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PB&J Smoothie Bowl

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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.

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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!

PB&J Smoothie Bowl

Yield: 1 generous serving or 2 small servings

PB&J Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. Add the first 5 ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth and liquidy.
  2. Add the fruit and ice, blend until thick but smooth.
  3. Top as desired and serve!
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For one serving without toppings
For one serving without toppings

 

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