We’re lucky: our boys LOVE smoothies and always grasp an opportunity to replace their meals with ’em when they can. In fact, one of our favorite activities as a family is grabbing fruit smoothies at Whole Foods before we head off on a weekend hike!

However, every now and then our kiddos want a smoothie for dinner… and we struggle with granting their wishes while also making sure we’re giving them a nutrition-packed meal.

Sure, we could always add protein powder or some other meal-replacement powder to the blender… but that would feel like cheating. How can we give our little ones all the nutrients they need, while also satisfying their sweet tooth?

Enter: Peanut Butter Power Smoothie.

The base of this smoothie is nothin’ special: you’ve got bananas, almond milk, peanut butter, and oats. For awhile, this was the peanut butter smoothie we would offer the boys and there were no complaints!

But… I knew we could do better.

To take this smoothie to the next level, I added several unsuspecting ingredients: honey, maca powder, and flax seed.

First up is honey. Honey is not traditionally viewed as vegan-friendly, and it’s a highly controversial topic in the plant-based community. A fierce doctrinal debate over its status has raged for decades; it turns up on almost every community FAQ and remains unresolved.

Without going into too many details, our family opts to include honey in our diets for a number of reasons. Speaking strictly in terms of nutritional benefits, honey is a rockstar food! High-quality honey contains many important antioxidants. Honey can also soothe and reduce coughing symptoms, affecting sleep and quality of life for both children and parents.

Then you’ve got maca powder. The maca plant has exploded in popularity in recent years, and for good reason: many claim it has improved their energy and stamina.

Maca root is a good source of carbs and protein, is low in fat, and contains a fair amount of fiber. It’s also high in some essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, copper, and iron. It’s a popular supplement among bodybuilders and athletes, who claim the powder has helped them gain muscle, increase strength, boost energy and improve exercise performance.

We use this maca powder from Navitas Organics, available on Amazon or in your local health food store.

Last, but certainly not least, are flax seeds. Some have called it one of the most powerful plant foods on the planet! There’s some evidence it may help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. That’s quite a tall order for a tiny seed that’s been around for centuries.

But… does the smoothie taste good? Consider it kid-approved! Despite all of the hidden ingredients, our boys couldn’t put these down.

Peanut Butter Power Smoothie

Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 32 oz (or two 16 oz smoothies)

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas (fresh or frozen)
  • 3/4 c. of peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 c. of almond milk
  • 1/3 c. old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tbsp. honey (you can substitute agave nectar, if vegan)
  • 2 tbsp. maca powder
  • 2 tbsp. flax seeds
  • 7-8 ice cubes

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in your blender. Blend until smooth, then serve and enjoy!