This creamy PB&J Smoothie with Greek yogurt, strawberries, and peanut butter is a protein packed smoothie that tastes like the classic sandwich. Easy, nutritious, and filling. Jump to Recipe
If you are a huge lover of a classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich, then this smoothie recipe is for you! This PB&J smoothie is made with fresh (or frozen) strawberries, creamy peanut butter, and tart Greek yogurt. It comes together in just minutes – a sweet and nutty breakfast idea!
Smoothies are one of the most versatile drinks you can make, and I love creating them from some of my favorite foods. This recipe is inspired by one of my favorite sandwiches growing up: classic peanut butter and jelly!
Now, for this smoothie, I didn’t use any actual jelly, but the strawberries and Greek yogurt taste like strawberry jelly. So, works for me! It’s one of my kids all-time favorite smoothies along with this Strawberry Mango Smoothie.
I have to admit- This is not your typical fruit and yogurt smoothie. There are so many layers to this drink! The flaxseed gives it a thick texture, while the peanut butter and almond milk add nutty overtones. Then, it’s all sweetened with honey.
This PB and J smoothie is one that you can enjoy for breakfast, as a post-workout snack, or as a sweet dessert after dinner.<[p>
Keep reading, and I’ll share a bunch of tips, ingredient swaps and answer all your smoothie-making questions.
Key Ingredients for PB&J Smoothie
One of the best things about this smoothie is how versatile it is! You can use a different type of fruit, milk, or even nut butter. Play around with the ingredients and come up with a smoothie that you love. Here is a bit more information about what’s in it:
- Strawberries: Use either fresh or frozen strawberries. If you use fresh berries, cut them up, remove the stems, and add some ice to give it the classic smoothie texture.
- Greek Yogurt: It’s best to use plain nonfat yogurt. If you use sweetened yogurt, add less honey.
- Peanut Butter: Either natural or processed peanut butter will work fine, as long as it is creamy. To keep the calorie count lower, use peanut butter that doesn’t have any added sugar.
- Honey: Use as much honey as you need to get it to taste as sweet as you like it. Honey dissolves perfectly into this peanut butter and jelly smoothie – much better than granulated or brown sugar.
- Vanilla Extract: Either pure vanilla extract or vanilla essence will work fine. It adds a deeper flavor to the peanut butter and jelly smoothie!
- Almond Milk: Unsweetened, plain almond milk is best for this recipe. If you use vanilla almond milk, skip adding more vanilla to it.
- Flaxseed Meal: This is optional, but it really boosts the fiber count and gives the smoothie more protein.
Recipe Tips And Ideas
Follow these tips to make sure that this smoothie turns out creamy every single time!
- Freeze your own strawberries. Cut them up and save them in individual sandwich bags so you can grab them and add them to your smoothie to save time.
- Add the strawberries and peanut butter first and then the rest of the ingredients on top. This will help them blend smoother.
- Scrape the sides of the blender and then keep blending it until it’s nice and creamy.
What To Serve With A Peanut Butter And Jelly Smoothie
This smoothie is full of fiber, protein, and natural sugars, so it could be a complete breakfast by itself. If you are craving an additional protein boost, grab some protein pancakes and top them with bananas.
Another option that will taste amazing with the smoothie is banana protein oatmeal. You can make it in the microwave, so it’s super-fast and it tastes delicious!
You could also just grab some savory bacon or sausage and munch on it while you enjoy your strawberry smoothie.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some questions I frequently get asked about by some readers…
Can I use a different type of fruit?
Yes, that’s the fun thing about this recipe! It is so easy to switch things up. Instead of strawberries, try using blueberries, raspberries, or even some frozen peaches. I used jelly and marmalade as my inspiration, so you can too. Think of your favorite fruit spread and replicate it in this smoothie.
Keep in mind that each type of fruit has a different amount of calories and sugar, so if you use something else, the nutrition facts in this recipe won’t be accurate.
Can I use a different type of nut or seed butter?
Yes, this is another way to customize this recipe. If you are allergic to peanuts, just use a different type of nut or seed butter. Just make sure you always choose the creamy version.
This will taste amazing with almond butter, cashew butter, or even SunButter. Sun butter is made from sunflower seeds and has a very mild taste that mixes in really well with smoothies.
How do I make this peanut butter and jelly smoothie sugar-free?
Strawberries and Greek yogurt all have natural sugar, so it’s impossible to make this recipe completely sugar-free. However, if you want to make it lower in carbs, then you can replace the honey with a liquid sugar substitute like Stevia drops.
What can I use instead of almond milk?
Any other type of milk that you use will alter how many calories the smoothie has. I suggest always choosing a milk substitute that is unsweetened. Coconut milk is my favorite thing to use in smoothies if I don’t have almond milk. It has a mild flavor and doesn’t change the texture of it too much.
If you aren’t lactose intolerant, you are welcome to use dairy milk. I also love using oat milk because it is so creamy and gives my smoothies a really fantastic texture.
Can I add protein powder to this PB&J smoothie?
If you want to add protein powder to it, don’t use flaxseed meal because it will make it too thick. You are welcome to use a scoop of plain protein powder, but you might have to add a bit more almond milk to it to keep it from becoming too thick.
When you add protein powder, it becomes more of a shake than a smoothie.