This quick and easy peanut butter and jelly protein smoothie turns a classic childhood flavour into a healthy post-workout treat. It’s also a great breakfast choice if you want to up your protein intake.
Peanut butter and jelly is a staple food of any respectable American childhood and even though it’s not that big in the UK and Europe in general, it’s still something we’ve all become accustomed with from American movies and TV shows.
I personally believe it’s a cracking combination, but also that it’s a treat if you’re an adult, mostly because the average PB&J sandwich has over 500 calories, plus loads of carbs from the bread and not much protein.
But what if I told you adults can still enjoy the P&B flavour somewhat guilt-free by eliminating the white bread and going for a very grown-up looking smoothie?
This PBJ smoothie gives you 26 g of protein in a single serving, but unlike other flavours you may have tried, it also takes more like dessert than a healthy smoothie.
Is this PB&J smoothie healthy? Maybe not the same as a kale and spinach smoothie, but you’ll actually be looking forward to drinking this!
What do you need for this peanut butter and jelly smoothie recipe?
To make a smashing peanut butter jelly protein smoothie, all you need is the following:
- 1 banana, frozen — I found that a medium banana is ideal, but if you want your smoothie to be thicker, you can use a large one. Fresh bananas also work, but the texture won’t be quite the same.
- 1 cup (150 g) strawberries, fresh or frozen — I made this with raspberries once, and it was amazing, but strawberries are often more readily available. Both are amazing choices, so take your pick.
- 1 tbsp peanut butter — smooth and crunchy both work, but only use the crunchy version if you have a powerful blender, otherwise, you might still feel some bits in your drink.
- 1 tsp strawberry jam (can substitute with raspberry) — you can omit this if you want the smoothie to have less sugar, but then, of course, it won’t be as sweet.
- 1/4 cup (25 g) protein powder — I generally use whey protein for smoothies, but you can substitute for a vegan product if you want this peanut butter and jelly smoothie to be vegan.
- 1 cup (200 ml) almond milk — you can substitute with other plant-based milk, such as cashew or oat milk
- ice cubes, optional — use them if you want more volume without the calories and if you want to keep the smoothie frosty. A couple of ice cubes are a must if you’re using fresh fruit
If you liked this PBJ smoothie recipe recipe, check out some of my other smoothie recipes:
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- 1 banana, frozen
- 1 cup (150 g) strawberries, fresh or frozen
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tsp strawberry jam (can substitute with raspberry)
- 1/4 cup (25 g) protein powder
- 1 cup (200 ml) almond milk (can substitute with other plant-based milk)
- ice cubes, optional
- Combine all ingredients in a blender, starting with the ice cubes if using, then fruits, peanut butter, jelly, protein powder and milk.
- Blend until smooth. Add more milk if too thick.
- Serve immediately.
Ice cubes are optional, but you should use them if you want more volume without the calories and if you want to keep the smoothie frosty. A couple of ice cubes are a must if you're using fresh fruit.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 410Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 130mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 8gSugar: 33gProtein: 26g
Nutritional information is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator.