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

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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, like my 4 Ingredient Mango Green Smoothie.

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, healthy peanut butter 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).

This Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie is Ideal for You 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.”
  • You need smoothies for kids that will pass picky eater inspection.
  • You are simply craving a tasty change of smoothie pace.

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Benefits

I often rely on smoothies 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 healthy snack or post-workout smoothie, this peanut butter banana version is one of my favorites.

It’s a perfect option because peanut butter 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 and is calorie-conscious.

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 Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie 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, plus some sweetness.
  • Peanut Butter. The other half of our classic pairing. The beloved flavor of nut 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.

Substitution

You can use your preferred type of milk for your peanut butter banana smoothie.

  • 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

ingredients for a peanut butter banana smoothie in a blender
  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender.
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  1. 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 and add-ins 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 1/2 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.
  • Omega-3. To add some omegas and additional protein and fiber, feel free to sprinkle in a tablespoon of chia seeds or flax seeds.

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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Frequently Asked Questions

Are Bananas with Peanut Butter Healthy?

Yes! The carbohydrates from the banana will give you energy, and then the protein and healthy fats from the peanut butter will keep you full. Putting peanut butter in your banana smoothie makes it filling AND delicious. It’s a match made in heaven.

Do Bananas Need to be Frozen for Smoothies?

I recommend you peel and freeze sliced bananas to keep on hand for smoothie recipes. If you are in a pinch and do not have frozen bananas, you can use fresh. The smoothie will still be thick and creamy. You might want to add a handful of ice to keep the smoothie colder.

Are Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies Good for Weight Loss?

Smoothies are a great way to get a multitude of fruits and vegetables, and fill up on healthy proteins, fibers, and fats. While I am not a dietician so you should speak with your doctor, smoothies can help with weight loss because you will stay full longer, which can help curb potential unhealthy snacking.

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

4.96 from 22 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

  10. This is great . All my favorites in one place. I did this twice in one day. I only ate half a sandwich that day. But Najee sure you use low fat or plant base ingredients5 stars

  11. really solid recipe, thank you. I had 1/2 of a banana and I thought it was a bit sweet so I would omit the maple syrup next time but I think this one will be a staple. thanks again.5 stars

  12. Went to a baby shower over the dinner hour tonight. The offerings were disappointing (and I had saved this meal for a splurge). So, had some raw veg and came home feeling deprived. This smoothie totally delivered…creamy, rich, and satisfying. Thank you for this approachable, decadent recipe that kept me in my health goals. 😊5 stars

  13. My wife needs smoothies because her ability to chew is compromised due to surgery in her mouth. Bottom line she NEEDS to gain weight via smoothy. any suggestions? Add sugar? Use more ice cream? , use lactose free whole milk? other?

    1. Hi Ted! I’d check with your doctor or nutritionist if you have specific questions or concerns about any recipe. I’d hate to give you advice that isn’t correct and want to be safe!

  14. Can you do this without yogurt? And if so, what would you do to make it come out good still? :)

    1. Hi Brittany! I have it written all in the blog post on how to remove the yogurt. It’s under the “Dietary Notes” section, right before the “Storage Tips” section. Hope you enjoy it!

  15. Absolutely delicious! I used vanilla Greek yogurt in mine because that’s what I happened to have. And probably 3 tbsp of Honey PB. Yummmmmm. Tastes just like ice cream! Thanks for sharing!5 stars

  16. I just made it. It’s a little thick and think I’m going to add more peanut butter next time otherwise it’s awesome and my pugs know I have 2 of there favorite things and they want it! 😀

  17. This is the perfect peanut butter smoothie. I doubled the peanut butter (since you can never have too much) and used a dairy free yogurt. Delicious5 stars

  18. I used vanilla Greek yogurt because that’s what I had and regular milk because I ran out of almond milk. I did use a few ice cubes. My daughter did enjoy it, but it came out very thin. She prefers thicker smoothies. What can I do to make it thicker? More peanut butter maybe? I’m used to making her smoothies with berries in them, too and they always turns out thick.5 stars

  19. I had to make some substitutions because I didn’t have almond milk or smooth peanut butter, but this smoothie was a big hit anyway. I used regular milk, crunchy peanut butter and added a tablespoon of honey. By the time it went through the blender you couldn’t tell the peanut butter had been crunchy. Delicious. Anxious to make it again.5 stars

  20. I was not impressed by this recipe at all. The Greek yogurt completely overpowers (yea I used unflavored Greek yogurt) the entire smoothie and you can barely taste the peanut butter. I added 3x more peanut butter and still it was over powered by Greek yogurt. I even went back and thought I must have used too much yogurt but it was dead on. My wife and both kids did not care for it.

    1. I’m sorry this recipe wasn’t to your tastes, Tom. I (and many other readers) have truly enjoyed it, so I wish you would’ve too!

  21. Holy wow this was good. I just got a blender and I’m new to smoothies, and I have a feeling I’m going to be addicted to this one. I eyeballed the pb and yogurt amounts, added the half scoop of protein powder, and it ended up a nice consistency—a little thicker than melted ice cream. Yum!5 stars