Savvy Banana Breakfast Smoothie

I’ve tried several versions of banana and peanut butter smoothies over the years. My all-time favorite breakfast smoothie is based upon one that called for oat bran. My simple no-sugar-added adaptation is presented below, followed by some of my children’s favorite variations.

Almond milk works in this smoothie; just follow the basic recipe or Variation #1. When using sweetened soy milk, I serve this for dessert or afternoon snack instead of breakfast.

Savvy Banana Breakfast Smoothie

Serves 1 adult or 2 small children

1 cup nonfat milk
1 large frozen banana, broken into chunks*
1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Put all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Serve immediately.

* I store peeled, quartered bananas in a sealed bag in the freezer.

Variation #1: Cocoa

Use all of the ingredients in the original recipe plus 1 tablespoon cocoa powder. This adds several antioxidants but just 10 calories and 0.5 g fat.

Variation #2: Vanilla Soy Milk

Replace nonfat milk
with sweetened or unsweetened vanilla soy milk and omit vanilla extract.
Variation #3: Chocolate Soy Milk

Replace nonfat milk
with sweetened or unsweetened chocolate soy milk. Vanilla extract is optional.

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