Crust or no crust?
Jelly or jam?
Crunchy or creamy?
No matter which combo you like best, one thing is for sure…
Most of us love PB&J!
I was in the mood for a smoothie the other day and wanted to try out a new recipe that would remind me of the flavors, creaminess, and I-wanna-be-a-kid-again feeling of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
After making some tweaks and getting my trusty taste-testing husband, Bill, to give it a try, I came up with a recipe that you have to try!
This fiber-filled, protein-packed smoothie will tantalize your taste buds and hold off hunger until lunchtime 🙂
PB&J Power Smoothie
This tasty recipe is a spin on a lunchtime classic, but it’s in a glass instead of on a sandwich! I’ll sometimes have it as an afternoon snack, if I know dinner is a long way off.
- 1.5 cups dairy-free milk (unsweetened)
- 2 tablespoons gluten-free oats
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1.5 tablespoons natural peanut butter (no sugar added)
- 1/2 carrot (coarsely chopped (yes, you read that right! It adds a hint of sweetness and is a great way to hide a veggie!))
- 1 cup frozen strawberries or raspberries
- 1/2 frozen banana (peeled)
- 1 Medjool date (optional) (pitted)
Combine first five ingredients in a blender in the order listed for about 30 seconds. Add frozen fruit and date, if you’d like some sweetness, and enjoy!
- To up the protein count, I will sometimes add a scoop or two of Vital Proteins collagen peptides.
- Trader Joe’s sells gluten free rolled oats in a big blue bag.
- Dates add sweetness. If you don’t have dates, add about 2 tsp pure maple syrup or honey, but dates work best. Let me know how it turns out if you use maple syrup or honey!
- The only ingredients in the peanut butter should be peanuts…and maybe salt. 2 tablespoons really seemed to do the trick, but you can always start with less and then add more!