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PB & Dark Choc Power Smoothie {Plus Their Health Benefits}

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PB – that’s Peanut Butter between us friends πŸ˜‰

So, it’s time for the Monthly Ingredient Challenge once again and this month’s ingredient was… {drum roll…}

Peanut Butter! {How did you guess..? So clever!}

I love these challenges and love being part of this awesome group of bloggers – you should check out what the rest of our group have whipped up – just click on the link at the bottom of this post {blue froggy icon}.

Now look, peanut butter is a thing of beauty.
Mix it with some chocolate and you probably have the ultimate irresistible treat – I mean, just look at all the Reese’s treats available πŸ˜‰ {If there is ONE thing in this world that my husband is totally unable to resist, it’s a peanut-buttery-chocolate-treat! You thought I was gonna say me, right πŸ˜‰ }

It is not quite part of a pure, low carb diet, but hey, every now and then, I say Why Not?? Just make sure you use one without any added sugars.

PB & Dark Choc Power Smoothie

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: super easy
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You will need:

100 g dark chocolate
1/2 cup hazelnuts
1 tbs sugar-free peanut butter
1 cup coconut milk
ice

Place the chocolate and the hazelnuts in a blender and blitz until it’s all ground up.
Add the peanut butter, coconut milk and a handful of ice and blend until smooth.

Voila – Enjoy!

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Not only is this ultra yum, but makes for a great power smoothie when you’re feeling drained.

Filled with coconut & dark chocolate goodness – here are some health benefits you might not know of:

  • Dark choc is actually quite nutritious and contains heaps of iron, magnesium, copper and manganese
  • Dark choc is a very good source of antioxidants
  • Dark choc reduces the risk of heart disease – yes, true story! It’s protective against the oxidation of LDL.
  • Most importantly – dark chocolate may improve brain function! Yes, it keeps your mind sharp due to stimulants such as caffeine and theobromine.
  • Coconut milk contains unique fatty acids that:
    Aids weight loss
    Improves immune function
    Reduces the risk of heart disease
    Improves the condition and health of your hair & skin

So, the bottom line is this: if you want to be sharp, healthy and pretty, drink this smoothie! {;) }

{Just a note: don’t drink this everyday, but rather on the occasion when you’re feeling slumpy or even have a bit of PMS, as it’s quite high in calories.}

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  • Journal of a City Girl
    March 25, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Okay, this I have to try and now that I know that Dark Chocolate contains Iron – this little vegetarian has no excuse not to indulge in this often πŸ˜‰

    • Heidi
      April 1, 2015 at 8:46 am

      And who ever said chocolate was bad for you?! See, it’s like a veggie really..! πŸ˜‰

  • Roxanne
    March 25, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    We make a lot of smoothies in my house, I’ll be trying this one next! And my husband feels the same as your when it comes to peanut butter and chocolate, lol! Pinning!

    • Heidi
      April 1, 2015 at 8:45 am

      Hehe, I think all men secretly love that!

  • Meaghan | Cook. Craft. Love.
    March 25, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    I’m down with anything that means I can have chocolate and peanut butter for breakfast!

  • Leia @ Eat It & Say Yum
    March 25, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    I love a healthy spin on peanut butter!

  • ElsbyCC
    March 25, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Yummy! I’m totally on the smoothie train, definitely will be trying this.

  • goodiegodmother
    March 26, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    I really need a new blender so I can make this. I love the idea of adding hazelnuts!

  • bluecrabmartini
    March 27, 2015 at 3:46 am

    I’m pretty sure I need to make this right NOW! Been feeling drained, stressed, and low on energy all week and I bet this would help. Love that you added hazelnuts- genius! Pinned!

    • Heidi
      April 1, 2015 at 8:44 am

      Thanks – give it a try and let me know how it worked for you! X

  • Emily @ Table & Hearth
    March 28, 2015 at 2:34 am

    I LOVE this flavor combination!!! Such a great idea and sounds delish!

    • Heidi
      April 1, 2015 at 8:43 am

      Thanks! X

  • sgarrison05
    April 10, 2015 at 6:21 am

    This sounds so good…and healthy too! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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