recipe: peanut butter & spinach smoothie

peanut butter and spinach smoothie

I’m still on a breakfast kick. Or rather, I was until I found a new favorite breakfast I love so much that I eat (drink?) it 5 times a week.

Yup, it’s a smoothie.

This smoothie is a twist on mowz bil-laban (banana milk), a drink consisting of just bananas blended with milk that I’d buy at juice stands on the streets of Cairo. Over the years, when making banana milk at home, I’d tweak the recipe here and there. I’d add a mango or handful of strawberries here and there. I’d top off the smoothie with a couple pinches of slivered almonds here and there just before serving. Then I started freezing bananas because I would purchase so many I’d have to freeze them before they went bad. What I then discovered was an accidental miracle, adding a frozen banana to a smoothie suddenly gave the drink a milkshake-like consistency. I haven’t looked back since.

The idea for a breakfast banana milk came when I was standing in line at my favorite work day lunch spot. They have a  banana, kale, almond milk, and almond butter smoothie on the menu that I’ve never tried, but sounds delicious. I made my own adaption at home a couple days later, but with peanut butter. My poor little Oster beehive blender couldn’t quite blend the kale into the consistency I had hoped, so the next time I made the smoothie (and every time since!) I’ve used spinach. As much as I love kale, spinach is a much better candidate for smoothies because you can’t really taste it once it’s blended with fruit and milk. What really makes this smoothie a meal not a drink are the cacao nibs added at the very end. Cacao nibs are raw chocolate, with the crunchy consistency of macadamia nuts and deep bitter chocolate taste. I used to only make banana milk as an evening treat, so every morning I feel like I’m eating dessert and every night I can’t wait for breakfast.

Peanut Butter and Spinach Smoothie

2 handfuls spinach
1 cup milk of your choice (I use almond)
2 teaspoons peanut butter
1 banana, frozen and broken into 2-3 pieces
1 tablespoon cacao nibs

Add the spinach, milk, and peanut butter to your blender and blend until smooth. Once you have a smooth mixture, add the frozen banana. Blend again until completely smooth. Pour the drink into a glass and top it off with cacao nibs. Enjoy!

Serves 1

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