Buckeye Smoothie

Whether you are cheering for OSU or Oregon in the National Championship football game this Monday night, I’m going to guess that you like the taste of peanut butter and chocolate.  I mean, come on, IS there a better taste combination?

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This year’s buckeyes may not have looked perfect, but they tasted perfect!

Here in Ohio we like to make these tasty little peanut butter and chocolate treats that look just like a buckeye… well, they can look like a buckeye, but its really depending on what 6 year old is helping 😉

The recipe for buckeyes that was handed down by my grandmother is a true testament to high fat, high sugar deserts.  We make them exactly one time a year for nostalgic reasons and then drop them off at our friends to get them out of the house!

Buckeyes Recipe
  • 1 16oz jar creamy peanut butter
  • 1 16 oz package confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 12oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 tsp Crisco shortening

Blend together the peanut butter, sugar, and melted butter until smooth and firm. Roll peanut butter mixture into small balls & place on foil lined tray. Place tray in fridge for 20 to 30 minutes to chill completely.

In a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips and shortening. Whisk together until smooth. With a toothpick dip the peanut butter ball into melted chocolate, leaving the top exposed and replace on tray.

So you can see that these are a rare treat in this household!

To make a healthier version of the buckeye in smoothie form, I went to my ingredients on hand and surveyed the scene.  There are a few tips that may come in handy in many situations you encounter:

  • The darker the chocolate, the better – the healthy part of chocolate is the cocoa.  Milk chocolate is has much less cocoa and much more refined sugars.  Look for at least 70% dark chocolate to be of any health benefit.
  • Look for the most natural peanut butter or opt for almond butter – The brand you grew up with is likely full of high fructose corn syrup and other additives you don’t need.  Try to find a peanut butter that is simply peanuts, maybe some olive oil, and possibly some salt.  The same is true for almond butter as well.  While I’ve got my boys eating Justin’s maple almond butter, I can not get them to give up Jiffy, so we go with the all natural line. (I can’t win every battle in this house!)
  • Choose grass fed butter – yes it’s still butter, but will have a more balanced ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acids, which your heart will thank you for.  And you’ll even notice the improvement in the taste too!

Keeping these things in mind, I set out to make a healthy buckeye smoothie.  Lucky me, I found it on the 2nd try!

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Blend together thoroughly for a rich and creamy protein packed buckeye smoothie!

After I was just getting into this delicious smoothie, I learned that my friend makes a similar protein shake almost daily, but that she uses coconut milk.  That sounded good!  So the next day I tried the same recipe above with canned organic coconut milk.  Lessons were learned and quickly!  I’ll post shortly about the difference between canned coconut milk and the light coconut milk you buy in the carton.  Let’s just say that if you want to use any form of milk for this recipe you can…except canned coconut milk, which needs to be thinned out with equal parts water.

I’m curious, what kinds of milks you like to use in your smoothies.  Post it in the comments below or on our Facebook page.  Go Bucks!!!

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