This healthy peanut butter smoothie is easy to make and tastes delicious. Just two ingredients and a few minutes are all you need for this fresh and creamy smoothie! If you’re on a diet and need to lose weight, forget all about it when you try this Peanut Butter smoothie recipe. This Peanut Butter Smoothie recipe is delicious, full of Vitamins and Minerals, and much better for you than eating peanuts.
HEALTHY PEANUT BUTTER BANANA SMOOTHIE
This easy Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie is the perfect creamy and flavorful on-the-go breakfast to add to your morning routine! It uses nutrient-dense ingredients and a little extra hidden veggie to make a healthy smoothie with all of that peanut butter and banana flavor! It’s is dairy-free, packed with healthy fats and so delicious.
PB and Banana Smoothie
A smoothie is the ultimate quick breakfast or snack in every season, and this Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie is one of our all-time favorites. There is more to our recipe than just peanut butter and banana though, because we wanted to make sure this smoothie was filling and nutritious. We snuck in a little healthy hidden veggie, along with some extra healthy fats to give you a boost of nutrition and fiber! Trust us, you are going to want to add this creamy smoothie to your morning routine! It’s dairy-free and doesn’t contain any added sugar at all!
Yes, our smoothie recipe contains more than just peanut butter and banana! Our recipe is not only creamy and delicious, but we wanted to make sure this smoothie was healthy and and filling, too!
- Frozen Banana
- Frozen Cauliflower (optional, but you won’t notice it’s there!)
- Peanut Butter (look for no-sugar added)
- Flax Seed
- Collagen Peptides (optional)
- Almond Milk
Cauliflower: You can leave this out all together if you don’t want to use it, or swap it in with more frozen banana.
Peanut Butter: Feel free to substitute this with any nut butter or seed butter you want.
Collagen: This is also optional! But collagen is an everyday part of my life, so I add it in whenever I make a smoothie.
Milk: You can use whatever milk works for you.
Is This Smoothie Sweet?
Not especially. Any sweetness in it comes from the bananas. So the riper they are, the sweeter your smoothie would be. We opted not to include any added sweetener, because we really wanted this to be more on the healthy side. All that being said, you can add in a tablespoon or two of maple syrup or honey to your smoothie if it isn’t quite sweet enough for you!
Do the Bananas Need to be Frozen?
As annoying as that is, we’re going with a yes for using frozen bananas. Frozen bananas add such a creamy element to this smoothie. Without it, the smoothie isn’t as thick and creamy.
You can freeze bananas whole (they last longer this way) or in slices. If slicing, you’ll likely want to use them up within a few days.
Making Smoothie Packs for Easy Morning Smoothies
Smoothie freezer packs are so popular, and for good reason: they make even quicker work of making morning smoothies. Instead of buying premade ones, you can turn this smoothie recipe into pre-made smoothie packs you can keep in your freezer ready to go anytime you want a Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie.
To make peanut butter and banana smoothie packs: Simply place all the ingredients, except the milk, inside of a plastic or a reusable bag and freeze until ready to use, up to one month.
When you are ready to use it, simply dump the ingredients from the bag, add in the milk and blend it.
Tips for Making Smoothies
- You can make your own smoothie packs to make smoothie making a breeze!
- Use frozen fruit! Both the cherries and the banana should be frozen here to get the right texture on the smoothie.
- If your smoothie is too thick you can add in a 1/4 cup of almond milk or water at a time to get it creamy. If it’s too thin, add in some more frozen fruit or ice.
HEALTHY PEANUT BUTTER BANANA SMOOTHIE
This easy Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie is the perfect creamy and flavorful on-the-go breakfast to add to your morning routine! It uses healthy ingredients and a little extra hidden veggie to make a healthy smoothie with all of that peanut butter and banana flavor! It’s is dairy-free, packed with healthy fats and so delicious.
