Peanut butter has a delicious, creamy flavor and is packed with protein, which makes it perfect for making smoothies. You’ve probably enjoyed a peanut butter smoothie or a similar treat at a restaurant or ice cream shop, but it may surprise you that you can make this easily at home. With a blender and the right ingredients, you’ll be enjoying a peanut butter smoothie in no time. You might even try some variations, like the peanut butter banana version or the chocolate peanut butter one.
Peanut Butter Smoothie
- ½ cup ice cubes
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 tbsp peanut butter (creamy recommended)
6 oz (170 g) vanilla yogurt
1. Gather your smoothie making supplies
2. Add ingredients to the blender
But before you do, make sure the blender is unplugged to prevent accidentally pressing a button before its lid is on and making a mess. Once the ingredients are inside your blender, seal the top firmly in place and plug it in.
- Especially when making a double batch, try not to pack ingredients too densely into your blender.
- Overpacking a blender can tax its motor and cause it to wear out more quickly, or could create more resistance than your blender can handle, in which case your blender may not start.
3. Blend your smoothie
Depending on your blender, there may be several settings to choose from. For making a smoothie, use the “Blend” button. Try to run your blender in short intervals, as this will help keep its motor from burning out. Blend until the mixture is a smooth consistency.
- If your blender is too densely packed and the blades won’t turn and blend, unplug it and use a spoon to remove some of the contents. Then reseal it, plug it in, and try again.
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4. Store extra smoothie for later
Store your smoothie in an airtight container with as little air in the container as possible. The air remaining in your container will interact with the nutrients in the smoothie, causing it to break down faster.
- Generally, you can expect most smoothies to stay good for 12 hours to a day after being prepared, so long as they are adequately sealed and stored in the refrigerator.
Blending a Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie
1. Assemble your materials
Banana and peanut butter are flavors that go very well together, and this recipe is perfect for those who love that flavor combo. Bananas should be cut into chunks and frozen first, though.
2. Combine your ingredients in the blender
Check to see that your blender is unplugged. Accidentally hitting a button while adding ingredients could make a big mess. After your ingredients are inside, attach the lid firmly on top, and plug in the blender.
- Avoid over packing your blender. Doing so will put stress on its motor and cause it to burn out more easily.
- The addition of honey may make this smoothie too sweet for some people. You may want to add honey to taste or skip it altogether.
3. Use your blender to mix the smoothie and enjoy
Your blender may have several blending options. Press and hold the “Blend” button for short intervals until the mixture is smooth throughout. Transfer the smoothie to a cup and enjoy.
- Overexerting the motor by running it for too long or trying to blend densely packed material can cause damage to your blender.
4. Seal extra in a container and save it
You may have smoothie left over, or you may have made a double batch to save for later. If so, store your smoothie in an airtight container. Try to reduce the amount of air left in the container, too, as this can cause the nutrients to break down faster.
- In most cases, you can expect your smoothie to last 12 hours to a day as long as it is in an airtight container and refrigerated