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Satisfying Cravings: Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie Bowl

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HAPPY REGISTERED DIETITIAN DAY!!  In honor of this important holiday, I’m going to share one way that I eat healthy in the face of temptation (i.e. Nutella)- I make less-than-ideal food choices better by hiding nutritional value behind the flavors I crave.

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You know what?  Sometimes, you’ll have an unshakable craving for something that is unquestionably unhealthy.  Once in a blue moon, I’ll have a craving for coffee ice cream topped with canned chocolate frosting (no matter how good it sounds, don’t try it.  I don’t want to pass on the craving… even I can’t justify that as healthy, and I’m really good at justifying things.)  Anyway, one night I had a fierce craving for ice cream with chocolate frosting.  I didn’t have either of those things, nor did I have a reason to treat myself to something that decadent.  So, I fell into a trap that many other people fall into when they try to make healthy choices- they eat everything else “healthy” in sight, trying to quench that craving.

And then I stopped.  I put away the leftovers and the little dark chocolate bites and the frozen fruit I was about to make a smoothie out of.  And I took action.  I had cocoa powder, peanut butter, ice, decaf coffee, milk… all makings of a dessert smoothie.  A smoothie that I could flavor strongly with chocolate to hopefully relieve that craving.  Unfortunately, I had no bananas or dates or spinach or anything like that to provide the bulk of a smoothie.  I almost went to the store (at 9PM, which is practically bedtime), but I poked around Pinterest a bit and found an alternative- oatmeal flour.  I didn’t have oatmeal flour per say, but I did have oatmeal!  I also had some chia seeds, which I knew I could take advantage of to thicken the smoothie.

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I soaked the chia seeds in some warm coffee until they gelled.  Meanwhile, I used my best friend (my Vitamix) to grind up some oatmeal (100% whole grain!) into a fine powder.  I added milk, chia seeds, peanut butter or Nutella, cocoa powder, and a little honey to round out the flavor.  Blend it up with a lot of ice and pour in a bowl to eat with a spoon (because smoothie bowls are all the rage right now!), topped with healthy things like nuts, banana slices, or granola.  You could use less ice for a liquidier, drinkable smoothie.  Healthy, filling, and very desserty.  Is it low calorie?  Well, no.  But it is packed with fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants- I don’t think normal desserts can claim that.

… but I topped it with a generous spoonful of Nutella, because sometimes indulging a craving is also healthy.

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Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie Bowl

Yield: 2-3 servings

Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp warm coffee
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup oat flour or oats, very finely ground
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 2 heaping Tbsp peanut butter and/or Nutella
  • 2-4 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1-3 cups ice
  • Toppings, as desired

Directions

  1. Soak the chia seeds in coffee until gelatinous, about 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, blend the oats to a fine powder. Add the milk, peanut butter, cocoa powder, and honey and blend.
  3. Add the chia seeds and ice, blend until smooth. Add more ice as needed to increase viscosity.
  4. Pour into a bowl and top as desired.
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