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.

blender cups

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.

Easy Smoothie Recipe

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.

discount produce

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.

smoothie

banana smoothie

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17 comments on “Easy Smoothie Prep”

    • Thank you Andrea! We think the Ninja is a great value! I would love to have a VitaMix but they are pretty expensive.

    • Thanks Rachel! Doing it this way makes it a lot easier. I got tired of prepping one each day!

  1. i love banana and pb smoothies! thanks for sharing. i have never seen the ripe bags for sale at my store but maybe i will ask if they have them! good idea!

  2. These look so yummy and easy! I totally need to save this for my apartment because smoothies are probably going to be a good option for a quick and healthy breakfast.

  3. This is such a great idea. It is so time consuming in the morning to put all my smoothie ingredients into the blender one by one, especially because I use many superfoods etc. I love that prepping a few at a time makes for a quicker breakfast! Thanks 🙂

  4. I’m a make-ahead meal queen!! This makes me happy 😊 love the idea of just prepping the ingredients. We don’t have a blender with the cups, so I make my green smoothies in bulk to last a couple days. These look delicious!

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