The Elvis: Healthy Peanut Butter + Banana Green Smoothie (with Chocolate!)
Named for Elvis, this healthy peanut butter and banana green smoothie is a low-calorie protein shake perfect for breakfast, dessert or a snack. Made with chocolate (cacao) for an indulgent twist.
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Happy Hump Day, friends!
I’m fresh off vacation, and that always means it’s time for another green smoothie recipe!
Plus, St. Patty’s Day is next week, so there’s never been a better time to channel your inner leprechaun and drink something green.
This healthy peanut butter and banana green smoothie (dubbed The Elvis) is the perfect St. Patrick’s Day recipe–it’s green, it’s festive, it’s healthy and it’s DELICIOUS!
Why is this smoothie called The Elvis? Well, the legendary Elvis Presley is notoriously known for his love of peanut butter and banana sandwiches. So this smoothie is a riff on that, with the welcome addition of CHOCOLATE!
Yes, chocolate (when done right) is extremely good for you! Find out what the difference is between cacao and cocoa here.
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Healthy Peanut Butter Brands
Of course, the star ingredient in this green smoothie is peanut butter.
But not just any peanut butter. In fact, most store-bought peanut butters are highly processed and contain hydrogenated oils, added sugars (including xylitol) and harmful preservatives.
For example, Skippy Peanut Butter is made with added sugar and hydrogenated vegetable oil (Cottonseed, Soybean and Rapeseed Oil), making a single serving worth 4 grams of saturated fat and 3 grams of sugar.
JIF Peanut Butter is even worse! JIF adds fully hydrogenated vegetable oils (rapeseed and soybean), half a dozen preservatives, and three forms of added sugar (Corn Syrup Solids, Sugar and Molasses) to their peanut butter, making a single serving worth 6 grams of sugar.
Peanut Butter & Co.’s peanut butter contains evaporated cane juice and palm fruit oil and a whopping 3 grams of sugar per serving.
This is all bad–in keeping with our real food philosophy, here’s what healthy peanut butter should be made from: peanuts. That’s it–maybe a teensy bit of salt, but the shorter the ingredient list, the better.
That’s why I always buy Georgia Grinders peanut butter. From the folks behind NaturAlmond, an all-natural almond butter, Georgia Grinders (who also makes cashew butter, pecan butter and a forthcoming sunflower seed butter) makes a premium, handcrafted peanut butter with just two ingredients: non-GMO peanuts from South Georgia and sea salt.
Georgia Grinders’ peanut butter is produced in small batches, only when orders come in, to provide consumers with fresh peanut butter (each jar has a one-year shelf life).
Because of their extensive testing of roasting times and grinding processes, Georgia Grinders peanut butter tastes fresh, pure and oh so creamy. And it’s easy to stir and spread, whether you opt for their creamy variety or, my personal favorite, their signature crunchy peanut butter.
Because of how clean the ingredients are in Georgia Grinders, their peanut butter only contains 2 grams of saturated fat per serving, and just 1 gram of naturally occurring sugar. Bingo!
Health Benefits of Nut Butter
The reason I referred to this peanut butter and banana green smoothie as a protein shake, despite the fact that there’s no protein powder in this smoothie, is because of the naturally high protein content from the peanut butter.
In fact, peanuts (which are actually a legume) are one of the highest plant-based forms of protein (1 cup contains 38 grams of protein!!).
Plus, peanuts are highly filling and provide tons of energy thanks to the high fiber (great for digestion) and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, though I do recommend adding chia seeds to this smoothie to help balance the ratio of omega-3s and omega-6s.
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Did you know that this winning combo of fiber and protein can actually help you lose weight? It’s true–peanut butter fills you up and keeps you feeling full longer, so you eat less overall (source).
So if you’re buying reduced-fat peanut butter because you think it’s better for your waistline, DON’T! The calories are the same (and sometimes even higher in reduced-fat peanut butter) thanks to the added sugars that are used to replace the fat. And we’ve already learned that fat is not the enemy, sugar is!
And peanuts are full of potassium, which lowers the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease, and magnesium to fortify your bones and muscles, Vitamin E and antioxidants, all of which can help regulate blood sugar, too (source).
Of course, if you’re allergic to peanuts, you can swap in any nut butter in this recipe–almond butter, cashew butter or pecan butter would all work great, too.
And Georgia Grinders sells all of those varieties–you can buy them online, at grocery stores around the country (including Whole Foods, The Fresh Market, Kroger and Central Market), or if you’re local to Georgia, at farmer’s markets around town.
And with that, I will leave you to make this incredibly delicious and healthy peanut butter and banana smoothie. Cheers!
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- 1 frozen banana
- 1 tablespoon raw, unsweetened cacao nibs
- 1 tablespoon raw, unsweetened cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon nut butter (peanut butter or almond butter work best)
- 1 cup unsweetened nut milk (almond milk or cashew milk would be great here)
- 2 cups organic spinach
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
Combine all ingredients into a large, high-powered blender (I recommend Vitamix) and blend until smooth and creamy. Serve and enjoy!
Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser
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Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser
Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links, and I will earn a commission if you purchase through these links. Please note that I've linked to these products purely because I recommend them and they are from companies I trust. There is no additional cost to you.