Maybe you know by now, but I have a serious sweet tooth. I love chocolate, milkshakes, ice cream, pie, cake, and PANCAKES...with chocolate. I allow myself to enjoy all of these things in moderation (except chocolate, I enjoy that at a more than moderate rate), but I try to create healthy alternatives to these sweet treats so that I can enjoy them more frequently.
Lately, we have been obsessed with this peanut butter banana shake. When I'm in a healthy mood, I refer to it as a smoothie. When I'm having a craving for a milkshake (most nights), I call it a shake.
Here's what you need: (serves 2)
2 ripe bananas (make sure it's ripe! this is what makes it sweet)
1.5 mason jars unsweetened original or vanilla almond milk
3 tablespoons of your favorite nut butter - i like almond butter from trader joe's or peanut butter factory crunchy peanut butter
If your bananas are ripe enough you shouldn't need a sweetener, but if you need to, add 1 tiny drizzle of agave nectar or honey.
5-6 ice cubes
And the fun part - TOPPINGS! You don't have to top this with anything because it's super delicious plain. However, if you want to make it more of a treat, here are some toppings I suggest:
*sprinkle of cinnamon
*toasted unsweetened coconut flakes with cinnamon
*whipped cream with drizzle of caramel and honey roasted almond slivers (i can no longer have these almonds in my house because they are too delicious..can't control myself)
*whipped cream with (1/2 tsp each) mini dark chocolate chips
Here's what you do: