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

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Liquid Apple Pie Smoothie

Bananas all too often make their way as the base of smoothies. Berries are a close second, along with mango. This version uses local apples as its base, then adds apple pie spices which makes breakfast taste like dessert (and you can’t taste the kale).

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Liquid Apple Pie Smoothie

1 medium sweet apple
1 large handful of chopped kale, just the leaves
6 to 10 fresh honey dates (see Notes)
1 heaping tablespoon (15 ml) roasted cashew butter
1/2 cup (120 ml) homemade unsweetened applesauce (see Notes)
1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon (3 ml) ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) ground nutmeg
1/2 cup to 1 cup (120 ml to 240 ml) unsweetened plain or vanilla nondairy milk

Blend all ingredients together, adding nondairy milk to achieve desired consistency, until smooth. Serve cold.

Notes: You can add honey dates to the desired sweetness that you’d like. If you’re using sweetened applesauce or nondairy milk, you might want to omit them altogether.

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