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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

In Hong Kong, it is so hot that the fresh catch of the day are already pre-steamed in the ocean. The elderly men are sheltering themselves from the sun with their wives' pink and purple Gucci umbrellas. I saw a line up of red taxis in Wanchai all on the same side of the street and they started to sink into the asphalt. The 5 minute ride from Central to TST on the Star Ferry is now shortened to 2 minutes as the ocean has evaporated.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

I know it is hot everywhere and that is exactly why you need something cool and healthy to get you through your day that you can make in less than 5 minutes. I am completely addicted to these little wonders.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies are delicately sweet, smooth and has a rich chocolate ending without any of the guilt.  Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies are frozen and it is just what you body craves when the heat index rises. These shakes are thick, creamy and frozen but still perfect to be able to drink them with a regular straw.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

There is no added sugar in these smoothies. I like just the delicate sweetness from the banana and the natural sweetness from the natural peanut butter. Sometimes I like to use almond butter in my smoothie and this is a great alternative for those with peanut allergies. I use Hershey's unsweetened cocoa powder in my mix but if you like your smoothie sweeter you could add Hershey syrup or add a couple of scoops of vanilla ice cream if you need a sugar rush.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

I know that if my Chinese Medicine teacher is reading this right now she is cringing. Eating ice, according to Chinese Medicine, is not good for your spleen qi. In Chinese medicine it is believed that you should drink fluids at room temperature to stay healthy.

I know and do believe this and adhere to this most generally but sometimes when the temperatures soar high I need to just cool off and room temperature drinks don't quite cut it. My only warning to you is that if you decide to add some ice to your smoothly to get it that nice thick and frozen texture just beware of brain freeze. Sip it slowly.

When the temperatures soar in Hong Kong, activities in the aircon (air-conditioning) are a welcome reprieve from the heat. I am happy to report that they run the aircon at full blast up on the 100th floor of the International Commerce Centre (ICC). The ICC is the tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong with 118 floors.

View from 100th floor ICC

Stunning views and I even figured out how to take panoramic pictures with my iPhone. As an added bonus there is even a lounge at the top. Above is the view looking over to the Hong Kong Side at the Sheung wan and Western District.

View from 100th floor ICC

Above is a classic picture looking over on the Hong Kong side at the Central and Admirality.

View from 100th floor ICC

Above is a picture looking over on the Kowloon Side.

How are you staying cool this summer?

Stay cool and take care.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

By HWC Magazine  , , , ,

July 24, 2013

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies are delicately sweet, smooth and has a rich chocolate ending without any of the guilt.

  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yields: 1 Adult

Ingredients

banana - 1 peeled

almond milk - 1 cup unsweetened (can substitute with regular skim milk or soy milk)

peanut butter - 1 heaping tablespoon creamy (substitute natural almond butter or any nut butter you like)

unsweetened cocoa powder - 1.5 teaspoons

ice cubes - about 6 cubes (omit if you have a weak spleen qi)

Directions

1Place in the blender banana, almond milk, peanut butter (or nut butter substitute) unsweetened cocoa powder and ice cubes. First put it on the ice crush mode and then when the ice is chopped well turn to the blend/smoothie function on your blender until smooth and creamy.

2Pour Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies into tall glasses and grab a straw and enjoy.

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  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

    As a kid, my Mom always nagged about not drinking icy cold drinks because it’s not healthy for you. I somewhat believe this theory now but still prefer things cold on a hot day. Chocolate, peanut butter and banana is a delicious combination and I can go for a tall glass of this right about now! 🙂

  • Healthy and yummy is a great combination! This sounds great! 🙂

  • Hong Kong is really quite beautiful. You are lucky! I love smearing my bananas with peanut butter so I guess I may quite enjoy these! Nice and cold…yum. It’s very hot here in Denver too and I haven’t been able to escape to the mountains lately. Waiting for Ramadan to finish….don’t fancy high altitudes while I am fasting.

    Nazneen

  • Really nice smoothie! In general I’m not a smoothie person – I like to chew food, not sip it – but the sweet ones (like this) are different. Those I like very much, and this one has terrific flavor. Chocolate, peanut butter, and banana is a wonderful combo. And speaking of wonderful, love those pictures! You live in such a gorgeous place. Too bad it’s so hot, but you’ve got that figured out with these smoothies!

  • I always love your pictures of Hong Kong Bam! It’s such a beautiful city and such a different kind of skyline than I’m used to seeing. Your smoothies sound like one my kids would totally go bananas over. (Pun intended. 😉 ) And I’ve been drinking my liquids at room temperature lately too. My acupuncturist has been giving me Chinese medicine tips. 🙂

  • Hi Bam, I just wonder whether can substitute the almond milk by mixing almond powder into normal / soya milk? Thanks

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Rabbit, Most certainly you can use soy milk, regular milk or even ice cream. I just happened to have almond milk available as that is what I drink at home. Wishing you a great week. Take Care, BAM

  • Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Banana combination is one of my favorites! 🙂 I love this guilt free summery treat! Oh…those are some stunning picture of HKG from the ICC! I’ve been up there but the day I went (a couple of years ago) was a foggy day and I didn’t see that gorgeous view. Thank you so much for sharing. I’m officially home sick! hahaha…..I think I need to pay a visit soon.

