Years ago, I spotted the most amazing smoothie ever on the menu board at a local Salt Lake City coffee house. Since it combined two of my biggest loves: coffee and peanut butter, I knew I was going to be in big trouble. Oh, was I in trouble.
My hedonistic side got hubby James addicted to them, too. Yay! I’ve got a partner in guilty indulging! We became regulars at that coffee house for about a month, until right about the time when I noticed my workout clothes getting tighter (and my wallet getting lighter). Something had to give, and it sure as heck wasn’t going to be my waistline. On top of that, the staff at this particular coffee house were SO SLOW. Sure, you’d get your amazing cup of brain-freeze heaven eventually, but you’d need to plan an entire afternoon of waiting around to get it. Patience is no friend of mine.
Which brings us to this recipe.
I started googling healthy coffee peanut butter smoothie recipes and experimenting with different versions until I had this winning concoction. I can happily declare this recipe is even better than the one from the coffee house, plus only half the calories! And even though I usually encourage you all to take my recipes and modify away, don’t change a thing this time. You protein addicts will try to add protein powder: don’t. You chocoholics are going to play with adding chocolate. Don’t! Guys, I’m telling you, this smoothie is perfection in a cup. One taste and you are going to LOOOOVE it (and then love me by proxy). Besides, I’ve tried adding chocolate and protein powder already. Not as good. Okay, okay, FINE, if you must make any changes, swap out the peanut butter for almond butter. Not as good in my opinion, but hey. To each his own. One tip, though. Make sure the banana you choose is fresh. If it’s overly ripe, the banana flavor can sort of overpower the peanut butter and coffee yumminess. Still a winner, but you don’t make this one for the banana flavor, let’s face it.
This smoothie makes a great breakfast or post-workout recovery snack. It has about 300 calories, a hefty 5g fiber (which is about 20% RDA), and 8g protein. It also has 18g fat, but remember, fat is not the enemy! Current research shows that all the anti-fat hype from the past was unfounded and unnecessary. We need healthy fats, especially in the morning. This smoothie also has a great filling effect. You’ll feel full for a long time, thanks to the peanut butter. And for the love of God, PLEASE use real peanut butter. Check your label, make sure there are only peanuts and nothing else! Most commercial brands are only about half peanuts and then half sugar. Not cool.
Coffee Peanut Butter Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup cold coffee (either brewed or instant)
- 1 banana (small to medium-ish)
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter (the real stuff…no Jif or Skippy)
- 1 tablespoon ½ and ½ (it’s only 20 calories, don’t freak out and substitute skim to cut cals!)
- 1 packet Stevia
- 6-10 ice cubes (add till it’s to a texture you prefer)
Step 1: Blend.
Step 2: Drink.
Step 3: Come back here and leave a comment to tell me how much you loved it!
Keep eating healthy on the road, RV friends!