Looking for a healthier peanut butter smoothie? Try my scrumptious Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Recipe w/Avocado. I’ve been perfecting it for the last few weeks and inhaling it daily for breakfast.
This smoothie tastes more like a shake – creamy, chocolaty and peanut buttery. And packed with 25 grams of protein and no added sugar. You can’t really taste the avocado, but it makes for an extra creamy smoothie and adds healthy fats and fiber. (Plus Tom Brady practically subsists on avocados – so there’s that.) And the whole shebang comes in at about 300 calories…. BIG SCORE!
I like telling tales here. If you’re not in the mood, scroll down for the recipe. If you are, hop on down my Hobbit trail with me…
As you know, we’ve been remodeling our kitchen for the last few months. Thrilled to be nearly finished, and just a few minor details left.
Each Monday morning for weeks during the remodel, Jon and I loaded up the back of the suburban and made the trek across town to the local dump, getting rid of various boxing, styrofoam, packaging and whatever other building waste the contractors produced.
The guy dealing with the public in the little entrance booth at the transfer station might as well have been Gandalf himself. He looks like him. Acts like him. A gruff man of few words is a generous description.
I could tell you various entertaining stories (entertaining in hindsight only!) from our visits, but you get the point. It became an exhausting weekly ritual, dealing with him and distributing the contents of the packed suburban into the various labeled dumpsters he barked out.
After the final less than pleasant visit, where Gandalf had obviously not yet sipped his morning coffee… we headed to the Bridge Street Cafe downtown for breakfast. To decompress…. and celebrate ‘THE. END’.
Jon got a ham, cheddar and spinach omelet and I had the peanut butter power smoothie. I’d never tried one there before but it was excellent and tasted just like a thick peanut butter shake with chocolate overtones.
I go way back with peanut butter and chocolate. Peanut butter and chocolate ice cream from Baskin Robbins as a kid. And then there were those incredible peanut butter chocolate shakes at the Clock Restaurant in Greenville, SC years later. Alas… a moment on the lips, forever on the hips …
So back to that yummy, healthier peanut butter power smoothie a few weeks ago. I asked for the ingredient list, and she mentioned almond milk, peanut butter, ice, cocoa and espresso. Healthy! So of course I had to come home and try to replicate it myself.
It was pretty easy to do, except for the creamy part… and that’s where the ripe avocado comes in.
I initially used organic natural peanut butter. It tasted great but was too many calories to use regularly, so I switched to a peanut butter powder (PB Fit) I found at Walmart in the protein powder aisle. (Using the peanut butter powder instead of the peanut butter cut out 150 calories.)
PB Fit has 90% less fat and 1/3 the calories of regular peanut butter. But still all that great peanut butter flavor we love, making it the perfect addition to smoothies!
Place all the ingredients – unsweetened organic almond milk, chocolate protein powder, peanut butter powder, ice and avocado in your blender or Magic Bullet and blend together until smooth and creamy. (Optional: add stevia and espresso powder for even more flavor.) Serve immediately.
Tips for making Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Recipe w/Avocado:
- Use unsweetened organic almond milk.
- Use ripe avocado.
- To cut calories and fat, use peanut butter powder instead of peanut butter. I used PB Fit peanut butter powder.
- Use good quality chocolate flavored protein powder. (I used 365 Everyday Value Natural Chocolate Flavor whey protein powder from Whole Foods)
- Here’s the calorie/nutrition breakdown if you’re interested:
- 1 cup unsweetened organic almond milk = 30 calories, 1 gram protein, 1 gram carb
- 1/2 avocado cubed = 114 calories – 3.5 grams fiber, 1.5 grams protein, 6 grams carbs
- 2 Tablespoons PB Fit peanut butter powder = 50 calories, 6 grams protein, 4 carbs
- Chocolate Protein powder = 1 scoop – 110 calories, 16 grams protein (365 Everyday Value Natural Chocolate Flavor whey protein powder from Whole Foods), 8 grams carbs
- If using peanut butter instead of the peanut butter powder, it adds a whopping extra 150 calories, because 2 tablespoons organic, unsweetened peanut butter = 200 calories
- 2/3 cup ice = zero calories 🙂
- 2/3 cup crushed ice or ice cubes
- 1 cup unsweetened organic almond milk
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I used 365 Everyday Value Natural Chocolate Flavor whey protein powder from Whole Foods)
- 2 tablespoons (I used PB Fit) Peanut Butter Powder (or 2 tablespoons peanut butter)
- 1/2 ripe avocado, peeled and cubed
- optional: 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
- optional: 1-2 drops stevia
- Place all ingredients in blender or Magic Bullet and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Serve immediately!
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