In the past year or so, smoothies have become one of my favorite go-to snacks. They take just minutes to make, they are refreshing, and it’s so easy to try new variations based on my mood or what I have on hand. And especially when bananas are involved, you know that the smoothie will be filling and nutritious.
So here you go, one of my favorite smoothie recipes:
Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Smoothie (3 guesses what the main ingredients are…)
Ingredients (makes one 1-cup serving):
1 banana, broken into small chunks
3/4 cup soy milk (my personal favorite is Silk Vanilla, although any type of soy milk will work)
1 teaspoon cocoa
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 teaspoon flaxseed
Combine banana and milk, and then cocoa, peanut butter, and flaxseed. I have found that the last three ingredients blend better with the milk when they are added afterwards. If possible, let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes to let the banana start to soften (unless the banana is already quite ripe and soft). Blend, and enjoy!
Keep in mind that the peanut butter will considerably thicken the smoothie, so you may want to keep a bit more milk on hand to thin out the smoothie – and avoid a milkshake consistency. Feel free to throw in a handful of blueberries, raspberries, or even chopped strawberries.