A simple, yet filling smoothie is the perfect way to start the day. This yummy peanut butter, oat, and banana smoothie is packed full of protein to keep you energized throughout your morning, afternoon, or anytime!
This peanut butter, oat, and banana smoothie is my favorite smoothie recipe. Not only is it a nutritious and satisfying, but it tastes like dessert too.
How to Make a Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
To make a great peanut butter smoothie, you need 3 basic ingredients:
- Bananas: I like to start with frozen bananas to get the perfect milkshake-like consistency, but that requires some planning in advance – you have to peel the bananas, cut the bananas, and freeze them at least a day ahead of making your smoothie. If you don’t have time for that, you can always add a few ice cubes to your smoothie instead.
- Peanut Butter: You can use any peanut butter that you prefer. If you’re trying to lower your sugar intake, be sure to look for a peanut butter brand that isn’t packed with tons of sugar. Tip: You can use a “natural” peanut butter, but beware – some of them are still loaded with sugar even if the label says “natural” on it. Look for a brand that has minimal ingredients.
- Milk: You can use which ever type of milk that you typically drink. To keep your smoothie on the thicker side, use a fuller-fat milk. If you need to keep it dairy-free, you can use any plant-based milk that you like. I find that almondmilk offers the most neutral taste, while coconut milk lends the best texture to this smoothie.
To assemble your smoothie, follow these easy steps:
- Add a banana or two to the bottom of your blender jar.
- Drop a tablespoon or two of peanut butter on top of the bananas.
- If you’re not using frozen bananas, add a few ice cubes to the jar. (3-4 is good, unless you want your smoothie to be more icy – then go with 5-6 cubes)
- Blend and serve.
Substitutes for Peanut Butter
If you can’t do peanut products in your home, don’t worry – there are plenty of ways to substitute another ingredient for the peanut butter in this smoothie.
If you don’t need to avoid nuts but don’t have a jar of peanut butter on hand, this smoothie also tastes fantastic with powdered nut butters like PB Fit. Feel free to reconstitute it or leave it in its powdered state – it’ll taste great either way.
How can I make my smoothie more flavorful?
This smoothie gets a few additional ingredients added to jazz up the flavors and add some additional nutrition.
One of my favorite ways to bulk up a smoothie is by adding a handful of raw oats to it. The oats do double duty – in addition to adding bulk & texture to your smoothie, you’ll get the benefits of oatmeal to keep you full and energized throughout your morning or afternoon.
A bit of cinnamon also goes a long way – add a pinch up to a 1/2 teaspoon to add spice and flavor.
Finally, a trick that I learned from Kate at Cookie and Kate that has become a must-have for all of my smoothie recipes – add a drop or two of almond extract or almond flavoring to your smoothie. The extract gives the smoothie a scrumptious boost in flavor that makes it taste like candy.
- 1 banana, fresh or frozen
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons oats
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 cup almondmilk (or milk of your choice)
- 3-4 ice cubes (if not using frozen banana)
- Add all of the ingredients to the jar of a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Pour into a 12 oz. glass, then serve.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 392Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 166mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 7gSugar: 24gProtein: 11g