This thick and creamy peanut butter banana smoothie recipe tastes like drinking a peanut butter milkshake. Yet it’s good for you at the same time!
The best peanut butter banana smoothie
With just three ingredients and endless customization options, this may also be the easiest peanut butter smoothie recipe you ever find.
It’s the perfect choice whenever you need a filling healthy breakfast or snack on the go.
And just one serving packs in more than ten grams of protein, even if you don’t add any protein powder whatsoever!
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A quick and easy breakfast recipe
While many people love the convenience of overnight oatmeal, toast with jam, or a bowl of cold cereal for breakfast, I always seem to be hungry again less than an hour after eating a high carb breakfast without much protein.
Unlike many other quick breakfast options, this easy peanut butter banana smoothie recipe includes a balance of protein, carbs, and healthy fats to help with fullness.
Especially on rushed Monday mornings, it can be incredibly helpful to have the healthy breakfast shake in your time saving recipe repertoire.
Serve it with a slice of Healthy Banana Bread
Above, watch the peanut butter banana smoothie recipe video
Healthy peanut butter banana smoothie ingredients
To make the three ingredient smoothie, you will need crunchy or creamy peanut butter, two ripe bananas, milk of choice, an optional pinch of salt and sweetener, and optional flavored or unflavored protein powder.
Or turn it into a peanut butter banana smoothie with oats by including the third cup of quick or rolled oats. This gives you an even thicker texture, almost like a peanut butter banana milkshake instead of a smoothie. It also increases the fiber and protein, helping to fuel you through breakfast and keep you full until lunch time.
Feel free to substitute almond butter, cashew butter, pecan butter, even or sunflower butter if you have allergies or simply want to switch up the flavor.
You can use whatever sweetened or unsweetened milk you have on hand. Plant based milks work too.
And of course you absolutely can add a tablespoon or two of cocoa powder if you want a chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie.
Prefer a peanut butter smoothie without banana? Frozen mango or frozen coconut meat both work well as substitutions here.
Vegan peanut butter banana smoothie
To make a dairy free and plant based shake, simply use your favorite type of nondairy milk and optional plant based protein powder in the recipe.
Almond milk, soy milk, oat milk, rice milk, and cashew milk are all good options.
Or for an incredibly thick and creamy smoothie that tastes like a milkshake, try coconut milk. You can use the remaining coconut milk to make Vegan Chocolate Mousse.
How to freeze bananas
Make sure that your bananas are overripe before peeling them. Ripe banana peels will appear at least partially spotted brown.
Fully brown bananas work even better for smoothies, because they are much sweeter than yellow unripe bananas.
Peel the ripened bananas, and break them in half or chop into pieces. Place the banana chunks in a large Ziploc bag or a freezer safe container, and freeze until ready to use.
This step can be done weeks or even a few months ahead of time, so you can always have frozen bananas on hand to use immediately whenever a smoothie craving hits.
How to make a peanut butter smoothie recipe
If using oatmeal, blend the oats until they turn into a fine powder.
Add the frozen banana, peanut butter, milk, salt, sweetener, and optional cocoa powder and protein powder. Blend until thick and smooth.
Pour into tall glasses, or make it a peanut butter banana smoothie in a bowl.
Drink your peanut butter banana shake right away, perhaps topped with chocolate syrup, chopped peanuts or strawberries, and Coconut Whipped Cream.
Or store leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator if you want to make the smoothie the night before and have it as an instant breakfast the next morning.
This easy recipe works in regular blenders or a high speed blender like a Vitamix, Ninja, or NutriBullet. If you want a single serving smoothie, simply halve all ingredients and whip everything up in a portable personal blender.
Peanut butter shake health benefits
In just five minutes or less, you get a balanced and filling high protein breakfast, with two servings of fruit, fiber, potassium, and calcium.
The healthy smoothie also packs in over ten grams of protein, even without yogurt or protein powder.
If you wish to increase the protein even more, add a scoop of your favorite flavor protein powder, or replace half a cup of the milk with plain or Greek yogurt.
This healthy snack peanut butter banana shake is also easy to take on the go, which means you get to set your alarm clock that much later in the morning.
The recipe can be suitable for numerous special diets, including vegan, gluten free, soy free, refined sugar free, paleo, high fiber, low cholesterol, high protein, and low calorie.
Weight Loss Smoothie: To lower the calories, use your favorite sugar free sweetener and unsweetened almond milk or cashew milk. These milks usually have just twenty five to thirty calories per cup. You can also replace the peanut butter with powdered peanut butter, such as PB2.
Weight Gain Smoothie: If you are eating a high calorie diet in order to gain muscle or bulk up in general, use full fat canned coconut milk and six tablespoons of peanut butter for a healthy weight gain snack with more calories.
Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
- 2 frozen bananas
- 4 – 6 tbsp peanut butter or pb2, or allergy-friendly sub
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups milk of choice, depending on desired thickness
- optional 1/3 cup quick oats or rolled oats
- sweetener of choice to taste, if needed
- optional scoop protein powder
- I also like to add a scant 1/8 tsp salt
- *If you want an even thicker shake, feel free to add an extra banana. The bananas should be at least partially brown before peeling and freezing. To make the peanut butter banana smoothie recipe, blend the oats until a fine powder forms, then add all remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Drink immediately, or store in a covered container in the refrigerator if you’d prefer to make the smoothie the night before. View Nutrition Facts
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