Cheers to a smooooooother new year! (No, giving up bad puns was not my resolution. #sorrynotsorry) This thick, creamy, naturally-sweetened Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie is guaranteed to brighten your morning.

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This month I’m sharing a new, go-get-‘em smoothie recipe each week.

It kicked it off with this refreshing Green Smoothie. Like many of you, I too begin each year rejuvenated to (at least try to) build back in some healthy eating habits.

All those fruits and veggies we haven’t seen in a few weeks? Time to get reacquainted! And a smoothie is a super-efficient way to do just that.

I have a few smoothie rules.

The first and most important one is that my smoothies must taste legitimately delicious.

This peanut butter banana yogurt smoothie, like all others in my collection of healthy smoothie recipes, is a treat you’ll look forward to sipping, not some bad version of medicine you force yourself to knock back for the sake of being “healthy.”

Wow, does this recipe deliver!

Healthy peanut butter banana smoothie

As much as I love a good green smoothie like this Kale Smoothie that’s not shy about bringing its nutritional “A-game”, sometimes we all want a type of healthy that likes to flirt with a little decadence.

Thick, creamy, and naturally sweet, this easy banana smoothie reminds me of a milkshake, it’s that yummy.

To say peanut butter and banana are a good combination is the understatement of the year (this Oatmeal Smoothie is another thick and creamy favorite).

If you’re new to the smoothie game and looking for a smoothie that’s good for you but that doesn’t taste overtly “healthy,” if you need smoothies for kids that will pass picky eater inspection, or if you are simply craving a tasty change of smoothie pace…this healthy breakfast smoothie recipe is ideal for you.

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Benefits

I often rely on Healthy Breakfast Smoothies (<—see that post for my fave smoothie recipes and tips) to kick-start my day.

I bet you’ll also find it comforting knowing that you’ve made major progress with your requisite servings of fruits and veggies first thing in the A.M.

Or, if you are looking for a post-workout smoothie, this peanut butter banana version is one of my favorites.

It’s a perfect option because banana smoothies like this recipe are good for you.

  • Bananas are high in fiber, potassium, and vitamins B6 and C.
  • Peanut butter has protein and healthy fats too (I recommend using a brand of natural peanut butter with less added sugar).

Generally speaking, with the right ingredients a peanut butter smoothie can be good for weight loss. Smoothies with healthier foods like fruits, Greek yogurt, and peanut butter can be sufficiently filling with better nutrients than other breakfast options.

Peanut butter banana smoothies with banana slices

How to Make This Recipe

This is a great smoothie recipe for beginners thanks to its appealing taste and short ingredient list. Just add to a blender – it doesn’t get much easier than that.

Kids will love it too. They’ll feel like it’s a special treat, yet you’ll know the healthy truth.


The Ingredients

  • Banana. As we discussed above, bananas are a smoothie favorite for a reason. They pair wonderfully with other ingredients, add nutritional value, and help create that desirable thick, creamy texture.
  • Peanut Butter. The other half of our classic pairing. The beloved flavor of peanut butter helps give this smoothie universal appeal, while also helping make it rich and satisfying.
  • Almond Milk. The liquid for our healthy breakfast smoothie. I like to use unsweetened almond milk to keep the smoothie from being too sweet.
  • Greek Yogurt. To up the creamy factor and give this smoothie a protein boost.
  • Cinnamon. Adds a warm and cozy element that you don’t want to miss.

The Directions

  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth. ENJOY!
Peanut butter banana protein smoothie

Variations for a Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Not only is a smoothie a fantastic vehicle for nutritious food during the day, but is also very adaptable to your liking. Here are easy variations for this recipe:

  • Chocolate. Thinking of having a chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie to stave off the temptation of a less healthy dessert? Add a few teaspoons of cocoa powder (a little goes a long way!) or a scoop of chocolate protein powder, and this very well may replace your favorite milkshake.
  • Protein Powder. This peanut butter banana smoothie has protein because of the peanut butter and Greek yogurt. But if you need an extra boost in your banana smoothie after a workout, add a ½ to 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder (vanilla or chocolate).
  • Bowl Style. For a new twist, try a peanut butter banana smoothie bowl. Add extra banana or ice to thicken it further, then serve it in a bowl with toppings, such as granola, banana slices, or blueberries, and a drizzle of additional peanut butter.