- Prep Time: 00:05
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: Serves 1 1x
- Category: Smoothie
- Diet: Gluten Free
- 1–½ cups frozen banana slices
- ½ cup frozen cauliflower (optional, can substitute for more banana)
- 2 tablespoons no-sugar added peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
- 1 scoop collagen peptides (optional)
- 1 cup almond milk, or more as needed
- Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth and creamy, adding more milk if necessary.
- Garnish with fresh sliced banana and peanut butter and enjoy!
Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
Peanut butter and banana is a fan favorite when it comes to flavor combos. That’s why this peanut butter banana smoothie is a show-stopping smoothie recipe you need to make!
We kept this peanut butter and banana smoothie recipe simple with just 6 total ingredients! Keep reading to get the recipe and dig in!
Whether you just worked out or are looking for a delicious breakfast smoothie to make, I just know you’re going to fall head over heels for this peanut butter banana smoothie of ours.
Growing up, I ate a lot of peanut butter and banana sandwiches and then when I discovered smoothies, it became a staple flavor for me! It’s just something about the sweet flavor of bananas mixed with the salty flavor of peanut butter. SO GOOD.
What does this peanut butter smoothie taste like? If you’re wondering what this glorious, thick, milkshake-like smoothie tastes like…it’s just that! Think pb shake + banana shake, but healthier! All the same flavors, but so much better for you.
How to Make a Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
The thing that is so glorious about his peanut butter banana smoothie recipe is that you literally just throw all of your ingredients into a high-speed blender and mix until smooth.
- Bananas: You can buy frozen bananas at most grocery stores, but if you can’t find them. No worries! You can make your own at home for super cheap.
- Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt is a great addition to all smoothies because it packed with protein and has a slightly tangy flavor. Feel free to use any kind of Greek yogurt such as plain or vanilla.
- Flax seeds: Ground flax is where it’s at when it comes to smoothies because they’re easier to digest that way!
- Almond Milk: This peanut butter banana smoothie recipe calls for unsweetened almond milk, but any kind of milk or liquid will work!
- Vanilla Extract: Don’t have vanilla extract on hand? No worries! You can just nix it 😀
- Peanut Butter: We love using all-natural peanut butter in our smoothies because it’s creamy and has no additives. Our favorite brands include 365 and Smuckers.
Before you blend away in your blender, you can also add in some delicious add-ins to increase nutrition and/or add more flavor. Here are some suggestions:
- Mini chocolate chips
- Protein Powder
- Kale or Spinach
This is one of those smoothies that is best eaten thick and with a spoon. Oh, and with toppings galore. There’s nothing wrong with a handful of mini chocolate chips and a drizzle of fresh peanut butter.
Easy Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
If you’re a fan of Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey ice cream, this peanut butter banana smoothie is made for you! This protein-rich smoothie is thick, creamy, and tastes pretty much like a milkshake that’s good enough to even be a healthy breakfast smoothie.
Is This Recipe Actually Healthy?
It’s easy to second guess if a smoothie like this would be considered healthy with its ingredients: banana, peanut butter, and chocolate. But second-guess no more because it is!
Frozen bananas provide an amazing creamy, ice cream like base and complements a lot of different flavors. Bananas are a great energy booster with its complex carbohydrates, high potassium content, and B vitamins. It’s perfect for athletes and active people when it comes to electrolyte balance and recovery as well.
The natural peanut butter is a great source of protein, healthy fats, and fiber. Using natural peanut butter with less added sugar is key. Because of the nutritional benefits of peanut butter, it helps make this peanut butter banana smoothie more satiating.
Cocoa powder is filled with amazing nutrients, especially in the minerals category such as iron, zinc, selenium, and magnesium. It also has polyphenols which are naturally occurring antioxidants. It’s also easy to get confused in knowing the difference between cocoa powder and cacao powder. They are pretty similar but the main difference is the temperature used during the processing stage. Cacao powder is processed at a lower temperature, whereas cocoa powder is processed at a higher temperature. Cacao powder tends to have a more bitter taste, whereas cocoa powder is less.
