Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

peanut butter banana smoothie

I’m coming around to the idea of breakfast smoothies.

And yes, I am arriving so late to this party. While everyone else has been blending their greens, juicing their beets, and sipping away for years, I’ve just been over here…chewing.

peanut butter banana smoothie

Because in the past, whenever I considered the ingredients of a smoothie for breakfast, I always thought they’d be a heck of a lot more filling when eaten separately and in whole form. I wondered how long a meal sipped through a straw could sate me. But then, I also never considered adding something quite as substantial as nut butter, or the fact that Target would start selling gorgeous paper straws that would make me want to drink milkshakes all day long.

And so. Here we are at my breakfast table, reformed.

peanut butter banana smoothie

This is a deliciously creamy blend of banana, peanut butter, and milk, with a bit of vanilla for aroma and warmth. The protein and fat give it staying power–making it less of a fruity drink and more of a meal. I was tempted to use Greek yogurt in place of the milk for a richer, silkier texture, but I feared that its tang would overpower the other flavors. Feel free to play with the dairy options to find what suits your taste.


Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Serves 1

1 medium banana

3/4 cup low-fat milk (dairy or non-dairy)

2 tablespoons peanut butter

1 to 2 drops vanilla extract

3 ice cubes


Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth. Serve immediately.

*Tip: Try slicing the banana and freezing it before blending so that you can omit the ice and create an even creamier, less icy texture. 


Nutrition Information for 1 Smoothie (Entire Recipe): Calories 395, Total Fat 18.4 g, Total Carbohydrate 42.9 g, Dietary Fiber 4.8 g, Sugars 25.1 g, Protein 15.3 g


Tell me: Do you like smoothies? If so, what’s your favorite blend?


  1. says

    Yes please! I’d like one just as you have it pictured: mason jar, striped straw, and a lounging bear on a peanut butter jar watching me sip. I’ll have to try it with and without the Greek yogurt just to see what works best. I LOVE the stuff, but it’s probably just right with the nut butter and milk already. Greek yogurt seriously subs in for almost anything at my house: sour cream, buttermilk, ranch (+ spices), and so on.

    P.S. – I’m posting about your awesome Chicken Parmesan Burgers tomorrow (actually in 3 hours), because they’re so good I had to share with my peeps to give them a try.

  2. Nicola says

    Has been my go to for a while, except I throw a handful of oats in, perfect exceptttt i have a weird hatred of cleaning my blender

    • Nicola says

      Also I made your minted orzo salad yesterday (Sunday in Australia) AND your chicken stew and now I won’t be buying $10 sandwiches all week! (Lucky because I already bought myself a new wallet in anticipation of the savings)

    • Amanda says

      Clean a Blender – I’ve heard a good way to clean a blender is to pour in warm water, some soup and hit the blend button. Pour it all out and rinse it out. GOOD TO GO. :)

      • Amanda says

        Er… that’s supposed to be ‘some soap.’ Pouring in soup would defeat the purpose of cleaning it. Ha! 😉

  3. says

    I still really like chewing :) I too can’t quite get behind the blended craze. I seem to put all the same stuff people put in the blendor into a bowl with a spoon and totally enjoy it!

  4. Juniper says

    Hi Andie,

    How long did the smoothie keep you feeling full and satisfied? Like you, I am hesitant to go through the fuss of making one for a meal if I’m going to be hungry in 2 hours.

    • Andie says

      Hey Juniper,

      I was feeling good and satisfied for 3 solid hours before my mind started to wander to lunch.


  5. says

    Nice pics. I regularly make smoothies on the weekend. One of my favorite combos is plain yogurt, banana (fresh), mango (frozen) and peaches (frozen) spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamon. Adding spices to smoothies adds an extra layer of enjoyment. Smells yummy too.

  6. Pam S says

    That is still my current fear of drinking my breakfast since it’s the meal I look forward to the most! So how was the staying power of your smoothie?

    • Andie says

      Hey Pam,

      I was full for 3 hours on this smoothie, which was better than the two hours that I expected, but still not quite as great my normal bowl of oatmeal.


  7. Mandy says

    I love a chocolate peanut butter smoothie with unsweetened cocoa, peanut butter, unsweetened almond milk, scoop of choc pb whey protein, handful of spinach, and a few ice cubes. Its like dessert! YUM!

