Well folks, peanut butter banana smoothies aside, I’m officially home from Greece!
Thank you so much for putting up with my posting delinquency this week, and for your continued patience as I slowly endure my fall from grace, which included countless sunsets, donkeys and dips (both of the Greek yogurt and Aegean Sea variety).
Luckily, I had a house guest while I was away. So last night instead of walking into an apartment that smelled like one too many pairs of old Chucks with an empty fridge, I got to come home to a vase of fresh hydrangeas and a bowl of perfectly ripe avocados.
Needless to say, I ate pretty freaking well while away. And since it was Mediterranean fare, even eating my weight in tzatziki with a spoon at every meal didn’t leave me feeling overly bloated or like I wouldn’t fit into any of my non-tunic wardrobe upon arrival back in the States. That said, I think this is the longest I’ve ever gone without eating avocado, so the treats were very much appreciated.
I’ll give you a full recap of the trip, along with all my recommendations, in the form of an upcoming Hungry Girl Guide. But I will say that over the last 4 days, Charlie and I enjoyed some incredibly decadent breakfasts at our hotel. It wasn’t uncommon for them to include 5 different family-style options in addition to dessert.
This is a pretty far cry from how I operate at home before 9am, so as much as I loved diving head first into a plate of olive-oil soaked omelets or a bowl of Greek yogurt the size of my face, I’m pretty excited to get back into my morning routine of some sort of healthy smoothie that tastes just a little bit like dessert.
This peanut butter banana smoothie with Cacao nibs is as close to dessert in the morning as I’ll come – and it’s still a far cry from the lemon mousse or apple strudel we were served in Hydra.
It’s certainly delicious enough to be served as a faux milkshake, if you want to drink it post-meal at a time of day when such a thing is actually appropriate. I add Kefir to my smoothies to make sure I get a dose of probiotics before I start the day, along with a little sea salt for water absorption, and a good helping of nut-based protein (in this case, peanut butter and almond milk). This smoothie is dairy-free and fairly healthy. Just the sort of sweet beverage I need to wean me off of afternoon gelato and jugs of wine at every meal.
This peanut butter banana smoothie is great for breakfast or as a healthy dairy-free milkshake. Kefir adds probiotics. Cacao, coconut oil and raw honey are powerful anti-oxidants and full of health benefits.
- 1 ripe banana
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon raw cacao nibs or dark chocolate 70% or higher
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup lactose-free kefir (optional)
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin coconut oil (optional)
- Combine all the ingredients in a food processor or blender. Puree until smooth. Transfer to a glass and enjoy.
Check out the other great dishes from this week’s Food Network #SummerSoiree below:
Poet in the Pantry: Strawberry Lemonade (Sweetened with Pure Maple Syrup)
Dishin & Dishes: Summertime Basil Lemonade
Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Frozen Mango Lemonade Mocktail
Dishing With Divya: Thandai
Virtually Homemade: Strawberry Soda with Lime
The Lemon Bowl: Banana Licuado (Mexican Smoothie)
Weelicious: Mermaid Deep Sea Punch
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Mango Lassi
Cooking With Elise: Black Cherry Sweet Tea
Devour: 5 Booze-Free Picnic Sips
Taste With The Eyes: Roasted Barley-Corn Tea
Domesticate Me: Vegan “Orange Julius” Smoothie
Daily*Dishin: Sweet Balsamic Spritzers
FN Dish: Refreshing Summer Drinks for the Whole Family