Disclaimer: I received the product from Crazy Richards, Try About Time, and Blissful Eats in exchange for developing the recipes in this post! All opinion on the products are 100% my own, and I only share products I personally love to eat.
Creamy. That’s my favorite adjective to use for smoothies. That would have to describe each one of these smoothies that are part of this 2nd edition in the ‘Peanut Butter Smoothie Series’ with Crazy Richards, Blissful Eats, and Try About Time. I think I may have found my very favorite protein powder with Try About Time. They did send me it for free, but it has the absolute best texture in smoothies, and it also doesn’t taste overly sweet or artificial. . .
The first smoothie in this series …. would be one of my favorite desserts to have in the summer time. Have you ever bitten into delicious strawberries topped with cream with a slice of angel food cake? Well I didn’t put cake in this smoothie, but I’m humbled by how God’s glory and wonder can be seen in a little strawberry, the vast canyons of Utah, and the stars above. And when we see those things, that doesn’t even give us a millionth of a taste of the infinite glory of God!
Strawberries… It is a beautiful fruit. this year we probably ate the most strawberries we’ve ever eaten in the S. household. I’m not complaining about that at all; it’s been an amazing year for summer fruit.
And the summer temperatures here are still going strong, so I thought I would SNEAK in this last smoothie series before it turns cold.
The first recipe would be the delicious, ‘creamy’ strawberries and cream smoothie.
This one was pretty simple, but it has a few unconventional ingredients like:
Don’t get scared… I’ll explain.
I was at the store, and I spotted the ‘Elli Quark’ in the yogurt aisle. Technically it’s cheese, and it’s not quite as sweet as normal yogurt. I decided to give it a try since it was on sale, and the next morning it went into a smoothie. The verdict? It’s not quite as ‘tangy’ as yogurt, but it has a very similar texture and sweet taste.
And… this smoothie, although it has cantaloupe in it isn’t overwhelmed by the cantaloupe flavor. It definitely tastes like a creamy, slightly nutty strawberry milkshake.
Now, what’s in this bowl of deliciousness?
Strawberries n' Cream Smoothie
Creamy, smooth, fluffy... It's filled with strawberry flavor and tinted with peanut butter.
- 1 scoop Try About Time Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Powder
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 c. cantaloupe
- 1 Strawberry Elli Quark
- 1 package Crazy Richards Powdered Peanut Butter
- Top with:
- 2 Tbsp.- BIG handfuls of Blissful Eats No Nutty Granola
- 1. Throw all ingredients, except for granola into blender. Blend. Pour into bowl. Top with granola, and enjoy!
Well, that wasn’t the only smoothie that came up in this series, and I have a couple more for you.
These ones have to do with:
I tend to be long-winded, so I’m going to make this to the point… The next one on the line-up would be one that tastes like a cookie, smells like it, and drinks like a smoothie?
- 1 Scoop Try About Time Vanilla Protein Powder
- 1.5 cup yellow (yes yellow) squash
- 1/4 c. oatmeal
- 1 tbsp. cinnamon
- 1 cup soymilk
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp. Krema Crunchy Peanut Butter
- Put soymilk, squash, and protein powder in the blender. Blend until smooth. Add cinnamon, peanut butter, and oatmeal. Blend once more. Add 1-2 cups of ice if you want it to be colder!
Then… I had a thought. What if I made a smoothie that has greens in it, chocolate, and peanut butter?
That’s not a bad idea is it? Or is it weird? Well, I’ll let you decide for yourself when you make this:
Chocolate Peanut Butter Superfood Smoothie!
- 1 package Rader Farms Fresh Start Smoothie Blend (It comes from Costco!)
- 1 Scoop Try About Time Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Powder
- 1/2 cup milk (any kind)
- 1 tbsp. peanut butter
- 4 tbsp. cilantro
- Blissful Eats Granola (My favorites are Maple Nut and No Nutty!)
- Peanut Butter (or any nut butter)
- or fruit or any of your favorite kind of cereal.
Then there is the last one in this series.
It highlights one of the most iconic, delicious fruits of the summer.
It is the delicious, beautiful, juicy, gift of the Colorado or Georgia (those are the states that come to mind) PEACH.
Palisade peaches were really really good this year; I’m so grateful for peaches.
‘Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing! Know ye that the Lord, He is God; it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves. We are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.’ (Psalm 100:1-3)
Who else loves drinking/eating their smoothies out of a leftover nut butter jar? This Sunflower butter was definitely the very best that I’ve ever tasted.
- 1 peach
- 1 packet Crazy Richards Powdered Performance Peanut Butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 cup yogurt
- 2 tbsp. Rachel's Overnight Oats
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Throw or pour gently into the blender. Mix for 1-2 minutes. Top with Blissful Eats No Nutty Granola for extra crunch and chocolatey deliciousness.
You know what this recipe collection made me realize?
Did you read the first one: 8 Peanut Butter Fall Smoothie Recipes.
I love developing recipes out of any kind of foods.
Food is so diverse. It’s so unique. It’s like an art; it speaks to the glory of God. It shows God’s beauty and God’s wonder in creation; it humbles me because it makes me think of how God shows mercy by providing food for us to eat and most of all; I’m incredibly amazed at how God showed amazing grace towards me and my family by saving our souls.
I can’t say that I deserved God’s grace, but that is what makes it AMAZING. Grace is undeserved favor towards people who don’t deserve it. Romans 5 says that Christ died for us while we were yet enemies. Would you think about dying for your enemies?
That would be really hard for me, but the God of the universe, the Lord Jesus Christ, the second person in the God-head, humbled Himself so that people like me… and you could know HOPE and JOY and GRACE and LOVE.
And food is another reminder of the fact that I have nothing to worry about; that God provides far beyond what I deserve, and it is absolutely awesome to get to make recipes out of the food that I love to share with others.
Food is kind of like an amazing form of art; and I’m grateful that we can appreciate food with the art of cooking and baking.
That’s what Nicole Culver at Nicole Culver Blog has taught me too, by her podcasts about food entrepeneurs. She has interviewed people who do tea, cookies, jellies, and she even does granola herself.
Nicole does some of the BEST granola I’ve ever had; I haven’t had a granola yet that matches it. It’s chunky, sweet, and full of wholesome ingredients.
She even contributed packets of my favorite, ‘No Nutty’ Granola to this smoothie recipe collection.
To end this smoothie series, I want to giveaway two small packets of Nicole’s Blissful Eats ‘No Nutty Granola.’
1) To enter the giveaway tell me what your favorite flavor of granola is; have you ever tried Nicole’s?
2) If you want an extra entry, tweet this and let me know what that you tweeted!
3) Make sure to enter the first smoothie giveaway! It ends tomorrow (for some Crazy Richards PB and Oats).
1) Do you LOVE the art of food? Do you like to cook from a recipe or go by your ‘intuition?’
2) What is your favorite kind of summer fruit? Are you eating fruit from summer time still?
3) What is your favorite ‘green’ to add to your smoothie?
4) Do you like strawberries in your smoothies? Would strawberries n’ cream be one of your favorite desserts? (No pressure to say, ‘Yes’!)
If you want to try this smoothie you can pin this image for later!
Linking up with Hello to Fit, Chocolate Runner Girl, Fairy Burger, and Fit Foodie Mama for Foodie Friday! I’m also ‘Thinking Out Loud‘ about smoothies? for Amanda’s Thinking Out Loud Thursday. 🙂 I’m linking up with Julie for the ‘Best of the Blogs‘, Erica, and Running with SD Mom for Wednesday’s Giveaway round-up.