Peanut Butter & Jelly Protein Smoothie

A thick, creamy, healthy smoothie reminiscent of your favorite childhood sandwich. With 23 grams of pure protein, it will keep you full for hours.

peanut butter and jelly protein smoothie in a glass mug with straws

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. ♥

peanut butter and jelly protein smoothie in a glass mug with straws

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

peanut butter and jelly smoothie in a blender

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.

peanut butter and jelly protein smoothie in a glass mug with straws

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.

peanut butter and jelly protein smoothie in a glass mug with straws

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.

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peanut butter and jelly smoothie in a glass mug with straws

Peanut Butter & Jelly Protein Smoothie

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 large smoothie
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: American

Description

A thick, creamy, healthy smoothie reminiscent of your favorite childhood sandwich. With 23 grams of pure protein, it will keep you full for hours.


Ingredients

  • 1 medium banana, peeled, sliced, and frozen
  • 6 oz plain 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)

Instructions

  1. Make sure you have a strong, powerful blender that will blend up the frozen banana.
  2. 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.

Notes

  1. Berries: Any variety of frozen berries will work. Cherries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries. Read above in the post if you want to substitute fresh.
  2. Greens: Add 1 cup of your favorite greens for an added nutrition boost!

Keywords: peanut butter jelly smoothie

peanut butter and jelly smoothie in a glass mug with straws

33 Comments

  1. Oh how I love that color – Sally! This is one very pretty, and healthy, smoothie!

  2. I saw this recipe on Pinterest a day or so ago and like many things repinned it for “later use” and filed it with a bunch of stuff that I hope to one day get around to trying. Last night when I was trying to get my gameplan for today’s long work day I figured why not try this out for breakfast? Sally, this was so quick and easy! I already had everything in the house, which is usually half my battle, and it took seconds to make. It was soooooo good, I couldn’t believe how much it tasted like a PB&J and how rich and creamy it was! Thanks for sharing it 🙂

  3. This is the first smoothie I’ve tried that I actually like! I did have to use vanilla flavored Greek yogurt (can’t quite stomach the plain yet), but I’ve had one the past two mornings. Yum! Any chance you might offer a substitution for the banana? I love the texture of the smoothie, so hate to mess with it, but not a huge fan of bananas all the time. I love the mugs too, but I tend to drink my on the go, so I got a plastic travel Mason jar. 🙂

  4. This is so delicious! My favorite part; it actually kept me full until lunch time! So many smoothies I have for breakfast leave my stomach rumbling an hour before I get to eat. Chock full of all my favorite things, I’ll be having this a lot! Not to mention it looked super purple with 1 cup of blueberries haha! thank you for the delicious recipe! I will be trying your detox smoothie too 🙂

  5. So… Ive made this smoothie for breakfast the last four or so days! Basically saying I LOVE it! My two year son loves it too. And on another note, I look forward to your posts everyday and wish there were more hours in the day in order for me to make everything you blog about. Thanks for the wonderful ideas, skinny choices & delicious recipes.

  6. Hi Sally! This looks so delicious. Question: if you wanted to skip the dairy, could you do more almond milk in place of the yogurt? I’m sure it would be less thick and creamy… What about adding protein powder? Thanks, love your blog!

    1. Hi Lori, I don’t like protein powder so I don’t use it in my recipes. I’m sure you could add it to your smoothie though. Yes, you could use more milk instead of yogurt, keeping in mind it may not be as creamy.

      1. it’s really good!

  7. Question: Can i use regular yogurt(flavored or unflavored?) instead of Greek Yogurt? And your Detox Smoothie was amazing!

    1. Hi Dominic – yes, you may use regular yogurt.

  8. Sally, since you’ve posted this, I must make this smoothie 4-5 times a week. Absolutely delicious, and I don’t usually like smoothies very much! I can’t live without this delicious smoothie now! The only difference is I don’t measure the peanut butter, I just scoop in a big ol’ spoonful 😛 Thank you so much for sharing!

  9. I just made this as a mid-morning pick-me-up. I had to use vanilla yogurt because I didn’t have greek yogurt on hand, a mix of raspberries and blueberries, and I added one cup of spinach. Totally delicious! 🙂

  10. Oh Sally, I made this with my new Ninja prep blender I got for Christmas with some blueberry Greek yogurt, frozen bananas and raspberries, and chunky peanut butter. Absolutely delish–better than the sandwich. Mmmmmm 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!!

