This easy and delicious Peanut Butter Smoothie is a treat for breakfast or dessert!
Smoothies are my favorite
Fruit smoothies, veggie smoothies, dessert smoothies… I’ve never met a smoothie I didn’t like. Except for that one smoothie my 8-year old made when she was trying to be helpful. The one with 2 teaspoons of cumin in it. That was a hard one to swallow!
Growing up, smoothies were considered a dessert by my mom, and not served very often. But when I got married and began a family of my own, smoothies became a way of life! They have saved many a breakfast mishap, kept my family nourished during ridiculously hot southern summers when I refuse to turn on the oven, and provided a quick and easy dessert when friends unexpectedly show up.
This Peanut Butter Mocha Smoothie is kind-of a cross between a breakfast and a dessert. With mostly real-food ingredients, like bananas and coffee, it’s pretty breakfasty, but the addition of dairy-free chocolate chips knocks it over to the sweet side.
Is coffee healthy?
Now, there are plenty of articles around the real-food web debating whether or not coffee is healthy. I’m not here to argue that one way or the other. If you’re of the opinion that coffee is great, then feel free to use regular ol’ coffee for this mocha smoothie. If, however, you think that coffee isn’t the best for your health, then you can use decaf or an herbal coffee. That choice is up to you.
Unfortunately for me, coffee is a life-long allergy of mine. I can remember walking down the “tea & coffee” aisle at the grocery store as a kid and instantly feeling my lungs closing up from the coffee in the air. Though my allergy seems to have diminished quite a bit since having children, I still stay away from coffee.
So for this recipe, I opted for an herbal coffee substitute. I always use the blends mentioned in Jessica Espinosa’s ebook, DIY Herbal Coffee Substitutes, but you could also use the Dandy Blend (available on Amazon), or any other herbal coffee you love.
Smoothies are easy to make
As with any smoothie, this is a quick and easy recipe. Pretty much just dump in the ingredients and blend them until they’re smooth. You can keep the recipe dairy-free easily by using dairy-free milk (I like to use my homemade coconut milk), and dairy-free chocolate chips. If you don’t have problems with dairy, though, raw milk is the most delicious option! I also like to sprinkle in some grass-fed gelatin (available on Amazon) to give the recipe a little nutritional boost, but it’s totally not necessary if you don’t happen to have that ingredient on hand.
Peanut Butter Mocha Smoothie
- 1 cup cold coffee herbal or regular
- 1 cup milk of choice raw or coconut are the best
- 1 Tbsp grass-fed gelatin optional
- 3 bananas very ripe
- 1/3 cup peanut butter no sugar added preferable
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 cups ice cubes
- Place all ingredients in a blender in order listed and blend until smooth.