Almond milk smoothie. Have you tried one?
If not, this is your lucky day. We discovered the art of the almond milk smoothie a few months ago when we tried cutting out dairy (Taft is having some dairy again, and Heidi is experimenting with small amounts). When peanut butter powder made its debut at our local Costco, inspiration struck.
There are few things more satisfying than peanut butter, and there are few drinks more delicious than a well-made smoothie. So, why not combine the two?
We start by adding a frozen ripe banana (room temperature works too, but frozen gives a nice creamy coldness), about 1 ½ cups of original almond milk, 4 Tablespoons of peanut butter powder, 1 teaspoon of sugar (optional), and ½ teaspoon of vanilla powder (optional, vanilla extract should work too). Then we simply blend until all the ingredients are combined and the mixture is smooth (foamy is normal). This is not a thick smoothie. Simply increase or decrease the almond milk to achieve your desired consistency.
This recipe is super simple to modify. Using unsweetened almond milk? Add a little extra sugar. Or try using a natural sweetener. Please share your favorite variation in the comments. We’d love to know how it tastes with cow’s milk. Or ice cream. Yes, a peanut butter milkshake sounds pretty fantastic right now. Plus, it’s healthy. Because, you know, protein. 😉
We’ve seen some versions that suggest using ice cubes. In our opinion, using a frozen banana is a better option. Ice cubes tend to water it down.
Here’s our ingredient breakdown…
- Banana: Naturally gluten free.
- Almond milk: Naturally gluten free. We picked up some Silk Original Almond Milk, and it’s labeled as both gluten and dairy free. Costco has the best price we’ve seen, unless you can find it at a grocery outlet.
- Peanut butter powder: Naturally gluten free. We used Organic PBfit Peanut Butter Powder, which is labeled as vegan, gluten free, and GMO free. Again, Costco has the best price we’ve seen so far. If you have a favorite brand, please share!
- Vanilla: Naturally gluten free. We have yet to find vanilla that isn’t safe. Right now, we’re trying Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Powder, which is certified gluten free. Like vanilla extract, a little powder goes a long way.
- Sugar: Naturally gluten free. We are currently using Imperial Sugar Pure Cane Sugar, which is labeled as gluten free (it’s processed in a facility where “none of the eight FDA listed major food allergens are stored, processed or used”).
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