Easy Peanut Butter and Jelly Frozen Fruit Smoothie
This peanut butter and jelly protein smoothie tastes just like the real thing! With only a few simple ingredients, this frozen fruit smoothie is a great way to have a quick and easy breakfast or snack on the go. All you need is some frozen or fresh fruit, peanut butter, vanilla protein powder and milk or water to make this delicious smoothie! It is truly a household favorite among my homemade smoothies.
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During the week I am not a big breakfast eater, so smoothies are one of my favorite ways to jump start my day. A lot of smoothie recipes use Greek yogurt and fresh bananas to create a thick smoothie, but this is not a yogurt smoothie or a banana smoothie. Which makes it a great option if you are allergic or don’t eat dairy. Nonetheless, it is packed with plenty of protein so your quick meal will not leave you starving an hour after you drink it.
Why I love this easy smoothie recipe
- Quick: This healthy smoothie only takes a few minutes to make and while you are blending all your ingredients you can have the kitchen cleaned up so you are ready to walk out the door.
- Easy: There is no time consuming chopping involved here! While you can use fresh berries, I prefer to use frozen for convenience and then they also act as your ice cubes.
- Taste: I kid you not, this tastes like PB&J in a glass! A delicious drink! The mixed berry smoothie has just the right amount of sweetness to offset the nutty peanut butter giving you that extra protein.
- Filling: A lot of the best tasting smoothies have a lot of added sugar and no protein leaving your stomach growling in less than an hour. This one is packed with protein and won’t leave you hungry.
Smoothie Basic Ingredients
This is a simple recipe but the best part is it can an be modified to your liking or dietary needs. All you need is the basic recipe to build your own refreshing smoothie.
- Frozen Berries. I usually buy a bag of mixed berries from the frozen section at the grocery store or Costco. The best fruit (in my opinion) is a combination of blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries. I love including blueberries because they have a lot of antioxidants and give it some extra vitamin C, but too many makes it too sweet. The strawberries and raspberries give it that jammy flavor for that peanut butter and jelly taste.
- Protein Powder. This vanilla flavored organic plant based protein powder is my favorite. I buy it at Costco, but they sell it on Amazon too. Not only does it have 21 grams of protein it has 5g of prebiotic + dietary fiber. It has a subtle oat taste which I think mixes well with my favorite smoothie recipes.
- Liquid Ingredients. As with any smoothie making you will need a little bit of liquid to blend it all. I prefer to make mine with 2% milk, however I have also made it with plain water. You could also use a plant-based milk like almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk or coconut water for a vegan smoothie, but these may change the taste a bit. You may also have to add a little extra fruit if you choose a thinner cup of liquid.
- Honey. This one is definitely optional, but I like to add a little extra sweetness to mine. If you use a lot of blueberries or cherries, it will likely be sweet enough without the honey.
- Peanut Butter. There are tons of different peanut butter options out there but I am old school and like Skippy because it has a little sweeter of a taste. You could also use almond butter if you like. Either way, this ingredient is key to getting that PB& J flavor and all the protein.
When making a smoothie it is very important to have a good quality blender to make sure your smoothie is just that, smooth. I have had this blender for over 10 years now and it is a Rockstar. It blends frozen ingredients very well and even crushes ice like a pro. Trust me you want a good blender. We recently stayed at a condo with a very basic blender and tried to make these. Let’s just say it did not go so well. It tasted more like a cup of water with weird berry ice cubes and globs of peanut butter.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Smoothie
- 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
- 2 cups frozen mixed berries
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1.5 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup water
- Combine all ingredients in a powerful blender in the order listed above
- Blend on high for 2 minutes or until smooth
- Serve and enjoy
- Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 12 hours.
- If you use fresh fruit rather than frozen, you will need to add ice to the blender to make it cold. Reduce the amount of water added by the amount of ice added or you may end up with a watered down smoothie.
- If your smoothie is too runny, add more fruit and or peanut butter. If your smoothie is too thick, add more water. The consistency will vary based on the thickness of your liquid ingredients and amount of fruit you use.
- For a vegan option, skip the honey and milk and use water or a plant-based milk and plant based protein powder
- For a higher protein option, add an additional scoop of protein powder or peanut butter
- For extra nutrients add a teaspoon of chia seeds or a handful of leafy greens like spinach
Love a good smoothie? Try my other easy fruit smoothie recipes.
Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie – Pineapple and mango chunks mixed with fresh spinach. A great addition to healthy eating.
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