Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
One day I was out of berries and my girls wanted a fruit smoothie so, inspired by a blog reader, we tried a peanut butter banana smoothie instead—yum! It doesn’t get much easier than this, and smoothies are a great addition to almost any breakfast, lunch, or afternoon snack. These can also be frozen too, but more on that later. The combination of bananas and natural peanut butter in this super easy recipe will have you making them often!
Just tried this as an after-school snack. It was a home run. Simple, quick, portable, yummy AND nutritious. This recipe is a keeper.
Is a Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Healthy for You?
Yes! Homemade smoothies in general are a great option since they are loaded with healthy whole food ingredients. Bananas have plenty of potassium, peanut butter is a great source of protein and healthy fats, and yogurt (plain or Greek yogurt) offers some of those much-needed probiotics.
What Are the Best Bananas to Use in Smoothies?
The riper the banana, the better. The browner they are, the sweeter they are! I like to store unpeeled bananas (cut into small pieces) in the freezer when I see them turning brown so I can use them in smoothies another day. Adding a frozen banana (and omitting ice altogether) will result in a thicker smoothie.
What Else Can I Add to My Peanut Butter Smoothie?
You can definitely switch things up a bit by substituting almond butter or cashew butter for the peanut butter. If you have a high-speed blender, you could add in some flax seeds for extra fiber, if you wish.
I do NOT recommend adding protein powder because most protein powders are highly processed, and this smoothie has plenty of natural protein from the peanut butter already. You may be surprised that it’s actually “rare for someone who is healthy and eating a varied diet to not get enough protein” anyway!
How to Make a Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
Smoothies are one of the easiest options for a quick breakfast, especially on busy mornings when you’re trying to run out the door. They only take about 5 minutes total to prep and blend, making smoothies the perfect breakfast.
- Combine all the ingredients into the blender.
- Blend until smooth.
Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Ingredients
- Fresh bananas – I recommend using ripe bananas as they are naturally sweeter.
- Plain yogurt – I recommend organic whole milk (full-fat) yogurt.
- Peanut butter – Try to find one that is made with only peanuts and stick to creamy peanut butter.
- Handful of ice cubes – You could use frozen banana slices and omit the ice cubes for a smoothie with a creamy texture.