Smoothies are a great way to get your nutrition in for the morning, but sometimes it can be a little monotonous using the same ingredients over and over. Enter our Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie: this recipe has delicious, nutritious ingredients such as greek yogurt, almond milk, bananas, cinnamon, and powdered peanut butter. The reason why using powdered peanut butter is beneficial is because it has 85% less fat than the traditional peanut butter, which ultimately means less calories and a lower chance of weight gain. Peanuts are also naturally rich in biotin, copper, manganese, vitamin B3, molybdenum, folate, phosphorus, vitamin E, and protein! Since peanuts have a high monounsaturated fat content, studies have shown that consuming these nuts may help reduce cardiovascular risk and promote heart health (1). So go ahead and enjoy peanuts in your morning smoothie–your taste buds, heart, and mood will thank you later.
Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
- ⅓ cup 2% Greek yogurt
- ¾ cup almond milk, or milk of your choice
- ½ medium banana, frozen
- 3 tablespoons powdered peanut butter
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon cardamom
- In a blender or high speed blender add all ingredients and mix for a minute or two until all ingredients are well blended.
If not using a frozen banana, add ice cubes.
For dessert use chocolate peanut butter powder.
Disclaimer: Kathy Siegel from Triad to Wellness participated in a sponsored event with the National Peanut Board in the fall of 2015 and received samples. Triad to Wellness did not receive compensation for this recipe.
Serving size: 1½ cups Calories: 280 calories, Fat: 6.5 grams, Saturated fat: 1.5 grams, Carbohydrates: 32 grams, Sugar: 8.5 grams, Sodium: 285 milligrams, Fiber: 6 grams, Protein: 14 grams, Cholesterol: 7 grams
(1) Peanuts. The World’s Healthiest Foods. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=101