How to Make a Banana Smoothie
If you want a fantastic way to get an extra protein boost in the morning, after a workout, or as an evening snack, learn how to make a banana smoothie with peanut butter.

The banana smoothie dates back to the 1930s, when health-food stores on the West Coast started serving cold, slushie-style drinks full of fruit. The word "smoothie" quickly became associated with any non-alcoholic drink made in a blender with fruit as a main ingredient; the first recipes for banana smoothies appeared in cookbooks as early as 1940. By the '60s and '70s, smoothies were all the rage -- a way to eat "healthy" without really trying -- and today the banana smoothie is a common snack (or meal) for kids and adults.

It's easy to learn how to make a banana smoothie, and you probably have all the ingredients on hand. A banana smoothie made with smooth peanut butter will be drinkable through a wide straw; use crunchy peanut butter and you're better off pouring it into a bowl or mug and using a spoon.

Hi, I'm Miranda with and today I'm gonna show you how to make a peanut butter and banana smoothie. Now, you will able to enjoy this cool drink for breakfast or as a protein-packed snack after working out. I have our ingredients all laid out here. So let's let smoothie making. We have 10 ounces of skim milk or you can use any milk alternative of your choice, 1 tablespoon of creamy peanut butter, and 1 medium size banana. Now, if you wanna make this consistency a little bit thicker, you can include 6 ice cubes to give it some nice crunch. I have our blender all set up here and all we need to do is just put the ingredients in the blender. That's been so great and simple about a smoothie. In goes the peanut butter, the banana. Peanut butter and banana are just such great flavor partners, so delicious, and will give it some extra crunch. There we go. Let's just turn it on and give it a whirl and let's just check on it. We'll kind of poke and see if all of our ice cubes are nice and broken up, beautiful and now the only thing we'll have to do with your peanut butter and banana smoothie is simply to pour it and enjoy. So there you go. That's how you make a peanut butter and banana smoothie.
What You'll Need
  • 10   ounces skim milk or plain soy milk

  • 1   tablespoon natural peanut butter

  • 1   medium banana

Step By Step
Make it:
In a blender, combine all ingredients and mix until smooth. Use 6 ice cubes for a thicker consistency.

If your child doesn't like peanut butter, try sunflower-seed spread, cashew butter or even Nutella. You can also make banana smoothies with peaches, strawberries or other favorite berries in addition to the banana. Dried fruit, nuts, and seeds can be used as toppings and make the smoothie more like a sundae.
Consider freezing milk in ice cube trays and using the frozen cubes instead of ice, or cut bananas into chunks and freeze them before adding for a super-creamy consistency. If you like a sweeter smoothie, use honey, jam or jelly to add natural sweetness; a deeper (more grown-up) sweetness can be achieved with a spoonful of light or dark molasses in the blender.
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