Today, I was just really craving some chocolate + peanut butter. Okay, let's be honest...that's every day. 

Because of my activity level and metabolism, I often get really hungry and need a healthy source of carbs/sugar to satisfy my cravings and hunger. 

This smoothie definitely does the trick. 

There's just something about chocolate + peanut butter mixed into an ice-cold drink that make you feel like you're indulging in the world's greatest dessert. 

I used to turn to soda and chocolate doughnuts for those afternoon cravings but the real-food world has so much more to offer in terms of flavor and nutrition!  

The thing about smoothies is that most recipes use protein powder, which I've never been a huge fan of, but have used periodically. I've experienced a variety of symptoms from them and have finally decided to be done with them entirely. 

I think they can still be a good thing for some people, but my body just doesn't like it on a regular basis. Plus, they are way more expensive than just using real, whole foods. 

So, I created this smoothie that happens to be loaded in protein (28 grams!!) + tastes like a dessert.

You can add some strong coffee to make it a mocha or fancy it up to make it look more like dessert by drizzling my dairy-free chocolate sauce on the sides of the glass before pouring the smoothie in. 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie

*1 frozen banana
*2 T natural peanut butter
*3 T hemp seed
*1 T collagen peptides
*1 date, pitted
*1 1/2 T cocoa powder
*1 cup (or more to thin out if needed) unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)
*handful of ice
*toppings: raw cacao nibs
*other topping ideas: homemade whipped cream, dairy-free chocolate sauce
**make it a mocha by adding a splash of strong coffee in place of some of the milk

Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender


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