This creamy chia smoothie filled with rich peanut butter and sweet chocolate for a decadent and refreshing summertime treat.
I’ve had something against smoothies for all of my adult life. If someone were to offer me a smoothie or tell me about some amazing smoothie recipe, I’d likely respond with an unenthusiastic “Meh.” The thing is, I don’t like to drink my calories. Some kombucha or a little sweetener in my coffee is about as far as I’d normally go. Smoothies are like drinks with all kinds of food shoved into them, so they tend to have lots of calories.
What I failed to realize is that drinking a smoothie is often akin to drinking a meal. Which makes sense, with all that food being shoved in there.
We spent another weekend at this lovely place last month. (Go there.) Anyhow, when someone makes you breakfast, even if it happens to be a B&B innkeeper, you eat that breakfast. So when breakfast opened up with a smoothie as the first course, I went ahead and drank it, thinking not only was I being polite, but, ya know, also “What the hell? I’m on vacation.” I felt like Phoebe on that episode of Friends where she gets drunk on mimosas over breakfast because she’s on vacation.
Anyway, I drank a little glass of smoothie. After that I was full. Seriously. I nearly broke my rule of having to eat breakfast when served to me, because after that smoothie I just didn’t think I’d be able to handle pancakes. I did…I mean, I was on vacation and all.
Since then I’ve been making smoothies every weekend. Breakfast, snack, pre-workout, post-workout. Whatever the occasion happens to be, a smoothie fills me way up. After drinking this chia smoothie, which was my first homemade smoothie I walked around the house shouting, “I’m full! I can’t believe it! I just drank a smoothie and I’m full!!” (My boyfriend pointed out that I was doing this.)
So I’ll probably have lots of smoothie recipes coming your way this summer. You can thank Leslie from Santosha for that.
This post first published on Connoisseurus Veg on June 18, 2014.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Smoothie
- 1 cup unsweetened unflavored almond or soy milk
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 very ripe frozen banana
- 2 tbsp. natural peanut butter
- 1 tbsp. agave or to taste
- 2 tbsp. cocoa or cacao powder
- 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
- Optional: Stir chia and milk together and allow to sit for a bit, so the chia can soak up the milk. 30 minutes should do it.
- Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Serve right away.