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Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

This ultra thick and creamy peanut butter banana smoothie recipe tastes like drinking a milkshake… and it’s good for you at the same time! 

A peanut butter banana smoothie for a healthy breakfast

I know some people swear by cold cereal for breakfast. But whenever I eat a bowl of cereal, I always seem to be hungry again less than an hour later.

Does this happen to you as well?

However, I do like the convenience of cold cereal. Sure, it would be nice to eat homemade pancakes or waffles or this Healthy Banana Bread every single day for breakfast, but who has time for that?

Especially on Mondays, I want something that doesn’t take all morning to prepare, can be made with just a few ingredients, and will hold me over until lunch.

Enter this easy banana smoothie recipe.

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Easy Peanut Butter Smoothie

In 5 minutes or less, you have a balanced and filling breakfast with:

Two servings of fruit

Calcium, potassium, and fiber

And 12 grams of protein… even if you don’t add any yogurt or protein powder!

This best peanut butter banana smoothie is also easy to take on the go, which means you get to set your alarm clock that much later in the morning .Winking smile

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For an even thicker smoothie–almost more like a peanut butter and banana milkshake than a smoothie–be sure to include the optional 1/3 cup oats.

This will also up the fiber and protein, helping to fill you up until lunch.

The recipe can be suitable for numerous special diets as well, including vegan, gluten free, soy free, refined sugar free, paleo, high fiber, low cholesterol, low calorie, and high protein.

Feel free to substitute almond butter, cashew butter, pecan butter, even or sunflower butter if you have allergies or simply want to switch up the flavor.

You can use whatever milk you wish – almond milk, soy milk, oat milk, rice milk, coconut milk, etc.

And of course you absolutely can add cocoa powder if you want to make it a chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie!

Also try this Strawberry Smoothie or the surprisingly good Avocado Smoothie

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Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

This creamy peanut butter banana smoothie recipe tastes like drinking a milkshake, yet it's healthy at the same time!
4.85/5 (53)
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 overripe frozen large bananas
  • 4-6 tbsp peanut butter or pb2, or allergy-friendly sub
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups milk of choice, depending on desired thickness
  • scant 1/8 tsp salt
  • optional 1/3 cup quick oats or rolled oats
  • sweetener of choice, to taste
  • optional scoop protein powder

Instructions

  • *If you want an even thicker shake, feel free to add an extra banana. The bananas should be at least partially brown before peeling and freezing.
    To make the peanut butter banana smoothie recipe, blend the oats until a fine powder forms, then add all remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Drink immediately, or store in a covered container in the refrigerator if you’d prefer to make the smoothie the night before.
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Notes

This peanut butter smoothie makes a really great breakfast along with a batch of homemade peanut butter Protein Bars.
 
 
 

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Published on April 27, 2017

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  1. EmilyLovesRaisins says

    Hey Katie!
    This is kinda random but I just wanted to say that I really love your blog. You’re such a positive influence and your personality really shines through. You’ve helped me when I wasn’t sure what it meant to be healthy. Also, you can take some of the simplest ingredients and turn them into something healthy and (more importantly) delicious! I eagerly check your blog everyday in hopes there will be a new recipe, and when there is I am always SOOO excited to try it out!
    All that randomness aside… I used to eat cereal sometimes but I don’t anymore cause I realized that most commercial brands are pretty processed. I totally agree with you about the convenience part though. It would be pretty awesome if someone could make a cereal that turned into pancakes the second it touched milk, but for now I will just have to either take an extra 15 minutes to cook OR just make something super-simple-yet-delicious like this smoothie!
    -Emily

  2. Allison Galassie says

    I’m the complete opposite! Cereal is usually okay for me, but I’m so hungry after smoothies

    • Ange says

      me too! I think for me it has to do with chewing food – I need to chew to feel like I ate something…
      I love cold cereal for breakfast. I keep boxes above my desk at work and have it as I read my morning emails. One of my favourite parts of the day. I don’t think I could ever give it up!

    • Sarah says

      Same here! I have to make a double serving of smoothie (at least) in order to feel satisfied, and then I usually end up needing a second breakfast, hobbit-style. They’re more of an after-work snack for me.

