Chocolate peanut butter smoothie
It's only been a month now since I got back from my three-week holiday in Ottawa, Ontario, my hometown. Somehow it feels more like it's been a year since I came back to the big and bustling city that is London. When I was little, I always dreamed about moving to Europe - I suppose the fascination stemmed from my Greek and French heritage.
When I started university in 2007 I met a boy, Christian, who came from the North of Italy - South Tyrol to be precise. I found his accent very interesting and different. In fact it didn't sound Italian to me at all. I later learned that South Tyroleans speak an Austrian dialect unique to the region, that only they can understand. Although Christian was in Ottawa for only four short months, we fell in love and decided to try our luck in a long-distance relationship. During this period in our lives, Christian brought me to Italy where I saw my first real mountains, to Brussels where I let my chocolate addiction run wild, to Nice where I fell in love with the sea and later to the UK, with its grey skies and breathtaking countryside - our home for the last three years. During our holiday in Ottawa, Christian asked me to marry him after nine years together, in front of my family and friends. A dream come true.
I think the fact that we had such a memorable time in Ottawa - the engagement, the travelling, the blue skies, quality time with family and friends, pristine lakes, endless hiking trails... I could go on for hours - makes it difficult to come back to real life. Tomorrow is a bank holiday here in the UK, and I decided to take the extra day to re-center and get ready for the winter ahead.
I mentioned my love for all things chocolate - unfortunately I didn't leave my addiction in Belgium. One of my favourite ways to satisfy a chocolate craving (without eating a whole box of Neuhaus pralines) is to make this rich chocolate smoothie. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Enjoy the long weekend!
Chocolate peanut butter smoothie recipe
This smoothie is one of my go-to easy breakfast or afternoon snack recipes. It's quick, keeps you fueled and it only has seven ingredients. I like to buy an extra bunch of bananas every once in a while, let them get very ripe, and slice and freeze them so that I have them to hand for smoothies. It's cheaper than buying frozen fruit and you don't create packaging waste - a win-win! If you don't have frozen bananas to hand, you can add in some ice cubes alongside fresh bananas.
- 1 frozen banana, chopped
- 1 cup non-dairy milk (I like almond milk)
- 1 heaping tablespoon ground flax seeds
- 1 heaping tablespoon natural peanut butter
- 1 heaping tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 scant tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender or in the container of your immersion blender. Blend until smooth, and enjoy straight away.
Serves one (easily doubled, tripled, quadrupled... you get the picture!)