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Combine the all-time favorite flavors of a classic PBJ in a protein-packed, healthy Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie and you have a surefire kid-friendly breakfast or snack. Loaded with berries, you can even sneak in vitamin-rich spinach or kale, or other dark, leafy greens and some superfoods for extra nutrition!
Mixed Berry Smoothie – Tastes Like PBJ
Can you ever go wrong with combining berries and peanut butter? That classic pairing of peanut butter and jelly in any form is always a favorite, so it shouldn’t just be limited to sandwiches. Heck, I’ve made everything from Peanut Butter and Jelly Apple Nachos to Peanut Butter and Jelly Yogurt Parfaits.
And this Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie recipe is definitely a favorite in our house. While I can certainly enjoy the entire thing by myself, I have always had to share or make another smoothie or two because my kids will always beg for some if they hear the blender going!
It is such a versatile smoothie, too. I’ve made it tons of different ways – strawberry yogurt, blueberry, even vanilla or honey or plain (of course with plain, you may need to add a little something to sweeten it up, depending on your tastes). I’ve used fresh strawberries, frozen mixed berries, and frozen blueberries.
I’m sharing my favorite way to make it, but feel free to change things up to customize it how you like it best!
- Frozen mixed berries: You can also use your favorite berry, like strawberries or blueberries.
- Frozen banana: Makes it thick and creamy.
- Greek yogurt: Use your favorite berry flavor.
- Peanut butter: You can also use powdered peanut butter.
- Water or milk: Since ther eis no ice in this smoothie, it doesn’t get diluted, so you can just use water as the liquid to blend your smoothie. But if you prefer it creamier, use milk. I like unsweetenend almondmilk, but dairy milk is fine too.
- Leafy greens: An optional addition. Baby spinach pratically diappears, but adds fiber and nutrients, or use kale or your favorite.
How to Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie
Just add everything to your blender and blend until smooth, adding a bit more water or milk if you need a thinner consistency.
Pour into a glass and enjoy, or first give it a drizzle of more peanut butter and some berries on top, if you like.
Freezing Berries and Bananas
Using frozen fruit means you don’t have to use ice to thicken your smoothie, so you won’t dilute the flavor. You can buy bags of frozen berries and even banan slices at the grocery store, but you can also freeze your own.
Freezing berries: Wash and thoroughly dry your berries. Place them ina single layer on a sheet pan and freeze, then transfer the frozen berries to a freezer storage bag, squeezing out as much air as possible before sealing it.
Freezing bananas: Peel your bananas before freezing and place them in an airtight container or in a plastic freezer storage bag in a single layer. You can freeze them whole or cur them into chunks before freezing.
Frozen fruit is good for up to 6-8 months.
Customize your smoothie
Change up the berry flavors: I usually use frozen mixed berries and strawberry yogurt, but feel free to mix it up. Use all strawberries, try making blueberry smoothies with peanut butter, or mix and match to find your favorite flavor combination. You can even try vanilla yogurt for a creamier flavor.
Lighten it up: You can save some calories and fat but keep the peanut butter flavor and most of the protein by using a powdered peanut butter, such as PB2. For the strongest flavor and fewer calories, I actually like to use peanut flour because it doesn’t have any added sugar or salt.
Avoid allergies: You can substitute the peanut butter for sunflower seed butter.
Add some superfoods: You can always blend in collagen powder, chia seeds, flax seeds or your favorite superfood for even more nutrition. Protein powder will also up the protein punch.
Make it vegan: Substitute the Greek yogurt with your favorite nondairy yogurt.
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Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie
- 1 cup frozen mixed berries
- 1/2 of a medium frozen banana, cut into chunks (about 1/4 cup)
- one 5.3 oz container of Greek yogurt, any berry variety (about 2/3 cup)
- 2 Tbsp peanut butter or powdered peanut butter such as PB2
- 1/4 cup water or dairy or nondairy milk, such as almondmilk (add another 1-2 Tablespoons, if needed for your desired consistency)
- 1-2 handfuls of baby spinach or other dark, leafy greens, optional
- more peanut butter and berries for garnish, if desired
- Combine berries, banana, yogurt, peanut butter, water or milk, and the greens, if you ar eusing them, in a blender and blend until smooth. Add a little extra water or milk to thin it out, if desired.
- Pour into a glass, garnish with more peanut butter or berries, if you like, and enjoy immediately.
More berry smoothies
I love all kinds of berries in my smoothies. If you do too, try some of these!