Throughout my life, I was obsessed with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I just love how chocolatey and creamy they are. The peanut butter center is simply irresistible. I swear I could have eaten an entire bag (I think I have before…whoops).
Going vegan, it was a bit painful to give up on Reese’s, but I figured that my body would thank me for it, and it definitely has!
However, I still love chocolate…and peanut butter. Who doesn’t? And guess what? There are healthy VEGAN replacements for everything!
Honestly, I haven’t mustered up the courage to make homemade vegan candy quite yet, but I have become quite the smoothie addict. I have made countless sweet smoothies in the past year. My favorites have been my Lemon Meringue Pie Smoothie, my Chocolate Coconut Almond Butter Smoothie, and my amazing all-new Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Shake.
I was challenged to develop a recipe that was thick, chocolatey, and has a rich peanut butter flavor.
It was surprisingly easy to achieve because it only required a handful of ingredients. That, and I’ve had lots of chocolate peanut butter smoothies, so I had a good idea of what I was looking for. The key to making a thick shake is to go light on the almond milk (just enough to blend all the ingredients together) and to go heavy on the peanut butter…I don’t think anyone would complain about that! Also, there is a super secret, but crucial ingredient: Avocado!
I think there are two people in this world: People who don’t think avocado belongs in a chocolate smoothie, and people who have tried it. Seriously, the texture of avocado is irresistible and helps to make any shake extra creamy and thick. I absolutely love avocado pudding as well (recipe is in the works as we speak). I promise that you won’t taste the avocado. It is there solely for texture and extra nutrition.
If you enjoy a thinner smoothie, you could always add more almond milk, I just think that the thickness of the smoothie gives it a shake-like texture (without using ice cream), making it seem like an indulgent dessert, when it is actually healthy enough to have for breakfast!
This shake is the most amazing craving satisfier, while also being packed with nutrients, including healthy fats! It is a bit indulgent for me, but so worth it! I love creating treats that I can enjoy without thinking about how I need to run a marathon to work it off. Not that I worry about indulging that often, I just like to eat as many healthy meals as I can so that I can feel my best.
While this is not a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, I still think that you will love this super thick and chocolatey shake that is so easy and delicious. Can anyone say no to chocolate and peanut butter? That’s what I thought. Warning: if you make this once, you may want 2 more. I’m actually regretting making this because I’ve been addicted. I suppose there are worse things to be addicted to.
I hope you love my super easy, delicious, and kinda healthy shake that can make you forget about how delicious Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are until the craving pasts. Maybe this can replace candy cravings for good? Eh, maybe not, but it’s a step in the right direction. You can still enjoy chocolate and sweets when you’re vegan. It’s never been easier! If you have your doubts, I hope this along with my other sweet treats can prove that!
- 1 Cup Almond Milk
- 2 Frozen Bananas
- 1/4 Cup Creamy Peanut Bytter
- 1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
- 2 Tablespoons Avocado
- 1 Tsp Agave or Maple Syrup
- 1/4 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- Add all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until thick and creamy (about 15-30 seconds)
- Best if served immediately
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