  3. Jennifer W. says

    I love the PB2 you added to this smoothie. Thank you for the post. I need other alternatives for breakfast because unfortunately I am allergic to eggs. This will be great.

  4. Lisa Ernst says

    Love your blog! This looks like a good alternative to cereal, I can’t wait to try it. Lately I’ve found a good alternative to cold cereal that’s fast and easy. I cook up a large batch of quinoa and refrigerate what I don’t use immediately. Then in the morning I’ll scoop some out in a bowl, cover with unsweetened soymilk, add a few drops of stevia and vanilla extract. It tastes good, is fast, filling and nutritious.

  5. Jules @ WolfItDown says

    This looks delicious, and so filling, I bet it went down a treat 🙂
    Sometimes I eat cold cereal yeh, but I tend to just opt for oat porridge. Saying that, this morning I had a cold-served overnight banana oat jar topped with some granola, and it was great!
    I hope you’ve had a great start to your week Katie, thanks for this recipe 😀 x

  6. Handmade by Lorna says

    I can never usually get on with smoothies – I think that it is the thick texture I am not keen on, but I think that I will give this one a try as I love peanut butter and bananas – could a fresh banana be used?

    • Karen says

      I think that if you use a fresh banana the smoothie won’t be as thick, but since you said you don’t like the thick texture, maybe that would be a good thing.

      • Becky says

        Hi, I made it with fresh aka non frozen bananas and it worked. One will have to add ice to it because the bananas are at room temperature. I like my smoothies thick.

        All around freaking delicious.

        Thank you.

    • Claire says

      You can use a fresh banana, but the smoothie won’t be cold. I I just made this smoothie this morning and it came out pretty thin, just use a smaller banana or more milk to thin it out! 🙂

  7. D says

    Katie, ever since seeing your creations, I have always been making breakfast the night before. I’ve done blended cereal, oatmeal (porridge or baked), oat bran (porridge or baked), interestingly, I don’t seem to find any recipes with baking oat bran. Also, I’ve gotten into bulgur. I never care to have cold cereal anymore.

    I cannot wait for your book to come out in the fall!

  8. nuts4knits says

    Yes! One of my favorite PB2 recipes! You can also add 1-2 Tbsp of Silk Road cocoa powder and 1/2 cup frozen peas (you can’t taste the peas). Yum! I love your ideas.

  9. Marlowe says

    I make this in the afternoon when my the munchies hit. I haven’t added oats, but I do throw in a couple of handfuls of spinach. the PB and banana cover up the flavor and my kids love the green. I will try adding oats today.

  10. Mia (Mia in Germany) says

    Like Allison, I’m fine with either cold or hot cereal, but smoothies only hold for about one hour or so. I love banana milk with pb, will give the addition of oats a try. Maybe it will fill me up for more than one hour!

  11. Jess @ The Baguette Diet says

    I agree 100% on cold cereal–I feel like I could eat 5 bowls and still feel hungry an hour afterwards! I love banana and PB for breakfast, though–usually as part of a yogurt bowl or on an English muffin, but this smoothie sounds like a great idea too!

  12. Avra-Sha Faohla says

    I think it depends on the cereal. I usually have a bowl of bran flakes with a banana, and it keeps me full until lunch! Grape-Nuts are also a good choice to last me until lunch. But I would only eat Cheerios for breakfast as a last resort because when I eat Cheerios, I get hungry again much sooner than that.

  13. Susan says

    Yes, I eat cereal for breakfast, usually about 1-2x per week. My solution to the problem of getting hungry is to add a scoop of protein powder (and a tablespoon of flaxseed), plus have a stick of string cheese – unless I use non-fat milk, in which case the calories prohibit cheese. We also are in the habit of having a morning snack, because of the eating plan we are on, which specifies that to keep our metabolism up, we should eat every 2-3 hours. I know we were probably all raised to believe that one should just eat 3 meals a day, with maybe an afternoon snack, but current nutritional wisdom says that is no longer the best way to go. I’m looking forward to trying this smoothie recipe – smoothies are always a good breakfast.

  14. Red Deception says

    I make something similar to this for the boyfriend – he is wary of the green “healthy” smoothies, so if it’s loaded with PB and banana … he’ll eat it! I like to throw frozen strawberries into mine just to add a bit more sweetness.

