Welcome to The Basil & Cinnamon Sagas! I'm Alexa, and I am a food and travel blogger who loves cooking, baking, eating, and storytelling. Enjoy reading and eating your way through the Sagas found here!

Creamy Strawberry Pineapple Peanut Butter Smoothie

Creamy Strawberry Pineapple Peanut Butter Smoothie


We're slowly inching our way towards strawberry season, and personally, I can't wait! I love strawberries. They remind me of late spring and early summer and warmth and sunshine. They also remind me of things like angel food cake and whipped cream and waffles--all good things, in my opinion.

The best strawberries I have ever had are from a little farm outside of Savanna, Illinois. We go there when we visit my Grandma in Illinois, and get a whole bunch to eat with lunch, to snack on throughout the day, and to top our angel food cake for dessert (if they even last that long!). They're smaller than the strawberries you see in the grocery stores, and super, super sweet. They're like little bursts of juicy, fruity candy, except candy that's good for you! I've developed a reputation for eating them all in one sitting, and then we have to go back the next day and get more. 

There are no strawberries better than those tiny strawberries, I am convinced. If you've found other FSTCBB (fresh strawberries that can't be beat--aka, an acronym that will never be a real thing), let me know! I'll start planning a nationwide strawberry expedition to go on when I magically get rich and famous. ;)


Sadly, it is neither the right season nor am I at the right location to get those small, sweet strawberries from Illinois. But lucky for me, I have a bag of frozen strawberries in my freezer to save the day, along with some frozen pineapple chunks and a big ole container of natural peanut butter. 

Aka, the ingredients necessary to make a simple, no-fuss, energy-filled, fruity, creamy smoothie!

Now you might be thinking: Alexa, come on. It's barely March. It's too early for strawberries, and it's way too early for pineapples! A strawberry-pineapple drink is rather summery, I'll admit, but I'm feeling in a summery, tropical mood. Why? Because tomorrow, I am heading to FLORIDA.

It's supposed to be 83Β° and sunny when I arrive, and I can't even wait for temperatures that warm. That means I can walk outside and say "Wow, it's balmy out today," and not be saying it sarcastically! Plus, I get to walk on the beach and dip my toes in the ocean (also the rest of me, but I'm trying to be poetic here), which = one happy me.

So yeah, since Florida is sub-tropical, I'm in a tropical mood. So I will drink my Creamy Strawberry Pineapple Peanut Butter Smoothie without care for the less-than-tropical weather outside my window right now. And I highly suggest you all to do the same (it's a super yummy smoothie, I promise! One of my absolute favorites!). We will raise our smoothie glasses and toast the existence of warm, tropical weather somewhere--and that phrase, "It's 5 o'clock somewhere?" We'll create our own version: "It's 80Β° somewhere!"

Stay warm and get a little fruity, friends!

xoxo Alexa


Creamy Strawberry Pineapple Peanut Butter Smoothie

Makes: 2 (16oz) glasses

Takes: 5 minutes

The Characters:

  • 5 frozen or fresh strawberries
  • 7 frozen or fresh pineapple cubes
  • 2 Tbsp. natural or organic creamy peanut butter
  • A few ice cubes (add more if you used fresh fruit instead of frozen)
  • 1/2 cup cold water

The Saga:

  1. Put strawberries, pineapples, peanut butter, ice cubes, and cold water into a blender.
  2. Blend until chunks of fruit are gone. Note: Add more ice cubes if you want a thicker smoothie, or place in the freezer for a few minutes. If you use frozen fruit, the smoothie should already be pretty thick.
  3. Pour into a glass, stick a straw in that shiznit, and enjoy! Any leftovers can be kept in the fridge for a day.

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