Healthy PB Smoothie

This honestly should be called a shake, but it’s really tough to justify calling a “peanut butter shake” healthy. This was so smooth, rich and creamy, you could really eat it with a spoon. Especially if you like to put toppings like peanuts, raisins and chocolate chips like me! It is pretty low calorie too, depending on the toppings you put in there. I kind of view ice cream as a medium for toppings. Ice cream is great and all, but toppings make it so much better. Before you start, know that you will need 2 kind of weird ingredients: guar gum and xantham gum. I have no idea how, but just 1/3 of a tsp of each, gives amazing volume and creaminess to these spoonable shakes. It is incredible. Xanthan gum is a bit expensive, but since you only use 1/3 tsp at a time, it lasts FOREVER. Guar gum is definitely less expensive and lasts forever as well!

Spoonable Peanut Butter Shake:

6-8 oz almond milk (I use sweetened vanilla)
1 super ripe banana
2 tbsp almond butter
1/2 tsp guar gum
1/3 tsp xanthan gum
15-18 ice cubes, depending on the texture/flavor you like

Makes 2 very large servings.

Put almond milk, 1 super ripe banana and 2 tbsp almond butter in a blender. I hate to say it, but Vitamix works the absolute best. Blend the first 3 ingredients, add guar gum and xantham gum and blend again. Add ice cubes, while blending, 3 at a time. You will be left with this amazing, spoonable shake! If you want to you can add a little more sugar. The super ripe banana makes this shake pretty sweet already, but everyone has differing levels of sweet tooth ;). (for an even more flavorful shake, blend 2 cups almond milk with 2 tbsp almond butter and  tbsp evaporated cane sugar and freeze in an ice cube try and use half ice cubes and half these nut butter-almond milk cubes)

This recipe will also work with a regular blender, but you might have to stir, shake, tap or baby your regular blender a bit and you add the ice cubes, but it will work. With vitamin you just throw all the ingredients in there and blend away.

For an even lower calorie option, you can use PB2 peanut butter powder, but I would add a bit more sweetener if you did that, so in the end, the actual nut butter might be the way to go.

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