  8. Kim says

    I have a smoothie for breakfast every day during the week, since I can make it and take it with me, then drink it through my first period class (I am a high school teacher). I have a total intolerance to cow’s milk dairy or dairy proteins, so I make mine with a container of non-dairy soy yogurt, a chopped banana, one cup of frozen mixed berries, and a cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk. When I am feeling particularly healthy, I throw in a handful of spinach (yay fiber!). Pretty filling, although I typically end up eating an apple or orange for a snack around 10:30 or 11:00 (usually do the smoothie around 8:00-8:30). Good stuff!

    • Andie says

      This spinach addition that everyone is doing is something I’ve got to try. I have a feeling I’m missing out on something.

      Thanks for sharing, Kim!


  9. Taterbug says

    Oh, how I LOVE breakfast smoothies! And yep, I add Greek yogurt to mine along with some milk, and I’ve never noticed the tang overpowering the other ingredients. All the protein added by the yogurt really helps for staying power, too; it’s unusual for me to be hungry before lunch when I have one of these in the morning. My fave combination is a heaping cup of frozen strawberries and blueberries, 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, a cup of milk, a teaspoon of natural peanut butter, and a couple tablespoons of cocoa powder, along with some sweetener if I’m so inclined. When I really want a protein powerhouse (like if I’m lifting weights that day), I’ll add a scoop of protein powder to the mix. I usually drink about half of it for breakfast and save the other half for an afternoon snack or a post-workout boost. I even purchased a special blender cup that detaches from the base, so I can just store the leftover smoothie in a fridge for later. I am THAT addicted…

    • Andie says

      Is it a Magic Bullet? I was tempted to buy one at Target this weekend just because of the infomercial.


      • Jessa Lefebvre says

        I LOVE my magic bullet!!

        I would never eat breakfast – because I am always in a rush in the morning. Every once in a while I would bring out the blender, but it’s so difficult to clean! Once I got my magic bullet I started having smoothies everyday for breakfast! I still haven’t perfected a recipe, although I have found that since I started adding greek yogurt it has a lot better staying power! I can’t wait to try this recipe tomorrow! (or maybe as dessert made with chocolate milk!!)


        • Jessa Lefebvre says

          So I tried it with chocolate milk this morning! It was delicious! And I was not hungry for 3 hours after!! So surprising for me!! Definitely love this recipe!! :)

          Thanks! Jessa

      • Taterbug says

        Mine is actually a cheapo Hamilton Beach personal blender with a travel lid – but I’ve had it for five years and it’s still going strong, so I’m not complaining! It’s so nice that it’s dishwasher-safe, too; I hate hand-cleaning my big blender.

  10. Tia says

    This is my favorite smoothie! I’ve been making it for months. My husband thinks I’m crazy and that PB doesn’t belong in a smoothie. He is obviously wrong. I do use a Greek Yogurt/milk combo and love it. I also freeze the bananas and its so like a perfect milkshake.

  11. Aubrey says

    I had the same reservations about smoothies, but I was pleasantly surprised too! I had one similar to your recipe for breakfast today. I’ve found that adding protein powder makes it feel a little bit more substantial and long-lasting, although that could just be in my head. I don’t like using ice though, frozen fruit of any kind definitely gives it a creamier texture and a more pure taste. I think my favorite variation I’ve tried so far is frozen mango chunks, spinach, 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder, unsweetened almond milk. Pretty simple and very tasty! Looks like a lot of people have mentioned spinach and honestly as far as the taste goes, I can’t tell a difference. You just get more of a nutritional punch.

  12. Jennifer says

    I LOVE smoothies. I actually had a very similar smoothie for breakfast this morning. I added chia seeds & flax seeds for extra staying power (crossing fingers). The recipe also calls for 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon and 1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar. It was good, but I think it felt more like a dessert smoothie rather than a breakfast one.

  13. Lisa says

    I’m loving a strawberry/banana/kale smoothie. My husband swears the kale can cure hangovers, and gives him secret energy powers. Me, I just feel like the kale detoxifies and I feel good and clean when I drink it. I don’t drink them for breakfast though, just lunch on the weekends and days off during the week when I’m busy. It’s too cold for breakfast … I like something warm with my coffee. I use a big dollop of greek yogurt, half a bunch of kale, 6-10 strawberries, and 2 bananas, and then 3-4 cups of water and throw in some chia seeds if I have them. My husband, my 2 year old and I share this for lunch. It’s great.

