Guilt-Free, Healthy Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie

The Veggie Shake Team

Few pairings can compare to peanut butter and chocolate. In fact, the full-size and miniature versions of peanut butter cups took the top two spots in FiveThirtyEight’s ranking of the most popular Halloween candies. But if you’re looking to stay true to your health goals through the holiday season, you might find it hard to justify including these treats in your diet plan. That’s where our Healthy Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie comes in!

The rich, creamy taste of our peanut butter cup smoothie recipe hits the sweet spot, but
since it’s packed with health-promoting ingredients like banana, jicama, and MCT oil, you don’t need to feel any guilt about this Halloween treat. And to really take the flavor over the top, we included two mini peanut butter cups!

The taste you love plus nutrients that will leave you feeling oh-so-good adds up to a guilt-free peanut butter cup delight. The perfect smoothie for Halloween or, if you love chocolate and peanut butter the way we do, any other day of the year.

  •  Servings: 1
  •  Ready In: 5 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 banana, frozen

  • 1/2 cup jicama, cubed

  • 1/2 cup almond milk

  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar

  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter powder

  • 2 mini peanut butter cups

  • 1 tablespoon MCT oil

Instructions
  1. Place one frozen banana in the canister of your blender or bowl of your food processor.

  2. Cut 1/2 of a jicama into cubes, then toss on top of the banana.

  3. Pour in a 1/2 cup of almond milk.

  4. Measure out 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar and 2 tablespoons of peanut butter powder and add to the rest of the ingredients.

  5. Toss in 2 mini peanut butter cups.

  6. Last but not least, pour in 1 tablespoon of MCT oil.

  7. Blend until smooth, creamy, and fully integrated.

Health Benefits
  1. Banana: research has shown that bananas make great energy boosters, thanks to the blend of antioxidants, fiber, potassium, vitamin B6, and healthy sugars found in this yummy fruit.

  2. Jicama: this crunchy, mild-tasting root vegetable is an excellent source of a prebiotic fiber called inulin. Prebiotics increase the population of good bacteria in your gut, which can beneficially impact your weight, immune health, and even your mood.

  3. Almond milk: the most popular plant-milk in the United States is naturally rich in several nutrients, including vitamin E.

  4. Coconut sugar: this trendy alternative sweetener is 70-79% sucrose, and only 3% fructose and 9% glucose (cane sugar, for comparison, is 50% fructose). Experts believe fructose is the type of sugar with the most damaging impact on your health.

  5. Peanut butter powder: made from dehydrated, dry-roasted peanuts, peanut butter powder retains the decadent taste of “the real stuff” along with all the nutrients: protein, folate, niacin, and vitamin E. The difference is, the powdered version has about 85% fewer calories and blends much more smoothly.

  6. MCT oil: medium-chain triglycerides, or MCTs, are associated with tons of health benefits, including enhanced brain function, increased endurance, lowered cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and weight loss. MCT oil is a convenient way to add these valuable fatty acids to your diet.

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