I can't be the only person obsessed with the Starbucks chocolate smoothie, right? ...
OK, I'm pretty sure 90% of the people reading this have no idea what I'm talking about. Let me drop some knowledge: Starbucks makes protein shake smoothies! The next time you go there, check out the menu and you'll find it. It's pretty much overshadowed by any and every holiday/seasonal/espresso drink, but it's there. (Speaking of holiday drinks, I got my gingerbread latte yesterday in my very first red Starbucks cup of the season! It was initially a weird experience since I picked up my drink right next to a display offering coffee grounds in the flavor "Thanksgiving". I was confused for a second and then realized that pop culture is now celebrating Christmas a month before Thanksgiving and two months before the actual Christmas day, which is sort of aggravating to me but...I'm digressing...) Chocolate Smoothie.
This smoothie happens to be a chocolate banana protein shake (20g protein!). I discovered this by accident one day when I was bored and scrolling through the Starbucks app on my phone. Over the past year or two, I've become a consumer of protein shakes before, during, and/or after a workout, so finding this shake was exciting for me! I admit that at first I didn't love the taste of it. My taste buds were expecting a pretty sweet milkshake instead of a slightly sweetened and (relatively) good-for-you smoothie, but eventually I came to love it.
The other day I was looking for a quick snack to whip up and I came across this recipe for a Banana Nutella Microwave Brownie. Right away, it reminded me of the Starbucks smoothie! Alright, it's definitely not the same thing, but the flavors are sort of similar.
Then I realized I didn't have any Nutella in my pantry. However, I do have crushed cookies in the form of Speculoos hanging around! I picked that up instead and got to work.
Do the dang thing!
Banana Speculoos Microwave Brownie
slightly adapted from Erin's Food Files
makes 1 serving
- 1/2 ripe banana
- 1 oz chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
- 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 heaping tablespoon Speculoos or Nutella
1) Add the banana into a mug and mash it with a fork.
2) Stir in the remaining ingredients.
3) Microwave on High for 30 seconds, then stir well with a fork.
4) Microwave 1-2 minutes more until it looks like a brownie. (My brownie took an additional 1 minute 15 seconds for this step.)
5) Brownie will be very hot! Let cool before diving in.