  15. Marci says

    Hi Katie,
    I’m writing a book and will be referencing your website in the resources section. I would like to print at least one and possibly more of your recipes in the text of the book. The recipe would of course be accompanied by a notation saying that it is your recipe and repeating your URL. Is this alright with you? Could I say “reprinted with permission?”
    Please let me know.
    Thanks kindly,

    Marci

    • Kim says

      I made with unsweetened vanilla almond milk, frozen banana, PB2, And just a touch of honey… is was absolutely delicious! So simple, so satisfying!

  16. JC says

    I have actually been in an odd bit of a habit for the past year or so – waking up any number of times between midnight and 6 to snack on… frankly whatever comes to mind. More often than not the munchable of choice is cereal. While I can’t testify for these nights/mornings, one the days where I manage a normal breakfast [with cereal] it isn’t too filling unless it is oatmeal, and even that doesn’t tend to stick for too long.

    Speaking of which, I just started getting into smoothies as an accompaniment to the library/while doing field work. It’s a low-fuss way of keeping full, and this recipe sounds like no exception! I’d be tempted to try bran in lieu of oats however.

  17. Tammela says

    This sounds great. I like the idea of using oats for fiber and thickening. I often eat muesli with almond milk and banana for breakfast, and it usually holds me for 3-4 hours. If I need something more substantial, I’ll make cooked oatmeal and stir in peanut butter in banana (kind of like this smoothie, but in warm form!).

  18. Jessica says

    Cold cereal and milk is a snack. Breakfast and post workout cereal is with greek yogurt. I’m usually a flavored Cheerio’s person, which is still better than my all time favorite Reese’s Puffs but still not enough protein and fiber on its own to keep me satisfied. Mini wheats…different story, but I never go through them fast enough to warrant buying them often.

    • Sadye says

      Yes! It’s my favorite bedtime snack. Got into the habit when I was working second shift, and now it feels weird to eat cereal for breakfast.

  19. Polina says

    Hello!
    I thought it is only my problem – after most of cereals I am quickly become hanger. Though it was one exception: I have done your 5-minute oatmeal and it was really filling! But it won’t stop me from trying this:) Thank you for another one beauty.

  20. Linda says

    This is absolutely crazy since I was planning on going home and making this exact smoothie before you posted the recipe. We think alike:) The smoothie is also fantastic with a tablespoon of cocoa powder because as you know, chocolate makes everything better!

  21. Shonalika says

    Haha, I’ve been making this exact smoothie as a snack quite regularly over the past week… but I haven’t had it for breakfast so far because I need a BIG breakfast. Cold cereal can’t keep me going for more than an hour – especially with the minuscule portion sizes listed on the packet! Adding oats would probably make the smoothie entirely breakfast-worthy, without affecting the flavour – definitely going to try it!

  22. Bethan says

    This looks absolutely delicious. Thank you so much for sharing! Would you recommend this as a post-work out treat? x

  23. Carolyn HSmith says

    No, Katie, I don’t eat cold cereal for breakfast. I love to have it instead of dinner on hot days, and it holds me over til time for bed.
    This recipe sounds like it will be a great prize for a hot afternoon! I have the Pb2 and I like it in recipes. (Tried it in pb and jelly, but it wasn’t the same for my little one, so I had to make him a regular one).
    Til next time, and thanks for loving us thru your wonderful recipes!

  24. Chris says

    Hey Katie, this smoothie looks so good! I like your addition of oats to a classic PB recipe. I still haven’t tried oats in a smoothie. I think some soaked buckwheat would work too. To answer your question, I haven’t had cold cereal for breakfast in several years. I do like cold cereal but I avoid it since its a processed food and I always found myself overeating it because I was never satisfied! I would love to see more lunch and dinner recipes from you! I think I may have left that comment before, but I’m telling you again! 🙂

  25. Bianca says

    I basically had this for breakfast this morning but made with Justin’s Maple Almond Butter and Vega French Vanilla powder….so good!

