Eat Vegan On $4 A Day: Peanut Butter Smoothie

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.

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  1. I added a handful of lettuce/spinach, heaping tablespoon of Greek yogurt, a little less ice cubes, and almond milk. It turned out really good!

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