Thursday, October 18, 2012

Chocolate Elvis Smoothie (Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly)

A while back, I posted my recipe for a Green Monster Smoothie, and I think it might have freaked a few people out. As in, they just can't get past the color and the spinach, and don't believe me when I say that it really, REALLY won't taste all spinachy. 

Then, I posted my PiƱa Colada Smoothie, which might be TOO tropical, especially since coconut and pineapple are so polarizing for people. 

After that came the Banana-Orange Smoothie; an easy and healthy smoothie option with only 4 ingredients. But, maybe that's too fruity? 

So, I decided to share a smoothie that appeals to the sweet tooth - the Chocolate Elvis Smoothie! It takes the peanut butter and banana that Elvis loved (minus the butter and fried bacon), and then adds some chocolate for extra decadence. This smoothie, to me, is like enjoying a great milkshake, but without all of the ice cream, fat and calories.

Yes, the peanut butter has fat, but it also gives the smoothie TONS of protein - this is a great way to replenish after a good workout (like last night's 4-mile run through Southside)! Plus, it's vegetarian, and very easily made vegan as well! 

Chocolate Elvis Smoothie
adapted from Hot Polka Dot

1 banana, frozen
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup honey (or agave nectar for vegan)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3/4 - 1 cup milk (substitute almond or soy milk for vegan)

Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse to combine.

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