Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Shake

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on January 8, 2013

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Smoothies are back!  Even though it’s winter, and very nearly froze my face off walking my son to the bus stop this morning, I can’t get enough of smoothies.  Maybe it’s a New Years thing that I’m doing without even realizing it, who knows.  I’d apologize for sharing a smoothie, but this is an awesome smoothie!

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First off, it’s thick.  Like, milkshake thick.  Who doesn’t love a smoothie that makes them believe they’re drinking a milkshake?  It may not be perfectly smooth, but… Second, this is breakfast in a cup.  I pack it with the things I usually eat for breakfast, oatmeal, a piece of fruit and a spoonful of peanut butter.  The chocolate part of this smoothie is optional.  It’s just as great without it, but who are we kidding?  You’ll want it 🙂

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You’ll notice that the recipe uses cooked oatmeal.  This is because I usually have plain, already cooked oatmeal in the fridge.  I hate cooking steel cut oats in the morning.  If I’m going to do it, it better last me all week so I cook a huge pot and keep it in the fridge to reheat.  That way hungry little kids can be quickly appeased, or awesome smoothies can be just minutes away!  If you want to use uncooked oats I’d use rolled oats, give them a quick spin in the blender before adding everything else, and only use a couple tablespoons.

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I also noted in the recipe that you can add a handful of spinach.  Don’t be afraid of the spinach!  Blend it long enough and you wont even know it’s there, except for the color.  This would also be an awesome place for a little bit of protein powder if you’d like.  What an awesome boost first thing in the morning 🙂DSC_0005

I have to be honest, I’ve wanted to share this with you for a looooong time, but the first time I took pictures they didn’t turn out so well and I’ve been waiting for another opportunity to try again since then.  This last weekend was full of kitchen failures, flat (although delicious) muffins, exploding spaghetti squash(don’t even ask)… so I went to something fool proof 🙂  I’ll be back later in the week with an amazing skinny spaghetti squash alfredo (that wont explode, I promise!)

Until then, enjoy!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Smoothie
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 large frozen banana, chopped
  • 1 tbsp smooth, natural peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ⅓ - ½ C cooked and chilled oatmeal
  • 1 C unsweetened almond milk(or your favorite milk, dairy or non dairy)
    Optional:
  • 2 tsp honey
  • A handful of spinach or other mild flavored greens
  • Protein powder
Instructions
  1. In a blender, place the chopped banana, peanut butter, cocoa powder oatmeal and milk. Blend until smooth adding milk as needed and serve immediately.

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1 Jen@TheFitHousewife January 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Yummy! I make one very similar every single day….Love it 🙂
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2 Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today January 8, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Yeay, smoothies are back! Do not apologise, I love them. And the banana one was my first drink in 2013 🙂

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3 Ari @ Ari's Menu January 8, 2013 at 5:58 pm

This is my kind of smoothie! I love making them with peanut butter and banana, and it doesn’t have that off putting green color that so many of the healthy smoothies have. Making this ASAP! Not to mention, I’m in Phoenix where it’s always smoothie weather 😉
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4 Kathryn January 9, 2013 at 2:54 am

I love starting my day with a hit of chocolate so this smoothie sounds utterly perfect for me!
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5 Stephen@HappyHeart January 9, 2013 at 6:05 am

Chocolate Peanut Butter & Banana….it really doesn’t get a whole lot better! Delicious!
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6 Eat Good 4 Life January 9, 2013 at 11:04 am

I love smoothies any time of the year. We make them at least 3-4 times per week since they are so easy to make and pack a lot of nutrients. My kids love them no matter what color and things I put in them 🙂 I need to start making more chocolate variations though 🙂
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7 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies January 9, 2013 at 11:46 am

I make a similar shake (no greens or protein powder!) and it is one of my favorite breakfasts. Sometimes I have it for lunch too! You can’t beat the banana + peanut butter + chocolate combination. 🙂
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8 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} January 9, 2013 at 1:46 pm

This looks like one of my favorite smoothies–although I’ve never tried adding cooked oats. What a great idea to thicken it up! I think I’m going to try this tomorrow morning. 🙂
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9 Noble Pig - Cathy January 9, 2013 at 3:59 pm

I am seriously in love that this has oatmeal in it.
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10 Sara @my less serious life January 10, 2013 at 4:14 am

this is EXACTLY like the smoothie i have been making for myself (with greens) except i don’t add oatmeal. i’m actually new to the smoothie world and hadn’t even thought of this. great addition!

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11 Erin @ Texanerin Baking January 22, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Hey, everyone is posting smoothies now and it makes me so happy! It seems to be a popular item and I love each and every smoothie post. 🙂

Since I’m experimenting with bananas, I thought I’d give this a try. But cooked oatmeal?! Aww. I don’t have any of that. I’m just going to leave it out. And spinach, too. You’re a bad girl, Heidi, adding spinach to something as holy as a peanut butter chocolate banana smoothie. My goodness! 😉
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12 heather January 23, 2013 at 6:35 am

OMG this looks so so good – all my favorite things all wrapped up in one delicious smoothie!
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13 Jerilyn January 28, 2013 at 6:19 pm

This looks delicious!! 🙂 I love the combination of chocolate, banana and peanut butter. Mmmm. And I’ve never thought about using oatmeal in a smoothie before. Love it!

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14 Lauren January 29, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Chocolate, peanut butter, and banana never gets old! Love your beautiful pics! They really stand out on Foodgawker! 🙂
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15 Carole February 25, 2013 at 11:18 am

Hi there. The current Food on Friday on Carole’s Chatter is collecting links to posts about shakes and smoothies. I do hope you link this lovely one in. This is the link . Please do pop back to check out some of the other links – there are a lot of good ones already. Have a great week.
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16 Mayra Lashley January 5, 2014 at 7:39 am

How many calories?

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17 Heidi @ Food Doodles January 7, 2014 at 9:19 am

I’m sorry I don’t have the nutrition information. You can easily find a tool to figure it out by Googling “recipe nutrition calculator” and putting in the ingredients that you used to find out exactly how many calories your drink is 🙂

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