Wake Up!: PB&Banana Smoothie

I’m back with a BIG winner!  Both in the taste and the nutrition department.

 

Recently, I was talking to someone who has a classic case of “I don’t have time for breakfast” but is very active and often turns to protein shakes for his morning meal.  Now, yes there are some protein shakes that are good, but many of them are high in fat and/or sugar.  So I was determined to come up with a healthy alternative that would fit the bill for a nutritious breakfast.
Mission accomplished!  This smoothie is super fast, super simple, and SO delicious.  If you like peanut butter and banana sandwiches, you’ll like this.

What’s great about it?  This packs a punch with fiber, protein, and calcium.  It also has carbohydrate from the soy milk and banana, without added carbs from sugar.  This all adds up to an ample breakfast that will fill you up and give you a great, nutritious start to your day.  And if you’re a meat-free person (veggie or vegan), you’ll love this smoothie too!!

This recipe DOES use a not-so-common ingredient:  Powdered peanut butter.  What is it?  Basically, peanuts that have had all oils pressed out of them to form a powder.  It can be reconstituted with water, milk, or any other liquid to make peanut butter.

I love it for a couple of reasons.  1) I will eat peanut butter straight from the jar if it’s in my apartment.  This keeps me from doing that.  and 2) It’s MUCH lower in calories but keeps the same protein content.

I have only tried PB2 brand peanut butter.  Find it here  OR you can buy it from Amazon.com.

PB & Banana Smoothie

Makes 1 serving

  • 2 Tbsp quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 small banana (about 6″)
  • 3 Tbsp powdered peanut butter (I use PB2 brand)
  • 1/2 cup light vanilla soymilk (or skim milk if you prefer)
  • 4-6 ice cubes
  • Sweetener, if desired

Mix oats and water in a small ramekin or bowl.  Microwave on high for about 30 seconds. Allow to cool for a minute or two.

Place all ingredients in a blender.  Blend on high until well combined with all ice incorporated.

Enjoy!

Estimated Nutrition Info (using Silk light soymilk, PB2 peanut butter, and no sweetener):  263 Calories, 4.6 g Fat, 47 g Carbs, 8 g Fiber, 16 g Sugar, 14.1 g Protein, 27% DV Calcium

 

Let me know what you think!  Oh and no, you don’t have to put it in a fancy wine glass… but I got fancy for the pictures 🙂

 

 

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