July 11, 2012

Peanut Butter Banana Bread Smoothies

I'm going to tell you a love story. It will beat any love story you've ever heard before. The Notebook? Forget it. Romeo & Juliet? Please. Pride & Prejudice? C'mon. This is the purest, most wonderful love story in all the land.

This is the story of the love one girl has for peanut butter.

Oh, you're so hooked now, right?

When this girl was little, she didn't like peanut butter. In fact, she hated it. When the teachers would ask if anyone was allergic to peanuts, she would raise her hand. She didn't really know what allergic meant, but she knew if she said she was allergic, she wouldn't have to eat it. She was a pretty smart kid, and I can say that totally and completely objectively.

But peanut butter was patient, for it knew that they were destined for a love like no other. It stayed close and waited until one day the girl tried it again and found that she did like it. But not only did she like it, she came to love it. She loved it more than ponies, more than cheese, maybe even more than rainbows, but that is unconfirmed. She'd rarely even eat chocolate without the addition of peanut butter.

This might seriously be my new favorite song

As the girl grew older, she and peanut butter grew into a comfortable sort of love. She knew that peanut butter would always be there when she needed it. In fact, when she was in college, she would spend many a night alone with it; just her, peanut butter, and a spoon. And she would call it dinner, you perverts.

Then when the girl graduated, she started to bake. And blog. And she discovered something amazing called Peanut Butter & Co. And she fell in love with peanut butter all over again, for this company had varieties like Dark Chocolate Dreams and White Chocolate Wonderful, and her newest discovery, Cinnamon Raisin Swirl.

The girl would have preferred Cinnamon Raisin Swirl without the raisins, since she'd never been much of a fan, and found them a little odd in the peanut butter, but she knew it would make a killer banana bread. Except temperatures had been reaching the hundreds and it was just to darned hot to bake. So the girl turned that killer banana bread into something cool and almost healthy: a smoothie.
Peanut Butter Banana Bread Smoothies {Printable Version}
 Yield: 4 smoothies

3 medium ripe bananas, chopped and frozen*
1½ cups cold vanilla soy milk
¾ cup Cinnamon Raisin Swirl peanut butter (or ¾ cup creamy peanut butter plus 2-3 tsp. cinnamon)
2 tbsp. brown sugar or Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
Pinch salt

Add all ingredients to a blender, and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

*Smoothies are a great way to use bananas that are about to go bad. Peel and chop before freezing and seal in a zip-top bag. Freeze for a minimum of two hours. Keeps in the freezer indefinitely.

Recipe by Kim

Please note that I am in no way affiliated with Peanut Butter & Co. They have not paid me, sent me free samples, or asked me to review their products. They just happen to manufacture a product that I truly enjoy.