Gah, kids grow so fast! I look at the sons at least ten different times on any given day and find myself taken aback. They look so… grown. When did that happen? Wasn’t it just yesterday even son # 1 still need his tears wiped away and boo boos kissed by Mom? I’m always surprised by how fast they grow. I’m thinking that won’t ever change, no matter how old they get or how much they eventually tower over their Dad & I. That being said, feeding said growing boys has proved quite the challenge over the past few years. When they enter the ‘hungry phase’ (although it’s really not a stage since the hubs hasn’t left it behind yet) it strike immediately. One day they will have been eating a nice normal portion of food, and the next, next, next, and so on after that…they’ve become walking, talking garbage disposals eating us out of house and home and peppering the rest of my days with hungry pleas for more. The only feasible solution that we’ve found is protein. Protein, protein, protein. The fuel my 5 hungry guys need to stay full and, incidentally, focused. I’ve gotten pretty creative at finding affordable ways to incorporate more of it into their meals snacks, and even desserts, to help keep their bellies and my bank account as full as possible.
Knowing the struggle, as I’m sure every other parent has juggled before, I knew this little ditty was going to be taking a test run. Packed with a whopping 28 grams of protein (yes, you read that right) I was fairly confident they’d guzzle it down without a second thought since all that protein was hidden under layers of chocolate and peanut butter. Two things the sons never turn down. And why would they when they combine so beautifully here. An easy, healthy peanut butter chocolate smoothie tasting just like a peanut butter cup. What’s a Mom, or anyone really, not to love about that?!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake
recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction
1 large banana, peeled, sliced, and frozen
3 Tablespoons sweetened cocoa powder
6 oz Chobani 0% Greek Yogurt (or 2%, flavored or unflavored)
3/4 cup skim milk (or your favorite kind of nondairy or dairy milk)
1-2 tbsp honey, maple syrup, or agave
1 tbsp creamy peanut butter
1. Put all of the ingredients into the blender, in the order listed, and blend on high until thick and smooth. I would start with only 2 tbsp of cocoa powder, blend, and then add 1 more for a stronger chocolate taste.
2. You may need to stop and stir/scrape down the sides of the blender a few times. Drizzle glass with 1 tsp of chocolate syrup (optional), hold the glass up and let it swirl around inside for a bit, pour your shake in, and enjoy!
3. If you prefer a less sweet smoothie, you may leave out the honey. Add more peanut butter for a stronger peanut butter taste. Add more milk to make the smoothie thinner, if desired. Add 1 cup of your favorite greens for added nutrition.
Those look soooo good!!
We thought so! As an afterschool snack they felt like they were getting the spoiled treatment and I was satisfied knowing they should be full until dinner time 🙂
Linked at: http://mizhelenscountrycottage.blogspot.com/2014/05/full-plate-thursday-5-29-14.html
I bookmarked these Meaghan….they sound and look so good! Great idea!
Thanks, Lori! You’ll have to let me know what you think.
Made this this morning for breakfast, delicious recipe.
It’s wonderful isn’t it? Perfect as a filling breakfast all by itself, or even a pre-workout treat 🙂 I love being able to satisfy one of our cravings in a more healthy way.
Hi, saw your Twitter link up at Weekday Mixer…great post! My kids would love this especially my son who is in love with smoothies! Pinning and now following you on Twitter, enjoy your weekend. 🙂
Thanks, Bernadyn, for the follow and the interest. This is a total Mom AND kid pleaser. How often does that happen?! Especially when it comes to healthy & sweet?!
That looks great! welcome to FF18!
Thanks, Fitz 🙂
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I would kill for this shake! 😀 Thank you for bringing these to FF18! 🙂
How cool, love it!
are you serious? Faints..oh my my father used to take me to the Ritz as a young child when i visited him and i always used to have a peanut milkshake then they stopped doing them and I missed theme ver since, this really reminds me of those days so thank you 🙂
Justine, x co hosting with Mr Fitz xx
This does sound delicious, and quite healthy too with the Chobani yogurt and skim milk. Great recipe!!
Mmm! I just recently started using nut butters in my morning shake as a form of protein and it is great! Your recipe looks super delicious! Thanks for bringing this to FF!
I love your Milk Bottle presentation for your awesome shake! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week and come back soon!
What an awesome shake…peanut butter and chocolate is just what the Dr ordered! Thanks for visiting and linking up with the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. You’re recipe was also just featured on my facebook page so all my followers could enjoy it too! Blessings…Shari
Did you mean UNsweetened cocoa powder. This shake sounds wonderful, and I want to be sure to get what you used. Thanks for letting me know.
Cindy, you could use unsweetened if you wanted. You’d just have to taste test and see if you needed to add any extra sugar for sweetness. I used baking cocoa, which is the sweetened version. My guys all have HUGE sweet tooth’s so I try to accommodate that as well as I can 🙂 Hope that helps!
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