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.
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.
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.
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
- 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.
- Place the cold water or milk in the blender with the spinach and blend for about 30 seconds, until smooth.
- 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.
- Pour into a fancy - or unfancy - glass and enjoy.
Yields: 1 serving
Estimated time: 5 minutes