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The Perfect Peanut Butter Smoothie Recipe - Jamba Juice, Peanut Butter Moo'd
I grew up in a small town, so, when I got to college my freshman year I discovered a few beautiful things that this world has to offer. One of those things was Jamba Juice. Oh my goodness! It was one of the best things in the whole world. It helped that my parents were kind enough to put me on a meal plan that gave me money to spend anywhere I wanted on campus. I came to frequent the campus Jamba Juice at least twice a week. I was truly happy.
The dilemma came when started my second year of college and no longer benefited from the endless meal plan. It was at that time that I realized just how fast regular Jamba Juice visits could deplete a small cash reserve generated from working at the campus's cafeteria. So I did what any self respecting college student would do. I quit the habit. I simply couldn't afford it. I was forced to merely look on longingly at the long line of freshman with their never ending cash flows.
While still a student I got married. My dear wife understood the heartache I was going through and gave me a temporary fix with a Jamba Juice gift card, good for 5 free Jamba Juices. We enjoyed the smoothies together. Our favorite: the Peanut Butter Moo'd. It was perfect. It wasn't the healthiest smoothie on the menu, but it sure did taste good. When the gift card ran out, which it did all too soon, we realized that we had to come up with another outlet to the smoothie crave. This began our experimentation with making our own.
We started with what we knew. We knew the Peanut Butter Moo'd had three main ingredients: bananas, peanut butter, and chocolate. Chocolate was the source of the most debate. We started with hot fudge ice cream topping. It tasted good, but was still expensive. So, we took it one step further and tried making it our selves. We found a recipe on-line that worked okay, but it took a while and required a lot of clean up. The home made hot fudge called for two main ingredients: cocoa and sugar. After making it a few times we realized that that was all we really needed.
With time we worked out the other details. We didn't use frozen bananas like Jamba Juice does so we had to find the perfect number of ice cubes to give it just the right consistency. The other ingredient amounts discovered after many, many smoothies.
Now, that was our journey to finding our perfect Peanut Butter Smoothie. It took a while coming and I have to credit my wife more than myself; she was the one who wouldn't stop experimenting until it tasted just right. Now she knows it so well that If you mess up just one ingredient she will be able to tell you what it is after tasting the final product. So, here it is. The perfect peanut butter smoothie recipe.
2 cups Milk
1.5 T. Cocoa
2 T. Sugar
9 Ice Cubes
1 huge spoonful of Peanut Butter
Put them all in the blender and blend until smooth. This yields about seven cups worth of smoothie. For my wife and me, that is two servings.
It's cheap, it's easy, and it tastes fantastic! I hope you like it!
An Update as of 6/16/2011
My wife and I are still using this recipe, but we have made a modification. Rather than using Cocoa, Sugar and Milk, we just use 2 cups of water and 1/2 a cup of chocolate milk powder. It is a lot easier and still tastes great.
Chocolate Milk Mix
This is the chocolate milk powder that my wife and I use. It isn't a bad price and it lasts a long time. I highly recommend it.