My approach to smoothies has somewhat shifted over the past couple of years. I used to use them as a way to sneak in ingredients without tasting them, often blending them with vegetable juices or leafy greens, and whilst I still think that’s a great way for some people to up their daily fruit and veg intake and get a hit of nutrients with no fuss or faff, I personally feel as though I get enough veg through full meals to justify my smoothies to be merely a delicious and indulgent snack with no hidden surprises. So, with this peanut butter, coffee and oat smoothie, it’s basically a ‘what you see is what you get’ scenario. It’s smooth, creamy, rich and delicious – of course you could throw in a handful of spinach and it wouldn’t make a difference – but don’t feel like you have to. There are plenty of other opportunities to eat your greens in a stew or curry, so just enjoy your smoothie the way you want to.
1 banana (sliced and frozen)
1 cup of milk (I like almond or oat but any will do)
2 tablespoons oats
1 tablespoon smooth peanut butter
1 teaspoon strong instant coffee granules
1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder or vanilla extract
Pinch of salt (if the peanut butter is unsalted)
1 teaspoon cacao nibs (optional – to top)
Place all the ingredients except the cacao nibs in a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into a glass. Top with cacao nibs if you like and enjoy!