Recipe: The Green Monster

Before I even get into today’s recipe I want to acknowledge that I’m aware many of you will think this looks disgusting…because IT DOES!

It seriously looks like some toxic waste you’d find at a radioactive dump site you see in the movies.

However, IT TASTES LIKE PEANUT BUTTER. So, if you like peanut butter, YOU WILL LIKE THIS!

The ‘new’ Breakfast of Champions is no longer Wheaties. No my friends, it’s the GREEN MONSTER!

Breakfast of Champions1

Who could not want to try this? Look at all of those great nutritional benefits! It does contain quite a bit of fat but that’s simply because of the peanut butter. If you want to reduce that then don’t add as much PB or consider using an organic (or low fat) option instead.

By the way, who knew that bananas had 110 calories? I surely didn’t!

Also, if we want to be fair, I’m not sure who really eats 3/4 cup of cereal as their serving. That’s just ridiculous. You know you eat at least 2-3 times that amount!

The Green Monster Breakfast Shake


  • 1 Tablespoon ground Flax Seed
  • 1 Tablespoon Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 3/4 – 1 cup Almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 3-4 ice cubes


Combine all ingredients into a blender (or if you have the Ninja setup, use one of the glasses like in the pictures).


Blend it all up until it’s nice and GREEN.

Blended - green monster

green monster

Down it like a CHAMP! Ha. Ha. Get it…like a champ…breakfast of champions. Okay, sorry, time to go back to my day job. Yummm…peanut butter…

Close your eyes if you have to.

Original recipe found at Oh She Glows.

About the Author

By , on Apr 18, 2012
Andy Tenton
Andy is a 30-something New Yorker who turned his financial life around. He took charge of his finances, got out of debt, and is now working his way toward financial success. He is the publisher of

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  1. Karunesh says:

    That looks tasty. Best part is it can be prepared pretty quick. Its a very nice option for a breakfast.

  2. Guncel says:

    İnteresting but great.. i like it. Thank you sharring.

  3. Jefferson says:

    i think it looks pretty tasty.. but i don’t know how well it would go down.

    i have been considering starting replacing my breakfasts with a protein shake each morning..
    i would have to think that something all-natural like this would better for me than your average laboratory whey concoction.

    I love the recipes, my friend.

  4. I think it sounds worse than it looks. If I show that recipe to my mother, she might want to try it. I’m not sure about the flax seeds tho… Don’t they make the smoothie gooey?

  5. Brad says:

    Wow! I am game to try it. I think I will go with 1/2 banana, non fat milk and maybe a little more p-butter!….it sure is green!

  6. I’d hit that regardless of the color, just the fiber and the proteins are a buy for me!

  7. Katie says:

    You’re right, doesn’t look to appetizing. However I LOVE peanut butter. So it’s worth a try.

    • Andy says:

      🙂 I was scared to post this recipe because I didn’t figure most would give it a try. But it’s better than it looks and it is good for you.

  8. I love green smoothies!!!! I love spinach. You can also add greek yogurt in there…I LOVE LOVE greek yogurt

    • Andy says:

      Interesting…I might have to give greek yogurt a try! We’ve looked at expanding the original recipe but we’ve been scared to try anything else. lol.

  9. Jeremiah says:

    Looks like something Rocky would be drinking, and you are right… looks horrible. However, I never knock something without trying it first so I may just do that.

  10. At first glance, it doesn’t look very appetizing, but I bet that if I tried it, I would be pleasantly surprised at just how tasty it is. The ingredients alone are enough of a reason for me to consider incorporating it into my usual diet. I like peanut butter a whole lot, so bring it on. It looks like something that you could store in a large container and carry with you while you’re very much on the go.

    • Andy says:

      You’re certainly right Anthony! My wife blends it up before she heads off to work, puts a lid on the cup and drinks it while she’s driving.

  11. It looks gross, but all the ingredients make it sound delicious. It tastes good, right?

  12. Modest Money says:

    I think I’ll stick to my cereal lol. I’m sure this is super healthy though. It would be interesting to see how this compares to a normal serving of cereal with some fruit on top. That option is easier to prepare and likely tastes much better.

    • Andy says:

      A lot of the vitamins were from ingredients other than the fruit (spinach, flax, and the almond milk), however the fruit on cereal wouldn’t be awful. The calories and sugar levels would be far higher though.

    • I’m with you…I’ll keep my cereal. I’m certain that it is healthy for you (and looking at the nutritional info it is) but I’m not sure I can bring myself around to drinking green peanut butter!

  13. Michelle says:

    I need to try this! Usually I run away from healthy stuff, but I guess I’ll try it 🙂

    • Andy says:

      It’s pretty weird the first time you try it (as you get over the color and what you expect it to taste like). If you like peanut butter though, then you’ll enjoy it!

  14. While I love peanut butter, this recipe has WAY too much sugar for me! I do eat spinach for breakfast just about every morning, but I just sautee it in olive oil with garlic.

  15. I knew bananas have 100 calories! Hahah do I win any prizes? Tracking calories has made me realize how many hidden calories are in our foods everyday, or how even the “healthy foods” have more than we realize. But I love bananas. Your recipe looks great… I might put in a few tablespoons of Nutella though, and further increase it’s caloric (and deliciousness) content.

  16. Got to say I liked the recipe for the BBQ better, but I actually might have to try this since it would be a great breakfast on the go meal.

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