– vegan – refined sugar free – gluten free – grain free –
Is there any better flavor combination than chocolate, peanut butter and espresso? Try this easy 5-ingredient smoothie to find out.
A high-speed blender
See below for a breakdown of nutritional information and substitutions.
To make this smoothie, you will 5 need ingredients:
- Frozen bananas: one medium banana contains 16% of your daily potassium intake, 33% of your vitamin B6, 18% of your manganese, 14% of your daily vitamin C and 3 grams of fiber. It is a good rule of thumb to use 2 baby bananas in place of 1 standard banana. It is important that the banana is ripe not only for taste, but for quality. The more a banana ripens, the more resistant starches change to simple sugars that are easily digested and more antioxidants are present.
- Non-dairy milk (nut/oat/soy), unsweetened: a great dairy-free alternative to cow’s milk since it has less calories and less sugar. Depending on your milk of choice, dairy-free milk is a great source of calcium and vitamin D. Be sure to buy unsweetened milk for this recipe to prevent added sugars.
- Natural creamy peanut butter: a great way to sweeten your recipe and get some added protein, healthy fats and fiber. However, peanut butter is also high in calories, so it is best to adhere to the recommended serving size if trying to lose weight. Be sure to choose a peanut butter brand that is least processed to prevent added ingredients liked sugar and trans fat. Look for peanut butter that contains only peanuts and maybe salt. Substitutions: any nut/seed butter will work but will change the taste of the smoothie.
- Cacao Powder: a great way to get all the flavor of chocolate without all the sugar that comes along with it. Note that there is a difference between cacao and cocoa powder. It is important to choose a high quality cacao powder, which is richer in magnesium, iron, potassium and calcium. Cocoa powder, although cheaper, typically contains unnecessary fillers and less minerals and antioxidants.
- Espresso: actually has hidden benefits when used in moderation. As most of us know, the caffeine in coffee can give us an energy boost, which makes these balls great for a breakfast-on-the-go or a midday snack. The combination of cacao powder and espresso gives a rich, decadent chocolate flavor in this recipe. Coffee is also loaded with antioxidants that protect against free radical damage and the prevention of heart disease and cancer. However, coffee is still mildly acidic to the body, so best to not over-do it.