Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Chocolate, Banana and Peanut Butter Smoothie

Today’s smoothie was a little different since it included cocoa powder. My husband is a chocoholic through and through. He loves all things chocolate. Since we are trying to eliminate sugar from our diet (because cancer loves sugar) we have also given up chocolate, although not intentionally. Today I thought I would see if I could add cocoa to our smoothie and see if we liked it. I initially made this smoothie without stevia and quickly realized it needed a little sweetener. I thought it was a little too sweet, but my husband did not think this smoothie was too sweet.

Chocolate, Banana and Peanut Butter Smoothie
Serves 2


1 frozen banana, peeled
2 tablespoons of golden flaxseeds, ground
½ cup of oatmeal, dry
1 ½ tablespoons of peanut butter
½ teaspoon of cinnamon, ground
½ teaspoon of ginger, powdered
1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
2 scoops (2 grams) of powdered stevia
1 ½ cups of water
8 ice cubes


Toss everything in the blender and puree until completely smooth. Serve immediately in a chilled glass.

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per Serving
Calories - 258.55
Calories From Fat (37%) - 94.62

Total Fat - 11.31g
Saturated Fat - 2.04g
Cholesterol - 0mg
Sodium - 13.58mg
Potassium - 423.73mg
Total Carbohydrates - 37.84g
Fiber - 8.96g
Sugar - 8.53g
Protein - 8.53g


This was good blend of flavors. Not individual flavor was dominant in the final drink. I thought the smoothie was little too sweet, but my husband did not agree. He thought it could use more cocoa, I thought it had enough cocoa. What I am telling you is that when it comes to chocolate and sweetness we all have very individual tastes. I think this is a good starting point for a smoothie. Either way, we both liked this smoothie even though we didn't agree on the modifications to be made to the next version.

If you are concerned about adding the cocoa, remember that it is high in antioxidants. As always the flaxseeds were included for their Omega 3’s since they are anti-inflammatory and help fight cancer. The ginger is also anti-inflammatory and is included for the same reason.

Green Drink update:

We had a full strength green powder drink this morning. However we only had a half serving. We both drank it in three gulps. It is not enjoyable, and anyone that tells you it is, is lying. After our smoothie we discussed the drink and decided we can do three gulps, but don’t want to do more than that at one time. We also purchased red drink powder and are going to have a half serving of each (red and green powder) every day, one in the morning and one in the evening. At this point that is the best we can do. We may be able to up the dose in the future, but not just yet.


  1. i like your green drink update at the end of this post. there are some things that i can only do so much of no matter how good it is for you

  2. Michelle,

    The green drink we bought is "very healthy", and it tastes like it. We found out last night if we ice it the taste is muted enough we can choke it down. The book I am reading "Life Over Cancer" really likes green drinks which is why we are trying to drink it most nights.



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