  11. Wow this is good! We have a smoothie place in Iowa that makes these and they’re phenomenal! ADD SOME HONEY TO MAKE IT THAT MUCH MORE DELICIOUS!

  12. Wow, when I read the recipe I thought it would be good, but WOW! Thank you for a great tasting, high protien smoothie! I love the fact that you are using natural ingredients, that chalky taste is intolerable some(most)times!
    THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

  13. any suggestions for banana substitutes? not such a banana fan but i see it in a lot of your smoothies

    1. I’d say frozen yogurt would be the best choice – or even more yogurt with a little ice (though that would make it semi-slushy). I use banana in my smoothies for its creamy, thick consistency.

  14. Okay…
    I have to let you know that I have made this three times in the past three days and will continue to have it.
    It is the most delicious smoothie I have ever had. I look forward to every morning when I whip out the blender to make this heavenly drink.
    I honestly can’t get enough! It is so incredibly delicious so THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing the recipe. SO YUMMY!!! 🙂

  15. I found this recipe this morning and didn’t even have the patience to wait to get frozen berries, so I just used a combination of fresh strawberries and some berry jam I had in the fridge, and it was lovely! Great recipe!

  16. I’m trying to avoid dairy, so I substituted the yogurt with another banana, and added 2 extra chia spoons for the nutrients. God, this tastes so good!!! Thank you so much for the recipe :)!

  17. This is almost as amazing as the orange smoothie! Plus with all the protein from the peanut butter and yogurt it really keeps you full. I also love that it uses frozen berries which are SO MUCH cheaper than the fresh ones. Yum!

  18. this will be made many times to come!! I tried using PB2 instead of regular peanut butter and it turned out great! Also added ice!

  19. Yum – enjoying this one right now.

  20. I made this smoothie this morning, it was very yummy 🙂 Replaced the greek yogurt with oatmeal and protein powder.

  21. So this may be a silly question…would it be ok if you used a non frozen banana? I want to try it tonight and don’t want to wait for a banana to freeze haha

    1. It doesn’t have to be frozen. It won’t be as thick and creamy, but still tasty.

  22. So many awesome recipes on your site Sally, but wow this is delicious! Exactly what I needed post-run. I wasn’t sure about the pb&j in smoothie format but tried it for the protein and lucky me – the flavours are a match made in heaven in an almost surprising way. Thank you!  

    PS: Your salted caramel cupcakes are a huge hit around here too 🙂

  23. Hi Sally- Is it ok to make big batches for the week and freeze?  

    Also wanted to mention that I started drinking your Glowing Skin Smoothie originally and my skin cleared up within 2 weeks after countless dermatologist visits, etc.  So THANK YOU!

    1. I’m so happy that you love the glowing skin smoothie too! I rarely freeze pre-made smoothies. I’m not a fan of their texture after thawing– sort of slushie-ish if that makes sense. You can try it though.

  24. Wow… Thank you so much for such a delicious smoothie recipe!  I loved every sip.  It really does taste like a PBJ.  I made mine with a strawberry Chobani, a mixture of frozen raspberries and blueberries, and skim milk.  I love how creamy it is.  Yum Yum

  25. Sally, I make something pretty similar to this, but never thought of using the Greek yogurt. Definitely trying this tomorrow morning post workout!! Thanks for the great recipe. 

  26. WOW! I woke up craving a pb & j (don’t ask me why… probably because I no longer eat bread really at all!) and I googled your smoothie. Can I tell you how amazing it is?! I’m not a fan of fruity smoothies but the peanut butter and banana gives it juuust the right amount of 
    “dessert” smoothie flavor that I oh so adore. I also usually avoid putting greek yogurt in my smoothies (don’t get me wrong… I love that stuff) because of the tang, but the berry flavor totally overrides it and you just get a great boost of protein! Super excited for an alternative to my protein powder, as I really try to stray away from processed proteins. Thank you!

  27. I still make this smoothie. Its part of how I got more fruit into my diet in undergrad on a budget and now I am showing this to my husband lol thank you!

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