Two Healthy, No-Sugar Chocolate Milkshakes (PB & Mocha)

Healthy Chocolate Milkshakes (with NO added sugar)

The weather outside might be frightful (40 degrees and rainy – lovely), but inside I am peeling off layers and blending up cold beverages to stay cool in my cozy Boston apartment. Final exams are right around the corner for all of my loved ones in college and grad school, and that means snacks need to be quick, easy, and somewhat sinful tasting.

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake is energizing and filling, so you don’t have to worry about your stomach rumbling embarrassingly on the quiet floor of the library. For something rich and caffeinated to power you through a late-night study session, try the Dark Chocolate Mocha Milkshake recipe. It has the deep chocolaty taste of your favorite flavored coffee drink, without the stomach ache or sugar crash from those liquid calorie bombs.

Either way, both luscious milkshakes are made from nourishing whole foods and contain no added sugars, which means you won’t have to worry about the dreaded finals week bulge. So to my friends, sweating alongside me in their overheated apartments while churning out research papers, and to my brothers, making their way through the balmy 70 degree Texas weather to and from the campus library, this post is for you.

No Sugar Added Chocolate Milkshake Recipes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake (Serves 1)

  • 1 ripe banana, frozen
  • 3/4 cup milk (I used organic nonfat milk)
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter (no added sugars or oils!)

Method: Add all ingredients to blender, and blend to combine.

Nutrition: 270 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 43g carbohydrates (25g sugar*, 6g fiber), 12g protein, 9% Vitamin A, 17% Vitamin C, 24% Calcium, 8% Iron

*All sugars are naturally occurring – none are the dangerous added sugars

Healthy Chocolate Milkshakes -  No sugar

Dark Chocolate Mocha Milkshake (Serves 1)

  • 1 ripe banana, frozen
  • 3/4 cup milk (I used organic nonfat milk)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder

Method: Add all ingredients to blender, and blend to combine.

Nutrition: 200 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 43g carbohydrates (24g sugar*, 7g fiber), 10g protein, 9% Vitamin A, 17% Vitamin C, 25% Calcium, 11% Iron

*All sugars are naturally occurring – none are the dangerous added sugars

–  Kelly

Evy Tea: Local, Luxurious, and Undeniably Healthy

My tried an true shopping spots are the bulk bins in Whole Foods Market, so needless to say, packaged goods aren’t really my thing. It is a rare treat to find bottled beverages that are delicious, natural and healthy… much less ones that are “Kelly-approved”. Most flavored teas have sugar, or (possibly worse) artificial sweeteners. But not Evy Tea. Evy Tea is simply cold brewed tea layered with various complimentary flavors. No sweetener necessary.

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I was recently introduced to Evy Tea in the Fall 2013 issue of Edible Boston. Then, upon my good fortune, I got to sample all 3 flavors (Amber Oolong with Rosemary and Orange Zest, Moonlight White Tea with Apricot and Jasmine, and Decaf Green Tea with Fig and Pomegranate) at the pop up Farmers Market at the Harvard Square Anthropologie. The Rosemary flavor in the Oolong tea was unexpected in the best way possible, so that’s the bottle I came home with. This flavor also placed first in the 2013 North American Tea Championship. I knew I had good taste!

Anyone that knows me knows that I love tea. But this isn’t your average 4 o’clock brew. This tea is thoughtfully crafted, healthy, and, dare I say it, sexy.

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The slender, chic bottle is reminiscent of a fine bottle of liquor or wine. But unlike liquor or wine, Evy Tea is calorie free and loaded with nutrients! I have a soft spot for companies that make health foods desirable and fun, so of course, this is right up my alley. And I can’t say I’m not a sucker for the gorgeous bottle. Just look at it!

DSC01507Evy Tea (“The World’s First Premium Cold Brewed Tea”) is available at fine food purveyors in the Boston area, and is also available online. To learn more about Evy Tea, pick up the current issue of Edible Boston!
– Kelly