A peanut butter and jelly smoothie, chock full of yogurt, blueberries, peanut butter, and banana—or not, it’s up to you—won’t make you buff overnight but it’ll give you a nutritious and filling start to the day.
I love every minute in the kitchen with my kids, even the mess (I’ve learned to embrace it!). I find that in the car on the way home from school, I often get one-word answers when I ask about their day. But when we’re cooking, I get in-depth stories. People always tell me how lucky I am that my kids are adventurous eaters, but I don’t believe that it’s luck at all. By involving them in the process, not only are they more likely to try something new, but also I can count on them to make better choices when I’m not around.–Sarah Michelle Gellar | Gia Russo
WHAT INGREDIENTS CAN I SUBSTITUTE IN MY SMOOTHIE?
For this peanut butter and jelly smoothie recipe, we use the term “recipe” very loosely. Think of the ingredients below more as a template for a smoothie and then play around with them based on your personal preferences and what you happen to have on hand in your pantry, swapping in other berries in place of blueberries, dairy-free yogurt for the Greek yogurt, any nut or seed butter, and maple syrup or agave syrup in place of honey. Simply follow your fancy.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 medium banana peeled and broken into 3 to 4 chunks
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon honey optional
- In a blender, toss in the blueberries, banana, yogurt, peanut butter, and, if desired, honey, and process until smooth, 30 to 60 seconds, depending on the power of your blender.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
As far as smoothies go, this peanut butter and jelly smoothie was a hit with my in-house smoothie testers. Taste tester #1, age 10, tasted the banana first and after a second taste he was tasting PB&J. Taste tester #2, age 6, thought it smelled good and tasted like a PB&J. Both taste testers would have liked to taste a bit more blueberry. I agree with my taste testers. I also love the creamy texture of this smoothie.
I’ll be adding this PB&J smoothie to my repertoire to feed hungry boys on the fly!
Admittedly, I'm a bit of a smoothie snob. I have what I believe is a well-curated collection of go-to smoothie recipes, and this peanut butter and jelly smoothie recipe will definitely be added to the rotation. It was quick, easy, used few ingredients (all of which I already had on hand), very filling, and kept my hunger at bay from breakfast until lunch. But the yummy flavor is why I'll make this PB&J smoothie again.
The nice thing about this recipe is that it involves clean ingredients and you get a good dose of protein from the Greek yogurt and peanut butter. The DayGlo purple color from the frozen blueberries reminds me of jelly and my childhood.
I processed the smoothie for 15 seconds on high in the Vitamix. Then I turned it off, scraped down the sides, and processed on high for another 30 seconds until smooth.
The peanut butter flavor didn't come through much but that was okay with me; I know the healthy fats and protein from it are there. I like thick smoothies, so I didn’t add any water.
Originally published April 6, 2017