I love butters; peanut, walnut, almond, fruit butters, and of course actual butter, (actual dairy butter won’t be used in this recipe, no worries!). I also happen to really dig bananas, especially when they are frozen into chunks because they make smoothie recipes so much creamier and more luxurious.
Now many of us in our youth (and still do to this day ) have had the proverbial peanut butter and banana sandwich, sometimes you would even throw some nutella or other type of chocolate spread on it for an extra treat. (scroll down for the recipe!)
Here is a Smoothie For All You Peanut Butter Lovers!
That’s what inspired this lovely concoction, the healthy peanut butter banana smoothie recipe, with a couple twists of course! Now you guys know that bananas are oh so healthy for you with all the fiber and potassium they contain, but what about the peanut butter? Well, all butters are high in fat, but they contain a healthy kind of fat. So when consumed in moderation, it can actually be very beneficial to your health (plus it tastes great, so there’s my rational).
Now some people like to use a little bit of chocolate in these types of smoothies too, and that’s quite alright, I do love a nice chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie. Ill Provide some alternatives that I think would also taste really great as well, like using almond butter in place of peanut butter, and using dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate for example.
Time to add Some Oats and Grains!
Another spin on this smoothie is the addition of oats and grains. (Don’t worry the oats and grains get ground up in advance before you blend the smoothie!) You get all the wonderful health benefits of high fiber, protean, and vitamins and minerals from the oats and grains, and it makes this a very hearty and satisfying in between snack or small meal replacement (great for breakfast if I do say so myself.) I also sometimes like to add in a little organic vanilla Greek yogurt to this smoothie for extra protean, and more importantly, probiotics to help with digestion. So you can make this a peanut butter banana smoothie with yogurt too if you wish, always experiment!
A Few Last Details….
As always I reccomend you use all organic produce and ingredients whenever possible. Also, make sure the bananas are frozen and in small chunks so that your blender can handle it. (that’s why I reccomend using a vitamix or blendtec blender). And be sure to thoroughly ground up the oats and grains in your blender until powdery before putting in the rest of your ingredients for further blending.
Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Recipe
(Always use organic produce and ingredients whenever possible!)
- 2 frozen bananas sliced into small chunks
- 1/4 cup oats and grains (I like to use organic “whole grain” oatmeal/cereal)
- 1/4 cup unsalted peanut butter
- 2 cups milk (I like to use organic, grass fed, and if possible, unhomogenized milk)
- 1 tsp Spirulina Powder (great for blood sugar control)
- 1 tsp of organic Stevia for sweetening
- (optional) 1/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt (plain flavor works too if you want the added nutrients but not the vanilla flavor)
- (optional) 4 tablespoons raw cacao powder (if you want this to be a chocolate smoothie as well)
- First, put your oats and grains into blender and blend until they’re very powdery.
- Add your remaining ingredients and blend them until there are no more chunks of frozen banana pieces (or until desired consistency).
- Garnish with a few fresh organic banana slices if desired.
Servings (yield) : Makes about 2 servings
Notes : Another variation on this recipe is to use unsalted almond butter instead of the peanut butter which is even healthier for you, and has a nice sweetness to it. You can also add some milk or dark chocolate (I like dark, especially with the almond butter) to the recipe if you want a chocolate treat. A healthy way to add chocolate is to use raw cacao powder, which is full of antioxidants and is high in magnesium and iron. It also has a generous amount of calcium, copper, zinc, and potassium. If you find the smoothie isn’t sweet enough, try adding some more Stevia powder or some honey or agave syrup. Enjoy!
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