Start your summer weekend morning or cool off with a mid-day smoothie right, by blending up a tasty cannabis-infused peanut butter banana smoothie! Just like your childhood peanut butter & banana sandwich, this recipe is sufficiently filling and full of fiber, potassium, high protein and healthy fats. The sweet flavor of banana combined with salty peanut butter is a memorable & delectable treat that will be sure to fuel and medicate you for hours.
**Before you start making cannabis recipes, it is important to be able to calculate your cannabis infusions and how many servings you will be making, which will give you the amount of THC in each individual serving. The advised medicinal amount of THC for an edible serving in the state of Arkansas is 10mg, although a good starting point for ingesting cannabis edibles is to limit yourself to less than 5mg THC; even less if you are new to THC-infused food. Use our dosage calculator to help calculate the potency of your individual servings. **
**Note: I had made a concentrated cannabis-infused milk for the purpose of putting small amounts (tablespoons) into coffee, tea or hot cocoa for low-maintenance and easy medicating. Because of this, I used our website’s dosage calculator and decided to use half canna-milk and half vanilla almond milk in this recipe to produce between 10-15mg of THC in each smoothie. (:
Step 1: Start with Frozen Bananas: Freezing bananas is a super simple process and can save you a lot of work by making ahead of time. When your bananas are at their perfect ripeness, peel, slice crosswise into ½ in thick pieces, and spread onto parchment paper on a baking sheet, making sure they aren’t touching. Wait 1 ½ to 2 hours and you can then remove them from the parchment paper and put your banana slices into a zip-lock freezer bag, without them sticking together in a big frozen clump.
Not only useful for this recipe, but you can also add frozen bananas to any milkshake or smoothie for added vitamins, thaw and bake them into desserts, or make mock-ice cream banana treats in the summertime. The possibilities are endless, and you’ll never have to throw away over-ripe bananas again, since they can last up to 8 months in your freezer!
Step 2: Gather Rest of Ingredients: Measure out and gather the rest of your ingredients. For 2 smoothies, you’ll want 2 total cups of milk (including your calculated amount of canna-milk), 2 large bananas (sliced and frozen), 4 tablespoons creamy peanut butter, 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt, and ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon.
Optional -and yummy- additions to this recipe could include peanuts for toppings, banana slices for garnish, dash of vanilla, chocolate syrup, cocoa powder, protein powder… even ice or ice cream for thicker, milkshake-style drinks. You could even go above and beyond and drizzle some cannabis-infused honey on top of your smoothie, which you may be able to find by online order.
Step 3: Blend in This Order: Place all the ingredients in a blender in the order listed: almond milk/canna-milk, frozen banana, peanut butter, Greek yogurt, cinnamon and any extra mix-ins. Blend until smooth. If your smoothies aren’t to your desired thickness, add a few ice cubes or scoop of ice cream, and blend again.
Pour into 2 glasses. Top or garnish with anything you’d like: extra banana slices, chocolate syrup, crushed peanuts, infused honey, and….
**Storing: If you have leftover smoothies, you can refrigerate in airtight storage containers or jars for up to a day. Otherwise, you can also freeze smoothies in freezer-safe jars, or (my personal favorite) ice cube trays for up to 3 months. Let frozen jars thaw out overnight before serving. If using an ice cube tray, you can toss smoothie cubes into your blender for a smoothie on demand.
Cooking with Cannabis-Infused Ingredients
A good starting point for ingesting cannabis edibles is to limit yourself to <5mg THC ; even less if you are new to THC-infused food. It can have the tendency to be a lot stronger, more intense, and can differ drastically from smoking it. For one, the effects can take anywhere from a half hour to 3 hours to fully metabolize, depending on an individual’s unique body and metabolic rate. In addition, because the THC is digested through your liver, and can more readily cross the body’s blood-brain barrier, the high can be stronger and last longer.
With that said, your edible’s potency depends on many factors, from it was prepared, to the potency of your starting product, as well as taking into consideration if your strain or concentrate is indica or sativa leaning. To test the potency and effect of your finished product, try a smaller amount (<5mg) and see how that dose affects you after an hour or so. Titrate your dose as desired, and you can then use this personalized “standard” dose as a baseline for your recipes.
**Check out our dosage calculator for help in calculating your edible’s dosage @: