Good Morning and happy Monday! I think you owe it to yourself to start this week off right, so why not treat yourself to ice cream for breakfast? If that sounds totally crazy, keep reading- this smoothie bowl, despite packing in protein, good fats, calcium, fruits, AND vegetables, tastes just like PB&J ice cream.
I came up with the idea of a PB&J smoothie one day because I was almost out of all my smoothie-making ingredients except for some frozen bananas and strawberries. Now, there’s nothing wrong with a strawberry-banana smoothie, but I was helping a friend move that day, so I wanted a good helping of protein in case we didn’t eat lunch for a while. So, I added a good helping of peanut butter, some ice, almond milk, and chia seeds to round out the smoothie. I also love starting my day with a serving of veggies, whether I notice them or not, so I tossed in a large handful of carrots (I could’ve used spinach or kale as well, but I don’t really like the color that a spinach-strawberry smoothie ends up… it’s not appetizing). I ended up with waaaaaaay too much smoothie for that day, so I saved some in a mason jar for later.
The next day, I was planning on just drinking the remaining smoothie, but it had gotten very melty and unappetizing, so I figured I’d use it as a base for a smoothie bowl– no wasting food in my house! Fortunately, I had gone grocery shopping, so I added a large handful of frozen berries and 4 ice cubes, blended it all up into a very thick puree, and scooped it into a bowl (it won’t pour, so don’t try… you’ll end up with smoothie all over the counter). I topped it with fresh fruit, more chia seeds for crunch, and another little bit of peanut butter to swirl in as I ate. If you want something even more desserty, consider adding crushed graham crackers or chocolate pieces as toppings. No matter what you do, it will be fabulous- and keep you full for hours!
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup baby carrots
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 banana
- 2 Tbsp nut butter
- 1 cup frozen berries or grapes
- 6 ice cubes
- Toppings: fresh fruit, chia seeds, nuts or nut butter, crushed graham crackers
- Add the first 5 ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth and liquidy.
- Add the fruit and ice, blend until thick but smooth.
- Top as desired and serve!