Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowls.
Or, how to eat chocolate peanut butter all day, everyday.
This is my new favorite thing out of all the favorite things.
It’s been a minute since I cared a ton about smoothies. I went through a phase the last two years where I just didn’t want them. The truth is that sometimes I prefer to chew my food. In fact, I always prefer to chew rather than drink my calories.
We’ve shaken thinks up though because Max absolutely LOVES smoothies. If he sees Eddie or me drinking one, he cannot stand it and jumps up and down and points and yells until he gets a sip. I am having so much fun making him different flavor combos and tastes and since it’s difficult to make such a small portion for him in the Vitamix, I just make a big one and we share. Go-to’s are strawberry coconut, blueberry spinach and pineapple.
I’m totally a mom now because sharing a smoothie with my child makes me stupidly happy. I think it’s wonderfully sweet. It might even make my cry. This is horrible.
Breaking news! This is one of the only times I like cacao nibs.
A few weeks ago in my Tuesday Things I asked if anyone REALLY liked these things. Do they? I mean, I’ve been trying to love on them for years and I’m just like… no. You’re supposed to taste like chocolate and you taste like rocks.
But wait. On top of this smoothie in a bowl? Crunchy and *sort of* (< being the operative word) chocolate-like, I really enjoyed them. I think it’s because there was definitely already enough sweetness, enough chocolate and enough peanut butter. So I was cool with it.
Look at these peanut butter dreams. Ooomph. So delicious. This is Justin’s honey peanut butter and I melted it until super creamy and drippy. The minute it hits the chocolate smoothie, it firms up a bit and reminds me of the inside of a peanut butter cup or even how hot fudge firms up once hitting cold ice cream. The texture is perrrrfect.
Here’s my thing with smoothie bowls. If I’m going to eat it out of a BOWL, I need it to be super thick. Almost like soft serve. Like banana soft serve. This is why I always use bananas – I love them so I don’t mind, but I know a bunch of you aren’t fans. I can sit here and say that oh I can’t really taste the bananas! and I honestly don’t feel like I can – BUT. If you really hate bananas, you can probably taste them. You can thicken this smoothie up more by using extra hemp seeds or freezing your yogurt. Maybe adding in a frozen avocado if you like that.
And you can make this a triple chocolate smoothie by adding some chocolate protein powder! I waaaay overdid the protein powder in my twenties so I’m going to sit that one out. It still makes me shiver with disgust. But I bet it’s just as good, possibly more chocolatey. Someone needs to trick me into drinking a good protein shake and maybe I’ll love it by accident.
After all, that’s how I get Eddie to eat 78% of the food I make.
Weirdly, I also prefer a smaller portion of a smoothie if it’s in a bowl. If I’m eating it by spoon, it needs to stay thick and creamy and therefore be portioned slightly smaller than if it were in a glass. Plus, it’s all about the toppings for me. Like froyo. Or, err, a salad. I’d rather pile a bunch of junk on top and eat that with bites of the smoothie from underneath!
So because of that, this smoothie could serve two OR four. I like to go with four. Then it’s more manageable as a snack and I can add tons of stuff on top. If it’s in a glass, without all the toppings, I’ll go with two.
Really though, when it comes to chocolate peanut butter, I just want to go with one. At least this is better than dipping my chocolate chip covered spoon into the peanut butter jar. But who does that?
Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowls
- 2 cups chocolate almond milk
- 1 cup ice
- 1/2 cup cup plain greek yogurt (I like 2% to 4% best)
- 3 frozen bananas
- 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons hemp seeds
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- cacao nibs
- chia seeds
- flaked, unsweetened coconut
- hemp seeds
- sliced almonds
- sliced banana
- creamy peanut butter
- cocoa powder sprinkles!
Add the milk, ice, yogurt, bananas, cocoa, peanut butter, hemp seeds, chia seeds, vanilla and salt to a high-powered blender. Blend until smooth and thick. Pour the mixture into two or four bowls and cover with your desired toppings!
I do. All the time.