Kids love this creamy, fruit-sweetened remake of chocolate milk that tastes–magically!–just like the store-bought kind.
Is Chocolate Milk Good for Kids?
At some point or another, you’ve probably heard your family pediatrician recommend serving your kids two cups of milk a day. Plenty of kids don’t love plain milk, though, and if that sounds like yours, it’s fine to serve yogurt, cheese, and other calcium-rich replacements instead.
Still, for parents who want to encourage milk-drinking, chocolate milk can seem like a good solution. It provides the same amounts of protein and calcium as white milk in a flavor that kids find irresistible. So what’s the catch?
Most of us know it: chocolate milk is loaded with sugar… three whole teaspoons of added sugar per cup! (That doesn’t count lactose, but our bodies break down lactose differently than table sugar.)
If kids drink just one cup of chocolate milk a day, they’re consuming a whopping 23 cups of extra sugar in a year. That makes my head spin!
Thankfully, there’s a delicious solution. We’ve discovered a way to treat kids to a creamy glass of chocolate milk made with whole food ingredients and NO added sugars. We call it Magic Chocolate Milk.
Why Our Chocolate Milk Recipe is the Best
I was really excited to stumble onto this amazing combination of ingredients, almost by accident. I didn’t set out to make chocolate milk. Actually, I tried to make a smoothie! What I ended up with was something so delicious that my kids and I have been sharing a blender-ful every other day for the last month. It’s that yummy!
This drink delivers all the sweet, creamy flavor and texture of chocolate milk, with none of the added sugars or artificial flavors. Better yet, it includes a serving a fresh fruit (bananas) and a boost of plant protein from creamy peanut butter.
Yes, I know what you’re thinking: bananas? Peanut butter? These foods have pretty distinct flavors, and they are not the flavors of chocolate milk. All I have to say is: I don’t understand the sorcery either. For some reason, this drink doesn’t taste strongly of bananas or peanut butter… it just tastes like chocolate milk!
Cold, sweet, slurpable chocolate milk… want some?
Chocolate Milk Made Better
Take a look at some of the nutrition your kids get when they drink a cup of Magic Chocolate Milk:
Protein: 7 grams
Fiber: 3 grams
Calcium: 413 mg
Added sugars: 0 grams
Our homemade version of this sweet treat is also (of course) free from the additives that can appear in commercially-made chocolate milk, like artificial flavors, food coloring (really!) and high fructose corn syrup.
How to Make Chocolate Milk
This is a quick and simple recipe, but if you really want to cast the spell of “chocolate milk,” it matters to stick to the ingredients and ratios closely.
Use ripe–but not overripe–bananas, so they bring the right about of sweetness to the drink. And don’t leave out the ice, because it prevents the texture from being thick like a smoothie.
The rest is easy: blend well, serve right away, and watch the smiles! Enjoy.
Homemade Chocolate Milk
- 1 cup milk
- 1 medium ripe banana
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, unsweetened
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 handful ice cubes
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.