I mentioned this drink in yesterday’s post, and it occurred to me that maybe you’d like the recipe. I’ve also been meaning to share some of my favorite tips for making healthy smoothies, so you’ll find those here, as well.

If you’d like to enter the the iHerb giveaway I announced yesterday, comments here will count. See the end of the post for more details.

chocolate peanut butter smoothie

This is a smoothie I make quite a lot, since my husband and son absolutely love it (my daughter feels kind of “meh” about it, but that’s just because she prefers strawberry banana smoothies above all else). I am a big fan of this one, too, though if making it just for me, I usually subsitute almond butter for the peanut butter.

I’ve been adding the Cocoa Cardio I reviewed for iHerb together with raw chocolate powder, to this shake, but you could use regular organic cocoa powder instead if that’s what you have on hand.

This makes a great afternoon snack for kids and it’s also a good way to refuel after a workout. I also sometimes make it for dessert.

To make this and other smoothies super creamy, I always keep chunks of very ripe, peeled bananas in baggies in the freezer. Some other hints for making great smoothies:

  • A high speed blender allows you to add frozen ingredients and ice and blend them with ease, creating creamy drinks that taste great. I have a Blendtec and I love it; I previously owned a Vita-mix, and people rave about that machine, as well. I think you will be happy with either one, and though they are a bit pricey, you will get your money’s worth with these blenders, I promise, especially if you are interested in eating more raw foods (they are almost indispensable for prepping raw foods). I don’t think a day goes by when I don’t use my Blendtec blender.
  • Fruit: 1-2 cups of fruit will make a 1-2 serving smoothie. Good fruits to use include banana, berries, peaches, mango, papaya, and pineapple. You can use fresh or frozen fruit- frozen fruit will make a creamier smoothie. Leafy greens can be added if you want to make a green smoothie.
  • You need some sort of liquid to blend your smoothie. Suggestions include water, yogurt or kefir, (raw) or grass-fed organic milk, coconut milk, almond or other nut milk, or a combination.
  • Some protein is optional, but helpful for balancing blood sugar and achieving a complete meal. Good choices are whey or rice protein powder, raw egg yolks (you should not have to worry about salmonella if you use very fresh, local, free-range eggs, yogurt, kefir, good quality milk, and/or nuts/seeds or nut/seed butter.
  • Optional additions that are tasty and health-enhancing include coconut oil or coconut flour (thickens a smoothie nicely, but don’t use too much unless you want it more like a pudding), raw organic cacao powder or cacao nibs, Maca powder, Goji berry powder, ground flax seeds, local bee pollen, spirulina or other greens powder, and herbs including fresh mint, cinnamon and ginger.
  • Sweetening your smoothie is probably not necessary but a small amount of raw honey, maple syrup, or stevia powder are natural ways to do so.

Recipe for Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Yield: 1 large or 2 smaller servings

Ingredients:

*1 cup milk, preferably raw/organic, or more to taste
*1/4-1/2 cup Greek yogurt- optional
*2 large bananas, preferably fair-trade/organic, previously cut into chunks and frozen
*1-2 tablespoons organic peanut butter (I like Santa Cruz brand) or more to taste
*1 scoop Cocoa Cardio - optional
*1-2 tablespoon raw chocolate powder or organic cocoa powder
*ice cubes or water-optional

Directions:

Blend all ingredients well (I use a high speed Blendtec blender), adding ice or additional water to produce desired consistency.

iHerb is a great company, with a huge selection of products for the health-conscious shopper. If you’re interested in entering my iHerb giveaway, they are sending one of my readers a package of Cocoa Cardio, and they’ll give you a $50 credit toward a shopping spree at the site, as well.

To enter the giveaway, register at iHerb and leave me a comment letting me know that you did.

For a second entry, follow me on twitter and leave me a comment letting me know you did (or let me know that you are already a twitter follower).

For a third entry, like my blog on facebook, then leave me a comment letting me know that you do (again, if you are already a “liker”, just leave a comment telling me so).

This giveaway is open to everyone, and you must register at iHerb in order to be eligible to win. If you are an international winner, you will be responsible for paying any additional customs duties and brokerage fees. The giveaway closes next Monday (8/1/11) at midnight. I’ll select a winner using random.org and again, you’ll get a package of Cocoa Cardio plus a credit toward $50 of iHerb products, plus free shipping, if you win. Good luck!

ps If you don’t win (or if you just can’t wait) and you’ve never shopped with iHerb before, you can use the code GAP735 to get $5 off your first order!

Disclosure: iHerb sent me Cocoa Cardio to review; they also gave me a store credit in exchange for hosting this giveaway. All opinions shared about Cocoa Cardio and iHerb are 100% my own.

 

33 Comments

  1. 1

    LiztheChef — July 28, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

    Wow, if you and your husband both enjoy it, I’m certain I will – may need to upgrade my blender. Thanks!

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    Laurel — July 28, 2011 @ 3:30 pm

    I’m registered at iHerb. Honest!

