Food for Friday — Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
|PB and Banana smoothie against a backdrop of reno
Wow – what a week. I’m seriously exhausted. The little things that tend to pop-up when renovations are happening all decided to pop up at once and one thing lead to another and now it’s starting to look like we might be about 2 weeks behind schedule. This is bad for a couple of reasons: 1) 2 weeks behind schedule means that after 4 weeks of living with/in the reno, we’ve got 4 more weeks to go. Halfway. And blah, I’ve just about had enough already; 2) my in-laws arrive from out of town in 4 weeks. That would leave me exactly zero days to move our kitchen stuff out of the guest room or to have restored any kind of order whatsoever. It’s all left me worried that we’ll get even further behind and wondering if there will even be a guest bathroom before my guests arrive. Panic set in. Then it waned. Now I’m back at the place where I remember that it’ll be done when it gets done, that there’s no amount of freaking out that will change it anyway, and that 6 people can share one bathroom if we really needed to. It’s not a crisis by any stretch of the imagination. I’m also desperately hoping that my “2 weeks over” estimate is horribly wrong.
So, yeah, I’m pretty tired of the reno these days and I’d also been getting pretty tired of slow-cooker recipes. At least for a little while, I think the slow cooker and I should have a break. I thought instead, I could maybe introduce you to my blender and some of the best things that I make with my blender that don’t involve Margarita mix: smoothies!
The weather is officially spring-like in Southern Ontario and I’m ready for a few months of delicious fruit concoctions that can quickly become a snack or a breakfast or sometimes even dessert. This particular recipe is my own creation, usually assembled quite haphazardly in the morning. Feel free to make adjustments – but you should try it – it’s delicious.
Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
2 very ripe bananas
2 tablespoons of peanut butter
1 to 1 1/2 cups of milk or non-dairy substitution of your choice. I’m showing soy milk here but actually almond milk works really well with the nutty flavour of the peanut butter.
1/4 cup of yogurt (optional)
I’m pretty sure that you can figure out how to put it all together. Put everything in the blender and blend on high until you get a smoothie. Add milk if you like something thinner to drink.
I like to use this smoothie as a sort of protein shake – a way to get myself to consume more protein. I usually use soy milk or almond milk since they’ll be a bit higher in protein than cow’s milk. I also like having yogurt in mine, but it is optional if you want a non-dairy version. You should take note though – the yogurt, bananas, and peanut butter are very thick and require a lot of milk but you’ll have to cut back on the milk if you take out the yogurt. I tend to like my smoothies VERY thick, like an old school frosty milkshake. You may find that you’ll want to add more milk to get something that’s a drinkable consistency.
Variation: Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie – add 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder and 2 teaspoons of sugar before blending.
I was thinking that suggesting a banana flavoured smoothie might be a bit risky given how many folks out there are anti-banana. Most smoothies use bananas for sweetness but can be removed and replaced with some sugar. This one’s bold though, I mean, without the banana, what have you got? Just a plain old peanut butter smoothie .. with chocolate.. hmm.. just a minute, I’ll be right back! Ok, I’m joking, but you know what I mean: there are a whole world of banana-haters out there. Are any of you banana-haters still reading this? Thanks for sticking it out, if you are. Just out of curiosity: are you pro-banana or anti-banana? Let us know in the comments and I promise to bring you a banana-less smoothie recipe next Friday.
Have a Happy Weekend! (A long one for us Canadians. Woo hoo!)