One of my favorite childhood snacks was a classic pb&j sandwich made with soft, white bread. I would always eat it with a tall glass of milk and it was oh, so good. I can’t remember the last time I ate a pb&j on anything other than whole wheat or sprouted grain bread, which as you may know is just.not.the.same.
I was recently gifted a bunch of wonderful products from Costco, including many Kirkland Signature products, Costco’s own private label brand. Their brand has evolved over the last 20 years and grown to include more than 300 quality products, with many more to come! I was very impressed with all of the Kirkland Signature products I was given to try and also the fact that many of them were certified organic. Costco also strives to support and promote sustainable food efforts all over the world which I thought was pretty amazing. I’ve never lived near a Costco so I haven’t had the pleasure of shopping at one of their warehouses yet, but the good news is that they’re opening up a Costco here in Tulsa! It’s the first Costco to open in Oklahoma and the grand opening is scheduled for April 21st!
Costco is not only limited to selling items in bulk, they also have a Photo, Travel, and Pharmacy center, and even gives great discounts on gas! I was checking out their vacation packages and am convinced that I’m in need of a trip to Hawaii…Anyone else in need of a Hawaiian vacation??
Among the products I was given was a big jar of Kirkland Signature Organic Peanut Butter, which practically had pb&j written all over it! We don’t buy sandwich bread on a regular basis, so I thought I’d make a pb&j smoothie instead using the ingredients I had on hand. I know it may sound a little weird, but it has the flavor of a pb&j using fresh peanut butter and frozen berries for the “jelly.” I even boosted the nutritional content by adding banana, avocado, and chia seeds!
This smoothie is creamy, subtly sweet, and to me has the perfect peanut butter to “jelly” ratio, although feel free to add more peanut butter, berries, or honey to taste. 🙂 Hope you enjoy the rest of your week!
- 1 banana, frozen is best if you have it
- 1 cup frozen berries of choice (I used raspberries)
- ½ ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
- ¼ cup natural peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1-3 tablespoons honey, more or less to taste
- 1-1.5 cup almond milk, enough to get desired consistency
- few ice cubes, optional
- Place banana, berries, avocado, pb, and chia seeds and a few ice cubes into a blender. Add half the honey and 1 cup of almond milk and blend. Add additional honey to taste and enough milk just to get your desired smoothie consistency. Makes 1-2 servings.