As you may know, I’ve been drinking quite a few chocolate shakes lately. So much so that I’ve been going through my ingredients fast!
This shake is the happy result of me running out of my usual ingredients.
On the weekend I’ll usually make a double-batch of smoothie for Austin and I to share, but I didn’t have enough ingredients to make a big batch of my usual recipe– so I decided to replace them with a few spoonfuls of peanut butter to help with the “creamy” factor. Holy cow, was it delicious!
What sets this shake apart from my other popular Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Shake is that it’s sweetened with dates, instead of banana. Don’t get me wrong, I do love bananas in smoothies, but sometimes I don’t want the “banana flavor” that comes along with them. Dates add sweetness without a distracting flavor, making this shake taste downright decadent– remarkably like a liquid peanut butter cup!
And, just in case you don’t already love dates as much as I do, studies have shown that dates can be considered a low-glycemic food and that they may even be beneficial for those dealing with diabetes. So, I hope everyone will enjoy this delectable shake as much as I do!
Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Shake
3/4 cup water
1 tablespoon chia seeds
2 tablespoons all-natural peanut butter*
3 soft Medjool dates, pitted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
3 large handfuls of ice cubes
*Peanuts are one of the crops most heavily sprayed with pesticides, so make sure to buy organic whenever possible.
Combine all of the ingredients, except for the ice, in a high-speed blender and blend until the seeds are completely broken down. Add in the ice and blend again to create a thicker shake that’s cold and creamy. Serve immediately.
Note: If you don’t have a high-speed blender, I’d recommend soaking the chia seeds and dates in the water at least 20 minutes ahead of time, or even overnight, to help them break down in the blender easier.
- ¾ cup water
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons all-natural peanut butter
- 3 soft Medjool dates, pitted
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1½ tablespoons raw cacao powder
- Pinch of sea salt, if using unsalted peanut butter
- 3 handfuls of ice cubes
- Combine all of the ingredients, except for the ice, in a high-speed blender and blend until the seeds are completely broken down. Add in the ice and blend again to create a thicker shake that's cold and creamy. Serve immediately.
If you don’t want to use dates, I’d suggest trying my Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Shake instead. It’s very ice-cream-like, it just doesn’t taste quite as much like a peanut butter cup as this one does.
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