Pure Comfort: Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

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My twins both had their wisdom teeth out the other day.

Funny how that happens with twins. Kind of cute, everything at the same time (twinning!). That is, until you get the double bill.

And by the way, I’m trying to convince these two that dental school might be a great option for the future. Seems almost every teenager on the planet needs their wisdom teeth out.

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Nonetheless, they both came home in a  world of pain, swollen faces, no ability to chew solid food.  It was time to break out the comfort foods, with a healthy twist of course.

bananas2That day, I realized that I actually have a go to recipe that I end up making kids and adults alike, when they are not well, needing some comfort or chewing is just too much effort or not possible at the time.

It’s a great smoothie, creamy, nutrient dense and delicious to boot. For the wisdom tooth version I used whole milk, whole milk yogurt (hey, two growing teenagers, or anyone under the weather, need the calories), peanut butter for even more protein and healthy fats, bananas and a drizzle of honey. Then I decided to add some unsweetened cocoa powder into my base recipe. This is optional but adds phytonutrients and additional antioxidants.

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I have probably made this smoothie five times since the twins came home to recuperate (it’s all they wanted), and my guess is that after recovering they won’t look at this smoothie for a long time. But for now, its liquid gold in this house.

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Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Makes 2 large smoothies or 4 smaller ones

Ingredients

3 ripe bananas
1 cup milk, or plant based milk
1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup peanut butter, or other nut butter
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, optional
1 tablespoon honey, more or less to taste
about 5 ice cubes

Directions

1. in a blender, or Vitamix (my preferred blender), add the bananas, milk, yogurt, peanut butter, cocoa powder if using, honey to taste and ice. Blend until very smooth.

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