Peanut Butter, Jam and Banana Smoothie

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Cooking For One - Drinks

A lot of smoothie recipes try to go crazy and use ingredients that you don't have readily available so you have to make a special trip to the grocery store to mix up a batch. That really isn't a great option when people just drop by or your children bring home their friends. So here is a smoothie that is likely to please all of the above.

You can use either smooth or chunky peanut butter where the latter will leave a slight hint of peanuts since the chunks won't totally liquefy in the blending process.

I used a little bit of coconut to float on the top to try and make a better picture but taking a picture of a drink is quite difficult with a small digital camera and only flash so this really doesn't show off the true colour of the blend. The 40 year old glass frosts up nicely in the freezer. It came from a set of 4 that I got from a friend just after university as a thank you for taking their wedding pictures. I just broke the first one this year due to my own stupidity. Shows you how well quality stands up over time though.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Ready in: 5 min
Yields: 1 large smoothie or 2 adult beverages with spirits

The stuff you need

  • 1 Overripe banana, (seems I always have plenty of those around)
  • 2 Ice Cubes
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tablespoons Peanut Butter, Smooth or Chunky
  • 2 tablespoons Strawberry Jam
  • 1 Tall Mixing Cup, Plastic, Stainless Steel or Glass
  • 1 Immersible Hand-Held Blender
  • 1 Very small spatula

Really Quite Simple

  1. Put all the food ingredients into the tall mixing cup. You will need the small spatula to scrape peanut butter and jam from the measuring spoon. Do your best to get those ingredients dropped right in the middle.
  2. Immerse the blender to just cover it with liquid and start to pulse on slow.
  3. Move the blender head up and down in the mixture but always keep it immersed (Unless you like cleaning drink splatter from everywhere).
  4. Do the same for a bit on high until you get a nice creamy blend.
  5. Pour the blend into an interesting frosted glass. I always have one in the freezer waiting for my next drink run whether it is for a smoothie or just plain filtered tap water that I keep in the refrigerator.
  6. Enjoy

Variations

  • If you wish to make an interesting adult beverage just add your favourite spirit before blending. I would think 3 ounces would be required to split this recipe to make two drinks.
  • You could alternately reserve the spirits till after each drink is poured into its serving glass. Then slowly pour 1 1/2 ounces of your spirit over the back of an overturned spoon that is being held just above the drink.
  • Some suitable options would be Kahlua, Amber or Dark Rum, Amaretto, or Tia Maria
  • Baileys Irish Cream is also an interesting option and will create a nice light contrast when poured over the spoon. If you have any whipped cream a little dob would be fine.

If you stick to the more common spirits, it is highly unlikely that you will find anyone who would find this drink unpalatable. You might ask your guests if anyone has peanut allergies and make them an alternative drink.

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