This makes a thick, creamy chocolate smoothie that tastes like a milk shake. I add flax seed meal for a nutritional boost. We think this is plenty sweet, but you may add a little Stevia if you think you need it.
But how healthy are these ingredients?
Almond milk is low in calories but high in vitamins and calcium. [Source: Nutritional Benefits of Almond Milk http://www.livestrong.com]
Cocoa powder contains flavonoids linked to decreased blood pressure, improved blood vessel health, and improvement in cholesterol levels. Dark cocoa is best.
Bananas are high in potassium and fat and cholesterol free and a good source of energy due to being high in carbohydrates.
Flaxseed meal is a good source of Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids, Lignans and Fiber. [Source: Web MD http://www.webmd.com]
Natural peanut butter is a very good source of monounsaturated fats, the type of fat emphasized for heart health and is a good source of vitamin E, niacin, folate, protein and manganese. In addition, peanuts provide resveratrol, I am talking about peanut butter made from only ground peanuts with no added oils and sugars. [Source: The World’s Healthiest Foods www.whfoods.com]
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 banana
- 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 Tablespoons flax seed meal
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 packet Stevia sweetener (optional)
- 2 Tablespoons peanut butter (optional)
- Ice cubes as needed
- 1. Combine milk and banana in blender container. Blend until smooth.
- 2. Add remaining ingredients and continue blending until smooth.
- 3. Add ice cubes one at a time until the smoothie reaches your desired thickness.
If you use frozen bananas you will need less ice. We like ours really thick (like ice cream) so I use frozen bananas and lots of ice. Makes two large servings.
This recipe is part of a summer series on smoothies. Enter “smoothies” in the search box at the top of the right column to find the others.
Rogene Robbins is the author of Frozen Fun: 25 Dairy and Dairy Free Ice Cream Recipes available in the Amazon.com Kindle Store
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Thanks! It is. We had one last night. 🙂
This looks delicious! I’d love it if you’d be interested in sharing this with August’s edition of Naturally Sweet Recipe Roundup. Thanks for considering! 🙂 ~Aubree
Thank you Aubree. I’ll go do that now. I so appreciate you stopping by and will keep an eye on your blog. It’s really hard to find others that eat gluten free, dairy free and sugar free or reduced sugar.
Nice recipe.. I’ll look forward to hearing more.. thanks
Thank you for stopping by! This recipe is part of a summer series on smoothies. Enter “smoothies” in the search box at the top of the right column to find the others.
LOVE the addition of the flax seed- I always throw it in my smoothie when I need a boost 🙂
Me too! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.
I love when I already have all the ingredients to a recipe sitting right at home with me! Can’t wait to try making this! :] Thanks so much for sharing your recipe on Foodie Friday!
I love that too. Doesn’t happen very often for me. Thank you Farrah.