Chunky Monkey Smoothie
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I am officially riding the smoothie wave! Took me a while, but I think I get it; fast, easy, portable, loaded with protein, and packed full of flavor. When my family gave me the best blender EVER for Mother’s Day to replace my broken down blender that was so old it couldn’t even break down ice anymore I was over the moon. I had been saving my spare change and entering every food contest I could find to try and win one of these bad boys. I am pretty sure I hinted towards a blender for every holiday for about 2 years, so when I opened that box on Mother’s Day I almost passed out.
Since then, I have been blending any and everything I can possibly think of just to see how it turns out. I use my blender probably 4-5 times a day and smoothies have rapidly become our favorite weekday breakfast and afternoon snack. Since I have always had a soft spot for Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey Ice cream I knew that creating a smoothie using similar ingredients without the guilt associated with downing a pint of ice cream in a single sitting was a priority. Bananas, cocoa, and peanut butter are a perfect smoothie combo and when you add in a few dates for sweetness and homemade almond milk to bring it all together it’s like a healthy party in a glass!
- 1 1/4 cups homemade almond milk, or store bought
- 2 frozen bananas
- 4-5 large fresh Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
- 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder
- 2 Tbsp. peanut butter
- Place all of the ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth.