Dairy Free Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Shake

So I’ve always been a vanilla>chocolate person. Doesn’t matter if it’s ice cream or shakes. But recently I’ve been just craving chocolate. Honestly, I don’t know what switched in me, but it’s been sounding sooo good. Which is super unfortunate for me, because I’ve been trying to eat healthy. 

But boy do I have good news for you!! I’ve started making a super yummy and healthy pb choc smoothie shake lately and it helps satisfy my cravings in an instant. Now, I’m not saying this is super healthy or anything, but compared to a regular shake it definitely has way more nutritional benefits. 

What You Need:

  • Blender – I live for my Magic Bullet. It’s super easy to clean and I love that it helps with portioning out how much I’m making. Plus it’s fairly inexpensive so if you’re balling on a budget but want a nice quality one I highly recommend. We’ve had ours for years.
  • 3-5 Ice Cubes
  • ½ Cup of Water – Include less if you like your shakes/smoothies thick. I still recommend putting some in so it blends nicer.
  • 1 Banana
  • 1½ Tbsp. of 100% Pure Cocoa – I’ve been using a natural, unsweetened one.
  • 2 Tbsp. of Peanut Butter – I use some pretty generous servings already, but if you like the taste of peanut butter then feel free to add more. I’ve been using a natural “no stir” one.
  • 1 Tbsp. of Raw Honey – This is what makes it sweet!! High key recommend checking out a farmers market or local grocer. 

Optional Ingredients:

  • Chia Seeds – I’ve been adding these to so many of my meals lately. They are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fiber, iron, and calcium. They also make me feel more full and prevent me from snacking. They don’t have a taste (to me atleast) so you don’t need to worry about them hindering your chocolate taste.
  • Maca Powder – I just started using this in some shakes and smoothies and I’m still on the fence about it. I feel like it has a stronger taste because it is derived from a root, so I opt to put it in a chocolate shake rather than fruit smoothie bowl. I’m incorporating it, because it’s said to improve energy, mood, memory, and balance hormone levels. It’s also high in antioxidants, vitamin C, copper, and iron. I only add about ½ a teaspoon.
  • Chocolate Protein Powder – I personally don’t add this, but if you’re looking to add some protein powder you absolutely could. I’ve heard that Tropeaka has some good ones. But I’m sure you can find one that suits you at your local supermarket. 

So I feel like this is pretty self explanatory, but add all of your ingredients, blend it together, and enjoy!! Feel free to tweak the recipe around a little to get it to your liking. It’s a great way to get your chocolate fix, while not consuming a bunch of random ingredients and additives. Enjoy!

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