Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie - yum!!!

This is one that you ALL must try. It reminds me of baskin robbins' chocolate peanut butter ice cream, only better. And much better for you!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

4 leaves romaine lettuce, centers cut out (they tend to be a little bitter)
2 cups milk
2 T. cocoa powder
1 T. honey
1 T. coconut oil
2 T. peanut butter
2 frozen bananas
8-10 ice cubes

Oh. my. word. Try it.


Amber said...

Um, romaine?? Hmm... the rest of the ingredients sound like they'd make something yummy though! Do you think something like that would work in a run of the mill blender, or do you need a spiffy one?

Emily (Laundry and Lullabies) said...

Ha, yes, romaine lettuce. My husband laughs at me too, but you'd be amazed at how many vegetables you can get into your kids (and yourself!) when you make a habit of adding them to every smoothie. Lettuce and spinach are really easy because they really don't change the taste - the fruit flavors cover them right up.

You can probably use a regular blender for this one. I'd say blend everything but the frozen stuff first, so that your lettuce gets blended very fine (chunks of lettuce = yuck). Then add the bananas and ice, a bit at a time.

sarah marie said...

I make something like this, but with a few cups of spinach instead of romaine leaves. And minus the milk (I use a non-dairy milk or water) and without honey or coconut oil, although I have some coconut oil in my pantry and could try it! I've never measured my ingredients but I do love my banana-cocoa-nut-butter smoothies!

And Amber, I have a kitchenaid blender, not a vitamix, and it works great.

Emily (Laundry and Lullabies) said...

Sarah, I usually use spinach, too! But my CSA box has been STUFFED with romaine lettuce for the past few weeks, so into the smoothie it goes. :)

onetallmama said...

I will have to try this one! In my book, you can never go wrong with a chocolate peanut butter combination!

Jessica said...

Yeah, see, I'm the weirdo here, because strange as romaine sounds, I look at that and think, "BANANA? No way . . ." Love bananas fresh. Really don't think they belong in smoothies.

I got purple beans as long as my arm in my CSA box yesterday. They look like a monster from Dr. Who.

Alisha said...

For fun, I figured it out...
Smoothie (assuming 4 servings) vs. Ice Cream (4 oz.)
212 calories - 300 calories
10 g fat - 18 g fat
9.8 mg cholesterol - 50 mg cholesterol
82 mg sodium - 130 mg sodium
26 g carbs - 31 g carbs
2.5 g dietary fiber - 0 g dietary fiber
17 g sugar - 29 g sugar
7 g protein - 6 g protein
Vitamin A - 10% vs. 8%
Vitamin C - 13% vs. 2%
Calcium - 15% vs. 15%
Iron - 3% vs. 2%

There are other vitamins and minerals in the smoothie too that aren't mentioned in the nut. info for the ice cream.

Yay for green smoothies!

Emily (Laundry and Lullabies) said...

Alisha, thanks for commenting with that info! Interesting to see it laid out side by side like that. The whole smoothie ended up being around 4 cups (I think) so you get twice as much volume compared to the 4 oz ice cream. I always appreciate high volume/lower calorie, because you feel so nice and full. :)