the best peanut butter and jelly smoothie with figs

The Best Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie with Figs

PB&J brings me back to elementary school. It wasn’t my favorite then but I’ve grown to love peanut butter and jelly. It’s such a simple meal but can also be dressed up- just like this peanut butter and jelly smoothie.

Perfect, easy, on the go snack or breakfast for those of all ages!

Health Benefits

Even without protein powder, this PB&J shake is protein packed. Greek yogurt and peanut butter are protein rich sources. However, if increasing protein is part of your goals- add it! I’d recommend unflavored or vanilla.

Greek yogurt also provides the benefit of probiotics which aids in gut function.

Why Figs?

Figs provide fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They are rich in antioxidants.

Figs also support digestive health. Remember, a healthy gut is key for a healthy brain.

Some studies have shown an improvement in blood pressure, cholesterol, and overall heart health with regular intake of figs.

Figs are not a staple in my home, I’ve never made a meal or snack with figs before this PB&J smoothie. I’m certainly glad I’ve found a way to incorporate them as they offer a lot of benefits!

Preparation

Most ingredients are household staples. All you need for this quick PB&J smoothie: a few figs, peanut butter, milk, honey, Greek yogurt, and ice cubes. Plus, a blender.

This shake can be made without yogurt, but if available I’d recommend adding it for the taste, protein, and probiotics.

A replacement for honey is natural maple syrup.

Variations

There can be various options with this shake, turn it into a peanut butter and jelly protein shake or almond butter and jelly.

For added fiber and nutrients, consider adding a banana or frozen grapes.

Additionally, to increase fiber content and include omega-3s, try flax seeds or chia seeds.

If you don’t have figs on hand, a handful of frozen grapes is a good replacement.

Any milk will work in this PB&J shake.

For added sweetness, consider adding a teaspoon of natural syrup.

Quick Tips

To prepare the night before, mix the shake and freeze in an ice cube tray. In the morning simply add cubes to the blender and mix. This also works if you have leftover smoothie you’d like to save.

Peanut Butter Recommendations

Ingredients should be minimal and maybe only include peanuts and salt. I wouldn’t recommend a PB with hydrogenated vegetable oils or added sugar. I used: Teddie’s Natural Peanut Butter. Don’t forget-separation is natural, just stir the peanut butter prior to using.

Honey Recommendations

Locally sourced when able. The only ingredient should be honey. Raw honey is more nutrient dense.

PB&J smoothie

Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie with Figs

Servings 1

Equipment

  • blender

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbps peanut butter
  • 3 whole figs
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1/2 cup milk of preference
  • 7-10 ice cubes
  • 2 tsbp plain Greek yogurt

Instructions
 

  • Blend all ingredients together until desired texture is achieved
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Optional for added benefits or flavor: vanilla flavored Greek yogurt, protein powder, chia or flax feeds, banana, frozen grapes.

Add a 1tsp of natural maple syrup for added sweetness.

Have you tried this Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie with Figs? Comments? Recommendations? Let me know! mindmemorynutrition@gmail.com

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