I have only recently begun to indulge in my love for peanut butter. It's pretty high in fat (71% of its calories come from fat) and calories, even for a tablespoon's worth. Oh well, you only live once, right? I can justify this to myself by thinking that everything is okay in moderation. This is of course the thought that crosses my mind as I sneak another couple of tablespoons into the blender...
This smoothie is great as a snack, dessert, or breakfast. I also love it as post-workout nourishment because it's quick and a good source of protein/fat/carbohydrates for fatigued muscles. I always keep a stash of frozen bananas in the freezer for smoothies. Just peel, chop, and store in a bag or container. They last for about a month or so.
1 cup soy milk (Sub almond, rice, or hemp milk to make it soy-free)*
1 frozen banana
2 Tbsps peanut butter (Sub almond butter to make it peanut-free; if using peanut butter, make sure it is a gluten-free & soy-free brand)**
2-3 ice cubes
1-2 scoops protein powder (I usually use rice protein, but you can use soy or hemp as well)
Put all the ingredient in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass & enjoy.