This Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie is made with just a few healthy ingredients and will keep you satisfied through the day!
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We are big smoothie lovers, and this Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie happens often around here.
It is sweet, and nutty, and creamy — it is a healthy, sweet treat or snack that keeps us going through busy days!
We like to rotate through our favorite smoothies to keep things interesting: this Strawberry Smoothie is always a hit, and this Pineapple Smoothie is light and refreshing! This Strawberry Banana Smoothie is another favorite when we’ve got loads of bananas in the freezer.
But anytime the kids know there’s peanut butter involved? They’re in the kitchen waiting in record time.
We are big peanut butter lovers, and I love that it adds some fat and protein to our favorite fruity smoothies!
Is this Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie healthy?
This smoothie is made with healthy ingredients, although I understand these days there are so many differing opinions on what “healthy” means. Here is what a healthy Peanut Butter Banana smoothie means to us:
- It includes real, whole fruit — not just fruit juice, jellies or sauces
- It includes protein — often in the form of nut butter or Greek yogurt, but milk also adds protein
- It includes fibre — most fruits are a good source of fibre, but we often add wheat bran, ground flax or quick oats as well
- It’s low in added sugar — sometimes you need a bit of honey (or maple syrup, or even sugar) to make things work, that’s okay. We just try to keep it on the low side and let the natural sweetness shine through
- It includes fat — we know that our bodies need fat to absorb nutrients, so it’s a must have in any healthy smoothie recipe. In this recipe, the peanut butter adds fat as does the Greek yogurt (if you aren’t using 0%). You can also add coconut oil, or another healthy fat you enjoy
How to make a smoothie:
Making a smoothie is easy, but there are a few tips and tricks to make them the best ever.
Remember to start with the most fluid ingredients at the bottom, and the hardest to blend at the top. You can put your own spin on the ingredients, but try to keep the ratios the same for a nice, thick, satisfying smoothie.
Ingredients and Variations:
- Frozen bananas: a must! You can make this if you don’t have frozen bananas, but it will be warm and not as thick. Using frozen bananas gives this smoothie a milkshake texture that can’t be beat.
- Peanut Butter: Any kind you like! Smooth, crunchy, or all natural will all work just fine
- Milk: I use low fat dairy milk (not fat free), but you can use any kind you want: almond milk, coconut, full fat — you can even swap for water although it won’t have the same creamy taste.
- Greek yogurt: I prefer to use a low fat version but not 0%. You can use whatever kind you have, even vanilla flavored is great but will add more sugar
- Ice cubes: I like to add a few ice cubes because I like my smoothies nice and thick and cold! You can always leave these out if you want (my kids like theirs less cold).
Optional add ins:
While I mentioned a few ideas above, I wanted to include a more complete list of add ins we love in this particular smoothie!
- 1/4-½ cup quick oats
- 2 tablespoons ground flax or wheat bran
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- protein powder
- 1 tablespoon of cocoa (like our other favorite Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie!)
- 1 teaspoon of honey or maple syrup if desired to sweeten
How to prep bananas for smoothies:
I’ve always got a stash of frozen bananas in the freezer for quick smoothies!
See my post and step by step video here to see the different ways I freeze bananas.
More banana smoothie recipes:
Get your freezer stash ready!
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Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
- 1/2 cup milk (any kind)
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (125 grams)
- 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter (50 grams)
- 2 frozen bananas (about 2 cups or 230 grams)
- 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
- Add all ingredients to the blender in the order listed.
- Taste and adjust sweetness and thickness to your tastes, if necessary.
- Puree until smooth and pour into two glasses. Serve.
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