Peanut Butter Lovers Delight

I’m not a fan of peanut butter.  Sorry, folks.  It seems like everyone in Central PA has grown up with everything peanut butter-related and therefore I’m some crazy person for not digging it so much.  It is what it is.  But since I know the majority of people enjoy it, and there are lots of benefits to natural peanut butter in moderation, I use it from time to time.  Today was one of those days.

I made Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies and Peanut Butter Oat Bites.  My kids had the smoothie, one oat bite, and hard boiled eggs for lunch.  Random, yes, but healthy and that’s what we’re aiming for right now.  The kids seemed to like the smoothie and ate the bites really quickly so I thought I’d share the recipes in case anyone has any peanut butter lovers in their households.  Enjoy!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies

1 1/2 frozen bananas
A couple ice cubes
1-1.5 cups vanilla almond milk (you can use whatever you want and pour until your desired consistency)
1 tbsp cocoa powder (I may have used a little more than that; I also used the unsweetened kind for what it’s worth)
3 tbsp natural peanut butter

Blend until smooth.

Peanut Butter Oat Bites
(borrowed from Sarah the Architect)

1 cup dry old fashioned oats (I used quick oats that I had in my pantry and it worked fine)
2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
½ cup natural peanut butter
1/3 cup ground flaxseed
½ cup chocolate chips (I used mini ones)
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine ingredients in a medium bowl. Once combined refrigerate approximately 30 minutes. Roll mixture into 1” balls then serve.  This recipe can be altered to your liking (using more or less of whatever, or adding in something) but you just have to make sure you have enough peanut butter and honey to make it all stick together.  Otherwise, you can just scoop it up with a spoon 🙂

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