How do you make peanut butter banana smoothie?
So you might ask!
And my simple answer is this quick, step-by-step recipe that will make the entire process easy and fun for you.
All you need is just a few ingredients that are pretty easy to get and some 5 minutes prep-time.
And you’ll end up with a healthy ultra-thick, creamy smoothie that is so refreshing and very delicious.
So, let’s jump right into the recipe!
- 2 cups frozen sliced bananas
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 cup milk (you can substitute with water or unsweetened almond milk)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1/2 tablespoon ground flax seeds, to thicken the smoothie
- Ice cubes, if needed to thicken
- Scoop protein powder
- Sweetener of choice, to taste, (like a tablespoon of honey or one pitted Medjool date)
- A powerful, high-speed blender, like a Vitamix, Blendtec, or Ninja.
Fun Tip: Click here for my 5-Minute recipe on how to make homemade peanut butter. If you like, you can make your peanut butter and use it in this recipe. It’s fresh, healthier, and tastier!
Yield: 2 Servings
- Place all the ingredients in the blender jar.
- Blend them on high speed until smooth. Add more milk as needed (a tablespoon at a time) or a handful of ice cubes if you’re looking for a thicker treat!
- TIP: Blend until very smooth, while using a tamper tool to scrap the sides of the jar and push down the ingredients to the blade.
- If you want a sweeter smoothie, you can add two to three teaspoons of honey or one pitted Medjool date.
- TIP: Serve immediately. This makes two large smoothies or 4 small smoothies!
NOTE: If you would prefer to make the smoothie the night before, store it in a covered container in the refrigerator.
Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie FAQs
Do you want to make a different variation of this smoothie? Maybe substitute the bananas or peanut butter? Or make it thicker?
It might help if you went through the following answers to the frequently asked questions about peanut butter banana smoothie.
1. How Do I Thicken Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie?
A good smoothie should have a thick, milkshake-like texture. It’s the reason I use frozen bananas and ground flax seeds in this recipe.
Frozen bananas make this smoothie incredibly creamy. That’s why I always recommend keeping a couple of ripe bananas in your freezer all the time.
The ground flax seeds will thicken when mixed with liquids. And the good thing about flax is the fact that it doesn’t add much flavor to the overall treat.
Flax is also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. Other ways to thicken the smoothie include adding a handful of ice cubes and blending until smooth.
2. What Other Fruits Go Well with Peanut Butter?
If you don’t like bananas, or if you’re looking to make a different variation of this smoothie, you could try using frozen blueberries or strawberries.
And to sweeten your blueberries/strawberries banana smoothie, you can add a tablespoon of honey or a pitted Medjool date.
3. What Other Variations of this Smoothie Can I make?
Other variations that you can consider trying include chocolate peanut butter smoothie or PB&J Smoothie.
TIP: If you don’t mind turning your peanut butter banana smoothie into green color, you can add a handful of fresh spinach. It gives you even more nutrients without changing the flavor!
And, if you don’t like peanut butter, you can try using sunflower seed butter or almond butter instead. They’re also very healthy and tasty!
4. Can You Use Overripe Bananas in Smoothies?
Ripe bananas with lots of brown spots are great for smoothies. Just keep in mind that the flavor of the banana will be transferred to your smoothie.
As such, you want to ensure the flavor is still appealing. I wouldn’t recommend using overripe bananas if the skin has turned brown-almost-black in color, I’d instead use them for baking.
5. Can I Make Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie with Yogurt?
Yogurt is a perfect addition to all smoothies since it’s not only packed with proteins and calcium, but it’s also great for enhancing healthy gut bacteria.
I recommend using any kind of Greek yogurt (vanilla, plain, etc) in this peanut butter banana smoothie recipe since it has a slightly tangy flavor.
Health Benefits: Is Peanut Butter and Banana Good for You?
Absolutely YES! Peanut butter and banana are an awesome combination.
Not only do they possess flavors that complement each other, but they also offer some great health benefits.
For starters, peanut butter is about 25% healthy protein, which might tell the reason why bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts include it in their diet!
It’s a great source of protein that is essential for repairing and building muscles. Furthermore, it’s a good source of other nutrients like vitamin E, magnesium as well as antioxidants and monosaturated fats.
Bananas, on the other hand, are a great source of fiber. Eating bananas will make you feel full but without consuming that many calories.
Needless to say, bananas not only help in lowing the risk of heart diseases and blood pressure, but they’re a great source of potassium, which is essential for kidney function.
Fun Fact: Peanut butter banana smoothies make such a great healthy breakfast or post-workout snack, you get extra fiber and protein but with fewer calories!
Nutritional Value (Per Serving): Calories: 350, Fat: 18g, Carbohydrates: 42g, Fiber: 7.5g, Protein: 12g
And that is it, you can now enjoy your healthy, delicious peanut butter banana smoothie!
I’d heartily appreciate it if you share your thoughts about this smoothie in the comment section below so we can all benefit from the experience!