|Did you know there are actually restaurants that only sell smoothies? I still haven’t figured that one out. I’ve never been to one, as I’ve heard they’re pretty expensive. To me, it would sorta be like drinking my money, all blended up. Do you know where that money has been? Eww! Also, I think those smoothies are supposed to sometimes stand in as your meal. What is THAT about? Only a smoothie to eat? Man, I need something else with my drink, like cereal, toast, or waffles. Man cannot live on smoothie alone. I make great smoothies at home, using whatever we have on hand. You can do it too, because it’s SO easy! I’ll go step by step, giving you ideas so you can create your own custom smoothie, and for heaven’s sake please eat a biscuit with it.|
|For this demonstration, I made Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothies. Those are two ingredients that are just meant to be together. Soul mates! These are the ingredients that I used if you want to make one just like me (awwww, flattery!): two bananas, two tablespoons of peanut butter, ¼ cup dry milk, two tablespoons wheat germ, one cup of yogurt, and a handful of ice cubes. This made enough for two smoothies, so if you only want one you’d cut it in half – genius, right?|
|You’re doing to dump your ingredients into your blender, no bowl is needed. Easy cleanup! So, I used vanilla yogurt. It’s my favorite. All those flavored yogurts are just messing with the nice plainness of vanilla. Boston Cream Pie yogurt does NOT taste like Boston Cream Pie. It’s quite disappointing. You could use plain yogurt or flavored. Vanilla is nice because you can pair it with anything you want to throw in. If you use a flavored yogurt, you need to be a bit more careful. Pina Colada yogurt might not pair well with all your other items. For some reason, I’m thinking about all those nasty smoothies they make them drink on Fear Factor. Nasty.|
I threw in a banana that I had broken into pieces. Feel free to use any type of fruit that you want. Well, maybe not any. I don’t think apples would blend very well…..although it would be pretty funny to watch! You can use berries, peaches, kiwi, melon, just about anything soft. Also, you can use fresh, canned or frozen fruit. It’s so versatile! You can’t mess it up. Ok, so you can mess it up – be careful Tracie Coppedge.
|I put in ¼ cup of dry milk. This was to add some extra calcium. You can use milk in the jug if you like, but it messes with the consistency of the smoothie…..so don’t add too much. On a side note, you should always keep dry milk in your pantry. My mom uses it in all her baked goods and soups. It’s nice to have it in case you ever run out of milk……or you try to use your milk and it comes out in chunks because you were gone on vacation and forgot to get some new. You can mix up dry milk very quickly and keep it in the fridge if you have leftovers.|
|Now, add the peanut butter. This is the protein part. Plus, I just really like peanut butter so I look for excuses to use it. Any recipe that has peanut butter in its name is a good recipe! I once made chicken soup with peanut butter in it – Spicy Chicken Peanut Soup – and man oh man, was it GOOD! After you add the peanut butter, lick the spoon and your fingers. Peanut butter will fit in just about any smoothie that you want to make.|
|I added wheat germ too. Why? Well, Barry and I just like the flavor. It’s sorta got a nutty taste. It adds a nice fiber side to the smoothie. Ummmmm, Fiber! You don’t have to add it, but you’ll enjoy it if you do. It’s also great for breading your meat in before you fry or bake it. I’m really making myself hungry here. I need a snack.|
Now, dump in a handful of ice cubes. This is to make it liquidy and cold. If you use frozen fruit, you won’t need it.
|Now, put the lid on. That’s the most important part of this recipe. PUT THE LID ON. If you don’t, you’ll be sorry. Trust me. Choose the “blend” setting…..then realize that your blender is dinky and doesn’t ever do the job, so add it to your yard sale list. You might have to scrape down the sides to make sure everything gets blended up really nice, unless you want to lick the peanut butter off after you pour your smoothie. I won’t tell.|
|Pour your smoothie out into a nice pretty cup. Use a spatula to make sure you get out all the nice smoothie goodness. Don’t leave a drop!|
|Man, oh man! These are fantastic. And I made them using ingredients I already had at home! We ate ours with toast and fruit, but if you’re a weirdo you can eat it alone. I’m telling you though, a biscuit would really go nicely with it.
I originally made this recipe with Smart Balance peanut butter and posted it on their website (see recipe here). They have a lot of good recipes online. I really love using Smart Balance products. If you haven’t tried them, you really should. Check out a few recipes I have on their website:
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