A thick, creamy, healthy smoothie reminiscent of your favorite childhood sandwich. With 23 grams of pure protein, it will keep you full for hours.
Smoothies and milkshakes are the only thing helping my recent cold. Kevin got sick last week and I caught the little bug from him. I never get sick! Now, as I’m pushing my final cookbook deadline, I’m drinking my vitamins left and right to stay focused and healthy!
My recent obsession? Good ole PB&J. There is nothing like the two together, right?
Except, of course, for this. ♥
This drink is practically pure protein. I made it on Friday afternoon with no intention of feeding my muscles 23 grams of the stuff. That’s right – a whopping 23 grams in 1 huge (HUGE!) smoothie. It’s not your ordinary smoothie that will have you starving 5 minutes later. In fact, this holds me over for hours!
I call it my “Protein Punch”
- 6 oz cup greek yogurt → 18 grams
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk → 1 gram (even more if you use skim milk!)
- 1 Tablespoon Skippy natural peanut butter → 4 grams
When I sipped this drink on Friday afternoon, I had no plans to share the recipe on my blog. But oh my gosh. It is TOO GOOD to keep from you! And the ingredients are SO simple. Nothing fancy, nothing requiring another trip to the grocery store, nothing you need a dictionary for.
The consistency is that of a milkshake. A fruity, peanut buttery milkshake. It’s creamy, thick, and smooth. I needed a spoon to enjoy it before it began to melt, then it was time for some adorable straws.
The secret to its thickness? Greek yogurt and frozen banana. Don’t worry, you won’t even taste the banana underneath the peanut butter and berries.
Are you aware of my obsession with frozen bananas? I put them into all of my blended drinks. Or I just whip up some frozen bananas with a touch of milk to make a two-ingredient, healthy, vegan, gluten-free, vanilla soft serve with no added sugar. That stuff is amazing. Read about it here.
With the Greek yogurt + frozen banana, add some unsweetened almond milk, frozen berries, and creamy peanut butter. There is room for substitutions here. Use your favorite creamy milk – cow’s milk, rice milk, soy milk, coconut milk would all be delicious. Use frozen raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, cherries – any sort of berry you want. I prefer to use frozen berries because they won’t thin out the smoothie like fresh berries would.
And for the peanut butter? Use homemade honey-roasted, natural style, crunchy, creamy, flavored, any of the 10 jars of peanut butter I know you have in your pantry right now.
(If you’re anything like me, of course.)
Note: the 23 grams of protein may go up or down depending on which type of peanut butter or milk you use.
I seriously want to drink this smoothie for the rest of my life. With all that protein, the taste of peanut butter, berries, and its thick, creamy texture = I’m in heaven. I added 1 cup of spinach to mine yesterday and it instantly made me feel better. → (You can’t taste the greens!)
Go ahead, drink your favorite childhood sandwich. And feel good about doing it! Now excuse me while I go make this for the third time in three days.
☆ Props: I got the glass chalkboard mug used in this photoshoot from Home Goods last month. I got the straws from Sweet & Treats Boutique.
Peanut Butter & Jelly Protein Smoothie
A thick, creamy, healthy smoothie reminiscent of your favorite childhood sandwich & with 23 grams of pure protein.
Yield: 1 very large smoothie
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
- 1 medium banana, peeled, sliced, and frozen
- 6 oz Chobani 0% Greek Yogurt (or 2%, flavored or unflavored)
- 1 cup frozen berries*
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or your favorite kind of milk)
- 1 Tablespoon peanut butter (any kind you like)
Put all of the ingredients into the blender, in the order listed, and blend on high until thick and smooth. You may need to stop and stir/scrape down the sides of the blender a few times.
*Any variety of frozen berries will work. Cherries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries. Read above in the post if you want to substitute fresh.
*Add 1 cup of your favorite greens for added nutrition.
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