For this peanut butter banana smoothie recipe, we’ll need:
- 1 ½ cups frozen bananas (2 frozen bananas)
- 1 ½ tablespoon cocoa powder
- ¾ cup + 2 tablespoon almond milk
- ½ cup vanilla-flavored dairy-free yogurt
- 3 tablespoon natural peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon honey
How To Make This Smoothie
To make this easy peanut butter smoothie, it takes very little time!
- Take all the ingredients listed above into a blender and blend until well combined and smooth.
- Pour into 2 glasses and enjoy!
Bananas that were frozen when the peel had lots of brown spots is perfect for smoothies like this. If they were frozen while the peels were still green, it didn’t have enough time to ripen and won’t be as sweet. If your banana peels have turned from brown spots to completely black, it’s best to bake with those instead.
How Do I Make My Smoothie Thicker?
When making your own smoothies, it’s tempting to add extra ice cubes to make it thicker. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with a few, however if you add too much it sometimes comes at the expense of your flavors tasting a bit watered down. Here are a few ways to make your smoothie thick and creamy –
- Starting with your liquid of choice inside your blender and then your fruits and/or vegetables. Start in a low speed setting and then as you blend, you can add small amounts of liquid to find the right consistency.
- If you’re using protein powders or leafy greens, add this right after your liquid so that it incorporates a whole lot better and prevents over-blending (especially if you have a high speed/high-powered blender).
- Using or adding frozen fruit or frozen yogurt. The best options for frozen fruits are those with soluble fiber, meaning fruits that attract water and end up forming a more creamy, gel-like consistency. Some examples of these fruits are bananas, avocados, mangos, pears, and peaches. If you have extra Greek yogurt (or non-dairy yogurt), you can freeze them into ice cube trays to add into your smoothies.
- Using a creamier liquid base also helps. Although almond milk has its benefits, it is one of the more thinner non-dairy milk alternatives. Some options that you can swap with instead are coconut milk, cashew milk, and oat milk.
- Adding a scoop of flax seeds, chia seeds or raw rolled oats into your smoothies. These superfoods are natural thickeners, provide a range of amazing nutrients and fiber, and easy to incorporate. Plus they’re very neutral in taste so they’re super versatile, and they incorporate very nicely into your smoothies providing a creamy and smooth texture; no one likes gritty smoothies!
- Incorporating nut butters like almond butter and peanut butter help thicken your smoothies, as well as adding plant-based protein. A tablespoon or so is enough to make it creamy!
- Making sure that your blender blade is sharpened and in the right condition. Sometimes if your smoothie is still coming out too thin no matter how many frozen things you add, it could be a sign that your blender blade is dull. This is where ice cubes come in handy! Before you blend anything, take a cup or two of ice cubes and put it in your blender. Blend or crush your ice cubes and you’ll be left with shaved ice and a sharpened blade.
Expert Tips & Tricks
- If you’re not dairy-free, feel free to use regular milk and yogurt to this smoothie.
- Top the smoothies with chocolate flakes for a fun visual. You can also line the glass with peanut butter for some extra peanut-buttery goodness.
- Add more almond milk if your smoothie is too thick for your liking.
- Add more frozen banana if your smoothie is too thin for your preference.
- If using frozen bananas, use 1 ½ cups. If you are freezing your own bananas, cut up 2 cups worth of banana slices, which is normally equivalent to 2 bananas. As the bananas freeze, they shrink in size so this would be the perfect amount once they are frozen.
- I used sweetened almond milk, but you can use unsweetened almond if you prefer.
- You can use coconut yogurt in place of vanilla yogurt for a fun twist!
This classic peanut butter banana smoothie can be modified in a variety of ways! If you’re not a fan of chocolate, it’ll still taste good as a plain peanut butter smoothie by omitting the cocoa powder.
You can also add a handful of spinach for some extra nutrients if you don’t mind the color changing. Don’t worry – it won’t change the flavor at all! Or even riced cauliflower.