PB & J will always be near and dear to my heart. One of those classic flavor combinations that you can never go wrong with and now it’s PB & J in smoothie form.
Although this sounds like a total rookie smoothie-making admission, I have never been able to get the perfect PB & J flavor I’ve always wanted in a PB & J smoothie until now.
Either the peanut butter overpowered the jelly flavor completely. Or the berry combinations I was using to achieve the jelly flavor weren’t right, usually too tart, and sour berries in a smoothie are the worst.
I’ve even tried adding actual jelly but it got lost since peanut butter is such a dominating flavor. The smoothie gets its jelly flavor from berries rather than actual jelly.
My solutions to perfecting this smoothie include using a very ripe banana. You can’t taste the banana but it adds oomph, creaminess, and great sweetness to the smoothie. And use vanilla Greek yogurt which also adds thickness and creaminess.
And of course don’t be skimpy on the peanut butter. This is what I call the perfect peanut butter and jelly smoothie.
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PB & J Smoothie
The perfect PB & J flavor in smoothie form. You can’t taste the banana but it adds oomph, creaminess, and great sweetness to the smoothie. Canilla Greek yogurt also adds thickness and creaminess. The smoothie gets its jelly flavor from berries rather than actual jelly. And of course don’t be skimpy on the peanut butter.
- one medium ripe banana, frozen into chunks if possible
- one 6-ounce container vanilla Greek yogurt (I use Trader Joe’s 0% Fat Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt)
- about 2/3 cup frozen berries, i.e. raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, or similar (I use Trader Joe’s Berry Medley)
- heaping 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- about 1/2 cup milk, plus more as necessary for consistency and texture (I use unsweetened cashewmilk)
- ice cubes if necessary, to taste (I don’t need them because my fruit is frozen)
- optional sweetener to taste, i.e. Splenda, granulated sugar, stevia, honey, agave, etc.
- Add the banana, yogurt, frozen berries, peanut butter, and 1/2 cup milk to the canister of a blender. Blend on high power and drizzle in additional milk, as needed, until desired smoothie texture and consistency is achieved. Optionally add ice or sweetener if desired. Serve immediately.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 490Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 266mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 7gSugar: 37gProtein: 20g
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Yummy! I’m a huge PB & J fan (especially when the PB is melty on toast)…. this sounds like the perfect smoothie to start my day!
Melty PB on warm toast is THE BEST! I’d rather have that than most restaurant meals :)
I was never big on PB&J’s when I was younger, but it seems that as I get older, I crave the combo so much more. I know this smoothie is going to hit the spot – especially with summer finally here. Thanks for sharing!
I think I’ve always craved the combo…haha!
Hands down the BEST flavor combo for a smoothie ever!
I could drink this particular smoothie every.day. and not get sick of it!
Peanut butter is very near and dear to my heart as well. I eat it pretty much every day. This smoothie looks good! I’m liking some of these other peanut butter and jelly recipes I’m seeing too, particularly those crumble bars, whoa!
Those PB & J crumble bars are a winner for sure!
Loving these flavors here! Good tip on using the berries instead of the jelly. A perfect use up for all of the summer berries in my fridge!
Perfect way to use up some summer berries! And yes jelly just gets lost in this whereas the berries are perfect!
i seriously can’t think of anything better than pb & j!!! just the spoonful of it at the top of this post has me drooling!! i’m so with you on adding greek yogurt – the creaminess is out of control. can’t wait to try this recipe!!
Yes to the Greek yogurt and the creamy factor being out of control! Glad you agree :)
This would be great for lunch! I bet my kids will like it this summer.
It’s a kid’s dream! Hope they enjoy it!
Looks yummy! It’s getting warm enough here to be smoothie season…and to my surprise, I haven’t made one yet. I love them after a run when I’m a little hungry but still want something hydrating and on the sweet side.
I’m exactly like you with smoothies. Perfect post-run when it’s warm outside and I want something that’s a little sweet but not too heavy at all. This smoothie tastes like one that they charge $10 for at the smoothie places here in San Diego!