If you ever find yourself with some overripe bananas, try this quick and easy Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie — ready in a snap!
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Summer in my Brooklyn 4th floor walk-up can be a little… warm. An old building means no central air, and the layout of our place makes cooling the whole apartment with window units a challenge. In addition to generally being a little warmer than we’d like, I’ve also noticed some unexpected consequences. For example, fruit ripens on the countertop REALLY fast. Sometimes, this is a blessing. But, in the case of bananas, this can be a challenge.
After 2-3 days, the bananas on our counter are often really close to their last legs – even if they were green when we got them. Almost instinctively, I peeled them and put them in the freezer.
Days later, I was thinking about the frozen bananas in my freezer. My friends and family would often make banana bread with these very ripe and perfectly sweet bananas, but I’m not much of a baker. One Saturday morning I woke up, opened the pantry, and inspiration struck!
A few weeks back, I picked up some powdered peanut butter. I was intrigued, but didn’t have an application in mind yet. It was on sale and keeps in the pantry forever, so I thought, “why not?”
I had some bananas in the freezer, milk in the fridge, and powdered peanut butter in the pantry — a smoothie was in my future. I combined all of the ingredients, plus a few ice cubes, in my blender, and gave it a few pulses — my Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie recipe was born! Though I was initially skeptical, the powdered peanut butter gave all of the flavor of one of my favorite foods without adding any oil to my smoothie and changing the texture.
What’s in your go-to smoothie recipe? Let me know in the comments!
Things I used:
Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
What You'll Need
- 1 banana
- ½ cup lowfat milk
- 2 tablespoons powdered peanut butter
- 2-4 ice cubes
What to Do
- Place all ingredients in a blender. After 5-10 pulses to initially mix the ingredients, blend until smooth. Enjoy!