This Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie takes just 5 minutes to throw together. Fresh, creamy, chocolate-y, packed with peanut butter, and SO GOOD!
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This peanut butter banana smoothie is made up of the yummiest, simplest ingredients!
- Bananas – frozen for an ultra sweet and creamy smoothie.
- Chocolate Protein Powder – use your favorite brand!
- Peanut Butter – I like to use all-natural peanut butter to keep the smoothie as healthy as possible.
- Milk – just use your favorite. I usually stick to almond milk!
- Vanilla Extract and Ground Cinnamon – super simple additions that both add flavor depth and sweetness.
- Ice – helps thicken the smoothie.
I like to top my smoothie off with another drizzle of peanut butter, a sprinkle of crushed peanuts, and a few chocolate chips!
How to make
I love smoothies because they’re SO EASY! And this peanut butter banana smoothie is no exception!
- Place all of your ingredients together in your blender.
- Blend until smooth then serve with optional garnishes and enjoy!
Do you need to freeze the bananas?
Yes! I highly recommend freezing your bananas first before making any smoothie…but especially this one!
Since the banana is the only fruit in this recipe, there isn’t any opportunity to use other frozen fruit to compensate. The frozen banana makes the smoothie super sweet and creamy. Trust me, it’s worth planning ahead!
What peanut butter to use?
I like to use all-natural peanut butter to keep this smoothie super healthy.
If you prefer more processed varieties, those will work as well.
How to thicken
The key to a thick smoothie is to use frozen fruit..in this case the banana! The ice also really helps to make the smoothie thick and creamy.
If the smoothie still isn’t thickened to your liking, try adding a spoonful of ground flax seed or a handful of oats.
Another option is to reduce the amount of liquid you’re using. I recommend starting with less and adding more as needed!
Can you add more fruit?
You can definitely add more fruit if desired but it will affect the overall flavor of the smoothie.
Strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries would also be delicious! Keep in mind you may then have to add a touch more milk so it’s not way too thick.
I absolutely love this peanut butter banana smoothie as-is but if you want to switch things up, here are some possible additions/variations.
- Seeds. Add flax or chia seeds (or both) for a boost of nutrition.
- Yogurt. Mix in a couple spoonfuls of vanilla Greek yogurt or a vegan alternative to make the smoothie even creamier.
- Veggies. Try adding spinach, kale, or even frozen cauliflower.
- Sweetener. If I’m craving an even sweeter smoothie, I like adding a touch of maple syrup or honey.
- Almond Butter. If peanut butter isn’t your thing, almond butter will work as well.
How to store
Since this smoothie only takes 5 minutes from start to finish, I recommend assembling it right before you’re ready to enjoy. That way it’s super cold, creamy, and fresh.
Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
- 2 large very ripe bananas sliced and frozen
- 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
- 1/4 cup all-natural peanut butter
- 1/2 cup milk of choice plus more, if necessary
- 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Handful of ice plus more, if necessary
- Drizzle of peanut butter, crushed peanuts, chocolate chips, etc. optional for topping
Place bananas, protein powder, peanut butter, milk, vanilla, ground cinnamon, and ice into a high powered blender.
Blend until smooth.
Add more milk if it’s too thick.
Add more ice if it’s too thin.
Pour into 2 glasses, top with optional toppings and enjoy!