Dietary Note

To make this peanut butter banana smoothie without milk and vegan-friendly, simply be sure to use a non-dairy milk (such as almond or soy milk) and remove the Greek yogurt. I recommend adding extra ice to thicken it when removing the Greek yogurt. You also can swap in a non-dairy yogurt.

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate leftover smoothies in airtight storage containers or jars for up to 1 day.
  • To Freeze. Freeze smoothies in freezer-safe jars or ice cube trays for up to 3 months. Let the jars thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving. If using an ice cube tray, toss the frozen cubes into the blender for a smoothie on demand.

What to Serve with a Smoothie

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Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

4.93 from 13 votes
This peanut butter banana smoothie with yogurt is good for you yet tastes like a treat! It's creamy, protein rich and filling for breakfast.

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins

Servings: 1 smoothie (about 16 ounces without ice)

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 large banana cut into chunks and frozen
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Ice optional
  • Optional mix-ins: 1/2 scoop protein powder (vanilla or chocolate) 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal, 1 tablespoon chia seeds

Instructions
 

  • Place all of the ingredients in a blender in the order listed: almond milk, banana, peanut butter, Greek yogurt, cinnamon, and any extra mix-ins.
  • Blend until smooth. If you'd like the smoothie thicker, add a few ice cubes and blend again. Pour and enjoy!

Notes

  • If you are not using a high-powered blender, you may need to thin the smoothie with more almond milk to get it to blend properly. A good approach is to add the frozen banana in stages, blending between each.
  • TO STORE: Refrigerate leftover smoothies in airtight storage containers or jars for up to 1 day.
  • TO FREEZE: Freeze smoothies in freezer-safe jars or ice cube trays for up to 3 months. Let the jars thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving. If using an ice cube tray, toss the frozen cubes into the blender for a smoothie on demand.

Nutrition

Serving: 1smoothieCalories: 380kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 20gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 5mgPotassium: 771mgFiber: 6gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 76IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 349mgIron: 1mg

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  1. Absolutely delicious just had a glass of it now. Such a smooth creamy rich taste peanut butter flavouring comes through wonderfully. Great start to any day winter or summer alike.5 stars

  2. This was delicious!! Absolutely like a milkshake. I also loved how easy this was for my blender to whip up no problem even though I don’t have a high powered one!5 stars

  3. I made this smoothie this morning after my workout. It’s really delicious and so filling. I added chia and flax seed but I had whole milk in my fridge. Hope it won’t have much effect. Can I have it the whole day coz it’s so filling I can’t even finish it.5 stars

  4. Fantastic recipe, Erin. I’m making my way through several of your smoothie recipes and this one has made it into the recipe book for use again. Delicious and very easy to make.5 stars

  5. This smoothie is delicious. Love that it’s healthy too. Wondering what kind of protein powder you use. Mine contains stevia, which leaves an aftertaste.

    1. I’m so happy that you’ve enjoyed it, Karen! I like Bob’s Red Mill a lot. They have one that’s a combo protein powder and nutritional booster, and it tastes delish too. I hope this helps!

  6. Excellent smoothie recipe! The ingredients make it really thick and creamy. A perfect drink when you are on the go and trying to be healthy.5 stars

  7. Tasted amazing – like a total treat. I didn’t have any almond milk, so swapped that out for lactofree semi.. will definitely grab some unsweetened almond for the future.

    It will definitely be a breakfast regular from now on!!5 stars

    1. Hi Zoe! So glad the substitution worked out for you! Glad you enjoyed the smoothie! Thank you for this kind review!

  8. This smoothie is delicious! My 4 children and I have this almost every morning in the summer. It’s cool, refreshing and tastes great! Thanks for sharing.5 stars

  9. I just had this smoothie for breakfast. YUM! I added a handful of oats to add to the creaminess and it was really good! Beautiful flavour and the peanut butter was not too overpowering.5 stars