Peanut butter banana smoothie
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Peanut butter and banana combination is the match made in heaven. Today’s recipe has chocolate as well. I have used cacao powder and it is different from cocoa powder. I will try to explain it here briefly.
Cacao beans, harvested from trees are dried and fermented. Then they are heated at a low temperature. The heat separates the fatty part of the bean from the rest. This fatty part is cacao butter which is used for making chocolate and in cosmetic products. The residue is made into a powder called as cacao powder.
Cocoa also starts the same way as cacao. But during processing, it’s heated at much higher temperatures. This results in a slightly sweeter flavor. And this high heat affects the beans and decreases its nutrient content. When you are buying this, check the ingredients list. Many cocoa powders in the market have added sugars.
All my smoothies will have very few basic ingredients. You can read about it here. In this smoothie, I have used Peanut butter which can be easily made at home and stored for months in the refrigerator. Store bought ones are loaded with additives and sugars and we generally avoid these at home.
What you’ll need…
- 2 medium-sized frozen bananas or ripe bananas
- 1 cup coconut milk (You can use any nut milk)
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar( Adjust it according to your preference)
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tsp cacao powder( Use more for rich flavor)
- Pinch of salt
How to make it…
Take blender or mixer grinder. Add all ingredients and blend it to form a nice creamy smoothie. You can add more coconut milk to adjust the consistency according to your preference. Coconut sugar has a slight caramel taste and goes well with chocolate.
Notes: For freezing bananas, peel the ripened bananas and keep them in zip log bag or steel box. Store it in the freezer section of the refrigerator.