A simple peanut butter banana smoothie recipe with only 3 ingredients and ready to enjoy in under 5 minutes. A clean eating recipe that will fuel you with plant based nutrition.
Peanut butter and bananas is a classic flavor combination that is a true favorite of so many people. That makes this a quick and healthy breakfast recipe that you know everyone will love!
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The combination of ripe bananas with the salty peanut butter is so creamy and very satisfying. Whether you are looking for a post workout smoothie or a breakfast smoothie, this is one that is sure to hit the spot!
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- Frozen Bananas: Frozen bananas are used in many fruit smoothies because they have a natural sweetness and create a thick and creamy base.
- Peanut Butter: Use organic all-natural peanut butter if you can find it. I like to look at the ingredients list to make sure there are only peanuts and salt. This keeps unnecessary oils and other ingredients out of the smoothie. You can also use peanut butter powder if you'd like to have less fat and calories in your smoothie. It's a great option when making weight-loss smoothies. Substitute any nut butter you prefer.
- Stevia: Sweet Drops Vanilla Creme is liquid stevia with a hint of vanilla flavor. Some natural sweetener options are dates, coconut sugar, maple syrup or honey.
How to make a Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
What's so great about smoothies? All you have to do is throw the bananas, peanut butter and sweetener into a high-speed blender and blend until the ingredients are smooth and creamy. What could be easier than that?
How to freeze bananas for smoothies
You can find frozen bananas in some super-markets, but freezing them yourself is super easy and very affordable. They can be frozen in slices, chunks, pureed or even whole, depending on what you are using them for.
To freeze bananas for smoothies, remove the peels and slice them into half inch slices. Place the slices into a freezer bag or freezer-safe container and freeze until you are ready to make your smoothie. Bananas will stay good in the freezer for up to 3 months.
1.5 medium-sized bananas equals about 1 cup of sliced bananas. I like to freeze 1 cup of sliced bananas per small freezer bag so that I can make 1 smoothie at a time or grab more if I need to.
Healthy smoothie add-in ingredients
The ingredients in the this smoothie are already super healthy but there are other things that you can add to bump up the nutrition and get more out of your smoothie.
- Greek Yogurt: If you are looking to add more protein to your smoothie, plain or vanilla yogurt is a great option. Greek yogurt is thicker than regular yogurt so it will also add more creaminess to the smoothie.
- Milk: Almond milk, cows milk, cashew milk or coconut milk can all be used in place of the water for added nutrition.
- Coconut Water: Another way to pack more nutrients is to make a coconut water smoothie. Coconut water is loaded with potassium and you won't be able to taste the coconut flavor in the smoothie over the other ingredients.
- Ground Flax Seeds: Flax seeds add omega 3's and fiber to smoothies. Make sure to use freshly ground flax seeds.
- Almond Butter: If you have a peanut allergy or just prefer the taste of almond butter over peanut butter, almond butter is a great substitute. Check out how to make homemade almond butter for smoothies.
- Protein Powder: There are many peanut butter and vanilla flavored protein powders to choose from whether you are looking for a plant-based protein powder or a whey-based protein powder. Protein powder can turn your breakfast smoothie into a weight-loss smoothie or meal replacement.
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Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
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- 4 tablespoons natural peanut butter
- 2 cups frozen banana slices (3 medium bananas)
- 1 cup cold water
- Sweet Drops Vanilla Creme (to taste)
- Put ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until smooth. About 2 minutes.
- Serve immediately.
- 1 cup of frozen banana slices is equal to about 1.5 medium sized bananas.
- Fresh bananas can be substituted by replacing the water with ice.
- Peanut butter powder can be used instead of peanut butter to help lower fat content in the smoothie.
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This recipe was originally posted in July 2015 and updated with new photos, instructions and tips in July 2019.