I have a new obsession.
Not my blender, although I do love that, too! Green Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies!
A green smoothie is just a regular smoothie with veggies added. Anytime I make a smoothie, I try to add at least a handful of spinach. I am a fruit lover, but not so much a veggie lover. This really helps me squeeze in some extra greens.
I should start by saying that my family has a small obsession with peanut butter. And when I say my family, I mostly mean my little sister, Albie. A few weeks ago, my other sister saw the news that there was some sort of pb recall, she immediately warned Albie...out of fear for her life, I'm sure.
I don't want to embarass her by talking about how much peanut butter she eats, but let's just say it would be enough to embarass her. Sorry, Al. Luckily she also likes to run about 10 miles, just for fun...or maybe that is just to balance out her pb addiction. Either way she is in great shape, so obviously the mass amount of pb she eats has not hurt her figure at all.
My family's love for pb eventually lead to my discovery of the greatest sandwich ever...peanut butter and banana. Bonus points if it also includes honey, marshmallow fluff, or nutella (none of which are vegan, but all of which are delish)!
I recently discovered Naturally Nutty PB. It is amazing! They have so many different flavors. So far the cinnamon vanilla almond butter and the vanilla peanut butter are my favs! I ate one jar in 6 days. There is a POUND of peanut butter in each one of those jars...YIKES! At least it is made in Michigan, so I'm supporting a local business...as in, they could probably survive on my purchases alone. After that week of 1 lb of pb, I worked on cutting back on my habit, and I also needed something to satisfy my pb craving!
Peanut flour saves the day! It is pretty much powdered peanut butter. I don't want to go into toooo much detail on it but Emily did a test of three different brands on her blog a while ago. You should check it out. I've been using Trader Joe's peanut flour but apparently TJ's has now discontinued it. Luckily, I still have another unopened package in my pantry. After that I'll have to try PB2.
Anyway, where am I going with all this? It sounds like I'm just rambling on about pb and sandwiches and my sister...so let me get to the point.
Green PB Banana Smoothie = Love!
1 banana, frozen or fresh - frozen seems to give a richer, creamier texture to your smoothie
1 C of almond milk (I like Silk PureAlmond Unsweetened)
1/3 C of peanut flour
1 Tbsp ground flax seed
Crushed ice (enough to fill about 1/3 of the glass that you are going to be using for your smoothie)
A couple handfuls of spinach
Just throw it all in the blender...I've found that it blends best if you put the liquid in first with the spinach and ice cubes on top.
Make sure you blend it until it is pretty smooth. You do not want any pieces of spinach leaf in your smoothie/shake!
It tastes like a pb banana milkshake, but is waaaay better for you and you even get in a serving of veggies with the spinach! If you'd like to add extra protein, you can use soymilk instead of almond milk. I like using 1/2 C of unsweetened almond milk and 1/2 C of light vanilla soymilk.
This smoothie also fills me up and keeps me full for a long time! I drank one on my way to work yesterday, and I forgot to eat lunch. I. FORGOT. TO. EAT. That never happens to me. Usually I'm counting down the minutes until I get to eat again.
Anyway, this smoothie/shake is healthy enough to have as a light meal/big snack, but delish enough to have as dessert.
Like I said, OBSESSED!