Sunday, August 3, 2014

Cravings - Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake (a la Friendly's)

Some things just can't be imitated. For me, the Friendly's Peanut Butter Cup Sundae is too sublime a dessert to ever be accurately duplicated. Salty peanut butter, gooey chocolate syrup, peanut butter ice cream, and most importantly, the piece de resistance - a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup crowing it all… ahh, there's really nothing like it. But who among us can afford to enjoy a nearly 900 calorie dessert more than once in a blue? Surely not this gal. 

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake a la Friendly's, Photo: NK

This sad fact is why I set out to try and capture just a sliver of the joy that comes from my bi-annual indulgence in a Friendly's Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Sundae, minus the guilt. I am pleased and even a bit surprised to say that this low-cal, high-protein anytime shake does the job! It can never ever replace the real deal, but will certainly satisfy your sweet tooth as well as, if you're anything like me, the constant lure of peanutty goodness.

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake 
(a la Friendly's Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Sundae)
Yield: SERVES 1 (generously)

1 single serve container good quality fat free vanilla yogurt such as Siggi's Skyr
 2 Tablespoons PB2 powdered peanut butter
1 Tablespoon Fox's UBet Chocolate Syrup, plus a bit extra to swirl on top of the glass
1/4 teaspoon good quality vanilla extract
1/2 Cup Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
 5 Large Ice Cubes. 

Blend until smooth in a high powered blender such as Vitamix. 

NUTRITION:  220 cal, 3g fat, 21g protein, 9g sugar

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