Spicy Peanut Butter and Bananas Smoothie Recipe

Hello, I’m back! It’s been a while since I’ve written so hopefully this spicy peanut butter and bananas smoothie recipe will make up for my absence. I’ve been making the best of the wonderful Summer we’ve been having here and spending as much time as I can outdoors. Our Summers are way too short and soon enough the cooler September weather will be here. It always feels like I’m running out of time when August rolls in; like I’m doing an end of Summer countdown! All I can think of is filling up my evenings and weekends with trips to the beach, outdoor music festivals, sidewalk dinning, dog walking and movies under the stars. So naturally, I just want cool, refreshing foods like this spicy peanut butter and bananas smoothie.

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I think I turned on the oven once this entire Summer. I’ve been making easy summer meals like grilled chicken over arugula salad; pasta made simply with basil, garlic, cherry tomatoes and olive oil; Indian takeout and well, smoothies! A thick, hearty smoothie can keep you full for a few hours and keeps your kitchen nice and cool. So here’s my amazing spicy peanut butter and bananas smoothie recipe made with almond milk, I hope you enjoy. I also used my volcanic dust from Volcanic Peppers which is just ground up habanero & ghost peppers but it that’s too much, you can always use ground cayenne pepper instead. The peanut butter and chile pepper blend goes really well together. Also, you’re not using much, just enough to give it a kick.

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Spicy Peanut Butter and Bananas Smoothie Recipe
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Ingredients
  • 8oz Almond Milk
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 2 dashes of Volcanic Peppers volcano dust
  • dash of cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender then add about 4-5 ice cubes and blend.

 

Last Minute Gift Idea: Hibiscus and Ginger Simple Syrup

Attending a dinner party and forgot to get your cocktail loving host/hostess a gift? Instead of rushing to the wine shop and getting the usual, impress them with something homemade! This hibiscus and ginger simple syrup will add a nice personal touch and will only take minutes to make!

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All you need is a pretty bottle and nice ribbon, labels or tags. I’m sure the cocktail enthusiasts and non-drinkers alike would be pleased knowing you took the time to make them something special.

This hibiscus and ginger simple syrup can be used to make hibiscus mojitos, or mixed with vodka and seltzer for a cocktail spritzer or added to sweeten your lemonade or ice tea. The recipe ideas are endless!

Hibiscus & Ginger Simple Syrup
yields 2+ cups

2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1/4 cup dried hibiscus
1 inch piece of ginger, cut into small pieces and mashed
2-3 cinnamon sticks

1. Dissolve sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Keep stirring until liquid turns clear as water. Add the hibiscus, ginger and cinnamon stick and let mixture simmer for about 2 minutes. Do not allow mixture to boil. Remove from heat and let syrup cool down completely.

2. Wash and dry two 8 oz bottle or a few smaller size bottles. Add a couple of ginger pieces and cinnamon sticks from mixture into each bottle and pour in the cool syrup. Decorate bottles as you like.

Here are a few more simple syrup flavors you can make!

Mint and Lemon Simple Syrup
Add a bunch of mint leaves, juice of a lemon and lemon rind to the syrup.

Spicy Thai Basil Simple Syrup
Add a bunch of Thai basil and a Thai chili to the syrup.

Raspberry Jalapeno Simple Syrup
Add 1/4 cup of mashed raspberry to syrup with a 1/2 jalapeno sliced. You can strain the syrup to remove the raspberry seeds but add the jalapenos back and into bottles.

Products I’m Loving Right Now: Spicy Drinks

Happy Wednesday! To get you through this weeks’ “hump” I’m sharing with you all some spicy product finds that I think are pretty awesome. If you’re like me and can’t get enough heat, even during the dog days of summer, then you’ll appreciate these little nuggets of information to satisfy those cravings. Truth be told, a little spicy food in the summer can actually help keep you cool and I think this one will do the trick.

I found these spicy juice drinks from Prometheus Springs, a company that makes a wide range of spicy drinks for all palates. According to their company’s website they launched a few products like Pomegranate Black Pepper, Lychee Wasabi and Lemon Ginger back in 2009. I didn’t find any of those which sound amazing but did come across their Mango Chili and Spicy Pear at Elm’s Health on 7th Ave in NYC.

The Mango Chili has at least 30% juice blend which is key since you don’t really get a strong mango taste but it’s there and the chili, oh you’ll feel it all right! The spice gets you at the back of throat and has a nice slow burn. Not too spicy for me but for anyone not used to eating spicy foods you’ll definitely be taken aback by it. The Spicy Pear is a bit milder than the mango in heat but not by much.

I’m a huge fan of mangoes but with these drinks I preferred the pear. They’re both very light and refreshing though and great summer drinks. These would be perfect mixed in cocktails like a spicy vodka martini or with tequila and ice, so nice!

Tis the season…

Ahh, there’s nothing like a refreshing drink after a day of shopping! If you’re in New York City near Columbus Circle stop by Landmarc in the Time Warner building for a spicy tequila treat. The Baja Margarita made with Tequila, red peppers, lime and honey…oh so good.

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It’s got a nice kick of heat to the back of the throat but not at all overwhelming. If you’re looking for something to clear your sinuses this isn’t it but the Tequila is smooth and the pepper flecks in the drink were just what I needed. Great way to start the weekend! Happy shopping everyone…and if you can’t get to NYC, I’ll soon show you how easy it is to do your own version at home.