It is so easy to make this peanut butter and jelly smoothie you won’t believe it. And it is so packed with protein it will keep you satisfied for hours.
California strawberries are out right now and priced right. I picked up a couple pounds recently and made this delicious PB&J smoothie.
First I cleaned the strawberries and broke them down into 4, one cup servings. It so happened that one pound was almost perfectly 4 cups. For smoothies it’s best to start with really cold ingredients, so these strawberries were put into plastic sandwich bags, then went right into the freezer along with some bananas. This way, the frozen ingredients are ready on a moment’s notice.
The banana works as a thickening agent in the smoothie but you can’t even taste it with the strawberries and peanut butter. It just adds tons of potassium.
I used peanut butter that Mary Jo bought at Bulk Nation which is a Florida company. They are similar to lots of co-ops because they sell everything individually by weight. They have a peanut grinder and you push a button and out comes peanut butter sold by the pound.
Use a good blender to liquify the frozen ingredients. I have a Cuisinart blender that has a smoothie setting on it. It took about 30 to 40 seconds to get to a good consistency.
For taste, you get lots of strawberry and lots of peanut butter. It’s like having a peanut butter and strawberry ice cold milk shake.
One batch makes about 16 ounces which I broke down into two, 8 ounce servings. That gives you under 250 calories , but over 15 grams of protein.
I’ll be mixing peanut butter and jelly smoothies for lunch in the future. Give it a try.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie
- 1 cup frozen strawberries or other frozen fruit
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 1/2 cup 0% fat Greek yogurt
- 3/4 cup 1% milk or other per your liking
Peel then chop the frozen banana into bite sized pieces and add to the blender along with the strawberries
Add the milk to the blender and pulse a few times to start breaking down the frozen fruit.
Add the peanut butter and yogurt and blend until smooth.
Before freezing the strawberries, cut them into halves or even quarters for the big ones. They will be easier to process this way in your blender.
Feel free to use any other fruit you can think of. This is not just for strawberries.