So I’m learning how to drive… It’s been a rather interesting experience to say the least. Seven hours sitting in uncomfortably hard chairs for driving school. The next day, a driving lesson from my father in a parking a lot. And today, a driving lesson on the road. Eek! Let’s hope for the sake of me and the safety of others that I don’t crash the car. I have confidence in the fact that I will be a bad driver. Now that I’ve assured you guys of my terrible driving skills, you’re probably wondering what this anecdote has to do with “the best chocolate smoothie”. The answer is… Absolutely nothing, I just chose to waste a couple minutes of your life talking about teenage angst. Rant end. Smoothie on.School days for me mean breakfast in fifteen minutes. It usually takes ten minutes for me to eat, that leaves five minutes to make breakfast. So what does a girl do? She makes a smoothie. Now the trick to this smoothie is to fill up your blender pitcher with the milk, oats, and peanut butter the night before. You then stick it in the fridge overnight, and the next morning you add your protein powder, banana, and cocoa powder. It’s pretty easy, right? Now I have to talk about how good it tastes. The oats give it just a little doughiness and bananas give it that sweetness. Not to mention the chocolate flavor that the cocoa powder provides. I have to warn you though, this smoothie isn’t skinny. When I calculated the calorie count using whey protein powder and soy milk it came to about 450 calories. I know that sounds like a lot, but if you look at the ingredient list, none of the ingredients are really “unhealthy”. Whether you consider this recipe indulgence or not, it’s worth trying.
The Best Chocolate Smoothie (Serves 1)
1 cup milk of choice (I find soy or 2% make it thicker)
2 tbsp. oatmeal
1 tbsp. peanut butter (I used natural)
Pinch of salt
1/2 scoop protein powder (I used vanilla whey, if you use chocolate, you might want to use less cocoa powder)
2 – 3 tsp. cocoa powder (depending on how chocolatey you want it)
1/4 tsp. vanilla (scant)
1 banana (cut into chunks and frozen)
- The night before, put milk, oatmeal, and peanut butter in your blender pitcher. Put the lid on and stick it in the fridge
- The next morning, add the rest of ingredients to the pitcher and blend on high until smooth. Add ice if necessary (I found it to be cold enough with the frozen banana).
- Scrape down the sides and pour into a glass.