I didn’t grow up on peanut butter and jam sandwiches, but I remember watching countless movies, tv shows, and cartoons where the kids would go off to school carrying a brown paper bag with a lovingly prepared pb&j sandwich.
Thats kinda what I wanted to recreate here – a yummy peanut butter and jam shake that tastes like your mother might have made it for you when she wanted you to feel better. It’s supposed to take you back to your younger years, and make you feel almost naughty for having something so simple yet so yummy. I know it’s a lot of weight to put on a simple shake’s shoulders, but I think it can handle it.
Like with any peanut butter and jam combo, I wanted it to be quick, easy, and somewhat effortless, and the notion of having to make my own jam didn’t quite fit in this particular moment. If you have some amazing, sugar-free jam lying about then by all means use it. I didn’t, so I took the speedy way and mashed some strawberries with chia seeds. 5 minute cheats jam!
So this shake is dairy-free, but it’s so creamy and yummy that you won’t miss the ice cream at all! It won’t leave you feeling sluggish or upset your tummy but actually keep you feeling full and satisfied (and happy cuz it tastes awesome!)
Oh, and in case you missed my caramel + peanut butter cups, there is a note on there about my views on peanut butter and why I avoid it. I felt like having it in this, and as with everything I believe, moderation and no stress are key. Read more about it here.