Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie

Not another darn smoothie recipe… Ew!

No. This smoothie is not ew. This smoothie is a miracle smoothie. Why? Here’s why:

  • It tastes amazing
  • It’s nutritious
  • It’s super filling and will keep you satisfied until lunch
  • It has peanut butter and banana

There is only one thing wrong with this smoothie:

  • It’s ugly

And I’m sure we can all get over the fact that it is slightly horrible looking, right? You could possibly make it look prettier by throwing in some leafy greens. It would become even healthier.. yay! But I don’t know it might look even grosser.

Anyways, the looks are unimportant, but the taste is extremely important. It is sweet, creamy and peanut-buttery, but the texture is a bit different from your normal smoothie due to the oat powder. The oat powder and the peanut butter work together to make the most satiating drink I have ever had. Seriously. It makes for a good pre-run breakfast.

If you like peanut butter and bananas, I highly recommend that you make this as soon as possible. Like right now.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 Tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 cup almond milk   ( If unsweetened, you may want to add a tablespoon or so of sweetener)
  • 3/4 cup oats, ground into a fine powder (I used a food processor)
  • A few ice cubes

Directions:

  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  2. Drink it and be amazed.

I don’t have a picture of this smoothie yet, but I will try to get one soon. I took multiple pictures of it and they all disappeared.

For now, just picture a smoothie that is quite ugly indeed.

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

 

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Yay chocolate.

It has been a busy last few months. Wasn’t it January a couple of weeks ago? Was Easter yesterday? No February post, my bad. Wow.

It’s April.

That means state testing and finals are just around the corner. I took one state test already, the writing portion.

It was awful.

Anyway, time to talk about this smoothie. Quick, easy, and pretty healthy. I use Silk chocolate almond milk. That stuff is the bomb. I wonder who came up with the idea of almond milk. Who would pick up a small, hard nut and think, “Wow, this would make a delicious drink!” Pure genius…   Back to the smoothie! Tastes like a chocolate milkshake. But a banana sneaked in. And no chocolate ice cream. Not actually a milkshake, but tastes darn close. This smoothie makes a perfect post workout snack, and has been fueling me after track practice for the last couple of days.

I strongly recommend this smoothie to anyone who loves chocolate and peanut butter.If you don’t like peanut butter, just take it out. Be that way. Oh, fun fact: I used to hate peanut butter. Wouldn’t touch the stuff.

Something was wrong with me.

Enough small-talk. Time for a chocolate smoothie.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup Silk Dark Chocolate Almond milk (or other chocolate milk)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter (optional?)
  • 1/2 cup ice

Directions: 

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until frosty. Add more milk if it is too thick. Enjoy immediately.

Pumpkin Frappuccino

When you ask people what their favorite thing about fall is, they usually say something about the nice weather, the beautiful colors, and the cozy clothing. My favorite part of fall? Pumpkin flavored everything. Pumpkin yogurt, pumpkin cream cheese, pumpkin drinks, pumpkin donuts, the list goes on forever. My pumpkin craving usually strikes in July, so I can’t buy anything pumpkin-y. But I can make it.

This drink is sweet, full of pumpkin flavors and spices, and it is so much healthier than something you buy at a coffee shop. Bonus: it’s cheap. There is no longer a need to break your bank for this frap. Forget Christmas in July.

I want Autumn in July.

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This drink rocks.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups cold coffee
  • 1 1/4 cups milk of choice
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoons cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions: 

  1. Combine milk, pumpkin, syrup, and spices. Place in a shallow container (the original recipe suggested using an ice cube tray, but I didn’t have any of those lying around) and stick it into the freezer. Freeze until frozen. I let mine freeze overnight.
  2. Once the pumpkin is frozen and the coffee is chilled, dump it into a blender and whip it up. Mine took about 5 minutes to blend up because the blender I used is probably 20 years old. Top your drink off with whipped cream and enjoy. Very delicious. Actually has pumpkin in it.

Sally, from Sally’s Baking Addiction, has been the provider of this amazing recipe. I basically live on her website. Check out the original recipe here: http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/08/27/skinny-pumpkin-frappuccino/