Chocolate, strawberry and peanut butter shake with a touch of crunchy cocoa beans

Chocolate, strawberry & peanutbutter shake

Whenever I get yet another health craze I alway seem to wanna eliminate all the ‘bad’ and ‘unhealthy’ food from my diet in order to establish balance and get rid of sugar cravings (yeah I get them too). But still I somehow never seem to include the elimination of my own sweet creations.
It’s not that all of my sweet recipes are filled with only veggies or fruits and are totally sugar free, but to be honest you need a free pas to succeed this mission, and as long as I know how much sugar, fruit and chocolate I stuff in my head I am okay with it. On the other hand I actually do make some desserts which I would even have for breakfast, and that kinda qualifies it as actual meals, thumbs up! Lately this popular chocolate cake and these pancakes have been making it as breakfast and to be honest this banana bread often sneaks in as well.
As long as we are on this healthy dessert-breakfast track there is a recipe I really need to introduce. A healthy and filling chocolate & peanut butter shake – you could almost call it a chocolate smoothie – say what! Yes, it is as good as it sounds and tastes even better + it’s filled with lovely nutrients and some immune boosting components!

Peanutbutter and frozen strawberriesChocolate, strawberry & peanutbutter shake

The truth is that you could actually drink this shake at any time. It is a perfect breakfast, especially topped with berries and rolled oats or granola, but it is just as lovely served as a dessert or as a quick snack during the day.
As always you can vary the recipe as you pleases. The quick and simple version requires your favourite chocolate milk, this way you can make it dairy free and vegan (I use a skimmed and sugar-free version). But you could also go the more natural way and use any kind of milk combined with sweetener of your choice and some high quality cocoa.
Add ins are  peanut butter, cocoa powder, cocoa nibs and vanilla and you can choose to use what you want, but do yourself a favour and try all of it combined. Especially the cocoa nibs since they add a lovely crunch and a very rich and deep chocolate flavour. And you gotta remember that all of the lovely flavonoid and phenols which have a lot of health benefits (read more about this here) comes from the pure cocoa bean, so you’ll get all the health benefits without the extra sugar and fat that comes from chocolate.
Sometimes when I am in a hurry or short on ingredients I make it with only banana, chocolate milk, strawberries and ice cubes which leads to a more simple version but still being absolutely delicious.
So if you like me feel like drinking chocolate all day long – okay that might not be the best idea, but still – you should try this dreamy, almost heavenly chocolate shake and you’ll never ever again feel lost when craving chocolate…

Chocolate, strawberry & peanutbutter shake

Lots of chocolate love and sunshine ◊
Josephine Malene

Chocolate, strawberry & peanutbutter shake

  1. ZoeZoe03-06-2013

    Wow, that is absolutely one of the best photos I’ve seen in a long time. So beautiful. Great recipes, I love reading and trying them – I am studying Nutrition too – it’s a lot of fun right!?

    • Josephine MaleneJosephine Malene03-06-2013

      Nutrition is the best, can’t really get enough – especially the ‘eating all the nutrients’ part of it :) Thank you for your kind word, it means a lot. So glad you like both pictures, words and recipes – makes me wanna keep on going forever.
      All the best from Josephine

  2. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
    Inspirating…
    Sweet…
    Lovely…
    Amazing…
    Natural…

    AND SO GREAT PℓACE ^ . ^
    CONGRATUℓATIONS
    ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ · isabel

    • Josephine MaleneJosephine Malene03-06-2013

      Absolutely wonderful message filled with love and spring spirit. Thank you so much, you made my day!

  3. BuntyBunty03-06-2013

    Hello, I adore your recipes (although would be really grateful if you could let me know how many mls /grams are in a cup).

    I’m recovering from a long term illness and I’m using your recipes as part of my convalescence and they have nourished both my body and soul.

    Thank-you so much.

    • Josephine MaleneJosephine Malene03-06-2013

      Hi Bunty. Wow that’s absolutely amazing. I am so thrilled to hear that the recipes help your way out of the illness, I will definitely send you lots of extra health boosting vibes from here, and I hope you’ll recover completely very soon. Thank you for your message. And btw so sorry about the lack of different units, I have added ml to the recipe now!
      All the best from Josephine

  4. KellyKelly03-06-2013

    Hej! I’ve been a long-time fan and follower of your blog and when I saw this, I couldn’t help but give it a +1! When I started cutting out processed foods, I used to get killer sweet-tooth cravings that were almost unbearable so I started making shakes like this one as my ice cream replacement.

    I like to buy all of my fruits fresh and when I know I’m going to use them for shakes, I cut them up, set them on a baking sheet making sure that none of the pieces touch, put them in the freezer for an hour or two, then portion out the frozen pieces into plastic bags that I can use later. I also like to add a tablespoon of Chia seeds for the health benefits, as well as the interesting texture they create.

    I’m very fond of your space here. I’ve been spending an increasing amount of time in Scandinavia away from my home in Brooklyn and just booked my next trip to Copenhagen and Gothenburg. I am beyond excited to come back. Keep up the inspiration!

    • Josephine MaleneJosephine Malene03-06-2013

      Hi Kelly. Everything sounds absolutely wonderful. I think it so inspiring to hear how people all around the world choose to exchange unhealthy eating habits with new wholesome and healthy ones. I think your shakes sounds amazing and I really admire how much effort you out into keeping it real and clean! Lovely that your are coming back to DK, hopefully during the summer eh :)
      All the best from Josephine

  5. I love a great chocolate milkshake and this one is perfect! Beautiful photos!

  6. MélyMély03-07-2013

    It looks wonderfull, tasty & healthy.
    Cacao & red berries (strawberries) are such good together.

    I am a huge fan of raw cocoa (I make my own raw vegan chocolate bars since nearly a year now).
    The banana & avocado must give a sweet & creamy texture… absolutely lovely !
    I would trade peanut butter for almond butter (complete) for the taste (and because it’s alkaline).

    Beautiful pictures too, Josephine.
    Continue to post & share those beautiful recipe of yours.

    Lots of love from France.

  7. AnneAnne03-11-2013

    Hej Josephine,

    Yay, den her er totalt lækker! Alle de gode ting på en gang. Og endda alt sammen noget jeg havde i køkkenet. Tak for dejlige opskrifter, jeg er en ivrig læser.

    KH Anne

    • Josephine MaleneJosephine Malene03-11-2013

      Hej Anne. Dejligt at høre, jeg er også blevet tæt på afhængig af denne choco drøm :)

  8. thanks for sharing this wonderful post.

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