After an extremely long twelve hours (9:30am-9:30pm), I came home yesterday to a whole list of assignments that I had yet to complete for class today. Not only was I tired, but I was also starving! (A four o'clock dinner was not a smart idea). So naturally, I put my books down and sauntered over to the fridge, hoping that I would be able to find something healthy and delicious to satisfy my late-night appetite. Peanut butter, fruit, yogurt... The same ol' stuff. Kind of boring, yes?
Enter Mr. Blender. As you can probably infer from my previous statement, I ended up combining a bunch of those boring-by-themselves-foods and creating (what I believe to be) the ultimate smoothie.
The recipe, roughly:
6 oz. nonfat plain greek yogurt*
1 tsp. agave nectar
1/2 cup milk**
1 cup ice cubes
1 packet hot cocoa mix
1 tbsp. creamy peanut butter
1 cup frozen berries***
1/2 frozen banana
1 cup chilled coffee (for those of you who need an energy boost)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice/ground cinnamon
*Fage yogurt is my personal favorite.
**I used unsweetened almond milk, but any kind of milk will do.
***I'm not a huge fan of crunchy seeds in my smoothies, so I opt for strawberries and blueberries.
Berries, coffee, and peanut butter? Sounds a little weird, I know. (I'll admit that I had my doubts about this uncommon combination, but I just went with it because...well, hunger can make a girl crazy.) Luckily, it tasted much better than expected. If I'm being honest, it might've even been the best homemade smoothie I've ever had. Try it and let me know what you think! Who knows? Maybe it really is no good and I actually am crazy. ('Tis quite possible.)
The recipe makes 2-3 servings (depending on how hungry you are), so you can freeze half of it or share with your roommate. Genius. Now, if only I can think of a clever name for my signature smoothie...
// photo by The Knead For Speed //