Paleo desserts are especially difficult to pin down, from a nutritional standpoint. They inherently lack the refined sugar of their traditional counterparts (or else they wouldn’t be Paleo), so they’re not necessarily awful for you. They do sometimes have added natural sugars, like maple syrup or honey, which makes them an it’s-alright-as-long-as-you-don’t-overdo-it kind of thing.
But then some sweet treats… like this ah-mazing shake… have NO added sugar whatsoever! It’s sweetened only by the ripe banana that’s in it, and yet it somehow still tastes incredibly decadent, bordering on the naughty side! And it boasts healthy benefits, too, because the only ingredients are bananas, almonds, and chocolate… all excellent whole foods packed with vitamins and antioxidants that will nourish your body to its very core and even ward off diseases.
Heck, this shake is healthy enough that I considered tagging it under the “Breakfast” category, because I know I’d have one of these for breakfast any day! And if you’re thinking, “Yeah, but what about how fatty it is, with all the nut butter and banana?”, then let’s take a moment to recall that fat (in reasonable quantities) is GOOD for your body, contrary to the demonizing it receives in Western culture. If you’re still worried about it, then just relegate this recipe to a VERY occasional treat for yourself. There, problem solved. Now: on to the recipe!
Making one of these bad boys is pretty straightforward. You just dump everything into a blender (I used my fab little Nutribullet), and turn it on. Thirty seconds to maaaaaybe a minute later? Instant shake! No fuss, no muss, and most importantly, no additives or crap. Just healthy, whole foods that will fill your belly with frozen, chocolaty goodness. And it’s satisfyingly delicious, if I don’t say so myself.
Here’s a tip: the riper your banana, the sweeter it will be! So wait for at least a few brown spots on those peels before you use one to make your shake. Enjoy!
Share your thoughts… are there other smoothie/shake flavors you find almost sinfully delicious?
- 1 ripe large banana
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 heaping tbsp unsalted creamy raw almond butter
- ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1¼ - 1½ cup ice cubes
- Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender and pulse until everything is blended!
- If the almond butter gets stuck to the sides, just scrape it down with a silicone spatula and pulse again.
- If you find that your shake is not thick enough for your preferences, just add more ice and pulse until you get the right consistency.
- Serve immediately!
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