Chocolate, almost all of us love it, and crave it. In the recent years chocolate nutritionalist have associated limited amounts of chocolate with a healthy lifestyle. Dark chocolate having the highest nutritional benefits and white chocolate (it’s not even chocolate) having the lowest. Recently, I have fallen in love with a healthier chocolate alternative which is featured in the Reeses Cup smoothie.
Carob, I like to call it a chocolate substitute, but I think that would be an insult to carob. Carob stands on it’s own. Carob is slightly sweeter than chocolate, and contains more calcium and fiber than normal chocolate. However, it doesn’t have the antioxidant value of chocolate. It does have more sugar than chocolate, but it’s natural sugar. And the best part, especially if you are sensitive to caffeine is…it’s caffeine free!! Also, if you’re into making your own dog treats, carob is safe for doggie consumption :). For more information on carob vs. chocolate I recommend this website: http://www.natural-health-restored.com/carob-vs-chocolate.html
In this recipe you can substitute the carob for cocoa powder if you like, but the carob adds something to the recipe that I can’t quite explain yet.
Reeses Cup Smoothie
- 2 scoops of protein powder
- 8oz of almond/soy/whole milk (your choice)
- 1T of peanut butter (I used organic, which cuts down on the sugar, but if you are going to use plain peanut butter, then you need to only use 1/2T of carob powder).
- 1/2T to 1T of carob powder of cocoa powder.
- 4 or 5 ice cubes
- Combine and blend all the ingredients. It helps if you add powder and then liquid for an easier blend.