Written By: Rachel Gnagy @ Inscribed Photography
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Yes, you read the title right! A chocolate peanut butter shake that is actually good for you!
My siblings and I joke with our mom about the ‘health nut’ phases she had when we were growing up. (Don’t get me started about the soy milk…) But she knows the importance of nutrition, healthy ingredients, and moderation. Recently she and my dad decided that they needed to start making healthier choices in order to make a comeback in their lifestyle. Chasing after three little girls under the age of seven is not for the faint of heart!
Mom began reading ‘Trim Healthy Mama‘ and loved what she was learning about making healthy choices. Here is what she says about the following recipe:
If you enjoy a trip to DQ for a Reeses peanutbutter cup blizzard but want to watch your waistline, then you will love this substitute.
What Trim Healthy Momma followers practice is all based on watching the glycemic index of food intake, which means watching the carb count. The plan is heavy on low to zero glycemic sugars (xylitol, truvia and stevia) and the healthy fats (butter, coconut oil and red palm oil). Regular sugar has many negative effects on our body, particularly the brain. So changing to healthy sugars that are still food, not chemical, is a good move.
I come by my chocolate addiction honestly; my mom’s favorite candy has always been Reese’s and she was not excited about having to give up that treat. But this shake is a wonderful substitute for those cravings.
You will need:
- 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 scoop unsweetened vanilla whey powder (Mom and I used this protein powder)
- 4 teaspoons Truvia (You could also use Xylitol or a few sprinkles of Stevia)
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
- Dash of sea salt (Hawaiian Red Sea Salt is pictured above)
- 2 Tablespoons creamy, natural, sugar-free peanut butter
- 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup hot water
*Recipe note: All of these ingredients should be available at your local grocery stores.
Pour the milk into a blender. Mom likes to use coconut milk, but almond milk would also work.
Add the protein powder or whey powder and blend for about thirty seconds.
Add the Truvia, coconut oil, sea salt, peanut butter and cocoa. Blend until smooth. Add the hot water and blend for another thirty seconds. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, so adding hot water helps melt the coconut oil and make the shake smooth.
Add enough ice to get the desired thickness and sweetness. The more ice you add, the thicker and less sweet it will be. Blend until you reach your preferred consistency.
Yes, we did add a little bit of whipped cream on top… but everything in moderation, right?
This recipe really is delicious. I thoroughly enjoyed my helping and will definitely be making it for myself at home!