Summer’s coming! Along with all the wonderful sunshine, days in the pool and sprinklers, vacations, and gardening comes the not-so-pleasant sweltering heat. Back when Al and I lived in Southern California, on hot summer days we would drop by Jamba Juice for a nice, cold, refreshing smoothie. Now, we live in hot, humid TN and instead of Jamba Juice, we’ve found something even better.
Enter the oh-so-delicious, oh-so-cheap, oh-so-easy, guilt-free peanut butter carob banana smoothie.
Cold, refreshing, silky smooth, healthy, and crumb-savingly inexpensive and simple to make! It’s a quick breakfast shake for bachelors, a healthy ice cream “milkshake” for kids, and a cool summer treat for any crumb saver who’s avoiding their A/C.
I started making these last summer and we couldn’t help but eat them all summer long. Over the winter we’ve been stocking our freezer with overripe bananas in anticipation of this summer, and we just slurped up our first peanut butter carob banana smoothie yesterday. So in anticipation of some upcoming hot weather, we thought we’d share this bliss of frozen yumminess with you.
So how much does it cost to make this smoothie compared to just buying one at Jamba Juice? Let’s take a look.
*Buy on sale at Aldi for $0.29/lb or overripe ones discounted at the grocery store
**A healthy alternative to chocolate that you can find at health food stores or on Amazon
For a small (16 oz) classic Jamba Juice smoothie, you’ll pay about $4.50. Compare that to $0.50 and I’ll take nine batches of our homemade smoothie to one Jamba Juice any day, thank you.