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Peanut Butter Smoothie Cooking View
Annie's Original

Father’s Day weekend was busy like whoa for us this year.  We hosted Andrew’s fifth birthday party on Saturday (more about that next week), and Sunday we spent the day at a lovely party celebrating Ben’s grandparents’ 65th wedding anniversary where I was the unofficial official photographer.  So yes, lots of fun but overall exhausting.  The kids and I gave Ben a few gifts but I didn’t get to cook or bake him any special Father’s Day treats.  I made up for it though, by making him this peanut butter smoothie.  Why is this smoothie worthy of a Father’s Day gift, you might ask?

Oh, this smoothie.  It all started back in April when we took a short little jaunt up to Chicago for an incredible dinner at Next, the second restaurant created by Grant Achatz (remember Alinea?) along with Chef Dave Beran. We experienced their menu for The Hunt and the meal was truly amazing beyond description (hence why I haven’t written anything else about it.)  We experienced several new-to-us foods that evening, many of which would make most people squeamish…but per the usual of the talented staff they employ, every single bite was an enjoyable adventure.  When discussing it later, Ben and I agreed that we couldn’t even determine a least favorite course because we had loved them all.  What does this have to do with the smoothie?  The morning after The Hunt, we visited a lovely restaurant for brunch recommended by our favorite traveling and eating buddies, Ryan and his wife Andrea.  Ben ordered a peanut butter smoothie and I’m telling you, I haven’t heard the end of it since.  Despite our incredible experience at Next, this smoothie was all Ben could talk about.  He has been asking me to recreate it at home ever since.  Well, it took me a couple of months to get around to it and a few rounds of tweaks, but we finally got result we were hoping for.  Creamy, thick, and very peanut buttery.  Add the drizzle of chocolate syrup and/or whipped cream for extra indulgence.  Ben says: two thumbs up!

Peanut Butter Smoothie
Yield: about 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup low-fat greek yogurt
  • 6 tbsp. creamy peanut butter
  • ½ peeled banana, frozen*
  • ½ cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup ice
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • Chocolate syrup, for serving (optional)
Cooking View

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor.  Blend until completely smooth and well mixed.  Serve with a drizzle of chocolate syrup, if desired.

  • *Add up to 1 whole frozen banana if you like.  We felt this made the banana flavor too prominent when we were hoping for a more pure peanut butter taste.

  • http://javacupcake.com/ Betsy @JavaCupcake

    YUMMMMMMMMMMM!

  • tinnedtoms

    Oh my! It’s the chocolate syrup down the sides that got me. I’ll have to try that technique. I could go a glass of that right now!

  • Warm Vanilla Sugar

    This sounds like such a delight! Treats like this make me swoon!

  • HalfBakedHarvest

    Amazing! My kind of smoothie and the drizzle of chocolate? So good!

  • http://www.blowingoffsteamandmore.wordpress.com/ Blowingoffsteamandmore

    I make a very similar smoothie after my long runs. They taste like a dessert but also make the perfect recovery drink!

  • Lauren Ochoa

    I’m suddenly craving peanut butter. I love smoothies. D’ya think if I add a scoop of protein powder I can call it a “meal replacement shake”?

  • Bridian

    is this an annie original? you need your cool little logo!

  • annieseats

    Yep, totally forgot to add that. Thanks!

  • Karen

    I must confess, the thought of a peanut butter smoothie at first did not appeal to me. But when I saw the ingredients, I thought hmmm, this (minus the chocolate?) would be a perfect breakfast! Thanks!

  • Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

    Oooo yes I need to make this tomorrow morning

  • Heidi C

    Good point about only using 1/2 a banana so the banana flavor isn’t overwhelming. I also find that if I use bananas that aren’t quite as ripe, the flavor is less pronounced.

  • marcie @ flavor the moments

    Guaranteed I’ll be making this. I love every single thing in it!

  • Rayna W.

    I love making smoothies for breakfast, and this will be a nice treat from my regular fruit-yogurt-ice blend. Thanks for sharing!

  • Caroline L.

    Oh my God, that looks like a dream… I’d be talking about it months later, as well!

  • Liane

    I decided to try it out with a few twists (due to what I have at home) – I used frozen ice cubes of coconut milk instead of water and I added some chocolate whey powder (as I was in the mood for chocolate peanut butter). It was fab, just like the original is.

  • Colleen Baez

    There isn’t a single ingredient that I don’t like in there, which means I have got to try this. Greek yogurt too….yum!!

  • http://damndelicious.net/ Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    I’m always the unofficial official photographers at family gatherings too!

    I’m totally loving this smoothie. I think I need to have this for breakfast. After all, it’s the most important meal of the day, right?

  • Carina Stewart

    peanut butter and chocolate go together amazingly, craving this now!

    Carina

  • Whitney

    peanut butter and chocolate is my go-to sweet right now! I can’t get enough! I cannot wait to try this icy treat this weekend.

  • Paulette

    Do you use natural peanut butter or something creamier like Jif?

  • annieseats

    You can use either. Enjoy!

  • Katie Wahlquist

    I’ve never added oats to a smoothy…intriguing! Do they just add texture or bulk or can you taste them? PB and banana are two of my favorite combos!

  • annieseats

    You can’t really taste them unless they aren’t ground well. I mainly added them for a thickener since it was rather thin without them, and also the added benefit of extra fiber.

  • devora

    This looks far too amazing. And it’s healthier than a PB milkshake to boot! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Rachel Carpman

    I made this this morning (absolutely delicious) with chocolate peanut butter, because it seemed like a good idea. It totally was. I bet it would be amazing with nutella, too.

  • smallnfeisty

    I’ve been using PB2 instead of peanut butter cuts down the calories and fat by a lot. Totally making this for breakfast or snack later!

  • Beth Ebenstein Mulch

    Did you just use plain greek yogurt? vanilla?

  • annieseats

    I used plain.

  • Angela H

    I used vanilla coconut milk, in place of the yogurt because I’m dairy for right now. It came out amazing!! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  • jennie lopez

    Yum! This one is a serious keeper! So icy cold and refreshing.

  • bethany

    i had a hard time blending it. i didnt use the banana–would that have made a difference?

  • annieseats

    Yes, that would certainly make a difference. Also all blenders vary so that could be a factor as well.

  • Brittany Orr

    Annie, you are a genius. This made my life. I added a scoop of cookies & cream protein powder to get a little extra in. So stupid good. I would hug you. Thank you!!

  • annieseats

    Yay! So glad you like it :)

  • Krista

    SO Yum!! I made this for a dessert and used ice cream instead of yogurt. I feel good knowing my family got an extra boost of nutrition for dessert! They never even knew!! Thank you!

  • Christina Gathright

    This is one awesome smoothie! My toddler loves smoothies, so I made it for breakfast this morning. He finished his before I started mine lol! Thanks for such a great recipe!

  • Melissa Brown

    I know this sounds absurd, but I threw in 3 handfuls of spinach (yup!) and some vanilla protein powder (I omitted the honey because the powder has natural sugars in it). It was DELICIOUS. It turned out a pale green, which I actually thought was pretty, but you couldn’t even taste the spinach. I’ve been drinking them for breakfast all week. I feel super decadent for drinking what tastes like a milk shake for breakfast, plus I’m getting in crazy servings of veggies before I even start my day.

  • Cara

    Good to know I’m excited to try this :)

  • http://novotnynarrative.com/ novotnynarrative

    This looks amazing and I cannot wait to make this! Thank you for sharing :)

  • Ellie

    Great idea!! I found that melting the peanut butter before you put it in helps it mix a little better!! Thanks!