PB&J Smoothie

A tasty – and surprisingly satisfying – smoothie inspired by everyone’s favorite sandwich.

Total Time: 5 minutes

PB&J Smoothie recipe: A tasty - and surprisingly satisfying - smoothie recipe inspired by everyone's favorite sandwich, peanut butter and jelly. Vegan.

PB&J Smoothie recipe: A tasty - and surprisingly satisfying - smoothie recipe inspired by everyone's favorite sandwich, peanut butter and jelly. Vegan.

I’ve spent much of my adult life fearing the dreaded root canal. And last week, I finally had that fear realized. Was it painful, you ask? Was it torture? Pure h-e-double-hockeysticks? Nope! My root canal was awesome! It was fast, it was painless (once I was finally numb enough), and most of all, it was pure relief, baby. Sometimes you don’t realize just quite how much pain you were in until the pain’s gone. Ahhhhhhh. All better. Take that, tooth! In your face, fear!

Several hours after the whole affair, I was really, really hungry – and still really really numb. A liquid dinner was going to have to be on the menu; the only question was, which smoothie should I make? My mind first turned to one of these, but I was craving something fruity – and I needed something dairy-free.

PB&J Smoothie: A tasty - and surprisingly satisfying - smoothie recipe inspired by everyone's favorite sandwich.

The combo of strawberries and peanut butter reminds me of my fave peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but in smoothie form. No bread – or, thankfully, chewing – needed!

PB&J Smoothie

Yield: 1 large or 2 small smoothies

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

A tasty - and surprisingly satisfying - smoothie inspired by everyone's favorite sandwich.


  • 1 medium banana*
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (I use unsweetened) (or milk of choice)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter (I like creamy natural-style) + more for topping if desired
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries**
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes


Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a glass and drizzle with additional peanut butter if desired. If your peanut butter is thick, place it in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for about 30 seconds until thinned; it should be easier to drizzle when warm.
* Can sub a frozen banana; you may want to reduce or omit the ice cubes and/or increase the almond milk. ** Can sub fresh strawberries; they can blend up rather watery so you may want to increase the ice cubes and/or decrease the almond milk.

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Karen Raye

Kare is a vegetarian home cook living among carnivores. She loves creating irresistible and flexible recipes that help multi-vore families like hers keep the peace - deliciously.

21 Responses to “PB&J Smoothie”

  1. Hi Kare,
    I just wanted to say I love the direction that your blog is going. After a 30-day Vegan experience last year my diet has been moving more dairy-free in addition to the meat-free direction it was already going. I love finding good whole-food, vegetarian (vegan-leaning) blogs. They make life so much easier! Keep up the good work!

    • Thank you so much, Michelle! It’s been an interesting transformation and I’ll admit I’ve felt a little lost in this blog space as I’ve embraced healthier and more plant-based foods. It’s *so* not how I started out! So I really appreciate hearing this. 🙂

  2. I was feeling something sweet for dessert and this was perfect and surprisingly healthy 🙂

    Hope you have a speedy recovery! 

  3. This is gorgeous! I absolutely love PB&J Smoothies 🙂 So perfect when there is no bread in the house! haha. 

  4. I have all these ingredients! So excited to make this tomorrow 🙂

  5. Peanut butter and jelly is my favorite–this smoothie is totally perfect for me!

  6. Found your site on pinterest just now. Everything looks mouthwateringly delicious!

  7. I hope you are back on solids now and feeling good! I can’t wait to try this one for breakfast next week. I didn’t grow up with PB&J (not really an Aussie thing) but as an adult I have a new-found appreciation of the combination 🙂 And, you’ve just reminded me, I should probably go for a check up…

  8. Going to the dentist is the WORST, because of this very reason!  I am always so hungry afterwards, but I’m either too numb to eat without chomping a hole in my mouth, or in too much pain because the anesthesia wore off to eat real food.

    Smoothies to the rescue!  I just adore the color of this smoothie, and I know the peanut butter will add some “sticking” power to it.  Thank you for sharing 🙂

  9. This looks so delicious! Love the peanut butter swirl!

  10. I’m actually looking for something refreshing and sweet to drink today and this is what I’m exactly looking for. This is just perfect. Thanks for sharing this.

  11. This is instantly going to halve my carb intake by at least 70% 😉 Thank you so much! My kids will also be singing your praises after I whip this up for them after school 🙂

  12. We are on the search for a good PB&J smoothie. Unfortunately, they never seem to turn out quite right without adding sugars. We always use organic, unsweetened almond milk and PB. So before I try this one, i wanted to ask you if you are using sweetened almond milk and PB? Or unsweetened?

    • Thank you, Tonya, for asking that. I usually specify but forgot in this recipe! I always use unsweetened almond milk. Sometimes vanilla, but usually plain. Both are good in this smoothie. I also use all-natural peanut butter with no added sugar.

  13. Super excited to see you use unsweetened too! Going to have to search all your smoothies now! LOL!

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