Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Milkshake

I recently watched a documentary called "Fed Up" that has made me think more about what my family and I are eating and has increased my awareness of the amount of sugar that is added to a lot of the processed food that we buy. I have been amazed at how much sugar is in things that I have always considered healthy. Yogurt for example. Jacob LOVES it and asks for it several times a day. I usually happily get it for him. One serving of low-fat yogurt has 33 grams of sugar in it. That is more than 8 teaspoons. I was so surprised. The daily recommended amount of sugar for an adult is 25 grams...6 teaspoons and Jake was getting more than that in 1 bowl of yogurt! I feel like I am still learning a lot about the best way for my family and I to eat, and try to take everything "with a grain of salt", but for the last week or two, I have been trying to eat and cook with more whole foods with little to no added sugar and not as much processed food. That way I know what we are eating. I have felt a bit better and lost a little weight as well. Always a plus. :) This is a "whole food" treat that I love and have whipped up a couple of times when I have wanted something sweet.

2 frozen very ripe bananas
2 scoops all-natural peanut butter (I buy Smuckers brand at Walmart. It just has peanuts and 1% or less of salt. I like the taste a lot better than the other peanut butter I have always loved. It is less waxy and has a deeper flavor.)
1 scoop cocoa powder

Simply add everything to the blender and blend. Add as much milk as you need to reach your desired thickness and enjoy.

You can freeze this to make fudgesicles as well. Yum!


Pal & Hatty said...

Looks and sounds delicious! Good information in your write up - I am guilty of eating way too much sugar!

Pam said...

Me, too, Patty! That is good info, Kristin, that I tend to ignore way too much!! Good for you, putting it into action!

Michelle said...

Thank you for this delicious recipe! I tried it for the first time tonight, and it was SO. YUMMY. I found little popsicle molds at Dollar Tree like the ones that Kristen has, and made fudgesicles. The kids were THRILLED. I doubled this recipe, using four frozen bananas, so that I was able to make 8 popsicles for tomorrow and still have enough for yummy smoothies for all of us tonight. Thanks Kristen!!!