I managed to take an afternoon Bar Method class last week, and stopped at Laughing Planet afterwords for a delicious delicious smoothie. I’m a creature of habit, and I usually get a spinach & black bean burrito at LP, but the smoothies were calling my name. No really, I heard them…Caaaarly Driiiiink Meeeee. Yeah ok. Anyway. Excuse me I haven’t had my coffee as I type this. So talking smoothies aside, I ordered a Peanut Butter & Jelly smoothie. Like WTF right? Are they just going to like blend up my sandwich? Whole wheat bread please! No no. It was delicious. (PB & J pictured on the left, next to my friends I Don’t Remember flavored smoothie).
I tried, with success, to recreate it this morning. And took a terrible picture of it for you guys. P.S. I love my Cuisinart Smoothie Blender Thing. It does good work. Ok it’s not that great, as there were some ice chunks, but it’s so easy to use and convenient. Except mine is yellow, not pink like the one on the website, and that makes me sad. I’ll survive.
So this morning I grabbed some strawberries from my CSA (yay! more on that later!) and my peanut butter, and blended up this lovely concoction. Next time I think I’ll use less apple juice, as it was a bit too appley for my liking. And the original at Laughing Planet didn’t have chia seeds, but I figured I needed some extra staying power. So here you go!
Peanut Butter & Jelly Smoothie
In the blender:
Strawberries (a handful. More? Lots of strawberries.)
1 tablespoon Peanut Butter
Apple Juice (I used a tiny can of Motts Apple Juice, 8oz, but I’d recommend less. And fresh squeezed/no sugar added is always better)
1 banana (I like to freeze mine beforehand. TAKE THE PEEL OFF BEFORE FREEZING. Lesson learned by me. I now keep banana bits in ziplock bags in my freezer for future smoothie use.)
1 tablespoon Chia Seeds
A few cubes of ice
Put all of the above in the blender and blend until smooth(ie). I’m thinking next time I’ll add some spinach and/or protein powder so that it’s a bit more filling. That’s the great thing about smoothies, they’re super customizable.