Espresso, Peanut Butter & Chocolate Low Sugar Smoothie Bowl

 

Espresso, Peanut Butter & Chocolate Low Sugar Smoothie Bowl

I have always had a weird love for espresso and peanut butter paired together in recipes. It’s a strange sounding combination, and when I add peanut butter to a mocha smoothie or espresso to a peanut butter smoothie, usually the worker confirms my order thinking they misunderstood what I asked for. Have you ever had an adffogato with peanut butter and chocolate ice cream? It’s an incredible combination.

Smoothie bowls are so popular but I have a hard time understanding this health trend because most of full of sugar and calories. One time we went to our favorite breakfast restaurant and I was wanting something light and healthy so I ordered one. You know that icky feeling you get in your stomach when you eat desserts on an empty stomach? That’s what happened to me when I ate this. I went home and looked up the nutrition and realized I would have been better off eating a regular breakfast meal.

I have come up with a lighter version that is still naturally sweet without being too much like dessert with toppings that don’t add too many calories. And I am here to share this with you today!

Espresso, Peanut Butter & Chocolate Low Sugar Smoothie Bowl

This smoothie bowl uses greek yogurt and a handful oats to help get the thick consistency. The other key is not using too much liquid. You want to make sure you use just enough for the blender to move. But add it slowly, a splash at a time, because there is no turning back once your smoothie is too thin. Been there, done that. If you try to add more ingredients to gain your thickness back, you dilute a lot of the flavor and end up with a smoothie twice as large. (Things can get out of hand quickly, trust me.)

Espresso, Peanut Butter & Chocolate Smoothie Bowl

I have been using Swerve sugar replacement a lot lately. Its pure ErythritoI and doesn’t use any Sucralose or Aspartame. You may not love it enough to replace it for sugar in your baked goods, but for smoothies, it is an amazing way to add sweetness without that sharp aftertaste you find in Splenda and other fake sugars. You can find it at Whole Foods and Publix supermarkets.

Espresso, Peanut Butter & Chocolate Low Sugar Smoothie Bowl

I am always trying to think of creative and healthy toppings for my smoothie bowls. Do you have any recommendations?  Leave them below in the comments section.  Thanks for reading!

Espresso, Peanut Butter & Chocolate Low Sugar Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups Greek yogurt, nonfat
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons Swerve sugar replacement
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
  • 1 heaped tablespoon instant espresso or 1 shot espresso, cooled
  • 1/3 cup almond milk, unsweetenedd (add a little more or less for desired consistency)
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • Toppingsgranola, slivered almonds, natural peanut butter, flax seeds, chia seeds, desiccated coconut

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