Mornings get a little crazy in our little corner of the world--especially when we are out of town over the weekend and grocery shopping gets delayed by a few days! This week, the usual breakfast fare ran out by this morning--so, it was time to get creative with the ingredients on hand.
The kids needed breakfast--and they needed something with a little protein and something with a sugar "charge" for the day. We threw together Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies--and the recipe will probably be a regular on our breakfast menu options!
Ingredients for a Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
1/2 Ripe Banana Sliced, Frozen if desired
1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder or 1/2 c. Vanilla Greek Yogurt
1 c. Vanilla Almond Milk (I use Unsweetened or Light)
1 tsp. Milled Flax Seed
1 Tbsp. Peanut Butter (or other nut butter of choice)
Instructions for a Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
Toss the ingredients into a blender and process on high for 1-2 minutes or until the mixture is smooth. Cannot be much easier than that at 6 a.m. or mid afternoon. Pour into a tall glass or large mug and serve.
Our thoughts on this recipe:
We don't add ice cubes to smoothies. Most people seem to. We think it "waters it down" and just isn't really necessary. We tend to toss in frozen chunks of fruit and a little flax seed instead for that "thickening" effect.
If the bananas are not fairly ripe--add a tsp. of honey or a dash of sweetener--especially if you are using an unsweetened or homemade nut butter and unsweetened almond milk!
The middle daughter sometimes adds in a tablespoon of chocolate hazelnut spread with the peanut butter (or instead of the peanut butter) depending on her mood for the morning.
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