Peanut butter. No other food bridges the gap between meal and snack in quite the same way. Looking for a quick and easy lunch idea? Make yourself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. In the mood for a few handfuls of something sweet? You can’t beat miniature peanut butter cups. No time for breakfast in the morning? Peanut butter on a piece of whole-grain toast will fill you up and give you a nice boost of protein to boot. As such, it’s really no surprise that peanut butter has become a staple ingredient among smoothie-enthusiasts. Well, there’s nothing wrong with that.
In fact, we’d like to share nine of our favorite peanut butter smoothie recipes from around the web. So grab that blender and prepare to have your mind blown by these luscious legume-based libations (unless you have a peanut allergy, in which case you probably should have turned back after reading the title).
9 Peanut Butter Smoothies
Whether you’re trying to lose weight, gain muscle, or even just, you know, stay alive, your body needs protein. Unfortunately, many of us just don’t seem to get enough of that good stuff in our diets. You can solve this problem by trying your hand at creating the Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein shake. Special thanks to Sally at Sallysbakingaddiction.com for developing this recipe.
1 large banana (sliced, frozen)
3 tbsp cocoa powder (unsweetened)
6 oz Greek Yogurt (flavored or unflavored)
¾ cup skim milk (or your favorite kind of milk or milk substitute)
1 tbsp honey, maple syrup, or agave
1 tbsp peanut butter
Chocolate syrup (optional)
- Place the banana, the cocoa powder, the yogurt, and the milk into a blender. Blend.
- Add the honey and the peanut butter. Blend again.
- You may have to scrape the sides a few times in order to get everything properly mixed. Blend until smooth.
- Serve in a tall glass, and drizzle a small amount of chocolate syrup over the top (optional)
Look, we understand. You know that you should always start your day with a nutritious breakfast, but once you’ve hit that snooze-button for the fifth time and hauled yourself out of the warmth of your bed, you don’t always have time to prepare a meal on your way out the door.
The Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Smoothie—created by Liz at Thelemonbowl.com—may be the perfect solution. Prepare it fast while on the go (it only takes five minutes), or make it the night before and keep it ready in the refrigerator. It will give you the energy you need to make it through the day, and you can even bring it with you to the office.
1 cup skim milk
1 cup vanilla yogurt (low fat)
1 cup oats
¼ cup peanut butter (natural)
1 tsp cinnamon
2-3 large scoops ice (more to taste)
- Place bananas, skim milk, and yogurt in a blender. Blend.
- Add oats, peanut butter, cinnamon, and ice. Blend until smooth.
The blueberry is one of nature’s wonder-foods. It’s incredibly rich in antioxidants, helps prevent bladder-infections, fights age-related memory loss, and may even strengthen the body against cancer! Combined with the fact that blueberries are most beneficial when eaten raw, these factors make blueberries the perfect smoothie ingredients. Mix them up with a little peanut butter—thanks to this recipe by Royal Oak Peanuts via Cookingchanneltv.com—and you’ve got a smoothie that not only tastes great, but one that may also improve your overall health.
2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
½ cup milk (low-fat)
3 tbsp peanut butter
2 cups vanilla frozen yogurt (fat-free)
½ cup ice
- Combine blueberries, milk, and peanut butter in a blender and blend for approximately 30 seconds.
- Add ice and frozen yogurt, and blend until smooth.
According to a 2002 survey, the average American will have eaten 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before graduating from highschool. Break the trend—stop eating peanut butter and jelly; start drinking it. That’s right, Brianne at Cupcakesandkalechips.com has created a delicious smoothie that combines the flavors of the sandwich that you love, with the ease and health benefits of a green smoothie (even though the color of the resultant mixture is certainly not green).
5–6 oz greek yogurt (vanilla or berry flavored)
1 cup fresh or frozen berries of choice OR ½ cup frozen berries and half of a banana (cut into chunks)
1 Tbsp peanut butter or 2 Tbsp powdered peanut butter OR peanut flour
½ – ¾ cup milk (of your choice)
Handful of leafy greens (baby spinach, kale, etc.)
