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Dessert for Breakfast

A smoothie so good that you'll think it's dessert. Turns out that it's really healthy also!

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Dessert for Breakfast

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“Shut the front door!  This tastes like a milkshake.  It’s basically a dessert!”

That’s what I said in my best Stacey London impersonation when I tried this shake for the first time.  Betsy and I had something similar to it in an airport and it was so good that we tried to re-create it when we got home.

Our version tasted even better.  It tastes so delicious that you would think it has tons of bad stuff in it, but it’s completely healthy.

It’s a fantastic way to start the day.

If you’re not a fan of the fruit smoothie (or just want a change), this is an awesome weekday breakfast.

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Serves:
2 large Smoothies
Prep Time:
Total Time:

Just a moment please...

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A smoothie so good that you’ll think it’s dessert. Turns out that it’s really healthy also!

Ingredients

2 ripe bananas
1/2 cup peanut butter, creamy
1/3 Cup yogurt
1/3 Cup tofu
1/2 Cup milk
1 1/2 Cups ice
1/4 Cup chia seeds (optional)
1/4 Cup ground flax seeds (optional)
1/4 Cup agave syrup or honey (optional)

Show Directions

1) Add banana and peanut butter to a blender.  Add ice on top.

2) Spoon in other ingredients.

3) Blend until smooth!

 

Smoothie Ingredients

The base of this smoothie is a good amount of ripe banana and creamy peanut butter.  These blend together perfectly and make for a really delicious flavor base.  Both ingredients have a lot of good stuff going on.

I also added some agave syrup for a bit of sweetness.  You could use honey or just leave it out.

bananas and pb
Nice ripe bananas are good.

This smoothie works best with creamy ingredients.  To round out the smoothie, I added some yogurt, milk, and tofu.

Yes.  Tofu.  It might sound strange but you literally can’t taste it and it gives the smoothie some body and a ton of protein.

other add ins
Other good stuff.

Two other add-ins that Betsy and I have been putting in our smoothie lately is flax seeds and chia seeds.  The nutritional benefits of these seeds are pretty numerous and kind of unbelievable.

A quarter cup of each seed in this recipe (so 2 Tablespoons per smoothie), will provide you with almost half of your daily fiber needs and about 9 grams of protein.

That’s pretty amazing work for a handful of seeds.  If you can, get the flax seed meal which is already ground.  Humans can’t digest whole flax seeds so you’ll need to grind them if you get the whole ones.  Chia seeds you can leave whole though.

chia and flax
Nutrition in a bowl!

Making the Smoothie

You can basically just toss everything in your blender if you want, but I find that it blends a lot better if you layer it in a specific way.

Start with the bananas and peanut butter which will blend really easily.  Then add the ice on top.

Layers
Banana on bottom!

If you add the ice first, the blender might have a hard time getting started.

Once the ice is in you can scoop in all your other ingredients.  The measurements in this recipe are pretty approximate.  I usually just eyeball it.

everything
Everybody in the party.

Put a lid on it and blend it until it’s nice and smooth!

The seeds will never blend smooth so you’ll have some texture to the smoothie which I like actually.

This is a spoonful of my finished version.

spoon
So good!

This recipe makes two really big smoothies, probably about 2 1/2 – 3 cups each.  Betsy and I have this for breakfast and it keeps me plenty full until lunch!

Plus, did I mention that it tastes like a milkshake?

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Great way to start the day.

Whether you’re a smoothie expert or a beginner, I have a hard time picturing how someone wouldn’t like this thing.

The only reason you shouldn’t try this is if you happen to be allergic to peanuts!

15 Responses to “Dessert for Breakfast” Leave a comment

  1. Did you mean to have tofu listed in the ingredients twice? This sounds interesting, will have to see about getting a blender so that we can try stuff like this. :-)

      1. Hey Niki, it was my fault. I think I had originally listed it twice, but fixed it after the original comment. :)

    1. Hey Jean! I don’t actually. I’m not a huge calorie counter. The ingredients are all pretty good for you though. It tastes a lot richer than it is!

    2. 2 ripe bananas 210 calories
      1/2 cup of peanut butter is 760 calories
      1/3 cup plain yogurt is 51 calories
      1/3 cup tofu is 58 calories
      1/2 cup 2% milk is 122 calories
      1 1/2 cup ice is 0 calories
      1/4 cup chia seeds is 160 calories ( optional )
      1/4 cup ground flax is 194 calories ( optional )
      1/4 cup agave is 170 calories ( optional )
      OR
      1/4 cup honey is 258 calories

      This smoothie is 1725 calories using agave and it’s 1813 calories both of these are with the options added
      It’s still high in calories with out it coming in at 1201 calories.
      The only saving grace is that it serves 2.

  2. A nice twist on the shake might be to add chocolate milk in place of the regular milk. Then you'll have a chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie.

  3. I made this today- (using vanilla soy milk in place of milk, which is all I had on hand) – my husband & I loved it. Delicious, filling, & healthy!

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