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The Perfect Smoothie vegetarian snack peanut butter gluten free dessert breakfast

Update: Recipe has been updated and renamed, click here: Fresh Peanut Butter Ice Cream.

Ahh, the smoothie… What could be more satisfying then a big frosty glass of a thick and creamy drink that tastes almost as sinful as Ben & Jerry’s Oatmeal Cookie Chunk Ice Cream. On a hot summer day (or a cold rainy one like today), there is nothing more refreshing than a smoothie for lunch or perhaps lunch #2.

If you Google the term “smoothie” you’ll receive about 9,000,000 results and you can bet that each page has at least a couple recipes. So what’s the perfect smoothie? The beauty of the smoothie is that there is no perfect smoothie, each person can customize it to their taste. To start off, however, here is my basic criteria: it must be cold, and it must contain peanut butter. From that wonderful starting point, I’ve created a great smoothie base that is very adaptable to suit your fancy.

Healthy? You bet! These smoothies have no added sugar, contain plenty of fiber, vitamins and nutrients: All without using ice. Don’t be afraid to experiment, you can throw almost anything (edible, of course) into that blender without drastically affecting the taste (see “Could” Additions).

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Base:

1 frozen banana (freeze in plastic wrap without peel)
1 (6oz) container light yogurt, any flavor
1 handful frozen strawberries (or other frozen fruit)
milk (skim, soy, almond or fruit juice)

“Must” Additions:

2T peanut butter
1 handful frozen wild blueberries, cherries, etc..

“Should” Additions:

2-3T cocoa powder
1-2 scoops vanilla protein powder
1t cinnamon

“Could” Additions:

2T flax seed, wheat germ, wheat bran, etc…
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (omit yogurt)
3/4 cup non-fat cottage cheese (omit yogurt)
3/4 cup pumpkin mousse (recipe coming soon!)
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 multivitamin

Toppings (Get a small dish and mix any of these together):

1/2 cup high fiber cereal (I mix Kashi Go Lean and Go Lean Crunch)
10-15 almonds
1 handful dried fruit
3 broken-up Peanut Butter Cookies

Instructions:

1. Break banana into chunks and place all ingredients into blender except for milk/juice. Pulse until the motley of goodness begins to chop up. Slowly add milk/juice as needed.

2. When your mixture reaches the consistency of frozen yogurt, you’re done! Pour into a large mug, sprinkle with toppings and eat with a spoon.

3. Sprinkle, eat, repeat.

Additional Info:

Strawberries are a better base than mixed berries because they are naturally sweeter. The cocoa powder gives a wonderful chocolate flavor and adds tons of antioxidants as well as some fiber and protein. Surprisingly, adding the cottage cheese and pumpkin had no discernible effect on the flavor. Experiment and leave a comment with your results!

Most Recent “Perfect” Smoothie:

1 frozen banana
1 (6oz) container light vanilla yogurt
8 frozen strawberries
2T creamy natural peanut butter
2-3T cocoa powder
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder (optional)
1/2 cup vanilla soymilk, as needed

This smoothie turned out the perfect consistency – about that of frozen yogurt. I topped it with Kashi cereal and ate it with a spoon. Leave out the protein if you don’t want it.

Filed in Breakfast, Dessert, Gluten Free, Peanut Butter, Snack, Vegetarian

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  1. HickoryChick says:

    Dude… the PB banana smoothie is one of my favorites. I make mine for a healthy and satisfying ‘light’ treat, so please add more PB if you can afford the calories:

    1 frozen banana
    1.5 Tbsp peanut butter
    1/4 cup lowfat vanilla yogurt
    1/2 cup skim milk

    Blend, serve and swoon. Next time I’m going to add some cocoa, for fun. Thanks for the awesome recipe suggestions!

  2. Nick says:

    Absolutely. The peanut butter makes it thick and rich. I am actually just about to update this with a full “perfect” smoothie that I just had for lunch. Definitely try the cocoa addition, it adds a great subtle flavor!

  3. Cenk says:

    Looks amazing! Wonderful color..

  4. Hey, I love pumpkin shakes made with pumpkin ice cream. But ice cream makers think pumpkin is only for use in the fall!

    So, can I use pumpkin pie from a can (the kind you put in a pie) in ice cream and milk to make a shake??

    Help me… I’m starving

    Totally, that stuff is great. I use pure pumpkin puree though, it’s got no added sugar so you can control the sweetness level yourself. I love putting pumpkin in everything, who cares if it’s fall or not! ~ Nick

  5. Dave Peckens says:

    This will be my spring/summer breakfast… buying ingredients tonight.

    Nom nom nom.

    • Nick says:

      Check my Twitter reply! I have a few “ice cream” recipes on my site that are essentially the same basic recipe as this smoothie, only better!

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