Quick & Tasty Writing Break Recipe: Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie

Posted: December 24, 2013 in Recipes for Writing Breaks
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Sometimes when I’m in the middle writing an important scene, my stomach decides to interrupt.  I glance up at the clock, do some quick mental arithmetic, and realize that it’s been too long since I last ate something.  I look around my writing space for a snack, but only their wrappers remain, ghosts of calories past.  I don’t want to lose my momentum, but my body needs fuel.

That’s when I realize that it’s time for a Quick and Tasty Writing Break Recipe!  After sliding my feet as carefully as I can from underneath my napping dog’s head (he’s going to wake up anyway so I don’t know why I do this), I head for the kitchen.  What do I have?

There’s a banana that’s looking very ripe with a jar of peanut butter supporting it at an angle.  I know!  I’ll make a smoothie.  It’s quick and easy and there’s little mess to clean afterward.

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Total Time: 5 Minutes (10 if you wash your dishes afterward, like I do)

Discovered Ingredients:

  • 1 Ripe Banana
  • 1 Cup of Almond Milk
  • 3 tbsp of Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 tbsp of Honey
  • 1 tsp of Nutmeg
  • (Optional) 4 Ice Cubes

Detailed Instructions:

  • Peel the banana, break it in half, and drop it in the blender.
  • Pour one cup of Almond Milk into a measuring cup, then transfer to the blender.
  • Add 3 tbsp of Creamy Peanut Butter and a tbsp of Honey to the mix.
  • Sprinkle 1 tsp (you may add more or less, according to your taste) of Nutmeg over the rest of the ingredients.
  • (Optional) Add 4 Ice Cubes for a thicker and colder smoothie.
  • Cover and blend until all the ingredients have been combined (usually about a minute, depending on your blender).
  • Pour into a cup and enjoy.
  • (Makes 1 serving.)

Humming to myself, I clean the blender, the measuring cup, the tablespoon, and the teaspoon.  This reinstates my meditative writing state of mind and prevents dirty dishes from smelling up my kitchen.  Leaving the dishes to dry in the dish rack, I head back to my computer with my smoothie.  As I drink, I read the last few paragraphs of my story to remind myself of where I left off.  My body is now full of sweet tasting nutrients so I can get back to work on my novel.  (P.S. You may also substitute every mention of ‘writing’ for ‘reading,’ as well.)

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did.  Thank you for reading, and have a lovely day!