PB&J Sammie Smoothie from The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook

PB&J Sammie Smoothie from The Main Street Vegan Academy CookbookI’m sure that many of you, my dear readers, are already acquainted with a woman I am proud to call a very long time friend, the beautiful and compassionate Victoria Moran. Victoria has been vegan for over three decades, and like me is astonished and delighted beyond measure by the positive changes we see today. Still, Victoria works tirelessly on behalf of the health and care of humans and animals and is reaching exponentially more people with her Main Street Vegan Academy. ­There, vegans are trained to be Vegan Lifestyle Coaches and Educators.

As the faculty member of the Academy, I can vouch for the excellent program. When I go to New York City to the Academy to teach my class, I often go early and stay after in order to listen to the other instructors.

Together with JL Fields, who is also a Main Street Vegan Academy graduate, Victoria has written The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook. (JL Fields is also a friend—we met a Vida Vegan Con and I was drawn her high energy and big smile, and just-do-it attitude.) The Main Vegan Street Academy Cookbook is an excellent cookbook/guidebook, and I’m so please to introduce to you it today.

In The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook, Victoria and JL, along with over a hundred certified vegan lifestyle coaches, join you in the kitchen as you navigate more than 100 of their favorite plant-sourced recipes. Whether you’re new to the diet or a seasoned plant-based eater, vegan or just veg-curious, their tips, tricks, shortcuts, and strategies will transform your cooking, your eating, and your life. I was happy to offer two recipes to the book, and guess what! My recipes are not chocolate ones.

Anchored in compassion, The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook is more than a cookbook; it’s a complete guide to going vegan, from FAQs, troubleshooting, and menu plans to inspiration and innovations for navigating the culinary, nutritional, and social landscape of plant-based eating.

Embrace a healthier, more compassionate you, with Victoria, JL, and the rest of the Main Street Vegan Academy coaches by your side. Be sure to enter the contest after the recipe for a chance to win a copy of The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook.

The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook by Victoria Moran and JL Fields


PB&J Sammie Smoothie

Carmella Lanni
Legumes—beans, dried peas, and soy products such as tofu—are important sources of fiber, protein, minerals, and B-complex vitamins. This recipe is a great way to get a “bean” for breakfast, because peanuts are in fact legumes! Sure you could have peanut butter toast, but how about drinking this protein-packed PB&J instead?
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings


  • 1 cup plain, unsweetened almond milk or other vegan milk
  • 1 ripe banana, chopped
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 tablespoon agave, optional
  • 1 tablespoon crushed peanuts, for garnish (optional)


  • Put all the ingredients except the crushed peanuts in a blender. Blend on high until smooth.
  • Pour into glasses over ice. Garnish with crushed peanuts if desired.


From The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook by Victoria Moran and JL Fields; recipe by Carmella Lanni (BenBella Books, 2017)
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