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Real Food: Banana Chocolate Milk

I’ve never met a kid who didn’t love chocolate milk. Generally it’s the bottled stuff, or white milk stirred with chocolate syrup or powder. But it’s simple to make a frothy, uber-chocolatey milk with real cocoa, sweetened with banana, which also adds nutrients and fiber and a rich, smooth mouthfeel. If you drink chocolate milk as a post-workout snack, adding a whole banana will help replenish potassium and other essential nutrients, too. And it takes about ten seconds to make.

A spoonful of cocoa powder – dark, Dutch-processed cocoa will add a more intense flavour – is simple to whiz with milk and a banana until smooth. Blending it in the food processor (a hand-held immersion blender or Magic Bullet will work well too) makes it frothy; add a few ice cubes or freeze the banana first to make it more slushy, or replace half the milk with yogurt to make more of a smoothie.

To boost protein and make a delicious peanut-butter-banana-chocolate combo, add a big spoonful of peanut butter, too.

Real Banana Chocolate Milk

1 1/2 cups milk (regular or soy)
1 banana, frozen or not, broken into chunks
1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tbsp. peanut butter (optional)

Put everything into a blender and whiz until smooth. Serve immediately. Serves 2.

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