I have not been motivated at all to cook this week.
Probably because Hubs and my oldest are out-of-town for most of the week. And my youngest is in the picky eater stage of toddlerhood. So basically if I cooked, it would just be for me. And that just doesn’t seem worth it.
(Now, I have been motivated to do a lot other things in the kitchen… including organizing the cupboards:
These projects may have inhibited my ability to cook anything, too.)
One of the worst things about Hubs being gone, is that I eat horribly. I tend to snack all day as opposed to meals. And I grab food on the go while I’m out running errands. All in all, I am not being a healthy eater. (Though I have not broken down and gotten pizza rolls or Chef Boyardee Ravioli – which I sadly admit I occasionally eat when Hubs is gone.)
So, when I was craving a little chocolate snack, I looked to my health food friend Lisa, at Smart Food and Fit, for a tasty treat.
And better yet, I found a recipe that the little guy would love as well. (He’s on a smoothie kick.)
Coco-Nutty Choco-Chunky Monkey Smoothie, adapted slightly from Smart Food and Fit
1 c coconut milk
2 T cocoa powder
2 medium-sized frozen bananas, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 T peanut butter
Blend the coconut milk, cocoa powder, bananas, and peanut butter in a blender until smooth. Add more liquid to thin out or add ice or more frozen banana’s to thicken.
Pour into a glass, top it off with coconut flakes.
First off, I have to say I was drawn to this recipe because Lisa admitted that it was her kids that came up with it. I loved that! And it gave me a feeling that my little one would like it too. And he did.
Making the smoothie was pretty easy except for one small thing… peeling and cutting frozen bananas is not easy! (Note to self, pre-peel and cut bananas and then freeze them, if you’re using them for smoothies.)
I did only have light coconut milk, which doesn’t quite have the flavor of the regular kind. So after a quick initial taste, I added a dash of vanilla extract and a dash of coconut extract, and they made it perfect.
It’s not an overly sweet smoothie, which I enjoyed. I loved the salty peanut butter with the creamy coconut flavor – with an extra pop of chocolate and banana. And it completely filled my chocolate treat craving for the day. Yay!