I scout recipes all over the internet. I follow creators on Instagram, blogs, anywhere that catches my attention. I am branching out into my own recipes now, but this is not one of them….why mess with perfection?
Once upon a time, my mom despaired of me ever learning to cook – I wouldn’t touch raw meat and if I did, I wouldn’t eat it. Then I had to learn…then I figured why not make it amazing if I’m going to spend time doing it.
I have learned enough about cooking and flavours that I now know what flavours and textures don’t appeal. I know how to correct a recipe that’s going awry…except for the cheesy mashed potato patties I was making for supper tonight – they got extra blackened Cajun style and there was no rescuing them. It was a comedy of errors I won’t soon forget.
Anyway, this recipe I am fairly certain I found this on Instagram on Fit Men Cook – 99% certain, and it is perfect the way it is. Other than ditching the sweetener, I can’t think of any way to change or improve it – it’s so good!
- 1 cup milk of your choice
- 2 TB peanut butter – or whatever nut/seed butter you like
- 1 TB cocoa powder
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 tsp vanilla or 1 scoop vanilla protein
- 2 tsp collagen (optional, but a great way to hide that funny taste it has that they all say isn’t there)
Dump everything in your blender and blend it until it’s smooth.
This is not keto and it isn’t low carb – that banana knocks it out of contention, but it’s so good, I don’t even care.
The original recipe called for a teaspoon or two of sugar or maple syrup, but I find it’s plenty sweet without.
The frozen banana makes your smoothie cold but it doesn’t get watered down if it takes a while to drink – that’s awesome.
The other good thing about using a frozen banana is that it isn’t too hard for basically any blender to blend smooth. Until I got the Ninja blender I have now, I never, ever had a blender that could blend ice, despite their claims – and I had a lot of blenders. There’s nothing more unnerving than slurping up your smoothie through a straw and having a chunk of ice come shooting up the straw and hit you in the back of the throat. No more of that now!
I drink this for breakfast quite a bit – I’m a chocoholic and have no shame about it. If I can have chocolate in some form for breakfast, my day is already off to a great start. I bet you could toss a teaspoon of instant coffee in there and get your caffeine on, as well.
If I could figure out a chocolate salad dressing and what lettuce would go well with it, I’d be set for life. I can always have chocolate for dessert after a regular dinner, but breakfast and lunch posed a problem. I have breakfast solved, now for lunch!