Is anyone else in the time of the toddler takeover? You were the mom who didn’t understand what picky eaters were and you felt pretty special that your kid ate everything put in front of them…until now. Age 2.5 and extremely aware that sugars and sweets taste so much better than a piece of broccoli. Part of me thinks I knew this time would come, I should have better prepared by depriving my child of any added sugars, etc etc, but taking myself down that rabbit hole does no good for any of us. Therefore, I had to get sneaky with my son’s leafy greens intake. Enter this nutritious yet incredibly delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter “Milkshake”. My brother and my husband are pretty brutally honest and they are obsessed with this smoothie.

Ingredients:

  1. 2 Bananas (pro tip: slice bananas day before and put in freezer bag – it will make it truly taste like a milkshake)
  2. 2 handfuls of spinach
  3. 1 Cup Nut or Oat Milk (we use Oat)
  4. 1/4 Cup of Raw Cacao
  5. 2 Medjool Dates (we keep ours refrigerated)
  6. 1/2 cup of Organic Rolled Oats
  7. 2 TBSP Peanut Butter
  8. 10 ice cubes (unless you froze your bananas beforehand)

Steps:

  1. Blend milk and spinach together in blender
  2. Add dates, bananas, peanut butter, cacao, oats and ice
  3. Blend for about 45 seconds
  4. Enjoy!

Some Health Benefits from our Choc PB Milkshake:

  1. Raw Cacao is plant-based goodness – it has 40x more antioxidants than blueberries, more calcium than cows milk and is high in magnesium which lowers stress & promotes sleep. It also boosts immunity.
  2. Dates have a ton of fiber and their own natural sugar. They have a much lower glycemic index because of the amount of fiber so they give you sustained energy rather than a sugar high from added sugars. My son eats these like they are candy. I’m not mad about it.
  3. Spinach – everything about it is awesome. Except the taste. That’s why you hide it in this scrumptious smoothie.
  4. Organic Rolled Oats – low fat, sodium free, good source of fiber and iron.
  5. Oat Milk – we like Oat and Almond milk, but Oat has a bit more protein and fiber. I’m currently not eating meat, so I am trying to get my protein elsewhere.