Delicious as fruit smoothies are, they are not everyone’s cup of tea… or is that glass of fruit? Smoothies – in moderation – are a great way to boost our daily intake of fruit and veggies. But sometimes you just want something a little bit more indulgent – without straying too far off the healthy path.
Nut butter smoothies can be a great way to treat yourself without straying too far off the healthy eating path.
Remember, though, that nuts are quite high in fat – and thus high in calories. You should factor this into your eating plan.
If you want to thicken your smoothie and make it extra decadent without going too heavy on the milk or yoghurt, a banana can add thickness to the drink and a creamy taste and texture. They are also a good source of potassium.
Ingredients for a nut butter smoothie
- 1 banana
- ½ cup Greek yoghurt (or milk/vegan substitute like almond milk)
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- 1 cup ice
- 1 tablespoon honey (or 4 pitted dates)
- Optional: chia seeds, ground flax seeds or protein powder. You can also replace the peanut butter with any other nut butter of your choice.
How to make a nut butter smoothie
- Cut the bananas into smaller chunks or slices.
- Add the banana, peanut butter, yoghurt, ice and honey (or dates) to a blender.
- Blend all the ingredients until the mixture is a smooth, thick consistency.