Monkey Smoothie

I was first introduced to this flavor combination when we lived in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  On mornings when I had to train an early client, I would often find myself at the NY muffin company (which was one of the only places open early enough) ordering the “Elvis” smoothie.  I have now come to love one of Elvis Presley’s favorite flavor combinations: Banana and Peanut Butter.  The muffin company makes their Banana and Peanut Butter smoothie with milk.  Over the past few years I have created my own version.  This version has a little more protein, fiber and probiotics because I use yogurt and oatmeal.  I will list the key ingredients, adjust your measurements based on how much you want to make.  This has become an excellent breakfast or after nap snack that my daughter loves! I have also changed the name because “Monkeys” to a toddler are much more fun =)

Monkey Smoothie (for 1 person)

1/4 cup plain, uncooked oatmeal

1/2 cup plain yogurt

1/4 cup milk

2 TBS of nut butter of your choice


1/2 banana

4 Ice Chips

1.  Put the oatmeal in the blender and blend on high until the oatmeal turn into a fine powder.

2.  Add the milk and let this mixture sit for about 5 minutes

3.   Add the other ingredients and blend until smooth….

4.  Drink up and ENJOY!

Note about Nut Butters:

I strongly recommend purchasing a nut butter in its purest form.  Nut butters offer many nutritional benefits including healthy fats, protein, iron and calcium (all very depending on the nut).  Always read the ingredients on the back of the jar.  Unfortunately many manufacturers add all kinds of ingredients to their products including High Fructose Corn Syrup, preservatives and a lot of salt.  The ingredients on a jar of nut butter should only include: “Nut” (depending on the nut you have chosen).  They may add salt if you have chosen one that is not unsalted.  WIth most natural brands of peanut butter, you have to mix the oil and the nut butter, you will notice a separation otherwise.  This is completely normal and only adds to the creaminess.