I’m not sure how many of you noticed, but I haven’t been posting for a couple weeks because I was busy wrangling high schoolers and spamming fellow Vietnamese community members’ email boxes because the thing about Vietnamese people is that you have to ask them to do something several times before they do it. That is, unless you’re a man and/or a highly respected elder. LOL PATRIARCHY.
It’s fantastic. But besides the point.
I’ve been preoccupied and my whole body is not in the zone. I was staying up until 3 am every night, waking up around 9, getting so stressed out that I couldn’t sleep, my menstrual cycle is all messed up because stress does that to hormones, and my stress eating was at crazy high levels of unacceptable.
So I was trying to find ways to indulge myself without succumbing to loads of sugar and chocolate.
I’ve never been a fan of bananas blended into smoothies. I always found that the banana flavour overtook the entire thing and it wasn’t worth the delicious creaminess that bananas offered to smoothies. But with dark, cocoa powder and straight-up peanut butter, the banana flavour is just a piece of the pie. Oatmeal adds extra fibre, thickness, and nutrition, peanut butter adds protein, and cocoa powder adds some good ol’ iron.
Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, you could share this luscious milkshake with someone sweet, OR you could be greedy like me and just drink it up all yourself =)
Extra Thick and Creamy Peanut Butter Chocolate Milkshake
- 1 cup soy milk
- 3 tbsp oatmeal
- 1 tbsp + 1 tsp cocoa powder
- 2 frozen overripe bananas, cut into chunks
- 3 tbsp natural peanut butter (the one with just peanuts)
- First blend the soy milk and oatmeal until the oatmeal is as fine as possible. You shouldn't be able to see many chunks at all.
- Add cocoa powder, bananas, and peanut butter and blend until thick.
- Add two straws and drink it twice as fast or share it with someone sweet ;)
Katie @ Produce On Parade says
These are my faaaaavorite type of smoothies, except I put in waaay too much cocoa powder and then it’s like POW! Chocolate IN YOUR FACE! 1 Tbsp. seems like a much more reasonable amount. I hope you get back on your groovy bandwagon soon! I know the feeling :( meditation and hatha yoga always helps put me back. Also, it sounds crazy but if I do a 24 hour fast, it kind of reboots me.
Lisa Le says
Hahha yeah I first tried it with 3 tbsp of cocoa powder and I was like blaaah nope too much! I should really meditate, but I never have the self-discipline to do it XD Baby steps. First regular yoga again, then then meditation =)
Another great recipe. Thank you for the NÆ°á»›c cháº¥m chay, something one has to have at all times. I use Maggi in mine. Have you tried using peanut butter powder as a substitute? It’s very interesting to work with and works well in cold dishes. I make a soy smoothie with it that’s pretty good.
Thank you for your site. While not vegan my wife and I are solid vegetarians with very, very light dairy (the kids are vegetarian with dairy) and I cook almost exclusively ViÃªÌ£t Äƒn chay. I have lunch a few days of the week with six sÆ° cÃ´ at work (a nunnery where I’m the personal secretary to the abbess) and they are of course solid vegetarians and solid feminists. Also amazing cooks. They have taught me many things and I happily do whatever they ask. The Vietnamese have figured out thousands of things that the West needs to learn from like men working with and for women, how to eat and how to forgive. It’s a culture I joyfully live in six days a week. Thank you also for being a feminist. By doing so you are making a better world for all woman including my daughters. I worry about the slide in woman’s rights and you’re helping fix that. I seriously can’t figure why men and some women pass such restrictive laws against woman that punish them economically and endanger their lives. Don’t they have mothers and wives? How can they face them after passing a law that hurts them? It’s ignorance and the lack of compassion.
Thank you for being a vegan. It can be difficult but IMO I think vegans can experience compassion on a level others can’t. I’m close to switching to vegan because of that. Blame my coworkers. =)
Thanks again. You have a great site. Maybe you should jump into YouTube? IMO you have a start of a very nice and solid brand that would be a good fix for video.