  26. Tonii Nuttall says

    I’ve been drinking a similar smoothie for breakfast for decades. I’ve never added the oatmeal, and will do that. What I do add is a bit of powdered chocolate – makes it taste like a pb cup!

  27. EVA says

    For two years, I’ve had nothing but Rice Chex and almond milk for breakfast. I feel like a whole different person and am usually in a crabby mood if I DON’T have it! Funny thing is that cereal is pretty much the only thing that keeps me full….that and baked potatoes. Basically carbs in general are the only things that stick with me. Which is fine in my book!

  28. Melissa Smith says

    Cold Cereal NOOOOO! Too sugared up and definitely doesn’t fill me for the morning. I made this smoothie this morning and it was great. I added flaxseeds too and it was so huge I was drinking it at work over 2 hours!
    Ive always had a thing for breakfast foods but I’m worse since I found your blog 🙂 I just can’t make anything boring anymore, it has to be a breakfast creation!

  29. CharOsT says

    Just wanted to say I swear by this – I don’t usually put in the vanilla extract, sweetener or protein powder as I love how light and refreshing it tastes with rice milk! The best in hot weather. And I usually don’t like cereals either – only muesli with A LOT of fruit can sustain me just as well as oatmeal! Speaking of which, a collection of your recipes inspired me this morning for a microwaved banana, peanut butter, dark chocolate oatmeal with raisins – just the thing I needed for another day of exams!
    I love your whole website – my sister has learnt to accept that whenever we cook/bake, your site is the first we reference! Completely inspiring to take a different approach to cooking with both healthy good stuff (AND irresistible deliciousness!) in my house.
    – Charlene (UK)

  30. Lisa @bitesforbabies says

    I make something similar very often-especially when the warm weather hits! I blend frozen bananas with almond butter and a few other ingredients. Instead if a smoothie, I call it “ice cream” 😉

  31. Angie says

    I am hooked! I can’t thank you enough for this recipe! You are 100% right that after eating cereal hunger hits too soon. I made this yesterday for breakfast (it took all my reserves not to down it in one gulp it was soo good) and wasn’t hungry till well after lunch time! Had it again today and haven’t needed a snack or anything so again Thank you!!!

  32. KC says

    I tripled the recipe and made this for breakfast this morning for my husband, my 2 year old, and myself. It tasted great without any added sweetener. It was just like having a shake for breakfast. It did hold us over until lunch time too. Thanks for sharing this recipe Katie!

  33. Claire says

    You know Katie, every time I try to make a fruit smoothie at home, no matter the ingredients, no matter the recipe, it tastes horrible. Not this one! This was my first successful scratch smoothie and it tastes amazing! I especially love the taste of rolled oats, it really balances out the flavors! Bravo!

  34. Steph says

    I used to always eat cold cereal for breakfast- the really sugary stuff, I don’t understand how, looking back! Oats, smoothies and pancakes all the way!

  35. Christa says

    Just made this today and it was delicious. Next time I might be adventurous and try it with some cocoa powder too. Thanks for the recipe.

  36. Leona B. says

    I’ve never tried peanut butter banana smoothie, but it looks delicious!! Isn’t it too sweet?? I think this would be great in combination with cereals. This is the best food to eat and drink first thing in the morning!

  37. Lily says

    This is one of my favorite recipes of yours—I absolutely love the milkshakes, but for some reason have trouble with the bananas getting blended (quite possibly a result of my cheap blender), but with this smoothie the bananas blended quite well! I can’t seem to convince anybody that’s it’s healthy because it tastes so good!

  38. Sigrid says

    This sure looks tasty and so I hope on trying this soon! I just need to know how much time does it take to make this smoothie?

  39. Diana says

    I made this using only one tablespoon of peanut butter, and I added a dash of cinnamon and a Truvia packet as well. Very tasty, and very filling, too!

  40. Marta says

    The recipe is very easy and delicious, I’ve eaten it countless times since August, but I wanted to check the nutrition facts and I’m a bit concerned about it. If you suggest at least 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, this one ingredient has already 320 kcal, assuming that one tbsp is 25 g. If you add an average banana, oats, almond milk and the rest of ingredients, it’s almost 550 kcal – without protein powder! Compared to what you wrote – 350 kcal – the difference is huge. The recipe says it serves 1, so… something is wrong. I’m all confused now. Could you please explain how you calculated those 350 kcal? 🙂

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  41. Jen says

    This peanut butter banana smoothie is so easy but so good. Love how something so simple can taste so great!

