This thick peanut butter banana smoothie is so rich, it feels like you're drinking a milkshake.
As indulgent as it is, though, you can rest assured that all the ingredients are good for you.
The secret key to making for milkshake-style smoothie is to ensure that your bananas are fully-frozen before hand. When blended, frozen bananas turn thick and creamy. If you've ever tried banana "nice cream" you know what I mean. The texture is so similar to ice cream, that it makes this smoothie feel exactly like rich, decadent milkshake.
How Long Do I Freeze the Bananas?
For this thick peanut butter banana smoothie, I recommend freezing the bananas at least overnight.
Freeze them without the peel, so that they're easy to throw into a blender in the morning. If you freeze with the peel on, they can be very difficult to get off and turn your "simple smoothie" into a messy disaster.
If you want to freeze them for later on in the day, I'd suggest giving at least six hours to make sure that their well-frozen before being added to the smoothie.
What Kind of Blender Should I Use?
Another trick to blending frozen bananas so that they turn out creamy is to add just a bit of liquid. If you add to much liquid, it will thin out your smoothie, ruining the thick texture.
Some blenders, though, can't handle frozen fruits (bananas included) without a lot of liquid. For this reason, I recommend choosing a high-powered blender for recipes like this.
Vitamix is a great option, since their blenders can have up to an astonishing 1,400 watts of power. But, they are quite expensive.
If you aren't willing to shell out a lot of cash, I've found that Nutribullet and Ninja both work well for making thick smoothies, though they won't be as thick as ones you would be able to make in a Vitamix.
Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Ingredients
- Bananas: As mentioned above, make sure they're well frozen beforehand. The riper they are, the sweeter your smoothie will be.
- Peanut butter powder: I use PB2 and think it tastes amazing in this smoothie. You could also use protein powder, or swap it out for any nut butter.
- Almond milk: Just ½ cup of nut milk goes a long way in this recipe. I used almond, but feel free to use any type of milk you like best.
- Ice: 2-3 handfuls of ice (6-8 cubes-ish) makes this smoothie cold and creamy.
- Medjool date: For a little extra sweetness and nutrition, I also added a medjool date. If your date is very hard, soak it in hot water for about 5 minutes before blending.
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