PB&J Smoothies for Two

PB&J smoothies for two! Keep it simple or try topping with granola and a peanut butter drizzle (yes, please!)

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The other day as we were making breakfast, Joe turned to me and asked, “Is it ratchet that I like peanut butter better than almond butter?” [insert cry-laughing emoji here]. It is true that in the wellness world over the past few years, almond and artisanal nut butters have been getting all the attention while peanut butter has been almost shunned as the less healthy step-sibling. Lest we forget how delicious peanut butter is in the era of homemade almond-hazelnut-cinnamon-matcha-elderberry butters, here’s a PB&J smoothie recipe. Because almond-hazelnut-cinnamon-matcha-elderberry butter and jelly (AHCMEB&J) just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

PB&J smoothies for two! Keep it simple or try topping with granola and a peanut butter drizzle (yes, please!)

These PB&J smoothies for two are simple to make (just five ingredients), but I’d encourage you to get creative with the toppings if you’re looking for a more filling breakfast. I topped mine with fresh strawberries, granola and a peanut butter drizzle. So. Good.

PB&J smoothies for two! Keep it simple or try topping with granola and a peanut butter drizzle (yes, please!) PB&J smoothies for two! Keep it simple or try topping with granola and a peanut butter drizzle (yes, please!)

I love MegaFood’s Daily Nutrient Booster Powders for adding to smoothies (you can check out other recipes I’ve posted using them here, here and here). I added their Daily C-Protect to today’s smoothie because immunity support never hurts during a change of seasons. This booster powder is made with organic oranges from Uncle Matt’s Farm. It contains FoodState® Vitamin C and farm-fresh blueberries and cranberries, providing phytonutrients such as bioflavonoids and anthocyanins which function as powerful antioxidants.* In addition, it contains organic Astragalus and Schisandra Berry. These herbs have been traditionally used for their immune-supportive properties.*

PB&J smoothies for two! Keep it simple or try topping with granola and a peanut butter drizzle (yes, please!)

PB&J Smoothies for Two

Yield: 2 smoothies

PB&J Smoothies for Two

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 scoop Daily C-Protect
  • Optional toppings:
  • Granola
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Peanut butter drizzle

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and combine until smooth.
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PB&J smoothies for two! Keep it simple or try topping with granola and a peanut butter drizzle (yes, please!) PB&J smoothies for two! Keep it simple or try topping with granola and a peanut butter drizzle (yes, please!)

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Fudgy Chai Blender Muffins (Vegan)

These fudgy chai blender muffins are vegan and gluten-free. Make them with or without a vanilla glaze.

In one of my monthly Favorite Things posts, I mentioned the Flourless Banana Blender Muffins recipe from the Chocolate Covered Katie blog. I’m obsessed with them and I can’t recommend trying Katie’s recipe highly enough. These fudgy chai blender muffins with a vanilla glaze are my twist on her original delicious muffins.

The one (non) issue for me with the original recipe is that I seriously eat the entire batch in one day. Something about the added chai spice of today’s version makes it a lot easier to have just one or two and then be done. Don’t get me wrong—these chai blender muffins are DELICIOUS—but it’s like comparing chocolate chip cookie dough to gingerbread cookie dough. I’m satisfied with a finger lick of the latter. I could eat the entire bowl of the former.

These fudgy chai blender muffins are vegan and gluten-free. Make them with or without a vanilla glaze.

The vanilla glaze drizzle is totally optional. These are delicious with or without it. The glaze is a nice touch when you plan to eat these as a healthier dessert, but if you want them for breakfast or a make-ahead snack, you could definitely skip it.

These fudgy chai blender muffins are vegan and gluten-free. Make them with or without a vanilla glaze.

