You Are Never to Old for PB&J……
It appears as if smoothie time may be coming to an end for the year, but is there really ever a bad time for a smoothie?! I have revamped this recipe a couple of different times, most recently a few days ago, and I have to admit that each time it is just a little bit better than the previous time. My kids are super picky when it comes to food, but my 4 year old son loves this smoothie, he was actually a green smoothie junkie right along with me last year when I drank one every single day. The surprise in this smoothie is that the greens are still in there, the kids just don’t know it!
I feel like peanut butter and jelly are an all-time classic combination that you just never get to old to enjoy. At least I still enjoy a PB&J sandwich every once in a while right along with my kids. (The peanut butter and jelly are already out, why not?) This recipe brings all of those childhood flavors back into a sophisticated adult form that you can drink, plus get an extra bang for your buck with tat super charged “surprise” thrown in. I use to put 2 cups of baby spinach into one smoothie, but for presentation purposes I only used ½ of a cup to keep that gorgeous purple color. The more spinach you add, you guessed it, it starts turning brownish. And not the color brown that you could mistake it for chocolate, kind of an unappealing muddy brown that you want to drink it out of a dark colored blend and go container. Either way, it tastes the same, so if you don’t care about the color, you aren’t serving it to your kid, or taking photos, pile in the spinach!
I like to blend the ice by itself first to make it kind of powdery so there aren’t big ice chunks in the smoothie, then add the frozen blueberries and frozen bananas along with the stevia and water. Once those are all blended together you can throw your spinach in. I like texture so I put the peanut butter in last, so it doesn’t just disintegrate into the other ingredients, and only pulse it a couple of times just to trail it through the smoothie. (The peanut butter on top of the smoothie is strictly for presentation, but if you feel like an extra dose of protein, feel free to stir a second Tablespoon in!) However you choose to bring back this little bit of childhood you will just love it!
By Angie Gouchenour
½-1 cup of ice (This depends on how thick you like your smoothies)
½ cup of frozen blueberries (I used fresh that I had frozen)
½ of a medium frozen banana (A mounded half cup of slices)
½-1 cup of water (Again, how thick do you like it? I like mine like ice cream)
1 Tablespoon of Stevia in the Raw
½ teaspoon of vanilla flavoring or extract
½ cup of baby spinach
1 Tablespoon of crunchy peanut butter (You could really use any nut butter, or even sunbutter if you want)
Blend up ice until powdery, without chunks
Add frozen blueberries, frozen bananas, and water and blend (You may need a little more water depending on how thick or thin you like it)
Blend in Stevia and vanilla (You may want less Stevia depending on how sweet you like your smoothies)
Add spinach and blend until smooth
Last, but not least, add your peanut butter, pulse 4 or 5 times just to get the peanut butter incorporated into the mix
If you made this in your personal blend bottle enjoy and go, if not pour into a glass, take a sip, and smile!