PB&J Vegan Protein Smoothie

I love anything PB&J — if you have all of my books, you’ll know that a PB&J-inspired recipe is in each one. In an effort to create a post-run drink that I’d love and make me realize smoothies can be delicious (they’ve never been my favourite… I only have one other smoothie recipe on my site), I set out the following guidelines and am now drinking to success everyday:

  • Not too banana-y
  • Low FODMAP
  • No effort
  • High protein (this clocks in at about 24 grams)
  • No stevia
  • Tastes like a PB&J
  • And, of course, gluten-free and vegan

PB&J Vegan Protein Smoothie

PB&J Vegan Protein Smoothie

5 medium frozen strawberries
1/2 small banana, cut into slices and frozen
1 scoop (21g) natural/unflavored brown rice protein powder (see Notes)
2 tablespoons (10g) peanut powder (see Notes)
1/2 teaspoon psyllium powder (see Notes)
1/2 to 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Pinch salt

Put all ingredients in a blender (I use an immersion blender; easier clean up). Blend until smooth.

Notes:

  • For the unsweetened brown rice protein powder, I use this one from Sunwarrior
  • For the peanut powder, I use Jif (this one).
  • You don’t have to include psyllium; this isn’t added for texture or taste, but just for extra soluble fibre

PB&J Vegan Protein Smoothie 2

Cinnamon-Spiced Ice Syrup Milk

I’ve posted about Ice Syrup before; it’s such a unique, Niagara-based flavor that’s made in the same technique as our amazing ice wine. You can get your hands on some from the site linked above, and once you do, don’t neglect it on your pancakes, either. If you’re in the mood for a non-coffee, non-tea warm winter drink, this is the one.

ice syrup milk

Cinnamon-Spiced Ice Syrup Milk

2 cups creamy unsweetened nondairy milk, such as So Delicious Coconut Milk
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons Ice Syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Put the nondairy milk and cinnamon a medium saucepan. Whisk to combine, then heat until steaming. Remove from heat and stir in the ice syrup and vanilla extract. Serve warm.

Creamy Almond Hot Chocolate

That’s right. Chocolate + maple syrup + roasted almond butter, all warmed together into a rich, warming drink that might just warrant some Kahlua for kicks.

almond hot cocoa

Creamy Almond Hot Chocolate

1/4 cup water
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 1/2 cups creamy unsweetened nondairy milk
2 tablespoons roasted almond butter
3 oz. non-dairy semi-sweet chocolate chips

Put the water, cocoa powder, and maple syrup in a medium saucepan. Bring to medium heat, whisking frequently, until no lumps remain. Whisk in the nondairy milk. Heat until the mixture is steaming. Remove from heat and add the almond butter and nondairy chocolate chips.

Let it stand about 1 minute. Insert an immersion blender, and blend until smooth. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can put it directly into a blender once it has cooled a little longer.