You know what sandwich gets under-appreciated? Peanut butter and jelly. It's simple and cheap to make, it's the only sandwich you can throw in a lunchbox and not worry about salmonella if you forget an ice pack, and let's be honest, it's delicious. As an adult with plenty of leftovers for lunch all the time, I rarely find myself resorting to a PB&J, but I love them nevertheless. This is why, when I saw the genius idea for a peanut butter and jelly smoothie, I was all over that.
We got a Ninja blender system from the Ajemians for our shower, and lately I have been starting to become a smoothie person. I really love the little individual-sized smoothie cup, where you blend it right in the cup, add a cover, and go. No need to haul out the big blender cup and pour the smoothie into a travel mug. Genius. I've mostly been just throwing random fruits and almond milk into the blender, but this recipe gave me something new to try.
|my beloved to-go blender cup|
Oh, and there are only 5 ingredients, so this is quick and easy (there's only one step!!!) . A banana (it's supposed to be frozen, but mine wasn't and all was well), Greek yogurt, almond milk, peanut butter, and frozen berries are all you need for a PB&J smoothie. I used a mixture of strawberries and blueberries, because that's what I had frozen. The end result was just as awesome as I expected it to be: a thick, purple, sweet smoothie that somehow was also healthy while tasting like a milkshake. You should probably swap your morning oatmeal for this. Or your after-school cookies. Or your anything.
peanut butter and jelly smoothie
from Sally's Baking Addiction
yield 1 very large smoothie
1 medium banana, peeled, sliced and frozen
6 ounces Greek Yogurt, flavored or unflavored (mine was plain)
1 cup frozen berries
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon peanut butter
Put all of the ingredients into the blender in the order listed. Blend on high until thick and smooth. You may need to stop and stir/scrape down the sides of the blender a few times.