Smoothies have become my breakfast of choice most days. I have been so busy with various things that drinking my breakfast while I’m working has been a wonderful solution. If I don’t start the day out with a good breakfast, it’s almost certain the day won’t go as well. See? Your mom was right!
This recipe comes from the newly released book, Eat Vegan on $4.00 a Day: A Game Plan for the Budget Conscious Cook by Ellen Jaffe Jones.
I’ve made chocolate peanut butter smoothies before, but never really tried PB and fruit together in a smoothie. I liked the flavor combination of the apple and peanut butter–one of my favorite afternoon snacks.
I subbed unsweetened almond milk for the rice or soymilk called for in the recipe. You could sub any non-dairy milk, or if you’re not off dairy, use cow’s milk. I sprinkled the top with a little cinnamon, which I liked. I shared this with my daughter and fellow smoothie lover. We both really liked it. It was a nice change from the green smoothies and juice I usually drink for breakfast. I do think next time I’ll add a bit more peanut butter. I used a pretty big apple and the peanut butter flavor wasn’t as pronounced as I would have liked. But all in all, not a bad smoothie.
Peanut Butter Smoothie
from Eat Vegan on $4.00 a Day: A Game Plan for the Budget Conscious Cook by Ellen Jaffe Jones
8 ice cubes
1 apple, cored and chopped
1/2 cup rice milk or soymilk
1 tablespoon unsalted natural peanut butter (chunky or smooth)
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Put all the ingredients in a blender. Turn the blender on low speed and gradually increase to high speed, processing until smooth.
Tip: If the apple flavor is too tart, add a few pitted dates, grapes, or raisins, or a frozen banana.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this cookbook to review.