There are plenty of ways to satisfy your PB & J cravings that doesn’t involve the sort of high carbohydrate feast that white toast bread is. I posted an overnight oats version of this favourite snack of mine not long ago – it is a fabulous breakfast. My problem is that sometimes I forget to prepare it in advance but still want to have that delicious combination of peanut butter and fruit without having to wait until next morning. This is where this peanut butter and jelly smoothie comes in handy. It is instant gratification and doubles as a protein shake if you want to use it as such.
It comes with 15 grams of protein per serving without having added any protein powder. The protein in this smoothie mainly consists of the peanut butter which gives you almost 10 grams of it. Oats supply roughly 3 grams protein while the fruit and almond milk contribute about 1 gram each. Additionally it comes with a good serving of fibre which will keep you going until lunchtime. Did I already mention that it is delicious?
The optional cardamom is all down to your taste buds. If you do not like it you can omit it. It doesn’t add any notable calories but it’s full of healthy benefits. It is an excellent source for manganese, iron, magnesium and zinc. Cardamom is ideal for breakfast because of its ability to inhibit infectious microbes while at the same time leaving probiotic bacteria alone. A study conducted at the Division of Entomology and Parasitology at the University of California has verified the antimicrobial properties in cardamom. Confusing? All it means in this case is: Good bye morning breath!
Who would not want to have a peanut butter and jelly smoothie that tastes like the famous sandwich and is this healthy? I can’t think of anyone.
- 300 ml ( 1⅓ cup) unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 frozen banana
- 200g (1 cup) frozen strawberries
- 3 tbsp oats
- ½ tsp cardamom (optional)
- Pour all ingredients into a blender and process until smooth.
**To drizzle your smoothie with peanut butter simply heat a small amount of it in a metal measuring cup on the stove or in a microwave. It will melt like regular butter.