Do you have an appliance that you use everyday? For us it is the espresso machine and the smoothie blender. I make the kids a Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Smoothie every day. I keep waiting for them to get tired of it. Since they have one every day, I prep them three at a time. The accountant in me loves the efficiency of this process.
We have the Ninja Professional Blender and Nutri Ninja Cups. This makes our mornings so much easier! It only comes with two cups so I always order another set of cups so that we have extra to make ahead.
Twice a week, I take three of the cups and prep them with ingredients. In this case I put in a small banana, yogurt, cocoa powder, and peanut butter. I put those in the refrigerator until the morning I am ready to blend them up. When I am ready to use them, I will add the milk and frozen bananas. Adding the frozen bananas is key to getting a nice, creamy consistency.
Another tip that I can share is to buy discount bananas. Our grocery store will have the reduced priced produce on a rack together. They will bag up bananas that are close to being over ripe and put a bulk price on them. I get pretty excited when I can score these banana bags! 🙂 These are the bananas I use to freeze for smoothies. I peel them all and break them into chunks so they are ready to throw into smoothies for the week.
Here is the recipe I use:
Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Smoothie
- 1 small banana
- 3/4 cup vanilla yogurt
- 1 heaping teaspoon cocoa powder
- 1 heaping tablespoon peanut butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup frozen bananas
Blend all ingredients together. Enjoy!
I usually split this smoothie for my kids since they are 3 and 8. If I am making one for myself, I will add fresh spinach to get my greens for the day.
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