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Eat Well Apr. 26. 2013
Beverages

The King | PB & Banana Smoothie

Apr. 26. 2013
Beverages
McKel Hill

McKel Hill

MS, RDN, LDN, Dietitian

The King has arrived, The King smoothie that is. This smoothie is a tribute to the one and only Elvis Presley and his love for peanut butter and banana sandwiches. I was craving one of these famous peanut butter and banana sandwiches one day and thought to myself, “this would be awesome in smoothie form” Thus, I made a few healthy tweaks to package this sandwich into a smoothie and created a delicious and perfect meal to-go or a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth. Although, this is the Nutrition Stripped smoothie interpretation of this classic sandwich, it still captures the taste and textures very well.

I often find myself gasping or somewhat revealing my shock factor when I hear someone who has never tried a peanut butter and banana sandwich. If you are one of those people, I kindly ask you “What are you waiting for?!” Peanut butter is a classic flavor and texture you just can’t go wrong with (unless you have a peanut allergy… and if so, I’m so sorry you can still make this with almond butter!). The combination of flavors ranging from nutty and salty from the peanut butter to the sweet, slightly tangy, and tropical taste from the bananas, is perfect. The flavors + the creamy, thick, and velvety textures in the smoothie combined- woof, it hits me every time!

I personally love this smoothie post workout as it’s full of simple and complex carbohydrates (from the bananas and oatmeal), protein (from the Vega protein powder and peanut butter), healthy fat (from the peanut butter), electrolytes, minerals, and vitamins galore! It’s a perfect meal in a glass especially for anyone who is on the go and says “I don’t have time for breakfast”! This smoothie will stick with you and keep you full until your next meal. Of course, if you’d like to make this less of a meal and more snack friendly, I recommend taking out the oatmeal as oatmeal can be very filling combined with these ingredients.

 

The King | PB & Banana Smoothie
Recipe Type: smoothie
Author: McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
Peanut butter and banana sandwich in a simple smoothie!
Ingredients
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1-2 tablespoon. organic peanut butter (or almond butter for those allergic)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2-1 cup of vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of dry gluten free oats
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (I use Vega Sport, optional)
  • 1 teaspoon local honey
  • dash of cinnamon
  • stevia to taste (optional)
Instructions
  1. Simply combine all the ingredients into Vitamix// high speed blender and blend on high until everything is nice and creamy.
  2. Again, you may add extra ingredients and leave some out to suite your taste!
  3. Garnish with fresh slices of bananas and a dash of cinnamon.
  4. Enjoy!
Notes
OPTIONAL // oat contribute to the thickness, add stevia for more sweetness, decrease almond milk for a thicker smoothie

I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do! Share below if you made any of your own creations using this recipe as a template. Have you ever had a peanut butter and banana sandwich? I’d love to hear!

Happy Friday loves!

xo McKel

 

p.s. If you’re interested in making your own smoothies with the same blender I use, Vitamix is the one for me (and for you too!). I’m an affiliate with Vitamix, which means you get a discount when shopping through Nutrition Stripped. Simply click on the Vitamix icon to your right, here, or use Coupon Code 06-008786. Happy blending!

The Recipe

Serves 1

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Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1-2 tablespoon. organic peanut butter (or almond butter for those allergic)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2-1 cup of vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of dry gluten free oats
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (I use Vega Sport, optional)
  • 1 teaspoon local honey
  • dash of cinnamon
  • stevia to taste (optional)

Directions:

  1. Simply combine all the ingredients into Vitamix// high speed blender and blend on high until everything is nice and creamy.
  2. Again, you may add extra ingredients and leave some out to suite your taste!
  3. Garnish with fresh slices of bananas and a dash of cinnamon.
  4. Enjoy!

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  • Kelly

    Had for breakfast – delicious! If making on peanut/cashew butter, do you soak the nuts first? I’ve heard that helps with digestion.

    • Excellent! I’m glad you tried it out Kelly. Yes, I love pre-soaking nuts/seeds at least 2 hours prior to making butters out of them. Softer nuts like walnuts and pumpkin seeds don’t really need to be pre-soaked. Note- when you pre-soak them they will create a more creamy texture. If you’d like you may also pre-soak and then let them dry completely then pureed/blend into a butter.

  • Mariam

    That looks… fit for a king! I’m not too good with unsoaked oats (nor my blender!) So can I use soaked oats?

    • Of course, use whatever oats work for you! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you come back soon 🙂

  • barbara

    Di you ever use a peanut butter substitute ( only healthier) like PB2 in ths? Wondering how much to use and if it has enough peanut taste?

    • Hi Barbara,
      I’ve never used PB2 in this smoothie but I’m sure it’d be fine to use and get the flavor of PB without as many calories or healthy fats.

  • Samantha

    I am hopefully getting a nutribullet for Christmas this year and I do not have a blender, may I use my nutirbullet in substitution for a blender ?

    • Hi Samantha,
      Yes the nutribullet should work just fine! All my smoothies are made with Vitamix or Blendtec which are “industrial” so the texture will be different, but it’ll still taste wonderful! I hope you enjoy 🙂

  • Ahhh this is HEAVENLY! I could drink it everyday! Thanks for the fabulous recipe!!

  • indi

    Great recipe, I made it and it’s delicious. I blended the oats till powder like consistency and also added soaked chia seeds.

    • Awesome Indi, I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      • Jodi

        I just made this smoothie for lunch, and added a little turmeric and chia seeds, and even in winter here it was still comforting and delicious. Thank you for inspiring me with all these delicious and healthy recipes, your website is lovely to look at!
        Jodi

  • I have made this multiple times, and it never gets old! Great recipe, thank you!

  • Aemi

    Didn’t have any oats – But I used crushed up graham crackers. I know it’s not as good nutrition-wise, but it tasted so good!!

  • sherry

    In some of your smoothies you use protein powder. Do you have to put it in or will it mess the consistency of the smoothie?

    • You don’t have to put it in, but it does thicken it and it’ll have additional protein! xx

  • katy

    Oh my gosh…I just made this and it was the best smoothie I have ever tasted in my entire life! great recipe! thanks for sharing

  • Lisa Simmons

    This is out of this world! Even though there’s no chocolate, it reminds me of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup! I used Quest peanut butter protein powder instead of the vanilla Vega, and no oats. Amazing!!

    • Haha I’m so glad you love it! There’s something about the combo of PB and banana that’s just too good. 😉