Creamy, gooey, and oh-so-delicious, peanut butter might be one of our favorite spreads/snack foods. And while we're always trying to create cool new concoctions with this creamy condiment, we often find ourselves settling for a spoonful on our way out the door. To kick this habit, we reached out to a bevy of nutritionists for the healthiest peanut butter smoothie recipes to inspire us to get cooking, or in this case, blending.
"Peanut butter is great because it's smooth, creamy, and the fat content helps to promote satiety while adding [fiber] that's good for your heart and digestion,” says nutritionist, Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN. And it also happens to be the perfect ingredient for your morning smoothie, according to Alissa Rumsey, MS, RD, CDN because it "blunts the blood sugar rise that can come from a smoothie with a lot of fruit." Keep scrolling for some delicious peanut butter smoothie recipes to start your day off right.
Rumsey suggests looking for peanut butter that has only two ingredients: peanuts and salt (no hydrogenated oils or corn syrup). If only commercial peanut butter is available at your grocery store, try raw almond butter instead.
Peanut Butter and Vanilla Smoothie
Peanut butter has a tendency to make smoothies heavier. To lighten it up, Farah Fahad, MS, RD, dietitian and founder of The Farah Effect, recommends this delicious peanut butter delight. To create this smoothie, combine and blend 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (like Califia Farms Unsweetened Almond Milk, $4), 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries, one frozen ripe banana, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon roasted creamy peanut butter, 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed, one Medjool date, and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon, if desired.
Chocolate Peanut Butter and Avocado Smoothie
Looking for something a little greener? Get your daily dose of nutrient-rich foods with dietitian Summer Yule's chocolate peanut butter and avocado smoothie. With cocoa powder, avocado, peanut butter, and Medjool dates among the ingredients, this high-calorie, nutrient-dense smoothie is a perfect treat for people who need the extra calories to gain or maintain a healthy weight. Did we mention that it's sweet—without added sugar? With this smoothie, you're definitely killing two birds with one stone by getting both a dessert and healthy snack all-in-one.
Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Smoothie
If you're looking to drink a smoothie as a meal replacement, Rumsey says this peanut butter banana oatmeal smoothie is a great option. This smoothie provides protein via Greek yogurt, healthy fat from peanut butter, and both whole grains and fiber from oatmeal. Whether you're looking to have this smoothie at the start of your day or in between meals, you can't go wrong with this satisfying recipe.
Peanut Butter and Blueberry Smoothie
Peanut butter and blueberries? Yes, you heard us. Though it may be an unlikely pairing, registered dietitian and certified nutrition support clinician Kristin Gillespie's recipe is abundant in both antioxidants from the blueberries and fiber found in peanut butter. Mixing 1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup of milk (choose whatever dairy or plant-based milk you prefer), 1 tablespoon of flax seeds, 1 cup of blueberries (either fresh or frozen), 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of honey, and ice, you're on your way to enjoying this tasty smoothie.
Peanut Butter and Greens Smoothie
Smith says that a well-rounded smoothie is composed of one fruit, a vegetable or two, one protein source, and a healthy fat like peanut butter. For a balanced morning smoothie, she recommends adding a healthy fat (like Justin's Honey Peanut Butter, $5) to your classic green smoothie.
Don't have a go-to green smoothie recipe? One of our favorite versions is Smith's own easy green smoothie, which includes two large handfuls of spinach to pack a nutritious punch with B vitamins and magnesium. While her recipe calls for almond butter, good old peanut butter works, too, with the added benefit of promoting satiety and balancing blood sugar.
Peanut Butter Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Another smoothie that is both sweet—minus added sugars—and rich in nutrients is Yule's peanut butter strawberry banana smoothie. Better yet, if you're a smoothie fan, you most likely have all the ingredients at home, so need to worry about scouring the aisles of the supermarket to find what you need. Yule's recipe calls for just four ingredients: peanut butter, frozen bananas, frozen strawberries, and milk. Toss the ingredients into your blender, and voilá—after five minutes, your healthy peanut butter smoothie is ready.
Peanut Butter and Yogurt Smoothie
If you're a fan of yogurt, why not combine it with some creamy peanut butter to make a nutritious smoothie? Similar to Yule's peanut butter strawberry banana smoothie, the ingredients to whip up this smoothie are probably already in your kitchen. According to registered dietitian Kaitlin Mueller, you'll need one medium frozen banana, one big handful of fresh spinach, 1 1/2 tablespoons of peanut butter, 1/4 cup of plain Greek yogurt, 3/4 cup of milk, up to 1 cup of ice (depending on your texture preference—the more ice the thicker the smoothie), then blend.
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Smoothie
Satisfy your sweet tooth with Fahad's healthy chocolate peanut butter cup smoothie, which is composed of 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, one frozen ripe banana, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon roasted creamy peanut butter, and 1 teaspoon Manuka Doctor Manuka Honey ($32). Just place the ingredients in your blender, blend, and enjoy.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie
Take a stroll down memory lane to your preschool days with registered dietitian Jana Mowrer's peanut butter and jelly smoothie. After blending 2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter, 1 1/2 cups of frozen mixed berries, 1 1/2 cups almond milk (or milk of choice), and 1 tablespoon of spirulina, you'll have something close to a PB&J in a cup. While the taste may be filled with childhood nostalgia, the appearance will be all adult as the spirulina lends both a nutritional and green boost.