I had a little trouble coming up with the title for this smoothie. I couldn’t use Chunky Monkey in the name because there are no walnuts in this smoothie. And I couldn’t call it Elvis Something-Or-Other because there is definitely no bacon. Instead, there is chocolate protein powder, 1/2 a banana, cacao nibs, peanut butter, and pretzels. The perfect combination! I know the pretzels might be throwing you off a bit, but trust me that there is just the slightest pretzel flavor in this protein shake, and the touch of salt really brings out the chocolate and peanut butter flavor.
I love adding cacao nibs to my smoothies because they are healthier than chocolate chips. Cacao nibs have so many health benefits that I didn’t even know existed until I did a little research. Check out this great article for more information on antioxidants, fiber, and more found in cacao nibs. The nibs also add a little texture to the smoothie when they are all ground up in the blender.
I know it’s still freezing temperatures where many of you live, but let’s wish for spring by making this killer protein smoothie!
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I used whey)
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1/2 tablespoon natural peanut butter
- 1/2 tablespoon cacao nibs
- 5 mini salted pretzels
- 1/2 cup milk or water
- 1/2 cup ice cubes
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Add more liquid or ice to reach desired consistency.
- Top with crushed pretzels, cacao nibs, and chocolate syrup!