- Here’s the link for the Chocolate Peanut Butter Green Smoothie recipe. Hope you enjoy it!
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In my twenties, I always used to say that weddings came in waves.
For a year or so, I might have just one or two friends’ weddings to attend. Then all of a sudden the next summer, there would be eight in a row. (I should also note that these would be on top of the twenty or so weddings I attended each year working as a wedding singer, covering every awesome and horrible wedding song ever written. So. Many. Weddings.)
In my thirties, I have decided that babies also come in waves.
Right now, I have six good friends who are all pregnant, and another handful of friends with newborns at home. And while this stage of life thankfully doesn’t require belting out awkward renditions of “Endless Love”, it does involve lots of baby showers and gift-giving. Thankfully, my friends happen to be the coolest, and do awesome things like throw baby shower cocktail parties, and invite people to bring unwrapped gifts so that we don’t have to do that awkward ooh-and-ahh thing for an hour as the baby wipe warmer is unwrapped, or host a shower where girlfriends show up in their yoga clothes for a laid-back afternoon of “ultimate comfort” together. So I actually look forward to attending the sixth baby shower of the season!
Still, I’ve been surprised to realize that one of the most valuable things I might be able to offer some friends — yes, perhaps even more than a baby wipe warmer — is a list of resources and recipes for cooking after the baby arrives. I actually had a long talk at book club this month with my friend and new mom, Natalie, who was sharing that one of her greatest struggles right now is trying to get any sort of fresh and healthy meals on the table. And once again, the lightbulb went off in my head. I may not be able to relate as a mom, or give any sort of parenting advice. But I do know a little something about cooking! :)
The wheels in my head instantly started churning and I began throwing out recipe idea after recipe idea that she might be able to try. And then after book club, I started thinking of more and more. And I began to realize that this weird little specialty of mine — quick and easy meals — might actually be one of the best gifts I could give my friends who are new moms!
So last week when I received a baby shower invite for another friend, I knew what I wanted to make her — a book of recipes that are perfect for life with a new baby. And the first recipe in that book? One of my favorite quick and easy (and surprisingly healthy) recipes that you can whip up for breakfast, lunch, snack time, or even dessert — this Peanut Butter Chocolate Green Smoothie.
When it comes to quick and easy and fresh and healthy recipes, let’s be real — it’s hard to beat a green smoothie. Especially when peanut butter and chocolate are involved. This one also happens to be naturally sweetened with honey, and it’s packed with protein to get my new mom friends through long days (and even longer nights). Or you know, to get someone like me through long days in Blogland. :)
To make this smoothie, simply add all of your ingredients to a blender…
…blend it all up until the mixture is smooth….
…and then if you’re feeling like a treat, sprinkle a few extra chocolate chips or cacao nibs on top. Because…chocolate. :)
To get the recipe, hop over to Hallmark’s new Think.Make.Share blog, where I’m sharing more about the story behind this smoothie, and creating a recipe gift book for my friend, and my inspiration behind all of this recipe gift-giving — my thoughtful mom. As many of you know, I used to do some food styling at the Hallmark headquarters in Kansas City, and think the world of the talented and thoughtful people I know who work there. They’ve taught me so much over the years about taking time to tell and show people how much they mean to you, and even popped over to Gimme Some Oven to share some tips last month on note-writing. So today we’re swapping blogs and I’m sharing this recipe over on Think.Make.Share.
Here’s the link for the Chocolate Peanut Butter Green Smoothie recipe. Hope you enjoy it! (Especially all of you new moms out there — big cheers to you!)
This post is in partnership with Hallmark Cards, but is not a sponsored post. I’m inspired daily by the cool things happening on the Think.Make.Share blog (and Instagram feed), and was happy to share a recipe and have them come over here to share some note-writing tips. Bloggers in Kansas City…unite! :)
I often make a very similar version of this recipe using chocolate whey protein (or soy protein for the vegans). Delicious!
