Like a good GPer I eat several small meals a day…six to be exact. Yes, it’s a hassle and requires planning but I find it’s the easiest way for me to fulfill my nutritional needs as well as ward off unpleasant shifts in blood sugar. Most recently (and at least three times a week!) my last meal of the day has been a No Ice Cream Frozen Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Milkshake inspired by a recipe I found at The Kitchn Anyone following on Twitter during my hiatus got a Retweet I was so excited to share it. By the way, keep an eye on the Twitter feed…sometimes there are a few gems there. Back to the milkshake! It is YUMMY, easy and satisfying…and for anyone looking for packages of discounted bruised bananas in my neighborhood…I’ve already been there and you’re out of luck because they’re all in my freezer! Cool, creamy and just a tad bit savory thanks to the salted peanut butter this milkshake is “Hubster Approved” so it appeals to everyone.
Originally, I made the milkshake as published (click on the link above for the original version) then streamlined it a bit. My version is as follows:
Frozen Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Milkshake
Makes one modest milkshake but I usually double it for Hubby & I.
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tablespoon peanut butter (Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted-just salt and peanuts)
1 frozen banana*
1 square Lindt 85% Extra Dark chocolate**
Place all ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth and creamy.
Nutritional Information Per Serving:
263 Calories, 14.15 grams Fat, 5.1 grams Fiber, 6.1 grams Protein, 33 grams Carbohydrate
A few of the variations I’ve tried include:
Substituting unsweetened chocolate almond milk.
Adding a small container of baby food prunes for an extra serving of fruit, some additional sweetness or for their “magical properties”.
Substituting a squeeze of chocolate syrup when I was out of chocolate squares.
Adding a 1/2-1 scoop of whey protein isolate to make it an “I’m too hot and tired to cook dinner” milkshake. It does contain protein, carbohydrates and healthy fat plus at least two servings of fruit depending on how big the banana is and if you add some baby food prunes.
*Based on a medium banana (7-7 7/8″)
**1/10th of a 3.5 oz bar=50 Calories, 4.5 grams Fat, <1 gram Fiber, 1 gram Protein, 2 grams Carbohydrate)