 1
This is a delicious way to get your chocolate & peanut butter fix first thing in the morning
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Total Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  2. 1 frozen banana
  3. 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  4. 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
  5. 1 ½ teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  6. 2 tablespoons raw oats
  7. ½ teaspoon xanthan gum - optional
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender & whizz until smooth.
Notes
  1. i) I use Sunwarrior Warrior Blend protein powder
  2. ii) For a more intense flavor, increase peanut butter amount
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*I use Silk almond milk which has 50% more calcium that dairy milk

**To ensure it’s gluten-free, use oats which are certified as ‘gluten-free’

Finish this sentence: Chocolate pairs best with ______________.

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Letizia@thefitlabel January 29, 2015 at 3:57 pm

This smoothie looks delicious! Reese’s cups are my favorite candy and I love the combo of chocolate and peanut butter. It’s unbeatable 🙂

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Khushboo January 30, 2015 at 2:31 pm

You and me both, Letizia ;)!

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Arman @ thebigmansworld January 29, 2015 at 4:05 pm

YES. Peanut butter cups.

No joke, i was having a conversation with Amanda about Xantham gum. It makes a mess but thickens like a mofo!

Chocolate and my lips.

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Khushboo January 30, 2015 at 2:32 pm

Now THAT’S the perfect chocolate pairing ;)!

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Jen @ Bagels to Broccoli January 29, 2015 at 6:47 pm

Aaaaand I’ll be making this ASAP!

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Khushboo January 30, 2015 at 2:32 pm

Let me know what you think 🙂

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Tara @ Sweat like a Pig January 29, 2015 at 7:39 pm

OMG this looks amazing! Please make it for me next time you’re in London 😉

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Khushboo January 30, 2015 at 2:32 pm

Only if you bring me the real deal 😉

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Parita @ myinnershakti January 29, 2015 at 7:59 pm

Chocolate pairs best with…PEANUT BUTTER! Everyone knows that!! 🙂

Also, I make a very similar smoothie in the mornings, but use chia instead of oats and also a little bit of instant coffee.

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Khushboo January 30, 2015 at 2:33 pm

YUM- love adding instant coffee to my smoothies…almost like an iced mocha!

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Shashi at RunninSrilankan January 29, 2015 at 8:00 pm

That smoothie is indeed oh so wonderfully thick!
Peanut butter & chocolate is a marriage made in heaven indeed – divorce not an option! Now I have a hankering for a Reeses Cup!

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Khushboo January 30, 2015 at 2:33 pm

Haha having a hankering for Reeses is the story of my life ;)!

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Ashley @ A Lady Goes West January 29, 2015 at 10:45 pm

Wine! Bananas! Nuts! Anything! And I’ve heard of xanthum gum but never tried using it before. Thanks for the reminder. Love the sound of this smoothie! 🙂 Oh, and I eat the same things over and over again too:)

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Khushboo January 30, 2015 at 2:34 pm

Ooh chocolate & wine- that’s not a combo I’ve tried…yet!

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Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen January 30, 2015 at 5:07 am

Yum yum! I’ve never bought xanthan gum before because it’s like $15 for a tiny bag here – ridiculous! So I just use less liquid for thicker smoothies lol.

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Khushboo January 30, 2015 at 2:34 pm

Dude that’s SO expensive- I probably wouldn’t buy any either at that price!

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Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health January 30, 2015 at 7:13 am

mint, peanut butter, and more chocolate 😛
i have never used xanthan gum but seen it in many GF recipes too.

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Khushboo January 30, 2015 at 2:35 pm

Have you tried the mint choc chip ice cream at Baskin Robbins- I think you would love it :)!

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Carly January 30, 2015 at 9:19 am

Yum! I’ve never thought about adding xanthan gum in a smoothie, but it definitely makes sense. This bad boy looks super tasty!

Thanks!
http://www.playingforeats.com | Carly

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Khushboo January 30, 2015 at 2:36 pm

I can’t imagine making smoothies without xanthan gum anymore…give it a shot 🙂

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 30, 2015 at 8:28 pm

Chocolate and MY FACE. Well… maybe not my face… but my belly for sure 😉 And you know I’m all over the super thick smoothies (especially when they involve chocolate and nut butter), but I always warn people to be cautious when using xanthan gum because it can cause some serious problems in people who have any sort of gut issues going on. I used to use it regularly back in the day and almost ended up in the hospital because of it 😯

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Khushboo January 31, 2015 at 7:25 pm

Oh woah I’ve read that xanthan gum can cause gut problems but I didn’t realise it could get so bad- do you still use it?

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 31, 2015 at 7:58 pm

Nooooo. That was a couple of years ago and I haven’t touched it since.

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GiGi Eats January 30, 2015 at 11:33 pm

PEANUT BUTTER CUPS are the best invention on the face of the planet…… and YOUUUUUU made them healthy! 😛

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Khushboo January 31, 2015 at 7:25 pm

They are the BEST!

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Pooja February 16, 2015 at 10:54 am

Hi Khushboo, where do get xanthan gum in mumbai?

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Khushboo February 17, 2015 at 10:07 am

I buy mine from London.

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