Peanut Butter Jelly Smoothie – We channeled these classic sandwich flavors into a PBJ smoothie! With ripe berries and creamy peanut butter, you’ll love this satisfying smoothie recipe. (Gluten-Free, Vegan-Friendly)
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, we’ve been making a smoothie a day for the last few months as part of our breakfast. We’ve definitely been cycling through our favorites (I’m looking at you Pineapple Julius, Chocolate Cherry and Pineapple Peach Smoothies!), but we all appreciate adding something new to the mix now and then.
One of our favorites lately has been this little peanut butter + berries number. It’s kind of like a pb&j sandwich, but WAY BETTER.
We turned these classic flavors into a delicious PB&J Smoothie! With frozen berries, creamy peanut butter, and a few yummy boosts, it’s a mega-satisfying smoothie you’ll fall in love with.
Here’s all you need to get started…
Here’s What You Need To Make Peanut Butter Jelly Smoothies:
- Frozen Berries. For the best flavor, I like using a blend of berries–usually equal parts strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries!
- A Banana. I know not everyone is a banana fan, but I love the creaminess and sweetness a fresh or frozen banana adds to the smoothie. It’s a must here!
- Peanut Butter. Next up is peanut butter! Smooth or creamy peanut butter works for pb&j smoothies. We just recommend natural peanut butter with just peanuts or just peanuts & salt.
- Protein Powder or Hemp Seeds. I typically add collagen for a protein boost!
- Spinach or Greens. Then, you’ll add some greens. I love how they blend right in!
- Almond Milk (Or Your Fave. We use almond milk at our house, but feel free to use whatever your family drinks & enjoys.
Try Our Trick For Freezing Your Bananas!
We use this method every time we freeze bananas for smoothies. It makes them easy to blend, thaw, or bake with later!
How To Make PBJ Smoothies, Step By Step:
- Start With Frozen Berries. First, you’ll add all your frozen berries to the blender (adding them first helps your blender do it’s job!)
- Add Banana. Next, add the banana. Sliced bananas work best!
- Then, Add Flavor. In goes the peanut butter.
- Add Smoothie Boosts–spinach and collagen powder for me!
- Finish With Milk. Pour milk over everything and cover with the lid.
- Blend Till Smooth. Puree until everything is perfectly smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides or add more milk if needed to help things blend smoothly.
- Pour Into Glasses & Serve. You’ll love the pb & j flavors!
Our Favorite Smoothie Boosts To Add (& More Ideas To Try!)
- Unflavored Collagen Protein. Collagen is my go-to protein because it doesn’t have a gritty or chalky texture and blends right into hot or cold liquids without impacting the flavor. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo & Whole30 approved, but it’s not vegan or vegetarian. If you’re eating plant-based, skip it, or swap for hemp seeds!
- Spinach or Greens. I usually add spinach to smoothies, since my kids can’t taste it and it’s one way to get them to eat some dark leafy greens! That said, you’re welcome to experiment with other greens if you prefer.
- Zucchini. Hear me out! Adding 1/2 cup or so of sliced zucchini (fresh or frozen) adds creaminess without impacting the taste. My kids (who WILL NOT eat zucchini) happily sip smoothies laced with it. Try it!
- Hemp Seeds or Chia Seeds. These seeds add plant-based protein and healthy fats to your smoothie. A great veggie option!
- Trace Mineral Drops. I’ve been adding these mineral drops to my water for the last few months and really like them. Just 4-6 drops is enough! (As always, only add supplements like this to your diet under medical direction!) You can find a smaller bottle at Sprouts or other healthy food stores.
FAQ + Tips For The Best Peanut Butter Jelly Smoothie:
I Don’t Like Banana In Smoothies. What can I use instead? Honestly, this peanut butter jelly smoothie is just simply best with banana. In most other smoothies, you can swap banana for something like mango, but in this smoothie, no other swaps really mesh flavor-wise. I’d recommend one of our other yummy smoothie recipes instead!
Can I Use Fresh Berries In This PBJ Smoothie? Absolutely! I usually use frozen fruit because they’re so budget-friendly and they add a great frosty, ice-cream like texture to smoothies. You can absolutely use fresh fruit instead–it’ll just be a bit more liquid. (Just consider adding a little ice to channel those frosty vibes!)
Peanut Allergy? Swap In Almond Butter Or Cashew Butter! If peanuts are a no for you, you can absolutely use your favorite alternative nut or seed butter–almond, cashew, sunflower seed butter. If you like it enough to eat it, it’ll be good in this smoothie! (If you hate the flavor, you won’t like it any better in this smoothie, ha!)
Got Leftovers? Turn Them Into A Popsicle! I love pouring leftover smoothie into our popsicle mold and popping it in the freezer. It makes for a lovely healthy snack later!