Blueberry Peanut Butter Smoothie

Thursday, June 28, 2012


To you, this may look like your everyday, average blueberry smoothie.  But, to me, this smoothie represents much more.  And, is thick, creamy, and tastes so much more amazing than you could possibly imagine.  And, is incredibly healthy and filling.  And, only requires four ingredients and is super simple to make.  Have I caught your interest yet?

Let me start from the beginning.  Growing up, I was never much of a breakfast gal.  It may have been partly due to the fact that in grade school, my mom would make me microwavable Quaker oatmeal every morning while I waited for the bus.  Somehow, she always messed up the water to oatmeal ratio, making it either super soupy or really thick.  I still joke with her saying, "Only Mom can screw up microwavable oatmeal!"  (I love you, Mom <3)  Needless to say, breakfast was never something I particularly enjoyed.

Fast forward about ten years to when I started college.  I began to desire a healthy, fast, and filling breakfast every morning to fuel my often very long hours at school.  I created this smoothie and every single morning, I would wake up, immediately walk into the kitchen, and blend this delicious concoction together using my mom's twenty year old blender.  This Blueberry Peanut Butter Smoothie began my journey to a healthy eating routine and, soon after, my transition to veganism.  I owe this smoothie a lot.

Not only did I fall in love with this smoothie, but Dayv did, too.  This was literally the only "meal" I ever made for him the entire six years we dated(I could tell you about the time I tried to make him pancakes, but for now, that disastrous event will stay between me and my mother-in-law).  

After Dayv went vegan and we were going through the very arduous task of figuring out what foods he liked(basically none), he literally ate this smoothie along with Trader Joe's Potato Wedges every night for dinner the first couple of months.  Luckily, we were eventually able to phase out the smoothie dinner.  But, I make this for him on occasion, for old-times sake, and he still loves it.  

Like I said, I owe this smoothie alot.  I hope you love it, too.

Blueberry Peanut Butter Smoothie
makes one very large smoothie
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen banana slices
1 cup non-dairy milk(six years ago, I used chocolate soymilk.  Now, I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
1 heaping tbsp natural peanut butter

Combine all ingredients into a blender.  Blend until completely smooth.  Enjoy!

45 comments:

  1. Looks and sounds perrrfect! I love the glass too, by the way. :)

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  2. This looks really delicious - it's so thick, just like a nice milkshake! Yum!

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    1. it totally has the consistency of a milkshake ;)

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  3. I have always thought about combining blueberries and peanut butter, but never actually made anything with the combination. I will definitely have to try this recipe out!

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  4. mmmm! Love blueberries and bananas together in a smoothie! Never thought to add peanut butter. Great idea! :)

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    1. they're a great combo ;) and peanut butter makes it even better (and thicker!)

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  5. oooh this smoothee got my attention. A few weeks ago I made a pb and ricemellow shake and last night I had a mixed berry soy yoghurt shake but you went the extra mile and mixed them and it's powerful antioxoidants turned you into a vegan. I have to make this now. Thanx for posting.

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    1. wow..pb and ricemellow?! sounds awesome! i hope you enjoy ;)

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  6. Those pictures! Wow! Don't you love those old diet staples that are always there for you and you can return to time and time again? This smoothie looks like a lovely way to start your morning or finish your day. So yummy!

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  7. Mmmm, I'll have to try it. I'm always looking for something healthy and filling.

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  8. Wow, that sounds like quite a smoothie! The Boyfriend and I love blending up quick, healthy smoothies, so I'll definitely have to try this one next time! :)

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    1. i hope you and your boyfriend enjoy ;)

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  9. Yum! I've recently started adding almond butter to my smoothies. Yours looks really delicious!

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    1. mmmm..i loveeeee almond butter ;)

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  10. That smoothie looks incredible! I could drink it for 6 years in a row too, I think :) I definitely need to experiment with nut butters in our smoothies!

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  11. that color is absolutely stunning! i love the idea of nut butter in the smoothie..i bet it takes it to a whole new level in terms of nutrition and taste!
    Our brekki is usually a thought out large one. back home, mom would feed us 2 stuffed parathas! kids need their breakfast:)
    you can make a strawberry smoothie and layer the 2 for the 4th!;)

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    1. wow! that sounds like one hearty breakfast! and i loveeeee your 4th of july idea ;)

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  12. That looks fabulous--what a beautiful color! And I definitely can't say no to blueberries every single day. :)

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  13. I love that it's simple to make and requires only 4 ingredients. I should make this my morning routine as well.

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  14. Caitlin, this shake looks and sounds delicious! I have blueberries just about to ripen in my yard. They are going right into this shake!

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    1. yay! i want some of your blueberries ;)

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  15. the Color, I absolutely love the color- so purple!

    Before I met Justin he lived on Salad Wraps (from the garden express bagged salad), frozen pizza, frozen french fries and a veggie stir fry with chinese noodles :)

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    1. i love justin's menu- so eclectic!

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  16. I adore simple recipes! The colour is so vibrant. I cannot wait to make this!

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    1. great, carmen! i hope you enjoy!

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  17. Hey, great recipe and beautiful picture. I'm not a fan of bananas though. Would you suggest leaving them out or is there an alternative you think would work equally well?

    Pam

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    1. you can't really taste the banana, it's just to add creaminess. i do leave it out sometimes, though, it just won't be as thick ;)

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  18. Being a strict vegan, I make a shake every morning very similar, except I use soy milk, about 1/4 cup of blueberries, about a tsp of cinnamon and add one of my favorite foods-dark choc! About one or two squares. Gives the shake great texture and adds extra antioxidants :-) enjoy!

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  19. Yes- I make one very similar but add a tbsp of cocoa powder (not sure if that is vegan or not) but the chocolate makes it delicious!!

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  20. This was delicious! They only thing additional I added was a handful of spinach. I will make this again! Yum!

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  21. This is delicious and so pretty. Added some ground flax and chia seeds to it as well. Will be having this again very soon.

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  22. Make this all the time. The exact same way (sometimes I don't use frozen bananas - just regular banana) and it is sooooo good and filling! Such a healthy treat!

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