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Sonoma Family Life Magazine

Smoothie with Style

By Momma Chef

My kids’ snacking habits tend to occur in waves. They will fall in love with something and then request it—please, please, please, Mom!—for every single snack, every single day. And then, without much  warning, my little connoisseurs will turn their backs on their snacking obsession, usually after I’ve gone to the local warehouse grocery store and stocked up on the aforementioned Best Snack Ever.

Fortunately, one snack that never grows old at our house is the traditional sliced apples and peanut butter. The crisp and cool tartness of an apple pairs perfectly with the sweet creaminess of peanut butter. It’s a simple snack my older kids can prepare at home, and it’s easy for us to take on the road. (In fact, I’m pretty sure I have a spare apple slicer and a jar of peanut butter in the back of my car right now.)

You’d think I would be satisfied with this treat: fruit plus peanut butter equals lots of protein, fiber, and deliciousness. And yet, you know that my Momma-Chef brain is always stirring up new takes on old favorites.

Using PB and apples as my inspiration, last fall I created this good-to-the-last-drop Candied Apple Peanut Butter Smoothie. My own kids love it as a special treat, especially when they have the chance to drizzle the caramel on it themselves. I was a kitchen superhero when I whipped up a batch for my son’s friend. A notoriously picky eater, he had come home with us after a soccer game. Remembering that he previously had rebuffed sliced apples and peanut butter, I offered to make him this special smoothie. I wasn’t surprised when, after draining the first glass in record time, he shyly asked for another serving.

With peanut butter, milk, and apples—and the indulgence of a little ice cream—this smoothie delivers the perfect combination of protein, fiber, and fun that my growing athletic kids need. So, if you’re looking for something that’s both yummy and nutritious, grab your blender and try this recipe.

Candied Apple Peanut Butter Smoothie

• ½ cup milk
• ½ cup vanilla ice cream
• ¼ cup peanut butter
• one green apple, sliced
• caramel syrup or cinnamon (optional)
Serves: 1 large cup

1. Pour in order into a blender: milk, ice cream, peanut butter, and sliced apple.
2. Blend on medium speed for 2 minutes.
3. Pour into your favorite cup.
4. Drizzle with caramel or sprinkle cinnamon.

Karen Nochimowski, the mom behind a blog featuring the quick, easy.