Apple Peanut Butter Protein Shake Recipe

I know, I know. Who needs another smoothie recipe? January hit and food blogs erupted with smoothies and juices. But bear with me. This one wasn’t planned. I threw it together the other day and it was so good that I felt required to share.

Three things about me and smoothies.

First, I should admit that I can’t stand the word smoothie. I do not know why. It has something to do with the way it rolls off the tongue. So you will find me calling them shakes. And for most that I make, protein shakes. This is because I’m always throwing things in that help naturally boost the protein content, like nut butters and nut flours.

Second, I go through phases with shakes. I either crave them or I can’t stand the thought of them. Each phase usually lasts about a month. Yet another thing that I have no explanation for.

Third, I’ve found that a pinch of salt makes all the difference. I’ve put together shake combos that turned out to be so disappointing, but a dash of salt, even in a sweet shake, is all it needed to bring out the flavors.

The past week or so I can feel myself entering the crave phase. (It might have something to do with the smoothie eruption I mentioned earlier.) So I’ve been trying to come up with some combinations that are outside the yogurt and banana box.  I’ve also been trying to find more ways to incorporate peanut flour because I love the stuff.

The result? This protein shake. Feel free to jump on the bandwagon with me and give it a try.

Apple Peanut Butter Protein Shake

Makes: 1 serving

1 cup milk (Any variety. I used almond, and if you make it yourself that’s even better.)
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tbsp light roasted peanut flour
1 tbsp natural, unsweetened peanut butter
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1 to 1 ½ cups of ice

Combine all ingredients in the blender, except for the ice. Puree until smooth.

Add the ice a little at a time and blend well, until it reaches your desired thickness.

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