hey friends! so we’re big smoothie drinkers here. honestly, its mostly because lily our baker also is lily our smoothie maker. so if lily makes it, we’re all into it. i just need her to get a little better at making sushi…
anyway, smoothies. i decided to try my hand at a smoothie for just sean and i (the kids usually want mostly berries and i’m kind of done with them right now). something healthy and hearty, packed with protein. and without protein powder, because i don’t feel like trying to find a good one or paying for it, to be honest. so nuts = protein, so nuts and nut butter it is!
i tried a few versions on this, and honestly, you can’t really go wrong here. its really a banana peanut butter smoothie, but then i added a few extras, like almonds, almond milk (because sean doesn’t drink cow’s milk) and chia seeds.
i prefer very ripe, frozen bananas. when we have ripe bananas, we usually thrown them into a ziplock bag in the freezer to have them on hand. but nice yellow bananas work well, too. if i use them, sometimes i’ll add a little honey since the yellow bananas have less sugar in them.
i buy our almonds in bulk at costco. they are so much less expensive than i’ve found at the grocery store.
chia seeds – i’m not sure of their health benefit, but i hear they’re good for you, so i throw them in, too!
i have tried a couple different coconut milks and i like this version best, the toasted coconut. i am not a coconut lover, but i really like this milk.
any smooth natural peanut butter will do. or not natural, whatever you have on hand.
we’ve had a couple different blenders, and both good quality, but we are really happy with the power of this breville blender.
i never measure when i make this, but i tried to keep track this time. i start with almonds on the bottom, a big handful.
i add 2-3 bananas usually. when i make this for the kids too, i double almost everything.
after i made the smoothie, i realized i added less chia seeds than usual. generally, i load 2 tablespoons in.
i’m guessing i add maybe 3 tablespoons or so of peanut butter. maybe more.
and because warm smoothies are gross, i add about 2 cups of ice.
i add the coconut milk last, maybe a cup or so. adjust to the thickness you like best.
banana nut smoothie recipe:
makes 2 big smoothies
2-3 bananas (over ripe is best)
a large handful of almonds
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
2-3 tablespoons peanut butter
2 cups of coconut milk
~2 cups of ice