It’s summertime, and for me, that means cool treats for lunch. I’ve been pulling out the blender (and the food processor, but we can talk about that later) to make some lunchtimes smoothies and frozen treats, and this smoothie is just the beginning of a line of summer coolers coming up on the blog. If you happened to read my very first smoothie post, you’d know that I have a smoothie daily, but my lunchtime smoothies are a bit different than my morning smoothies. I like to toss something extra into them, to make things fun. Something like… peanut butter!
I’m not a peanut butter addict or anything, but I do like it quite a lot in smoothies. Think Jamba’s Chunky Strawberry Topper – so yummy, although not exactly a “light” treat. This particular smoothie was inspired by one made at the San Francisco Farmer’s Market at the Fairy Building. If you haven’t been and you happen to find yourself in San Francisco, you have to go to the farmer’s market. Talk about all kinds of gourmet food, almost too much to take in! There was one market there that made customized smoothies, and the Peanut Butter Blackberry Smoothie was so good that I had been craving it ever since.
I love the creaminess of this smoothie, with the perfect balance of peanut butter and berries. It’s not overwhelmingly Peanut Butter-y, but the peanut butter flavor is still definitely there. Plus, it’s a pretty satisfying lunchtime treat but healthy at the same time. You can make it with low-fat or nonfat yogurt to keep it lighter, and it’s sweetened just enough with all-natural honey. It’s kinda like drinking a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, except healthier, and not weird like it sounds. Yum :)
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Creamy Dreamy Peanut Butter and Berries Smoothie
Dreaming of peanut butter? Try adding it to this creamy smoothie with some fresh berries for a cool treat.
- Yield: 1 16-oz smoothie 1x
- 3/8 cup plain yogurt*
- 1 cup berries (your choice, feel free to mix berries)**
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 teaspoons peanut butter (use unsweetened for sugar free)
- pinch of salt
- 7–10 large ice cubes
- Place all ingredients in blender, adding the ice last. Start with 7 ice cubes. Blend on smoothie mode, if applicable to your blender; otherwise, blend just until smooth. If needed, blend in up to 3 more ice cubes to thicken.
*Any kind of yogurt will work. Use unsweetened for sugar free.
**If you’re using strawberries, measure them chopped.
This recipe is gluten-free if you choose a gluten-free brand of peanut butter and yogurt.