Small handful of ice cubes
- Combine the milk and fruit together in a blender. Mix.
- Add the peanut butter, greens, and ice cubes. Blend until smooth.
Peanut butter cups are some of the most popular treats in the United States, and with Halloween approaching, there’s a good chance that you’re going to start feeling a craving for some of those aluminum-wrapped rewards. But, if you’d rather not have to ransack your kids’ trick-or-treat bags to get your fix, you can always give this recipe a try. The Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie comes to us from Health.com, and has all of the taste of traditional peanut butter cups, while somehow still keeping a low count on the calories.
1 cup ripe banana (chopped, frozen)
1 cup chocolate milk (1% low-fat)
½ cup vanilla frozen yogurt (low-fat)
2 tbsp natural-style peanut butter
1 (8 oz) carton vanilla yogurt (low-fat)
- Let frozen banana stand for five minutes to partially thaw.
- Combine banana with remaining ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately.
We tend to keep a list in our heads of what kinds of foods go well with other kinds of foods. Peanut butter, for example, works really well with bananas. But what about some of the foods we don’t normally associate? This smoothie combines peanut butter with two fruits that most people generally neglect to pair with it: strawberries and pineapple. But even though this match-up may not be common, we can assure you that the result is delicious. Thanks to Peanutbutterlovers.com for the recipe!
1 ½ cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
1 cup Greek yogurt (plain, nonfat)
1 cup milk (of your choice)
¼ cup pineapple juice
⅓ cup creamy peanut butter
1 tbsp honey
- Combine strawberries, yogurt, milk, pineapple juice, peanut butter, and honey together in a blender. Blend until smooth.
- Add honey to taste. Reblend.
- Serve immediately.
Speaking of unusual peanut butter associations, have you ever tried peanut butter with peaches? If not, you've been missing out. This recipe, courtesy of Henry Biagi via Cooks.com will have you changing your entire perspective on peanut butter and peaches, not to mention smoothies in general.
4 ripe bananas (small, frozen, chopped)
1 cup peaches (chopped, frozen)
2–3 ice cubes (chopped)
¼ cup + 2 tbsp peanut butter (reduced fat)
1 ½ tsp vanilla
1 dash cinnamon
1 dash nutmeg
- Warm peanut butter until it begins to flow easily. Beat with a fork to prevent separation.
- Blend peanut butter, chopped fruit, and ice cubes in a blender for approximately 30 seconds.
- Add vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Blend until smooth.
- Serve cold.
This recipe comes to us from Weightlossandtraining.com, and although we’ll leave it to you to decide whether or not this really is the ultimate peanut butter smoothie, we’re willing to go on record as saying that it’s certainly one of our favorites. In addition to being deliciously filling, it’s also a significant source of protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. So, if you need a healthy meal and don’t have a lot of time to prepare it, the Ultimate Peanut Butter Smoothie has you covered.
½ cup almond milk or other milk alternative (unsweetened)
1 scoop of protein powder (chocolate or vanilla flavored)
2 tbsp of peanut butter (all-natural)
1 handful of fresh baby spinach
1 medium sized ripened banana
¼ cup water
½ cup ice cubes
Combine all ingredients together in a blender. Blend until smooth.
Well, we’ve introduced you to some amazing and unique smoothies already, so we’d like to finish off with something more simple. Why? Because we think that the best way to find the perfect smoothie to fit your tastes and lifestyle is through experimentation.
As such, we've created a simple, blank-canvass recipe that is perfect for a little creative manipulation. Feel free to familiarize yourself with this basic recipe, and then see what happens when you start dropping in additional ingredients. Who knows? You might just discover something amazing that no one else has tried before—but if you do, just make sure to send us the recipe.
1 banana (chopped)
2 cups milk or milk substitute (of your choice)
2 tbsp peanut butter
2 cups ice cubes (crushed)
2 tbsp honey or agave nectar
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Add any other ingredients you’d like to try, and blend again.
- Enjoy your own unique peanut butter smoothie concoction!
Did we miss any intriguing peanut butter smoothie recipes? If so, share them with us and others through our comments section.