Fudgy Chai Blender Muffins (Vegan)

Yield: 8-9 muffins

Fudgy Chai Blender Muffins (Vegan)

Ingredients

  • 1 medium banana (over-ripe)
  • 1 can white beans
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • Optional Vanilla Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp almond milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin (you can also oil if you don't have tin liners on hand)—you'll need 8-9.
  2. Drain, thoroughly rinse, and pat dry the beans. Place all muffin ingredients in a blender or food processor and combine until smooth.
  3. Fill the muffin tins about 3/4 the way with the muffin batter.
  4. Bake for 16-20 minutes. Let sit for 20 minutes before enjoying. If you're going to add the vanilla glaze, mix the three ingredients together in a bowl (add small amounts of the almond milk at a time, you may not need the full tsp) and wait until muffins are fully cooled to drizzle it on or else it'll just drip off.
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These fudgy chai blender muffins are vegan and gluten-free. Make them with or without a vanilla glaze. These fudgy chai blender muffins are vegan and gluten-free. Make them with or without a vanilla glaze.

If you’re expecting the fluffy, bready texture of a traditional muffin, know that these are a bit different. The tops will have a satisfying hardness to them while the insides with be dense and fudgy. I can’t get enough of the texture!

These fudgy chai blender muffins are vegan and gluten-free. Make them with or without a vanilla glaze.

If you give these a try, let me know what you think! And be sure to check out Chocolate Covered Katie for the original recipe.

Peanut Butter Protein Acai Bowl

Peanut Butter Protein Acai Bowl - love smoothies but finish them feeling unsatisfied? Add some peanut butter, protein powder and a spoon for a refreshing but filling breakfast.

I love smoothies as much as the next basic betch, but rarely do I feel satisfied when I drink one alone for breakfast. It’s not that they can’t contain all the goodies you need for a healthy breakfast, it’s just that I haven’t chewed anything. Cue my obsession with smoothie BOWLS. Exact same ingredients just with a little granola on top and a spoon—makes all the difference. Try this peanut butter protein acai bowl the next time you want to eat your morning smoothie.

Peanut Butter Protein Acai Bowl - love smoothies but finish them feeling unsatisfied? Add some peanut butter, protein powder and a spoon for a refreshing but filling breakfast.

Peanut Butter Protein Acai Bowl

Yield: 1 bowl

Peanut Butter Protein Acai Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen pack acai (I use 100g packs from Sambazon that you can find at Whole Foods)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries (I like my bowls thick so I usually do frozen)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (+1-2 tbsp to reach desired consistency)
  • 2 tbsp vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 handful spinach (optional)*
  • Topping of choice (granola, fresh fruit, shredded coconut, peanut butter drizzle, etc.)

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender. If you have an older blender, it can be helpful to break the acai pack up into chunks beforehand. Start with 1/4 cup of almond milk and if the consistency is too thick, add 1 tbsp at a time until it's at your desired thickness.
  2. Get creative with your toppings. Granola, fresh fruit, dried fruit, shredded coconut, etc.

Notes

*Adding spinach will slightly dull the vibrant purple color of your smoothie bowl. Don't be alarmed if it doesn't look like mine does in the pictures—it'll still be delicious (and have that leafy green nutritional boost!).

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Peanut Butter Protein Acai Bowl - love smoothies but finish them feeling unsatisfied? Add some peanut butter, protein powder and a spoon for a refreshing but filling breakfast.

For the protein powder, I use this raw, plant-based one from Garden of Life. I add protein to smoothies and drinks maaaaybe once a week, if that, so I certainly don’t have an expert opinion on brands, but I do think this one is really yummy if you’re looking for a recommendation! You could also totally make this peanut butter protein acai bowl without the protein powder.

Peanut Butter Protein Acai Bowl - love smoothies but finish them feeling unsatisfied? Add some peanut butter, protein powder and a spoon for a refreshing but filling breakfast.

Some other acai recipes from the archives:

Any time I do a gallery of images like this, I always laugh at how bad my photography skills used to be. I’m no pro now, but jeeze, it looks like I took those early pictures with a throwaway camera in a dark basement (lol).

Happy Sunday, friends!