It’s 2 p.m. You’re feeling the urge to eat something sweet, even though you aren’t really hungry if you think about it. Still, a snack would be nice. What to do?
My answer is very likely to whip up a Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie. After doing the prep work ahead of time (which isn’t much), I can make one of these in about five minutes. It is so good, it’s worth the extra effort to make it happen rather than reaching for something less nutritious.
- 1 tablespoon flaxmeal
- About 5 chunks of frozen banana
- 1 heaping tablespoon peanut butter
- less than one scoop of pure Stevia extract powder (or equivalent amount of other sweetener)
- 4 ice cubes
- almond milk
Add flaxmeal to blender. Add just enough water to cover flaxmeal. Turn on the blender to create somewhat of a milky substance. Then add peanut butter, banana, ice cubes, and stevia. Top with almond milk (enough to cover all the ingredients, with just the tips of the ice still showing). Blend until smooth.
Sometimes I add less than a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder if I’m in the mood for something chocolate-y. Usually the banana peanut butter combo tastes so good I don’t want to mess with it. More on the specific kind of stevia used here.
I try to buy a bunch of bananas every once in a while and separate them into chunks to store in the freezer. That way, I always have bananas for smoothies on hand but don’t have to worry about them going bad on the counter. Also, this smoothie is even better when it is as cold as possible.
Voilà! The perfect snack to get you through the afternoon, if you like peanut butter and banana, that is. This smoothie can also be made for breakfast, lunch, or any other time of the day that the mood strikes. I usually try to make a green smoothie in the morning and then save this one as more of a treat for later, but some mornings a peanut butter banana smoothie sounds too good to wait for.
If you give it a try let us know what you think!