Combined loves

[donotprint] Overnight Oats or a smoothie..it’s always a bit of a toss up (unless of course pancakes have the opportunity to feature and then there is no question about what’s on the breakfast menu!)

I’d seen Kath’s idea for blending up overnight oats to create a smoothie and added it to my checklist; two of my loves combined, how could I not fall head over heels?! Smile  The doughboy smoothie, an incredible idea! I’m only sorry I didn’t take a leaf out of her book sooner!

It’s a thick and creamy smoothie on a whole new level. It’s almost the consistency of cookie dough with the oatie cookie dough flavour that only a fool could not long for.

Peanut butter and banana was of course the obvious choice. I’ve gone totally nuts over nut butter of late…my first jars of Justin’s Nut Butters arrived, chocolate almond and maple almond, I finally caved and bought some PB2 (both of which were thanks to iHerb!) and I also restocked my shelves with some Biona Smooth Organic Peanut Butter.

How I lived without Peanut Butter and Banana, both as single entities and as one beautiful combination is beyond me.  I can’t get enough of the two at the moment.

Between nut butter on my pancakes, banana blended up in the batter, both now becoming smoothie staples and my fond love of banana soft serve (of course my favourite mix in being peanut butter!) I can now officially confidently say that these are the two foods I couldn’t live without!

With peanut butter on the brain and pretty much looking for any excuse to put my jar to further extended use I thought there was no better occasion than in anticipation of my peanut butter smoothie to whip up some peanut butter granola.

Where else would you stumble upon such a peanut butter lovers dream other than over on Julie’s site PB Fingers. Just over a year since I discovered Julie’s blog, at the time peanut butter wouldn’t have featured in my thoughts let alone my dreams!

The thick doughy smoothie lent itself to some heavy crunchy topping. Sprinkled on top of my first smoothie in a glass in what seems like forever; which didn’t take away from the fact that it of course had to be consumed with a spoon! Smile

It was one incredibly filling, highly satisfying glass full. Some dried chewy banana made it complete!

I found this homemade recipe/list of instructions for making healthy homemade banana chips the other day and pinned it immediately. I love my dried chewy banana opting for it over the chips as they’re coated in oil and honey but these homemade ones are nearly too straightforward to make! I will be giving it a go over the coming week and I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes! Here’s to hoping!

I don’t think I’ve found my favourite peanut butter yet…at the moment I’m between Biona Organic Smooth Peanut Butter and Meridian Organic Smooth Peanut Butter but I’m yet to try Justin’s so I might be swayed!

The recipe for the granola can be found here and the smoothie is down below Smile

Do you have a favourite nut butter brand? [/donotprint]

Dough Boy Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

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Servings – 1

Preparation Time – 5 minutes + Overnight

Ingredients

Overnight mixture

  • 1/2 cup (40g) jumbo oats
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) almond milk
  • 1 small banana
  • 1 tbsp flax meal
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter

Morning After Extras

  • 1 small frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) almond milk
  • 3-4 pieces dried chewy banana for topping
  • Handful of peanut butter granola!

Directions

  1. Blend together all overnight ingredients and place in the fridge overnight.
  2. In the morning blend up with the additional milk and frozen banana.
  3. Serve in a tall glass or bowl topped with peanut butter granola and dried chewy banana; don’t forget the obligatory spoon!

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13 Comments

  1. I second the smooth operator notion! Also, PB&co’s dark chocolate dreams is amazing (though I think Justin’s chocolate hazelnut almond tops it).

  2. My favorite flavored pb is PB&co’s White Chocolate Wonderful. I like it better than their Dark Chocolate Dream and it tastes like the inside of a Reese’s (and it’s lower calories than most regular peanut butter). I also LOVE their Cinnamon Raisin Swirl… it’s to die for. So. So. Good.

    My favorite regular pb is Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter with Flax Seed. Sounds weird, but it’s totally rich and delicious. Plus I love the tiny bit of crunch/body the flax seeds add to it.

  3. this recipe looks AMAZING! it will surely be a treat for me sometime soon. pb & banana… ahhh best friends 🙂
    my favorite nut butter is justins maple almond butter, but i also love me some teddie pb.

  4. Shel I am DYING. This looks delicious. I’m gonna make it with PB Crave Cookie Nookie (just to make the cookie dough-ness even more over the top ha!). How do you manage to make every single one of your creations just absolutely amazing?? I want your culinary mind.

  5. My fave peanut butter is PB & Co. So amazing! I love the meridian almond and cashew butters too though, and the Justins Almond butter, and the Suma PB is pretty good also. Ah I just love nut butter 😛 I’m actually in a bit of a tahini phase right not though! Smoothie looks great! I think that Fallon & Byrne stock the old fashioned PB flavours, which are my favourite. I find the cinnamon raisin and dark chocolate ones to be far too sweet.