Recipe: PB&J Smoothie (yes, you read that right!)

Recipe: PB&J Smoothie - 100 Days of Real FoodIf you dislike the sound of someone slurping through their straw to try to get every last little drop out of their cup then you probably shouldn’t make these smoothies. My kids absolutely LOVE them! And it all started when on a recent trip to buy groceries from Earth Fare we decided to also have lunch in their little cafe. While paying for our sushi I noticed that they had a surprisingly good smoothie menu, so on a whim I decided to order their PB&J smoothie for my girls (and me) to share. Well, that was a mistake…I should have gotten a large size for each of us! During the first 5 minutes of the lunch (which was as long as the smoothie lasted) all I could hear – aside from the slurping – was “I want more of it” ”it’s my turn for some” “she is drinking it all”. Need I say more?

I of course don’t have Earth Fare’s exact recipe so this is just my version that emulates theirs as best as I can. My daughters responded very similarly to this version so I would say it went over well. This is the best invention for kids since the original PB&J!!


4.6 from 9 reviews
PB&J Smoothie (yes, you read that right!)
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • ⅓ cup apple juice
  • ⅓ cup peanut butter
  • 1 - 2 bananas (I like using 2…but if you only have 1 on hand don’t let it stop you!)
  • 1 cup frozen (or fresh) berries
  • Optional, but recommended: A big handful of fresh spinach leaves
  • Optional: A handful of ice cubes if you use fresh berries
  1. Mix well in a blender and serve cold with a straw.
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  • Comments

    1. Anna |

      Excellent! I froze some of this in the freezer pops as you have pictured on the snack recipes page and my kids ask for these instead of popsicles!
      I would love if you could add a way to “pin” these articles to Pinterest (I think there is a Word Press plugin for that now). Pinterest needs more whole food recipes!

      • 100 Days of Real Food |

        So glad it was a hit…and I do have a pinterest button now!

    2. |

      I think I stumbled on your website through Pinterest and I have been taking time daily to read through all of the wonderful information that you have shared. Thank you first of all for sharing your knowledge and challenging people to eat a healthier, whole diet. I have been a healthy (no fast food, or junk food, liked to cook everything-kinda gal) for a long time. I am just recently taking the time to further educate myself on eating a whole foods diet with no processed foods and comprised of mostly organics. I am a cancer survivor and am very conscientious as to what I put into my body now. I feel like finding your blog was like finding a wealth of knowledge!

      I was totally on the brink of caving and dying for something chocolatey or super sweet today, but then I remember I had wanted to try this recipe, so I whipped it up really quickly. It is delicious! I drank it all by myself and then though, shoot! I just ate 1/3 of a cup of peanut butter!! lol.

      Thanks for sharing. I will make more next time and do the popsicles!

    3. |

      I used to work at a smoothie bar and would often try creations of my own. The PB&J smoothie I created was always my favorite! My ‘secret’ ingredients were to add oats and flax to the mix to give it a kind of ‘breaded’ flavor. With a quality machine they’ll blend right in, otherwise you have to be okay with a slight grainy texture.

    4. amy |

      this looks yummy, but my girls didn’t like the other smoothie i made because they could taste way too much banana. would it be ok without the banana? Loving your webiste! We made zucchini muffins for breakfast today and had them for snacks and dinner too! Slowly but surely, we are making some good changes. Thank you so much!

      • 100 Days of Real Food |

        If you don’t put in bananas I would recommend adding a little bit of honey to the smoothie. Glad the blog is helpful!

    5. Chelsea Baker |

      I just made this… it is amazing! I used coconut milk (we can’t do cows milk), almond butter (totally addicted to it right now), and added some oats and flax seeds … it is excellent!

    6. Jennifer Greenwell |

      Just tried this and it is great and better than the one I had at the gym once. And I can tell you I watched them make it this is healthier too.

      Also just a hint: My family loves Bananas some weeks more than others. So if you start seeing that this week your family is not eating as many and they are starting to brown. Cube them and freeze each banana seperately in storage bag(labled). Great for throwing in to shakes later and your bananas are not wasted.

    7. amy |

      awesome! thank you! of ocurse I made this for my girls and they didn’t like it, so I drank both of theirs! Not so healthy for me! ha! but I will say, that if you freeze this smoothie it’s like an ice cream treat! if I make it for myself, maybe i need to not use so much nut butter! i loved it! back to the drawing board for a smoothie my girls will like that tastes healthy (preferrably chocolate or blueberry) with no banana taste, and something that is REAL and healthy.
      Thank you!

      • 100 Days of Real Food |

        Try plain yogurt, frozen blueberries, 1 banana and some honey…recently discovered this and it’s really good (and blueberryish)!

      • Amy |

        You might add spinach too. I’ve been adding it to all our smoothies to make them healthier. It doesn’t have a taste at all so no complaints from my husband or daughter. The blueberries keep it from looking green so they hardly notice

    8. Rene |

      Any ideas on what you can replace the banana with. Most smoothies have bananas as ingredients, but we are super allergic to them. Thanks!!

      • 100 Days of Real Food |

        Honey would probably be the best bet…bananas act as a sweetener.

        • Rene |

          Thanks!! I will give that a try. My kids will be really excited when they hear the name!

      • spaceranger |

        Dates are another way to sweeten smoothies, and could be used instead of bananas. I use them to sweeten smoothies all the time.

      • spaceranger |

        Oh! In a pb&j smoothie you could totally use prunes as a sweetener. They have a jellyish flavor to them!

    9. April H |

      We are on Day 4 of mini-challenge #1! I made this today as a snack for my boys (ages 2 and 4) and they slurped it down! I made the rest into Popsicle that they are excited to have after dinner. Thanks for sharing this great recipe!!!!

    10. Cory |

      Does this make just one serving?

      • 100 Days of Real Food |

        No…3 or 4 servings depending on how big of a glass you go for.

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