Dairy-Free PB&J Smoothie
I never grew up with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as a kid, as my brother is deathly allergic peanuts and nuts. So naturally, when I moved out of the house, PB&J sandwiches were at the top of my lunch list. You know, to make up for lost time. The only problem I found was that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches probably aren’t the healthiest with all that bread (gluten-free bread isn’t exactly the healthiest) and with all the sugar in the jelly.
Of course, it took me a while to find a solution to my delicious problem. But one hot summer day, I hadn’t eaten much that day and I was starting to get shaky- I knew I needed protein, but my heart (and overheated body) screamed smoothie. So in a mission to combine the two, I plunked two large dollops of peanut butter into my go-to berry smoothie and I knew this would forever be my new, favourite version of a lunchtime classic.
For my smoothies, I use the Magic Bullet for the perfect sized smoothie. I also like them thick enough that I can eat it with a spoon. The trick is lots of frozen fruit. I usually fill a little less than half the Magic Bullet cup with frozen mango and a little less than half with frozen berries. I buy the mango and berries in the frozen section of the grocery store whenever they’re on sale. Then I’ll pour coconut water over the bottom half of the smoothie and add a splash more if it’s too thick for the blender.
If you prefer to sip rather than spoon, use a little over half the amount of frozen mango and frozen berries in the recipe. You could also use frozen ripe bananas instead of frozen mango in this recipe to thicken the smoothie. I don’t use bananas in my smoothies because I hate the smell, taste and texture of bananas.
Once the smoothie is blended through, I’ll add a spoonful of ground flaxseed, two spoonfuls of hemp hearts and two dollops of peanut butter and blend it again. It should look creamier and you may need to pop it off the blender half-way through and give it a stir to get the peanut butter throughout.
Dairy-free PB&J Smoothie
Prep time Blend time Yields
3 mins 5 mins 1 Magic Bullet cup
* I prefer thick smoothies that I can eat with a spoon. For a drinkable smoothie, use half the amount of frozen fruit.
Slightly under 1/2 a Magic Bullet cup of frozen mango
Slightly under 1/2 a Magic Bullet cup of frozen blueberries, raspberries, blackberries & strawberries
1 tbsp. ground flaxseed
2 tbsp. hulled hemp hearts
2 heaping tbsp. peanut butter
1/2 c. – 3/4 c. coconut water (*1 c. for a drinkable smoothie)
- Pour frozen mango and frozen berries into Magic Bullet cup. It should almost fill the cup.
- Cover the bottom half of the cup with coconut water. It should cover all of the frozen mango and some of the frozen berries. Blend thoroughly.
- Add in ground flaxseed, hemp hearts and peanut butter. Blend thoroughly. If needed, stir half-way through.
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