Life is busy, so when I can make a quick breakfast that’s loaded with protein and flavor, I chalk that up as a big win in my house. I’m a chef so I don’t mind cooking in the morning, but I’d much prefer to toss some delicious ingredients into a blender to make a tasty smoothie every morning. It’s less stressful, it’s quick, and it always tastes great.
I’m also always looking to make new flavor combinations when making smoothies because let me tell you, those kale smoothies I make can get old after a few weeks. Lately, I’ve been making this Banana Peanut Butter and Oats Smoothie which is so good and really easy to make. Not only is it packed with protein, it’s also loaded with fiber, probiotics, and potassium, which gets me going at the crack of dawn every morning. I’ve always read that a protein rich breakfast certainly helps with focus throughout the day, and I for one have to agree. When I eat cereal or something along those lines, I definitely feel sluggish until lunch time. And being a chef, I need as much energy as possible in the early hours of the day.
The best part about this Banana Peanut Butter and Oats Smoothie is that it’s totally customizable. You don’t even have to use my exact recipe, although it’s dang tasty! You can do away with the honey, or the yogurt, or add in things like vanilla, almond butter, or coconut milk. Seriously—the possibilities are endless and totally up to you. The base of this recipe is only the Atkins Peanut Butter Granola Bar, which has just 1 gram of sugar and 15 grams of protein. From there you can get as creative as you’d like.
Since I like to think that I have a well-developed palette, I know that peanut butter goes great with things like oats, honey, almond and bananas. So it was a no brainer when making this Banana Peanut Butter and Oats Smoothie that I would simply put all of those ingredients in there. Well that’s all I got for now, happy smoothing making!
- 2 Atkins Peanut Butter Granola bars + 1 chopped up
- 3 cups of almond milk
- 1 cup of Greek yogurt
- 2 bananas
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- ¼ cup of rolled oats
- 2 cups of ice
- Place all of the ingredients minus the 1 chopped up Atkins bar into a blender and process on high speed until smooth.
- Garnish the top of the smoothie with the chopped Atkins bar.
- To purchase the base for this recipe, as well as a variety of other bars, shakes, and meal kits, visit the Atkins website!