Last week, Jake and I decided to brave the grocery store the night before Thanksgiving so we could pick some ingredients for dinner that night. While we were picking up the essentials, I realized we were nearing the end of our jar of peanut butter and I set out to pick up a new one. I hit the “healthy” section first (if you shop at Kroger, you know that 2-3 aisles dedicated to the healthy items, which are pretty much the same items as everything else, but more expensive with nicer packaging) and happened upon PB2. I had tried PB2 a few years prior and had really liked it, but never managed to pick up a jar for myself out of sheer forgetfulness. The brand was on sale so I thought “Why not?” and plopped it into our cart. Cut to me getting home and realizing that it is kind of a pain to premix the peanut butter and then apply it to bread. While it still tastes great, I realized that in a pinch it’s not the most convenient item to have around when you want to throw together a quick PB sandwich, but it is great for smoothies and shakes! As a means of wanting to satisfy a chocolate craving over the weekend, I whipped up this super simple shake, and now it’s a daily favorite!
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- 1 teaspoon PB2 peanut butter powder
- 1 banana
- Desired amount of unsweetened almond milk
- (Optional) 1 drop peppermint essential oil, or 3-4 sprigs of mint leaves (It adds a nice little holiday kick to it!)
Blend all of your ingredients together (I’ll sometimes add a few ice cubes), and you’re good to go! This shake is perfect for a post-workout treat, or as an on-the-go breakfast! Lately I’ve been having it an addition to my egg white omelet breakfast, and the added boost of protein really helps keep the “I might eat my lunch at 10 am” feels at bay while I’m at work. I also found that it was super helpful when I needed a use for some super ripe bananas I had last week, but didn’t have the other ingredients for banana bread. It was a win-win for my hunger and potential food waste!
Have you tried powdered peanut butter before?