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  42. Jessica Kuligowski says

    Cold cereal needs protein to make it filling. I either use a protein shake instead of milk or make a parfait with yogurt. Lately, I’ve been making PB2 milk for my cereal. Now that’s yummy.

  43. Emily says

    I am PB2 obsessed and have it nearly every day on my overnight oats. Love seeing it here in a smoothie! Thanks for the inspiration as always 🙂
    xo,
    Em

  44. Juliet says

    Why have several of the recent recipes you posted just been old recipes? This one, the snack bars, the spaghetti o’s, (there may have been a couple others too) I am pretty much positive I have already seen on the blog…Are they just favorites? 🙂 I hope i don’t sound rude I was just wondering why this is haha. Would love to see more new recipes (the buffalo chili looks great though!). Thanks!

    • Jason Sanford says

      Katie is going back and updating some of the reader favorite recipes. From her blog:

      Now that I’ve finally started posting videos (what took me so long?!), I’m going back to some of the most popular recipes of three to four years ago to remake them, add videos, and see if I can make the original recipes even healthier.

    • Jason Sanford says

      It will depend greatly on the type of milk you use and whether you add any sweetener. If you don’t add sweetener, it’s just the amount of sugar in a banana.

  45. Laviza says

    Hi,
    It’s Yummy, Learn New Things From Your Blog.I’m Not Good in Cooking But I am tried to learn.You Writing Style is Awsome.Thanks For Sharing with us.Keep it up.

  46. Shirley says

    Hi Katie, is there any other fruit I can sub the banana for? I can’t stand the banana flavor in smoothies
    Thank you!

  47. Julia says

    It sounds absolutely yummy. I really have to try it soon. So far I’ve only had the fruity types of smoothies. But this sounds like a proper satisfying breakfast.

  48. Sherry S. says

    This was so yummy! And I liked it because it wasn’t too thick for me. (I cut the recipe in half for a single serving, but used 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk, plus a tiny splash more) Every day I usually start my day with your “Shamrock Shake” smoothie recipe, but this will make for a really great addition for variety. Thanks, Katie!

    I’d love to try it again with a handful of chocolate chips or a little cacao powder (anti-oxidants, yay!) to see if it will taste like a chocolate peanut butter cup. YUM. 😉

  49. Sherry S. says

    I’ve never used powered peanut butter before but would love to give it a try, so I have a question out of curiosity. Do you just measure out the tablespoons of the powered pb2, or do you have to mix it with a liquid?

    The only reason I ask is because when I checked out a container of pb2 at my grocery store, I noticed it had instructions to mix it with a liquid to make a spread. Since this recipe is for a drink, not going on (for example) a piece of toast, do you bother to mix it with a liquid? Or do you just use the powder itself in the smoothie?

    Thanks, Katie!

  50. Alexandra says

    Peanut butter smoothies were a childhood treat of mine. My brother wasn’t a fan of “normal” smoothies, and my sister absolutely DESPISED peanut butter (I enjoyed both on a semi-regular basis), yet they both loved peanut butter banana smoothies. Must have been the chocolate. We used Hershey’s chocolate syrup and never added anything resembling oats, though, so it was most certainly not as healthy as your version, but childhood memories of my little brother waking me up with the annoying sound of a blender made me try this recipe. And it was good.

  51. Lindsay says

    I like combining PB2 and peanut butter–getting the creaminess from a few tbsps PB and additional PB flavor from the PB2. Other optional add-ins I’ve enjoyed: frozen berries for a PB&J shake, 1 tbsp protein powder for added protein, and/or 1/2-3/4 c. frozen spinach or kale to get yer greens.

  52. Sara says

    I made this tonight after seeing it in my feed. I really never make smoothies, but i tried it! So good! I used local honey as the sweetener..

  53. Lula says

    I tried a few of your recipes and they were all very delicious. I am not a big fan of peanut butter or smoothies but I find this one very tasty and filling.

