No other food bridges the gap between meal and snack in quite the same way as peanut butter. If you are 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. Looking for a quick post work-out snack that’s low in calories and high in protein? A peanut butter shake will make a great addition to your post work-out routine. Peanut butter has become a staple ingredient among smoothie enthusiasts. As far as we're concerned, there’s nothing wrong with that.
Here, we share ten 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).
1. Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie
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.
A common excuse for not getting enough protein is the high cost of protein-rich foods and the time it takes to prepare them. Another doozy is that foods high in protein just don't taste good. Well, this one has chocolate in it so we aren't accepting that reason.
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 but delicious)
2. Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Smoothie
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.
3. Blueberry Peanut Smoothie
It's a common misconception that bananas are the only fruit that should be in a peanut butter protein smoothie, but blueberries are one that shouldn't be forgotten.
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.
4. Peanut Butter and Jelly Green Smoothie
According to a 2002 survey, the average American will have eaten 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before graduating from high school. 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).
Don't let the funky name intimidate you. This ultra-healthy peanut butter smoothie is packed with nutrients and tastes great.
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.
5. Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie
Peanut butter cups are one of the most popular treats in the United States. There’s a good chance that you feel a craving for some of those aluminum-wrapped rewards from time to time. But if you’d rather not have to ransack your kids’ trick-or-treat bags or sneak one into your grocery cart in the check-out line 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. Enjoy the magical flavor combination while still getting the benefits of a peanut butter protein shake.
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.
6. Peanut Butter Strawberry Smoothie
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 unique peanut butter fruit 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. Re-blend.
- Serve immediately.
7. Peach and Peanut Butter Smoothie
Speaking of unusual peanut butter associations, have you ever tried peanut butter with peaches? If not, you've been missing out. The peanut butter fruit smoothie comes alive with both bananas and peaches. This recipe, courtesy of Henry Biagi via Cooks.com will have you changing your entire perspective on peanut butter and peaches, not to mention peanut butter fruit 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.
8. Ultimate Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie
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. Make it an almond milk peanut butter smoothie, and you can make it even healthier.
So, if you need a healthy, nutritious meal but 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.
9 Peanut Butter Shake
Okay, we know this isn’t technically a smoothie but it’s so good, it needed its own spot on the list. Have you ever been in the mood for something sweet but you’re not quite sure if you want to spare the extra calories? What if we told you that it was possible to have a low-calorie sweet treat that is also high in protein? This Peanut Butter Shake from jennifermeyering.com is the perfect treat. Using peanut butter powder instead of regular peanut butter is a great way to get that peanut butter fix in while also cutting some calories. If you need a quick low-calorie, high-protein snack that will also still fill that sweet-tooth craving, this Peanut Butter Shake is for you.
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- ½ frozen banana
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 Tbsp peanut butter powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup ice
- Add all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- For a thinner smoothie, add water until desired consistency is reached.
10. Basic Peanut Butter Smoothie
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!
If you are just getting into the peanut butter protein smoothie game for the first time, we hope this gives you a great baseline!
If you think we missed any intriguing peanut butter smoothie recipes, share your favorites with us and others through our comments section below!