Thick and creamy, Healthy Peanut Butter Banana smoothies are a real treat. Whether its for a quick breakfast or an afternoon snack, this drink is hard to beat.
Peanut butter, banana and chocolate were made for each other. With this frozen drink your taste buds won't know what hit them!
Healthy peanut butter banana smoothies taste just like a milkshake but are made with yummy, filling ingredients that will keep you feeling full all day long.
It is the perfect snack for curbing sweet tooth cravings. This smoothie has just the right amount of sweetness and flavor.
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Ingredients for Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies
All you need for this healthy smoothie is a handful of ingredients and a blender like our favorite Blendtec. With just a few minutes you can have a delicious and filling, quick breakfast for on the go or a tasty post workout and mid-day snack.
- Cacao Powder - Similar to its sister product cocoa powder, Cacao powder has added nutrients and health benefits you can read all about
- Peanut Butter - Any kind of peanut butter will do but we love to use a natural variety.
- Frozen Banana - You definitely want to go with frozen bananas here for the best texture. Read more about freezing bananas above! And don't forget the riper the banana the better!
- Peanut Butter Powder - Great way to add extra peanut-buttery flavor while cutting back on the calories and amping up the protein
- Old Fashioned Oats - quick oats does not cut it, it's got to be old fashioned oats for a thicker heartier smoothie
- Almond Milk and Dark Chocolate Almond Milk - We like to use both kinds of Almond Milk but if you don't have both on hand you can use one or the other
- Ice, optional
Why Should I Freeze Ripe Bananas?
One of our favorite things to do with super ripe bananas is to freeze them for drinks just like healthy Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies. Frozen bananas gives frozen drinks a much richer, creamier texture.
Using frozen bananas will give a smoothie more of an ice cream or milkshake consistency.
One Pro Chef - Mom Hack we learned through much trial and error is, cut ripe bananas into 2-inch-thick pieces before tossing in the freezer. This will make it so much easier to blend or chop up your bananas for smoothies.
How to Make Smoothies Healthy
Gather Ingredients - One of the great things about smoothies is that there really aren't many steps involved. First thing you'll want to do is to be sure to gather all your ingredients. Then add them to your blender.
Blend Together - Once you have everything added, blend your smoothie till it reaches the consistency you are looking for. To make your smoothie a little thicker you may need to add a handful of ice.
Serve and Enjoy - After everything is blended pour your healthy Peanut Butter Banana smoothie into a glass and enjoy! For extra easy cleanup add hot water and liquid dish soap to the blender. Then turn the blender on for a minute or two and viola!
Make it Your Own
One of the reasons I love breakfast smoothies so much is that they are 100% customizable. And Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies are no different. There are many ways to make this drink your very own.
- Milk - You can substitute the almond milk for regular milk or whatever you might have on hand. Water will work, but if you choose to use water keep in mind it will make your smoothie less creamy.
- Spinach - Spinach is also totally optional. I love to sneak it into smoothies whenever I can. Especially with this smoothie because, I can never taste it. Spinach is an awesome SuperFood that adds lots of extra iron, calcium and vitamins.
- Honey - If I end up using plain almond milk and leaving out the chocolate milk I add honey to help sweeten it up. If using dark chocolate almond milk I leave out the honey since it adds a lot of sweetness on its own.
- Protein Powder - Just one scoop of chocolate protein powder will add extra protein to your smoothie easily. This is a great way to make it more of a meal replacement drink and that much more filling.
How to Serve Smoothies to Picky Eaters
When it comes to picky eaters, smoothies have been our go-to for getting in extra nutrients and vitamins. When it comes to George our oldest, he is super picky about how things look.
He does a lot better with new smoothies when put in an opaque cup that has a lid and straw. This little trick helps a ton if we add lots of spinach to a smoothie. This way he can’t tell if his drink has a green hue.
- 1½ cups ice
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 cup dark chocolate almond milk
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons cacoa powder
- ⅓ cup old fashion oats
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter powder, optional
- Add all ingredients to blender and mix on high till fully blended and a smoothie consistency.
- Transfer to a drinking glass and enjoy!
- 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder (to make smoothie more of a meal replacement shake)
- 1 cup spinach (extra vitamin c, iron and fiber)
- 1-2 tablespoons honey (if only using plain almond milk and not chocolate almond milk)
TIPS AND TRICKS:
- Chop bananas into 2 inch thick pieces before putting in freezer for easier chopping and blending.
- Use extra frozen bananas and cut out the ice for a creamier smoothie.
- You can use 2 cups of almond milk or other milk alternatives if you prefer. If not using chocolate milk add honey for extra sweetness.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 98Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 51mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 3g