I know what you are thinking. ‘I thought this blog was written by a nutritionist. Aren’t the recipes supposed to be healthy?’ Well, believe it or not, this 3-ingredient chocolate banana milk really is healthy. When I think of chocolate milk, I think of vast quantities of added sugar. But it doesn’t have to be that way. While this chocolate banana milk tastes like a creamy milkshake, it is only sweetened with bananas. And the chocolate flavor is nothing but a dash of cocoa powder.
You are probably ready to dismiss this recipe as something reserved for the kiddos. But if you are anything like me, there are times when your taste buds cry out for something sweet. I usually try to satisfy my sweet cravings with fruit, but sometimes that doesn’t cut it. That is when I reach for a glass of this chocolate banana milk. Because it is made with frozen bananas, the consistency is like a milkshake, so you can fool your tastebuds into thinking you are drinking a decadent sweet treat. And while it does have a fair amount of sugar, it is only from the banana and the lactose in the milk. Plus, it comes packaged with 10 grams of protein (if you use whole dairy milk) and 3 grams of fiber. They help to keep you feeling full, and slow down the movement of sugar into your blood stream. And if you are feeling really crazy, you can throw in a shot of cold brew coffee to spice things up. What healthy treats do you use to satisfy your sweet cravings?
- 1 cup sliced frozen banana (or 1.5 medium fresh bananas, sliced)
- 1 cup whole milk*
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- *You can substitute any type of milk, but if you use a thinner milk like almond milk, you might need to use less cocoa.
- Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve and enjoy.