If you’re a PB&J fan, you’ll love this strawberry peanut butter smoothie. It’s filling, fresh, and fun to prepare, making it perfect for a quick breakfast or balanced snack. All you need are four simple ingredients to whip up this tasty, high-protein smoothie.
And if you’re a PB&J hater… stick with me. I think I can convince you to love this recipe too.
Reasons to love this strawberry peanut butter smoothie
I have a confession to make – I hate PB&J sandwiches. I love all of the components separately, but together? Not my jam. (Oops! PB&J pun.)
But, I know I’m in the minority here. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are beloved by many.
The star ingredients in this recipe – frozen strawberries and creamy peanut butter – are reminiscent of a PB&J sandwich, but this smoothie puts a whole new spin on them. Even the PB&J haters in your life (including me) will love it. It’s refreshing, flavorful, and so satisfying.
Fun facts about this recipe
If you needed another reason to love this recipe, it’s also got a lot going on in the nutrition department.
- Energy – Smoothies aren’t always high enough in calories to keep you full and energized for long. Thanks to all of the nutrient-dense ingredients in this smoothie, it’s high enough in calories to count as a light meal.
- Protein – This smoothie is packed with filling protein from whey protein powder and soy milk.
- Vitamin C – Did you know strawberries are a fabulous source of vitamin C? The cup of strawberries in this smoothie covers over 100% of your daily vitamin C needs.
Ingredients for a PB & strawberry smoothie
You’ll only need four simple ingredients to whip up this smoothie at home!
- Strawberries – I recommend frozen strawberries because they cool down your smoothie, improve its texture, and you can keep them on hand for a long time. If you have fresh strawberries, use one for a cute little garnish!
- Vanilla soy milk – This is my favorite type of milk because it’s high in protein, lactose-free, and has a creamy texture. If you prefer a different type of milk, such as dairy, oat, almond, or cashew, use that instead!
- Peanut butter – Nut butter adds creaminess and healthy fat to your smoothie. I used peanut butter here, but you can use other options like cashew butter, almond butter, sunflower seed butter (aka sunbutter), or pumpkin seed butter.
- Vanilla whey protein – My go-to protein powder is Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey in vanilla. It has a smooth texture and a nice flavor, plus it’s relatively affordable. Other flavors of whey protein like strawberry or chocolate would work in this recipe. If you prefer a different type of protein (like a plant-based protein powder), that’s a-okay – just keep in mind that the texture and nutrition profile of the recipe will change.
Frequently asked questions
Absolutely! I used protein powder here for convenience, but you can also add protein to smoothies with yogurt, kefir, or silken tofu.
If you ask 10 people to define ‘healthy’ they’d all have different answers. In my opinion, a healthy recipe nourishes both your body and your soul. With that in mind, a healthy smoothie should include a balance of macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, and fat) to keep you satisfied, AND it should taste great. This recipe ticks both of those boxes!
- Vegan or non-dairy – You can definitely swap in your favorite plant-based protein powder in place of the whey, but keep in mind that the texture and nutrition profile of the recipe will change.
- Nut-free – Swap the peanut butter for sun butter for a nut-free alternative!
- Use a different type of nut butter – Cashew butter, almond butter, sunflower seed butter, or pumpkin seed butter will all work in this recipe.
- Without protein powder – No protein powder? No problem! Add a half cup of your favorite yogurt. You may need to decrease to 3/4 cup if you prefer a thicker smoothie.
- Change up your base flavor – Try chocolate, strawberry, or even banana-flavored milk and/or protein powder to change the flavor profile of this smoothie.
- Use a different type of fruit – I recommend frozen fruit for smoothies, but you can try other types to switch things up. (My rule of thumb is if it would taste good as a jelly or topping on a PB&J, it’ll probably work!) Try frozen bananas, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries.
Strawberry Peanut Butter Smoothie
- 1 blender
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 cup vanilla soy milk (or milk of your choice)
- 1 tbsp peanut butter (creamy)
- 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder (or protein powder of your choice)
- 1 small fresh strawberry (optional for garnish)
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- (optional) For extra style points, drizzle a bit of peanut butter inside a glass before pouring your blended smoothie in, then garnish with a fresh strawberry.
- Please note that nutrition facts are an estimate and can vary widely based on amounts and specific types used.