My Chunky Monkey Smoothie Bowl is a new family favorite after school snack and the kids even think its an awesome dessert! It has chocolate, peanut butter and banana and a little hidden protein! This began a couple of weeks ago when we tried our first acai bowls. I know, I can’t believe we hadn’t tried them before either! One of my kids loved it and the other said they would like something similar, but didn’t exactly love the one she ordered. I wanted to make them a yummy treat after school yesterday, right around the time I was thinking that I’d like to have an acai bowl and then I thought that I could just make one for the kiddos instead!
Each summer, I often make a Peanut Butter Ice Cream in my blender. My oldest has been requesting it for awhile, but I just haven’t gotten around to making it, so I decided that it would be my inspiration for the smoothie bowls. I began with the same basic recipe, which includes natural peanut butter, milk, honey and ice. Then I added a little protein powder, chocolate and blended it until
there was no trace of the protein powder it was smooth and creamy. While it was blending, I had sliced up some banana and pulled out some chocolate chips and granola.
Chunky Monkey Smoothie Bowl
- 2/3 Cup Natural Peanut Butter
- 2/3 Cup Cold Organic Milk (*We use a2 Milk)
- 1-2 TBSP Raw Honey
- 1-2 TBSP Chocolate Chips
- 1/2 Scoop Protein Powder Of Choice (We used a plant-based vanilla powder)
- 3 Cups Ice
- 1/3 Cup Chocolate Chips
- 1/3 – 1/2 Cup Granola
- 1 Large Banana, Sliced
Yield: 2-3 Smoothie Bowls
Blend the peanut butter, cold milk, protein powder, honey and the 2 TBSP of chocolate chips with ice in your Vitamix. Blend until smooth. If the consistency is too thick, add tiny bits of milk until it thins to your satisfaction. If it is too thin, then add some ice.
Once blended, divide into bowls and top with banana, granola and a pinch of chocolate chips.
*a2 Milk is a brand we started using months ago. It is milk without the a1 protein. Many are misdiagnosed with lactose intolerance, when it is a sensitivity to the a1 protein. My youngest would often get post-dairy digestive discomfort (PD3) when consuming milk, but that has not happened since we started using a2 Milk. See my previous post about the milk HERE.
This is so tasty and a yummy treat, but with the added protein powder, I’m ok with them enjoying this a little more often than I would ice cream or frozen yogurt! What is your favorite type of smoothie bowl?