  54. Nyema says

    This Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie recipe is A MUST TRY!! I made it yesterday for lunch and again today for breakfast I’m addicted lol. The added oats is genuis it really makes the Smoothie thick and creamy I usually eat overnight oaks for breakfast but since trying this I am now drinking this for breakfast. I use 1 frozen banana, dash of salt, 2 cap fulls of vanilla extract, 2 spoonfuls of peanut butter, 1 spoonful of honey, handful of ice, a scoop of my protein powder and unsweetened almond milk Ohh and can’t forget the 1/3 of oats which I blend first then add all the remaining ingredients. The finishing result is super delicious, thick and creamy. Thank you for such an great recipe.

  55. Sarah-Beth says

    yeah! Drinking this right now but (obviously) I added cacoa powder. Delicious! Tastes just like a chocolate milkshake!

  56. Girls in London says

    My best friend has perfected this recipe. Take protein powder and replace with a good lashing of Baileys. Amen.

  57. Tiffany says

    Lovely recipe. Perfect consistency for me. We get three smoothies from this recipe and we are ab to accompany them with a fry up!?

  58. Char says

    I’m a nurse, and I love the convenience of a smoothie for breakfast. My stomach isn’t awake enough to have food that early in the morning, but I can suck down a smoothie on the way to work. It gets me through until things calm down in mid morning, and I can have a snack. My method is to have small meals throughout the day instead of trying to sustain my energy until my blood sugar drops too low.
    I like frozen bananas and pb powder and Greek yogurt. I love the addition of oatmeal. Great idea!

  59. Stuart says

    I’m going to try this recipe and include icecream.
    I’m tempted to add a raw egg for more protein and to make the smoothie more filling.
    Can anybody tell me if it is safe to eat raw eggs now?
    Im not pregnant and have no allergies.
    Cheers

  60. Sarah says

    This was delicious, although I didn’t read that it was 2 servings so I totally just downed 718 calories in one sitting! Hahaha whoops! I’m totally fine with that since I’m pregnant and have had hyperemesis and lost 20lbs so far. I’ve been looking for a way to get more protein in since my unborn child decided I needed to be a vegetarian and some days vegan. Pretty much the only animal product I can stomach is milk, anything else from an animal makes me nauseous to even look at.

    Unfortunately the protein shakes I drank before my pregnancy contain some ingredients that can change my hormone balance along with other natural products that haven’t been tested on the affect on an unborn child. As I looked at other protein powders more question came when it came the the amount of heavy metals they contained such as mercury!! Ahhhhh scary stuff…

    I came along this recipe and just tried it out today! The bananas sweetened it just perfectly (no need for additional sweetener for me!)

    I used:

    2 frozen bananas
    1/3 cup rolled oat milk (gluten free organic)
    6 TBS PB2
    1 cup 2% milk
    1 cup fat free milk
    Pinch of salt

    Next time I’ll just cut the recipe on half, although it was great getting in almost 40 grams of protein in one sitting! With having Hyperemesis the past 2.5 mo the I’ve been lucky to get in 20-30 grams of protein ALL day! Now that I’m feeling better I’m searching more plant based protein sources which I think has helped with my nausea and helping me on the road to recovery from HG! This shake will be a life saver for me! Thank you for sharing!

  61. Alene says

    I haven’t read all the comments, so I apologize if someone already wrote this. I have to be gluten free so I have some oat flour in my pantry and I used it instead of oatmeal ground finely. It worked perfectly! I adore peanut butter as well as bananas, so you pushed all my buttons! This was delicious, with 2 medium sized frozen bananas, 3 tablespoons of oat flour, 3 tablespoons of peanut butter, and 1.5 cups of skim milk. I’m in heaven! Thank you!

  62. MAUREEN says

    Peanut butter and banana protein smoothies are my favorite. I found that if I added 1/4 cup of oatmeal to my smoothie, it really helped keep me satisfied until lunchtime. As a time saver, I also made up little snack bags with my pre-measured protein, oatmeal, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tbsp flax meal, a couple dashes of cinnamon and a few bags have some cocoa powder for a taste of chocolate. I then only have to add my frozen banana to my 1 1/2 cups of almond milk and my bag of mix.

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