Are you always rushing around in the morning? Do you need quick lunch and snack options? And what about an energy booster for the gym? Well, this healthy Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie is perfect! It’s creamy, tasty, and ready in minutes. What’s more, it’s loaded with protein, fiber, and healthy fats to keep your motor running until the next meal.
Is Peanut Butter Healthy?
The healthiest peanut butter is the “natural” variety made from only peanuts (and perhaps some salt). Try to avoid brands with added sugar and vegetable oils. These ingredients are just empty calories.
Peanuts are rich in protein and fats, which help satisfy hunger and boost energy. What’s more, 80% of these fats are the healthy mono- and poly-unsaturated kind. Peanut butter is also an excellent source of niacin and vitamin E. In addition, it’s a good source of vitamin B6 and a range of minerals.
The sweet, creamy texture of bananas is delicious. Also, something extra-special happens when you blend a frozen banana. It turns into Nice Cream, which is great for thickening smoothies. When you choose your bananas, go for the ripe, spotty ones. These are sweeter than less ripe fruit, which works great in this recipe.
In terms of nutrition, bananas are an excellent source of vitamin B6 and a good source of fiber, vitamin C, and a variety of minerals.
How to Make
You’ll need to think ahead to make this smoothie. Firstly, chop and freeze the bananas. Once they’ve frozen solid, toss the following into your blender:
- 1 medium frozen spotty banana (spotty bananas are naturally sweeter)
- 1 cup of any plant milk (we like oat milk in our smoothies!)
- 2 tablespoons of peanut butter (or more to taste)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup (if you’re using it)
Next, blend on high power until the mixture is smooth. That’s it – pour it into a glass and enjoy!
Through Thick and Thin
Even with the frozen banana, this recipe will give you a relatively thin smoothie. It’s more like a “milkshake” than a “thick shake.” If you prefer a thinker peanut butter banana smoothie, here are some options that won’t mess with the flavor:
- Add 1 more frozen banana,
- Or to keep the calories down, add 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower instead!
- A tablespoon of chia or flax seeds will thicken your smoothie and add omega-3 fatty acids,
- Or, for something more refreshing, add a handful of ice cubes before blending.
Looking for more Smoothie Recipes?
Here are a few of my readers’ favorite Smoothie Recipes. I can’t wait for you to try them!
- Pineapple + Coconut Smoothie (doubles as a Virgin Piña Colada)
- Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- Spinach Smoothie with Banana, Tahini + Lemon
- Watermelon Smoothie with Pineapple + Raspberries
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