Turning a favorite, childhood sandwich into a delicious and nutrient rich smoothie, is all about making your favorite foods better for you! This Fluffernutter Smoothie is my way of indulging in a favorite kids meal as an adult.
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For some of you, fluffernutter is a way of life. You grew up eating the classic sandwiches for lunch or a snack. They were just part of everyday life for you. For me, not so much. My parents weren’t hip to the cool foods like that. We didn’t have macaroni out of a box. We didn’t buy the rice mixes. Heck, I don’t think had that hamburger stuff until I was in my 20s!! I know!! Deprived childhood!
But now, I’m a grown-up and I can buy and eat anything I want. Well, anything within reason that is. As I get older, I realize that my metabolism, though never that great to begin with, is even slower. So, while I want to indulge in all those foods I didn’t have growing up, I still need to eat smarter. While I’d love to face plant in a pile of fluffernutter sandwiches, it’s just not the smart thing to do.
Enter the smoothie. The smoothie is the grown-ups way of having a milkshake for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, or even a snack. They’re packed with ingredients like fruits, vegetables, chia seeds, flax, and oatmeal. For kids, it’s a parent’s way to sneak in some nutritious vegetables without them knowing. Honestly, how will a kid know that this Fluffernutter Smoothie has delicious Dannon Oikos Triple Zero Greek Nonfat Yogurt, marshmallow fluff, and Jif™ Peanut Powder in it? They’re not! And with the great peanut butter flavor, they won’t know that there’s spinach in here. Yup! Spinach!!
Since I’m a self-proclaimed PB snob, I take my peanut butter seriously. And Jif has cornered the market on delicious, reduced fat peanut butter powder. I love that is has 85% less fat than regular peanut butter, but ALL of that delicious flavor. The best thing about the Jif™ Peanut Powder is that it has no added sugar. That’s right, I said NO ADDED SUGAR! Because that’s the last thing I want in my smoothie; added sugar!! And, as you can see, it’s right with the rest of the peanut butter products at your local WalMart.
That’s one of the main reasons why I like to make #mysmoothie at home. *I* get to control the ingredients. I get to put the nonfat, protein packed Dannon Oikos Triple Zero Greek Nonfat Yogurt in my Fluffernutter Smoothie. “What’s the Triple Zero?” you ask? Zero fat, zero added sugar*, and zero artificial sweeteners. I get to control the fat content and what type of sugar I get to put in my smoothies. I also get to control the yogurt flavor. They have some delicious ones like banana cream and coffee. But, you know what the best part is about this yogurt? It has 15g of protein per 5.3 ounces. With that much protein and all the fiber I blended the yogurt with, I know I’ll be set all the way through to lunch. No mid-morning snacking for me!
So, just to recap, you can have this delicious, nostalgic fluffernutter smoothie any time you like. It has less fat than the sandwich, it’s packed with hearty protein from the Dannon Oikos Triple Zero Greek Nonfat Yogurt AND the Jif™ Peanut Powder. I added a fiber rich banana and a handful of spinach along with some seeds like chia for more protein and flax for some omeg-3. Then, I tossed in some steel cut oatmeal for more filling fiber.
Now, this is an absolutely true story. You see, before the hubs and I got married, we were moving some things around in preparation for my mom to visit us for a couple of nights. Since the spare “bedroom” was being used as storage, we were in the process of shifting things around, stacking things in the closet, and just making room for Mom so she’d have a place of her own while she was here. The old blender we had, that we rarely used because it was just archaic, was sitting in a basket of knitting projects I had going on. The hubs hoisted that basket up to place it on top of a pile of boxes. Yeah, you can see where this is going.
That glass, ancient, blender pitcher fell out of the basket. It bounced, literally, on the crown of his head and fell to the floor shattering to a billion pieces on the carpet. I froze and waited for him to stagger and pass out. I mean, that HAD to just HAD TO have hurt like the dickens. I grabbed the vacuum and immediate started to clear a path for him to back out and sit down. Finally, I grabbed a flashlight to check the responsiveness of his pupils. No, I’m not a doctor but I have had a head injury. Then I checked his head for a cut. There was little red spot, but nothing like I thought I would see.
I really wanted one of these fancy schmancy Oster® Blend-N-Go® MyBlend®. Have you seen those things? They look SO cool!! And they’re the perfect kitchen tool to make delicious smoothies like this one. They could easily pulverize all the seeds, nuts, and my steel cut oats in this smoothie. And they’re so easy to use!! You can just fill, blend & go! Look at that cool cup that comes with!! How could not want this blender??
Yup! That’s what my breakfast looks like this morning. So good. All those flavors and that heavenly aroma of the Jif™ Peanut Powder wafting up from my cup. Mmmm. You just know that this smoothie is going taste delicious while still be good for you! And I’m always amazed at how the Dannon Oikos Triple Zero Greek Nonfat Yogurt gives me that full feeling for the longest time!! It’s just mind-blowing sometimes.
What’s also amazing are all the different recipes and ideas for smarter smoothies. When they first came out, they were PACKED with sugars and other, not so good for you ingredients. They toted as a nutritious drink, but really weren’t. We’ve come a long way since then!! Now, you can make #mysmoothie at home with only the ingredients I want in there!
Do I want to take this delicious the Jif™ Peanut Powder and throw in some fresh grapes for a good for you PB&J smoothie? Yup! Do I want to pair this protein packed Dannon Oikos Triple Zero Greek Nonfat Yogurt with some pineapple and coconut for a tropical smoothie? Yup! Seriously, the sky is the limit with smoothies now-a-days!
The Dannon Oikos Triple Zero Greek Nonfat Yogurt is in the dairy case with the rest of the Dannon yogurt products. There’s several flavors to chose from. My favorite is the banana cream. It’s just like eating pie. I can’t wait to make an Elvis inspired smoothie with the banana cream and the Jif™ Peanut Powder. It’s going to be SO GOOD!!
Since all of these items can be purchased at your local WalMart, you have no excuse to head over there, pick up some Jif™ Peanut Powder, some Dannon Oikos Triple Zero Greek Nonfat Yogurt, and an Oster® Blend-N-Go® MyBlend® and whip up your own, nutrition packed Fluffernutter Smoothie for you and your family.
Since you’re saving some money, there’s not reason why you can’t blend up a huge batch of #mysmoothie. You can keep them in a pitcher in the fridge for you and your family to sip whenever they feel a fluffernutter craving coming on.
Turning a favorite, childhood sandwich into a delicious and nutrient rich smoothie, is all about making your favorite foods better for you! This Fluffernutter Smoothie is my way of indulging in a favorite kids meal as an adult as #mysmoothie.
- 3 tablespoons Jif™ Peanut Powder
- 1/2 cup Dannon Oikos Triple Zero Greek Nonfat Yogurt
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons flax seeds
- 3 tablespoons marshmallow fluff
- 1 medium banana, chopped
- 1/3 cup baby spinach
- 3/4 to 1 cup fat free milk
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth, about 90 seconds to 1 minute. Divide between two glasses and serve.
*not a low calorie food