  14. says

    This looks delicious! I like to have a smoothie for breakfast from time to time. Especially when I am in a hury and want something I can grab and go. (Most other days I prefer to sit down and chew my food 😉 ) My favorite combination is actually also a banana – peanut butter blend. I always freeze my bananas as soon as they get a bit to mushy for my taste and I just use frozen bananas for smoothies. I would also omit one tbsp of peanut butter and add 1/4 cup of oats, a dash of cinnamon and you can call me a happy gal.

  15. Annie says

    Almond milk, Kale, pineapple (not too much), banana, peanut butter, vanilla greek yogurt, ice cubes…blend it all together and yum! Keeps me full for around 3-3.5 hours.

  16. Amanda morey says

    Oh man! I love this smoothie combo! I also add cocoa power for a copy cat of Starbucks chocolate banan smoothie. I also use kefir instead of milk and like the protein it provides. It also comes in flavors; so i take raspbberry kefir and use blackberries as the fruit.

  17. Danielle says

    I’ve always wanted to try smoothies and putting some spinach leaves with it to get my greens. I’m rather picky when it comes to fruits and vegetables. But I think in order to actually get a round to trying these smoothies….I probably need a blender, ha ha :)

  18. says

    i’ve been drinking smoothies since i did the whole living challenge last year. since joining my gym, and trying to incorporate more protein, i’m drinking them even more. most often, i use protein powder to get extra protein (either vanilla or chocolate), 1 banana, 1 spoonful of PB, and milk. sometimes i use both chocolate and vanilla powder, sometimes i add a couple other kinds of fruit, like a couple strawberries or a few pieces of mango or pineapple. i also generally add a handful of spinach to get an extra veggie. it always tastes like an ice cream sundae…and that’s fine with me! =)

    • Taterbug says

      I’ve only ever used whey powder. I’m a big fan of ISO Sensation 93, especially the Cookies ‘n Cream flavor. It mixes really easily, it doesn’t taste chalky, and one scoop has a whopping 30 grams of protein. It can be pretty expensive on Amazon, but I’ve found good prices on it at Lucky Vitamin. I’ve also heard good things about BSN Lean Dessert Protein powders, but I haven’t tried them personally. I sure want to, though, with flavors like Whipped Vanilla Cream and Fresh Cinnamon Roll. Yum!

  19. says

    I always start my day with a bowl of porridge oats with milk and a whey protein shake. But having start a new job were I have to get up earlier, haven’t got time to eat it now.
    So I just blend it, 2 scoops of oats, 2 scoops of chocolate whey protein, 400ml milk and two tablespoons of flaxseed for healthy fats.
    Takes a few minutes to prepare and drink. Tastes ok as well.

  20. Deon says

    I’ve been…well I won’t call it a diet because im not dieting just eating cleaner (no fried food no butter never liked sodas or candy bars etc) Since January. And unlike most people who make goals around New years I am not slowing down! but I love fruit and love that peanut butter is filling with just a small amount. This recipe seems like a real winner and I’ll definitely try it out first thing in the morning. Real good Breakfast substitute! Thank you. I’ll check out your other recipes as well!!

  21. Chelsey says

    I have one of these fairly often… I actually just had one right now because I’ve been sick and hardly eating and I don’t want to go into starvation mode. For a snack, I do peanut butter, banana, unsweetened almond milk, cinnamon and a bit of honey. For breakfast I also throw in 1/2 cup uncooked rolled oats – put them in first so they get nice and ground up. It’s super filling for less than 400 calories!

  22. TARA says

    This is pretty much the best thing ever. I made it every morning for breakfast before work. Thanks!!

  23. says

    Great and simple recipe. I tried this out but added half a cup of raisins for that extra pop. What’s great about this kind of smoothie is that the peanut butter actually gets digested over a long period of time so you don’t have to snack in-between meals.

  24. Laura says

    I made this and liked it but wanted to add a little more to it. I added about a quarter cup of raw oats and cinnamon to it. I also froze my peeled bananas. Was fantastic!

  25. Dodgeball5 says

    Yum! Thanks for this recipe – it’s simple, fast and delicious. This will become a breakfast favorite! I will definitely try freezing my banana next time. Will also try with a bit of oats. This is filling a satisfies any sweet or peanut butter cravings. It’s pure yumminess!

  26. Cheryl K says

    I just made this smoothie and it’s excellent. We used almond butter and it worked well.
    But, my biggest reason for posting is that I am reading Andie’s memoir right now (it will be available early 2015). Andie’s writing is raw, honest and captivating. From the first page you are pulled in to her story and her struggle. My deepest gratitude to Andie for having the guts to tell her story!

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