By Meal Makeover Moms: Liz Weiss, MS, RDN & Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RDN
Add fun, familiar flavors and a healthy boost of high-quality protein to your family’s breakfast with this Peanut Power Smoothie Bowl. Made by blending together peanut butter, bananas, milk, chia seeds, and cocoa powder, each luscious serving has an impressive 10 grams of protein … and that’s without the toppings!
Smoothie bowls are different from traditional smoothies. They’re thicker, so they’re eaten from a bowl with a spoon versus sipped from a straw. And they’re thick enough to support a rainbow of toppings, which satisfies stomachs and adds eye appeal to the meal. For this Peanut Power Smoothie Bowl, set out a few topping options—things like sliced banana rounds, chopped peanuts, and blueberries—and then let your kids decorate the tops. Talk about a simple way to make good nutrition exciting for everyone at your table.
We partnered with the National Peanut Board to bring you this recipe, and we’re excited that it’s one of the featured recipes in our new, free e-book: The Smoothie Bowl Coloring Cookbook. The book includes 10 smoothie bowl recipes (our PB&J Smoothie Bowl is in the book too!), and because it’s also a coloring book for kids and adults, we added playful mandala-style food designs that you and your family can color with markers, crayons, and colored pencils.
Here’s what the Peanut Power coloring page looks like in the book. Don’t you just want to dig in?
Visit our home page for a free download of The Smoothie Bowl Coloring Cookbook, and let us know what you and your family think of it.
Peanut Power Smoothie Bowl
Makes 2 to 3 servings
2 sliced and frozen bananas
¾ cup 1% low-fat milk
3 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon chia seeds
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
Optional toppings: Sliced bananas, chopped peanuts, blueberries
1. Place the bananas, milk, peanut butter, cocoa powder, chia seeds, and vanilla in a blender and blend until smooth.
2. Pour into individual bowls and garnish with your choices of optional toppings.
Per Serving (about ¾ cup): 260 calories, 12g fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 33g carbohydrate, 120mg sodium, 7g fiber, 10g protein, 15% vitamin C, 15% calcium
About The Meal Makeover Moms: Liz Weiss, MS, RDN & Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RDN are The Meal Makeover Moms. Together, they’re on a mission to help busy families eat a healthy diet. The dietitian duo has written three family cookbooks including No Whine with Dinner and The Smoothie Bowl Coloring Cookbook. You can find their family-pleasing recipe makeovers at Liz's Healthy Table and listen to their bi-monthly radio podcast, a fun and flavorful food show on iTunes.