  • Eha

    Thank you for those lovely photos of Hong Kong: they show quite decisively that my memory banks will have to be renewed: sadly not till 2015 🙂 ! [And, oops, I kind’of agree with your Chinese Medicine teacher . . .I never even have a cold drink out of the fridge . . .sorry . . . 😀 !]

  • This looks totally yummy and delicious!

  • Well, hi there, Bam! I just finished drinking this fantastic shake.. I had to drive to buy the peanut butter and it’s all your fault, lol! I loved it, it’s definitely a treat and so refreshing! My son has been telling me to add peanut butter to my shakes for forever, but I wasn’t compelled until I saw your addition of chocolate:) xx

  • Hotly Spiced

    It does sound incredibly hot. I wouldn’t mind some heat though as it’s been quite cold recently in Sydney and I could do with some warmth from the sun. Love the look of your smoothie – always a great start to the day xx

  • Looking at these Hong Kong pictures made me nostalgic again! I know, it is so hot in HK now, all my HK friends are complaining of the same on their Facebook updates.

    Wow, this is a perfect smoothie to beat the heat, Bam. I always love the combo of chocolate, PB and banana!

  • This sounds ,like something I would love, being somewhat of a peanut butter addict. I do not envy you the sweltering heat. Have a super day BAM 🙂

  • Hi Bam, a smoothie certainly is the perfect tipple in the hot weather. I actually used to have a smoothie business, if only I sold this peanut butter and banana one. HK looks glorious in the sunshine.

  • I know the heat you speak of 0 we had summers like that when we lived in Mauritius with such high humidity that the air was literally thick.
    This smoothie would definitely be the perfect thing to enjoy on a hot day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  • We enjoy something similar each morning 🙂

  • My 3 favorite foods in one tall glass, love the idea. Our heatwave is over for now, but it’s only July, who knows what August will bring. I hear you about the room temp fluids for good health, but when it is steamy, I need something ice cold. My mother would never drink an iced drink but she will eat ice cream, go figure.

  • Delicious………Love ur smoothie…..Perfect thickness too……………..good one….

  • Bam, this smoothie looks like my DREAM. I <3 peanut butter and bananas and with chocolate..this just sounds dreamy!

  • This looks delicious…I could go for one right now. My husband has a smoothie every morning, and put spinach and kale it in – he loves it though!

  • It was so hot here last week that when I got into the shower, steam came off the top of my head….really it did. Now this I could smoothie I could sit and really enjoy. It reminds me of my favorite little treat, the mini Reese’s peanut butter cups only better.
    We’ve finally got window AC units installed in the bedroom & a big one in the kitchen – ugly as all get out but so necessary this summer if only to get rid of the humidity. I have to say I really haven’t been doing much cooking though.

  • Jo

    Perfect! It’s been so hot here lately…we’ve finally had a break from the heat here the last couple days. The AC has actually been off and the windows are open. We were running the AC full blast 24/7 there for a couple weeks! Nice change! Love your photos BTW… xo

  • I could definitely use one of these right now. And I definitely could have used this last week when we had a heat wave. But this looks delish. And I love the almond milk inside this

  • I’ve made something similar with chocolate fro-yo! Not so healthy, but oh so yummy 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • Air conditioning is a wonderful invention 🙂 This smoothie has my hubby’s name written all over it … if he’s a good boy, I’ll make him one 😉

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    I stay cool because its winter. 🙂

    I love chocolate and peanut butter but have never tried it in a smoothie. Well done!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Maureen, One of my Auzzie friends came to visit 2 weeks ago and the heat and humidity was a huge shock to her system coming from the land of Oz. Maybe we can remember this recipe 6 months from now and I will come and visit you. Have a super week and take care, BAM

  • Liz

    I love a guilt free way to cool off! Especially when it’s a yummy chocolate smoothie. Our heatwave has finally broken…and it was cool outside this morning. What a treat!

  • This looks fabulous and I pinned it so I do not forget about it! How to stay cool… well the hottest we get is between 90 and 100 degrees F based upon heat index. Since it does not last real long for us I am okay since we have air conditioning. If we didn’t then I guess I would be more concerned. But I do not use the oven since we do not want to heat up the house just to have to cool it down again.

  • Fresh and filling, yum! ^_^

  • I have never visited Hong Kong, what an oversight, it looks amazing. I am sure my children would love this smoothie when they come home from school. I will have to give it a go 🙂

  • I love making smoothies and I love all the ingredients you have in this one! Thanks for sharing those gorgeous pictures of Hong Kong!

  • I would brave the brain freeze and the bad spleen qi for one of these!

  • Kickasscha

    Hi Bam, luckily I like my drinks at room temperature so I would enjoy your milkshake with no guilt and no brain freeze. It would make a great breakfast on the go as well, for these mornings when I snooze more than I should. Summer is London is not that hot, so I still keep fresh in the middle of August. Stunning views of Hong Kong, very impressive!

  • Delicious,healthy and fresh!
    Just what I would love to have right now 🙂

  • My friend has been on a sugar-free diet to content with rheumatoid arthritis so I am sending this to her right away. Hong Kong is a beautiful city with the ocean and green hills hugging it tight. 🙂

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