I don't know about you, but I just LOVE chocolate!!! For me it goes hand in hand with ice cream. I just can't decide which one I like the most! In fact, eating a chocolate ice cream, full of chocolate pieces would be the perfect treat for me!
The problem is that I can't eat chocolate and ice cream all the time, even though that's a dream of mine. So I thought that maybe, if I could blend both, like in a milkshake, and make it healthy, then I could have them and wouldn't feel guilty about it.
And that's, actually, why I'm here today, to share with you a delicious and HEALTHY recipe for a chocolate Milkshake. Yes! You heard it right, Healthy! It's my Super Healthy Chocolate Shake.
I love sweet treats, and I haven't gotten to the stage of cooking with no refined sugar, flour, etc... But, whenever I can, I like to tweak things up a little, and try to make it a little healthier.
So, if you like chocolate, you like shakes, and you don't want to ruin your diet, check out this recipe for a Super Healthy Chocolate Shake, and you will fall in love with it!!
Ingredients for a Healthy Chocolate Shake
Many ingredients for this shake can be substituted or even omitted.
Milk: I chose almond milk, because that's my favorite, but you can surely use cashew milk, oat, rice, or even common milk. Any milk of your choice would work.
Banana: Personally, I wouldn't omit the banana. It helps to give the 'shake' consistency, and it also helps as a natural sweetener. I use ½ banana, so you will barely taste it, but if you like a stronger banana flavor you can add a whole banana.
Cocoa: I use cocoa because it gives a delicious and strong chocolate flavor without the added sugar. You can use chocolate powder (a mix of cocoa and sugar), but keep in mind that it won't be as healthy as using cocoa powder.
Honey: Is a great antioxidant and is full of nutrients. It can also help to ease digestive problems, fight infections and even prevent acid reflux. But, if you are trying to keep your calories down, monkfruit is a great option, since it doesn't spike your blood sugar levels and doesn't change the taste of things.
Peanut Butter: Is an excellent option to thicken up this shake and give it a rich taste. It's full of protein and antioxidants. Give preference to the most natural peanut butter you can find. I like to go with the peanuts and sea salt only. You could also use another nut butter of your choice.
Chia seeds/oat flour/ flexseeds: They are optional, but since they bring so many benefits to our health, and don't change the taste of the shake, I always include them in my chocolate shake.
Okay, I think now you know everything you needed to make this delicious shake. Now let's go to the recipe!
Super Healthy Chocolate Shake
- 1 cup almond milk (or milk of your choice)
- ½ frozen banana
- 1 tablespoon cocoa
- 1 tablespoon honey (monk fruit or another sweetener of your choice)
- 1 tablespoon All natural peanut butter (or another nut butter of your choice)
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds optional
- 1 teaspoon oat flour optional
- 1 teaspoon flexseeds optional
- Blend everything in a blender and enjoy!!