Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

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Yep.  You read that title correctly.  Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie.  After having made my Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie last week, I was motivated to try the same recipe with switching out the peanut butter for some Chocolate PB2 we had in the cupboard.  It was amazing.  I had this for lunch today along with a handful of pistachios, and about 2/3 of a cucumber dipped in Western dressing.  Veggie, protein, dairy, fruit, and grain. Done.  A good variety of the food groups today along with some added chocolate, BONUS!

To get real for a minute, my 4 year old daughter is not cooperating with the time change yet.  She has been getting up at 4:30 am for 5 days in a row and today she backed it up to 4:08 am!  I have tried to get her to go back to bed, but her normal wake up time before the time change was 5-6 am.  So, to be fair, she is still on her morning schedule pre-time change.  I just haven’t be going to bed extra early myself to compensate for my early mornings.

Last night I was in bed by 10:15 pm, so not late by any means.  Tonight though, I will probably be snuggling in before 9 pm.  I am over caffeinating today and don’t need to repeat it again tomorrow.  So, I my plan is to head off to bed a little earlier tonight.  We shall see if I actually accomplish this little goal of mine today.

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It’s slightly ironic that I always want smoothies on days that I’m dragging.  It’s like my body knows enough to blend the food so that digesting my food doesn’t take so much effort.  As mentioned above, this smoothie has protein, fruit, grain, and milk.  This is a great option for meals-to-go, either blend it in a smoothie cup or pour your smoothie into a to-go cup with a lid.  It is also great for an mid-morning or afternoon snack.  For those of you that workout, it’s great as a post-workout smoothie too as it has protein in the milk and Chocolate PB2.  This is also a great option for vegetarians and vegans looking to sneak in a little extra protein during the day.  The instant oatmeal in this smoothie also help to “bulk” it up a bit and helps to fill you up.

I am a big fan of this version and my original Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie as I always have all the ingredients on hand.  The fun thing about PB2 is that it is a powder, so it’s a lot easier to get into the blender and blended then the regular sticky peanut butter.

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Here’s my little plug for why you should try the PB2 Chocolate Powdered Peanut Butter, here are the ingredients: roasted peanuts, cocoa powder, sugar and salt.  That’s it!  You know what all of those are!  Nothing scary or foreign in the lovely little powder.  In the 3 T. that I’m suggesting you put in the smoothie, there is 7.5 grams of protein.  PB2 also boosts that it has “85% less fat calories than traditional peanut butter. No additives. All natural.”  Lastly, in the 3 T. of Chocolate PB2 there is only 68 calories.  Are you sold yet?  It’s scrumptious, I promise!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:
1 banana
3 T. PB2 Chocolate Powdered Peanut Butter
1/4 cup instant oatmeal
1 cup vanilla almond milk (or other milk of your choice)
8-10 ice cubes

Directions:
Place banana, Chocolate PB2, oatmeal, and milk in blender.  Blend until smooth.  Add ice and blend until all the ice is crushed and well blended into the smoothie.

(If you’re wanting to be a little fancy, add the chocolate syrup drizzle to the inside of your glass before pouring your smoothie in.  Not necessary, but fun and makes it look like it came from a coffee shop.)

ENJOY!

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I’d love to hear your feedback on this smoothie or any recipes that you already use with PB2 or Chocolate PB2.

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