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    Laurel — July 28, 2011 @ 3:30 pm

    I already like you on FB. That counts. Right? Thanks for the giveaway. iHerb rocks.

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — July 28, 2011 @ 4:12 pm

    this looks fabulous!

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    Kimmy @ Lighter and Local — July 28, 2011 @ 4:27 pm

    Winnie – I absolutely *love* smoothies. Chocolate-PB-banana is an excellent combination. Healthy, but you feel like you’re eating something decadent!

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    Carrie — July 28, 2011 @ 4:43 pm

    I’m registered at iHerb! p.s. I got excited when I saw your smoothie combo…I’ve been doing the same with almond butter…can’t get enough! Onto PB…yum!

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    Elissa — July 28, 2011 @ 6:41 pm

    I’m already your follower on Twitter :)

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    Elissa — July 28, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

    I registered at iHerb

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    Elissa — July 28, 2011 @ 6:43 pm

    Sorry for all the comments…I also follow you on Facebook :)

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    Marcy — July 28, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

    Yummo!!! Love, love smoothies. I’m registered at iHerb, not a twitter but liked you on facebook!!! Sure enjoy following your blog and would LOVE to win the iHerb giveaway. Thanks!!

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    Dan — July 28, 2011 @ 7:20 pm

    I used to make a less healthy version of this using nutella – love it.

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    Maria — July 28, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

    My kind of smoothie!

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    marla — July 29, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

    We make smoothies like this often. Thanks for all the great tips too!

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    Nelly Rodriguez — July 29, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

    I made almost the exact smoothie after my workout! Frozen Banana, Raw Almond Butter, Raw Organic Cacao and milk! SO good! (I registered at iherb!)

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    Nelly Rodriguez — July 29, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

    I just followed on twitter (nella22)

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    Nelly Rodriguez — July 29, 2011 @ 1:35 pm

    I liked Healthy Green Kitchen on FB!

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    debbie — July 29, 2011 @ 3:33 pm

    mmmmmm….looks yummy will give the recipe to my sister for my nephews…good way to get healthy stuff down them without them realising!….already with iherb….they r just the best….

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    Georgia Pellegrini — July 29, 2011 @ 7:23 pm

    This would be a great high protein drink for breakfast!

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    Oui, Chef — July 30, 2011 @ 6:39 am

    What’s not to like about this lovely thing? Nothing! – S

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    Cee — July 30, 2011 @ 4:11 pm

    I am registered through iHerb. I love how quick they are to ship!

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    Cee — July 30, 2011 @ 4:11 pm

    I follow you via twitter: CeeVegNashville

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    Jeanette — July 30, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

    Smoothies are a favorite in our house too. Haven’t made a banana chocolate peanut butter one yet, but will have to try it.

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    Amy | She Wears Many Hats — August 1, 2011 @ 7:13 am

    I’ve got just about everything on hand to make this one. YUM!

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    Ellen — August 1, 2011 @ 11:03 am

    im registered at iHerb!

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    Becca — August 1, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    Thanks for breaking down the smoothie how to! PB-Chocolate-Banana is my favorite combination, in all forms. I

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    Tonya — August 2, 2011 @ 3:20 pm

    This smoothie recipe sounds so delicious and nutritious I am going to try it later today:)
    PS
    I’m registered at iherb :)

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    When the title of this post came up on my Bloglovin feed I thought it sounded like a fat frenzy calorie fest, the kinds thing kids are served at food chain restaurants! However, now I've read it it sounds AWESOME! Guess what's now on my breakfast menu! xx — August 3, 2011 @ 12:31 am

    When the title of this post came up in my Bloglovin feed I thought it sounded like a calorie laden fat frenzy, the kind of thing kids are served at food chain restaurant! However, it sounds AWESOME! Would make the perfect snack when I get in from work and am starving, thank you x

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    Janie — August 3, 2011 @ 12:32 am

    Ooops! ;o)

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    Brielle — August 3, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

    I’ve registered at iHerb!

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    Janelle — August 3, 2011 @ 4:53 pm

    I make something similar to this for our breakfasts very often. Ours is milk, cocoa, peanut butter, melted coconut oil, pinch of salt, and several frozen bananas. DELICIOUS!!!!

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    Barbara | Creative Culinary — August 5, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

    I’ve loved a peanut butter and banana sandwich since I was a little girl and I also love a banana split, hold the pineapple and strawberries, just banana and chocolate please…so why have I never thought to combine all three?

    I think someone said AWESOME. I agree!

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    Elina — August 26, 2011 @ 7:31 pm

    Hey Winnie, that looks like a fantastic smoothie! I’m in desperate need of a blender that can crush ice along with all the other goodies. Have you ever used one that’s 1/2 the price of the one you recommend? Thanks!

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    Aisling Roche — May 5, 2013 @ 8:11 am

    I make something similar to this smoothie and LOVE it for breakfast or lunch… i use chocolate almond milk or chocolate coconut milk, bananas, peanut butter, a tbsp of ground almonds or hazelnuts and a tbsp of oat bran!!!