We love this creamy, no sugar added peanut butter banana smoothie recipe! It’s filled with protein, very flavorful and super easy so make! This recipe is great for an afternoon snack, after workout treat or a quick protein option for kids.
I make a smoothie almost every day for a quick lunch at home or an after workout snack. This recipe only has 4 simple ingredients that you’ll most likely have on hand. It’s super smooth and taste more like a dessert than a healthy smoothie!
Why this smoothie is good for you!
The two main ingredients in this smoothie are both nutritious and will have you feeling satisfied and energetic.
Bananas are high in antioxidants and are packed with potassium. They also have high levels of tryptophan and they’re high in fiber.
Peanut butter is a balanced source of protein containing all three macronutrients. It’s high in protein and only contains 20% carbohydrates. Furthermore, it’s high in biotin and antioxidants.
How to Make a Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
Frozen Bananas – We use frozen bananas to give the smoothie a creamy, frozen texture. We use this instead of ice.
Smooth Peanut Butter – Use any smooth peanut butter you like.
Almond or Oat Milk – You can use any milk you want for this recipe!
Vanilla Extract – This adds more flavor and also enhances the flavors in the smoothie.
Dash of Sea Salt – optional
Simply add all of the ingredients into a blender and blend on high until completely smooth.
Quick Tips – Using frozen bananas creates a more flavorful smoothie. I suggest slicing 5 rip bananas and freezing them in a container or stasher so you’ll have frozen bananas for the week.
Recommended Tools for Making Smoothies
Blender – A good quality blender makes a difference when making frozen drinks. A powerful blender will yield a smooth consistency and quickly blend the cocktail. Here are some of our favorite blenders:
Straws – We also like to serve our peanut butter smoothies with a large straw. It makes drinking it easier and looks nice too!
Mason Jar or Tall Glass – Large mason jars are perfect for smoothies.
You can also find frozen bananas in the freezer section of most grocery stores.
If you don’t have frozen bananas you can use fresh and add 1/2 cup of ice. However, I prefer it without the ice as the flavor and texture is better.
Peanut Butter Rim
If you want to get that delicious peanut butter rim, add 1/4 cup peanut butter into a bowl and microwave for 20 seconds until it’s melted. Spoon it inside the rim of a glass and let it drop down the sides before adding in the smoothie.
Peanut Butter Smoothie Variations
- Use any type of milk that works best for you. Almond milk, oat milk, rice milk or cow milk are all options you can use for this smoothie.
- If you have a peanut allergy you can use almond butter for this recipe too.
- Add tablespoon of honey if you want the smoothie to be sweeter.
- Add chocolate sauce or cocoa powder for a chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie.
- Protein powder is another great addition to add even more protein to the smoothie. We like a plant-based protein like pea protein.
- Blend in baby spinach to get your greens in.
- Add ground flax seeds, chia seeds, or wheat germ.
How to Freeze Bananas for Banana Smoothies
There are two good ways to use brown bananas. One is to make th ebest banana bread you’ve ever had in your life! The other is to freeze bananas to preserve them for smoothies. Here’s an easy way to freeze bananas for smoothies:
Peel the bananas and cut them into 1-inch pieces. Put them in a large ziplock bag and store them in the freezer. They will stick together, but they’re pretty easy to break apart.
You can also freeze them in a single layer on a baking sheet first, then once they’re frozen toss them in a bag. They won’t stick together if you use this method.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is peanut butter and banana a good combination?
It’s one of my favorite combinations and the flavors go extremely well together. Add banana to peanut butter toast or melt peanut butter over banana bread. There are so many ways you can enjoy this amazing flavor combo!
Do bananas make smoothies thicker?
Yes, bananas do make the smoothie thicker and smoother. If you feel like the texture of your smoothie isn’t thick enough, add in a few more frozen bananas until you get the desired consistency.
Is it OK to eat peanut butter every day?
Peanut butter is a great source or protein and nutrients. However, it is high in fat, so moderation (like everything) is always best. Check out the health benefits of peanut butter.
When to Serve Peanut Butter Smoothie
This smoothie recipe is perfect for brunch or for an afternoon snack! Serve this smoothie for:
A Quick Breakfast
Afternoon Protein Snack
An Easy Brunch Recipe
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Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
- 1 cup bananas, frozen
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- dash sea salt
- Add all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.