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A couple summers ago, my husband and I made these really fancy and delicious smoothies similar to Booster Juice and Juice Fare. We went all out and spared no expense to recreate the smoothies the same way these franchises did: we had our frozen berries and fruit, frozen fruit sorbet and all-fruit juices....each of these ingredients were INCREDIBLY expensive. We didn't keep track of how much it cost, but let me just say we spent a lot of money on those smoothies. We made them so much, we wore out one of our blenders....lucky we did though, because we couldn't afford to keep making those expensive smoothies.

As healthy as smoothies are, I really didn't want to venture into smoothie-making territory for fear of it getting out of control money-wise again. I didn't think you could make a smoothie as delicious as the ones we used to make without getting all those expensive ingredients.

I was happy to discover Money Saving Mom's Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie:

3 inexpensive ingredients = healthy & delicious

Thanks Money Saving Mom.


*Recipe from Money Saving Mom

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Serves 1

3/4 -1 cup frozen banana chunks
1 cup milk
1 tbsp peanut butter

Throw all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Click here for printable version of Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies
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THE RESULTS?
This smoothie is thick, rich and delicious. I make one for myself in the morning and one for my toddler who happens to love both bananas and peanut butter. I make her's a bit thinner by using slightly less bananas and more milk. I put her smoothie in this little travel container that has a straw...so no spilling! We both drink our smoothie's as we are on our way out the door for the day.

So now that it's been proved that you can make a healthy and delicious smoothie without all the fancy frills, I am now on the prowl for more inexpensive smoothies. I've got a couple idea's but...anyone have any suggestions?

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5 Responses
  1. Mrs. Querido Says:

    What do you do when you don't have bananas?

    Try using vanilla pudding mix, milk and peanut butter. Or chocolate...yum!

    The kids loved it!

    Okay, not quite as healthy as when you use bananas, but in a pinch it works great!
    :)


  2. I've never tried it without bananas. We always have an abundance of bananas in the house since each of us probably eats a banana a day. We buy probably 4 lbs of bananas a week! I was thinking of substituting some chocolate sauce or hot chocolate mix for the peanut butter to make a Choco Banana Smoothie as a little treat sometime. I have a toddler going through the "picky" stage, so I'm already concerned about her nutrition, so whenever I can squeeze in fruits and veggies I will!


  3. Jenny Says:

    FYI 2 tbsp of peanut butter is equal to 1 serving of meat or alternatives. Should try it with 2 tbsp to get your 1 serving.


  4. Oooh, thanks for the idea Jenny!


  5. I just made this and I love it. It really does have a rich, thick flavor. I'm a big banana eater too, so I'll definitely be making this often.

    a few days ago I made a strawberry spinach smoothie. The spinach didn't really add any flavor, just a strong color. I don't know if your kiddos will like it, but it's super healthy, and held over my appetite for a really long time :)