Peanut Butter & Banana Green Smoothie

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PB2 & Banana Green Smoothie

Powdered peanut butter (like zoodles, the spiralizer, and jicama tortillas) is one of the things I’ve discovered during Project Kidney. And I really like it.

And I don’t mean that I like it in a disingenuous “eh, it’ll work in a pinch” sort of way. I mean, it’s good. So I recently bought a LOT of it.

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Sure, it has a little protein but really the best part for me is the hit of peanut butter flavor without all the peanut buttery calories. I have it every morning mixed into a bowl of oatmeal and sliced strawberries for breakfast.

I mix it up like “real” peanut butter and spread it on toast with bananas for an afternoon snack or onto a square of my super-secret, super-dark chocolate stash when I’m about to lose my %$#@ and only chocolate+peanut butter will save humanity from my impending mushroom cloud.

(You’re welcome.)

PB2 & Banana Green Protein Smoothie

It’s also the star ingredient in my favorite post-run smoothie. Here, we blend powdered peanut butter with spinach, nonfat Greek yogurt, frozen banana, and some vanilla protein powder. What goes in to the blender a little on the sketchy side (because no one gets excited over the initial thought of liquefying spinach) comes out a peanut butter & banana flavored drink that is pea green and loaded with 30+ grams of protein.

No you can’t taste the spinach. Not even a little bit.

Bottoms up!

PB2 & Banana Green Smoothie

A bright green smoothie made with powdered peanut butter, banana, greek yogurt, and fresh spinach.

Calories: 231 | Fat: 2g | Fiber 5g | Protein 32g | Carbs 28g

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cup (85g) packed spinach leaves (or baby spinach/kale mix)
  • 1/2 cup cold water or skim milk*
  • 1/2 cup (113g) nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 (56g) frozen banana**
  • 1/2 scoop (15g) vanilla protein powder
  • 2 Tbsp (12g) PB2
  • Small scoop of ice (optional, good if your banana isn't frozen)
  • * I used water one day when we were out of milk and never looked back. Saved a few calories and carbs with zero affect on taste.
  • ** Fresh figs work, too, if the tree in your backyard goes nuts each summer.

Instructions

  1. Place the cold water or milk in the blender with the spinach and blend for about 30 seconds, until smooth.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients - use the ice if your banana isn't frozen, or just if you want it suuuper cold - to the blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into a fancy - or unfancy - glass and enjoy.

Notes

Yields: 1 serving

Source: The Brewer and The Baker

Estimated time: 5 minutes

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  • i looooove PB2. I went through a period where I had maybe packs of it (back then you could only find it on amazon and it came in bags) and basically lived off it for ever. You really made me crave it again. (I love their dark chocolate PB2) This smoothie sounds amazing.

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