1, 2 Step Smoothie

Dear Reader,

Do you like bananas and peanut butter? If so, you can drink happiness and I’ll show you how. After much trial and error, I have stumbled upon the precise recipe to achieve liquid happiness. But before we get started, I want to apologize to all of you who are intolerant of nuts as it is integral in this happiness beverage…sorry!! 😦

This drink is a smoothie of sorts and is my momentary obsession. If you enjoy bananas, peanut butter, and smoothies, do consider trying out the recipe below.

Smoothie with dates and melted caramel

Ingredients (for 1 serving ~15 oz) Time 5 – 10 mins

1 Medium to large banana

3/4 Cup milk (for thicker drinks go for a higher fat content, for more liquidy drinks use skim or non-dairy milk) *

2 Tbsp peanut butter (or peanut powder)

1 Tsp vanilla extract

4 – 6 ice cubes

Honey (for taste)

*If you find yourself in possession of an abnormally large banana, consider adding a little extra milk (~1 Cup).

Optional Add-ins:

2 Tbsp minced dates (or chocolate chips or raisins)

Caramel syrup or chocolate syrup (or ¿por qué no los dos?)

Whipped cream (if you’re feeling decadent)

Directions

Step 1: Add the milk, banana, peanut butter, vanilla, ice cubes, sweetener (honey or what have you) to the blender. Blend ingredients until combined.

Step 2: Pour into cup a large cup (~15 oz.)

Optional Steps: Add in toppings of your choice! If using caramel, consider melting it in the microwave (adding a splash of milk to it) so you can drizzle it in your smoothie.

Notes

  1. My blender does not do a good job of blending dates or raisins. I’m unsure whether this is true for all blenders. If your blender does not blend your add ins, consider enjoying your smoothie with a spoon to scoop up the dates or raisins at the bottom.
    1. Why in the world should I add dates to my smoothie!? Because dates are essentially fruit candy that make everything better (more here).
  2. Consider freezing the banana for a smoothie that is a bit more like a milkshake
  3. When using less-than-ripe bananas consider adding extra honey as a sweetener

Enjoy the smoothie! I know I do… almost daily!!

Love,

Raven

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