Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Almond Smoothie for Soccer Players

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Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Almond Smoothie

I'm a soccer mom! It's not something I saw coming, but ever since my son was 4, our lives have been intertwined with soccer.  He loves the game and has played in some capacity for 10 years. Gone are the days of fun little snack sacks after each game or signing up for half time orange slices for the boys. We've moved on to full weekend tournaments, high protein meals, quick energy snacks and lots of sports drinks.

Making smoothies for my son is an afternoon ritual before he heads off to soccer practice.  He's not a fan of protein powders, so I usually make them with almond milk and peanut butter.  This recipe is one of  his favorites and is easy enough for him to whip up himself for a quick pick me up. We use a small personal size blender, but this recipe could certainly be doubled and made in a regular sized blender for a larger batch.

We spend a few weeks a year participating in soccer clinics, camps and tranings.  It's essential for his improvement and growth as a soccer player. He would love to go to the Disney Soccer Academy! What an amazing opportunity.

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What you'll need

  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 heaping teaspoon peanut butter
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • Ice cubes or crushed ice chips - fill to the top at the end
Helpful Tip:

I use the sweetened Vanilla Almond Milk which allows no extra need for sweetener, however if you use unsweetened, you may want to add Stevia, a natural sweetener or maybe a little sugar.

Notes:

Ice is only needed if you want a smoothie with a frosty consistency.

Variations:

Add frozen or fresh strawberries, raspberries or any other fruit that goes well with chocolate. Or add regular or vanilla yogurt to up the protein value.

How to make it

  1. Place your almond milk, cocoa, peanut butter and frozen banana into your blender. Regular bananas can also be used. 

     

  2. Fill the remaining space in the blender with ice cubes and blend.

     

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