Such a great idea! I am in my late 20s and for the first time since my 20s started, the number of weddings I’m invited to is slowing down tremendously…I totally hear you on the eight weddings in a row! Though I am not a singer, so I can just imagine how over weddings you were by doing that, too! The babies are coming now, as you mention, and this is an awesome, AWESOME idea. I love it, and will definitely be using your inspiration for future shower gifts. PS – this smoothie is what my dreams are made of. Have a great Friday and weekend!
Thanks for all the sweet words Meg, I hope you have a fantastic weekend! : )
Obviously the best way to enjoy spinach is with the always-winning peanut butter + chocolate combo! Love this for a sweet breakfast or healthier dessert option!
Thanks Lindsay! ; )
I can get my daily spinach this way. I mean, why not mix it with chocolate and peanut butter! Love this!
Thank you Jen, I hope you enjoy it, it definitely helps me get in more greens (I enjoy trying to find new and tasty ways of sneaking them in)! ; )
YUM! This sounds so crazy good! Must make!
This has my name written alllll over it! And I love that you threw in some greens :)
Something that combines greens + peanut butter is a total god send IMO!
Josh – The Kentucky Gent
Lovin’ this smoothie, Ali! Sounds like the perfect breakfast, snack, lunch, or dessert – PINNED!
looks absolutely delicious and nutritious yum
Wow…what a recipe. Gotta try it!
This looks scrumptious, you wouldn’t know it had greens in it if you didn’t prepare the smoothie yourself :) It’s so true about the wedding/baby observation. I’m in my early 30’s now and it’s alllll baby fever around me! Thanks for the gift idea and this scrumptious smoothie :)
Thanks Alison, hope you enjoy the smoothie!
Yum! Recently rediscovered just how delicious peanut butter is in a smoothie – extra good with some coffee beans in there too! :)
Oooooh, now you’re talking! : D
Ahh I love this idea!!! Having babies is one of the main reasons I started making so many smoothies. It’s a lot less messy for a toddler to sip on a smoothie in a sippy cup than try to spoon cereal and milk, let me tell you. ;) PS: We are straw twins! Just used those birch straws yesterday for an orange blossom mojito recipe. Wish we were sipping together!
Do you use any liquid in this recipe to make it smooth?
I’d ditch any drink for this one!
This sounds amazing, will definitely have to try it out :)
Hi, Ali! I’m also wondering if this doesn’t call for some milk or water or some type of liquid. I wondered, but tried the recipe as is and it was so dry and clumpy so I added milk but wanted to make it just the way you do because your recipes are so delicious! Really excited to go try this one. Thanks for all of your awesome recipes and pictures!
I would not mind giving it a taste..
I made this and had to re look to make sure it was healthy! It’s so good that my 7 year old daughter even drank some:) thank you for sharing
Awww, we’re so happy you and your daughter enjoyed this Jessi, thanks for commenting! :)
Do you know the calorie content of this smoothie?
Hi Lorraine! Unfortunately we aren’t sure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!
The link is broken! Where can I get the recipe?
Hi Alaine! Maybe it was down earlier? It’s working fine for us! Let us know if you’re still not able to get to it.
Can’t get recipe!When I click on link I get a “Be back soon” message! OMG!!!! I need this in my life!
Hi Cina! That’s so strange, it works fine for us!
Sounds great. Can you freeze it and defrost to eat later?
Hi Heidi! Yes, definitely! The best way to do this is to pour the smoothie into an ice cube tray and freeze it that way, then you can just dump the cubes in a glass and it will thaw quickly. We hope you enjoy!
Ugh, so yummy! Always looking for something quick and healthy on my way out the door to work! Plus, I had to comment on this because I’ve never seen a blogger on Pinterest from KC before, that’s where I live! Small world ?
Thanks, Kelsey — we’re so glad you enjoyed this, and how cool that you live in KC! :D
can I use kale instead?
Yes, definitely! We hope you enjoy!
This is an awesome and delicious recipe!!
This is delicious!!! Thank you for sharing.