banana nut smoothie

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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!

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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.

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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.

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chia seeds – i’m not sure of their health benefit, but i hear they’re good for you, so i throw them in, too!

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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.

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we’ve had a couple different blenders, and both good quality, but we are really happy with the power of this breville blender.

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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.

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i add 2-3 bananas usually.  when i make this for the kids too, i double almost everything.

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after i made the smoothie, i realized i added less chia seeds than usual.  generally, i load 2 tablespoons in.

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i’m guessing i add maybe 3 tablespoons or so of peanut butter.  maybe more.

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and because warm smoothies are gross, i add about 2 cups of ice.

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i add the coconut milk last, maybe a cup or so.  adjust to the thickness you like best.

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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

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what i wore

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what i wore at the pleated poppy

overcast weather is always a great excuse to stay extra cozy!

sweater – thrifted from Fred & Betty’s //  shirt – target //  black jeans – forever 21 //  ankle boots – charlotte russe {similar} //  earrings – nickel & suede //  necklace – noonday collection //  glasses – david kind

what i wore at the pleated poppy

shawl collar sweatshirt/cardigan – forever 21 //  shirt – target //  jeans – target //  boots – zaps {similar} //  necklace – lisa leonard designs //  glasses – david kind

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homeschool, volleyball game

b&w stripe shirt – sheIn //  jeans – zara //  tennies – converse

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celebration dinner at school

sweater – forever 21  {similar} //  ruffled shirt – target //  ponte pants – stitch fix //  ankle boots – charlotte russe //  necklace – local boutique

what i wore at the pleated poppy

sweater – stitch fix //  shirt – forever 21 //  jeans – zara //  tennies – converse

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