This morning wasn’t unlike most mornings. I didn’t want to wake up. I didn’t want to get out of bed. I didn’t want to walk downstairs. And I definitely didn’t want to make breakfast (despite spending way too much on groceries last night so that I could start my day out right with an eggy breakfast).
I amaze myself in that I don’t even want to take the time to use my VitaMix sometimes. Like it’s too hard or something. Wah! Throw things in. Flip a switch. Yep, that’s how much my body hates mornings sometimes; it doesn’t even want to operate a blender.
Instead of making breakfast, I got on my lappy and started organizing links to recipes I wanted to make. I inadvertently forgot to save one to some yummy looking peanut butter bars and knew I originally had found it through Elana Amsterdam’s website, Elana’s Pantry (which if you don’t know, she’s a gluten-free cook/baker who has celiac disease). In searching her site for PB recipes, I came across her PB protein shake recipe. Drinking essentially a PB shake for breakfast sounded wonderful. At last! My body was inspired to haul myself off the couch and back into the kitchen to operate the dastardly difficult blender.
Elana’s recipe calls for a different kind of protein powder than what I have and she uses ice when sadly we don’t have an operating ice maker in our freezer and I hate ice cube trays full of sloshy water. Instead, I used her recipe for inspiration and employed my usual smoothie formula to make a chocolate PB banana flavor. Which was fan.tas.tic! Yum! My favorite combo of flavors for a milkshake, but made in a way that doesn’t wreck my body.
Cheryl’s Dee-ricious Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
~1 cup So Delicious Coconut Milk (I only say aprox. because I use the blender lines to measure)
1 small to medium organic banana
1 healthy serving of MaraNatha Organic Creamy Roasted PB with salt (so a little over 2 Tbsp)
1 heaping scoop of Life’s Basics Plant Protein in chocolate (*edit* I realized I put in less than a full scoop because of the protein in the PB. It’s up to you how much powder you’d like to put in.)
- Add ingredients into VitaMix in order given to prevent powder and PB from sticking to the bottom and blade too much.
- Blend until smooth.
- Clean the VitaMix right away to make it easier to get all the left over gunk out. Sorry about the oil residue from the PB! That will take a little longer to clean.