Peanut Butter Protein Power Smoothie

Yep, more protein! In last Wednesday’s post, I talked about my recent decision to start including extra protein wherever I can think to add it. So, naturally, more of the recipes I share here are going to have more protein in them while I see how this new dietary tweak goes. I hope that’s cool with you!

When I decided to start packing more protein into my recipes, naturally, smoothies were one of the first things to come to mind. I mean, I’m already on a smoothie kick. So: smoothie kick, meet protein kick. And then hello, Peanut Butter Protein Power Smoothie.

Peanut Butter Protein Power Smoothie |

I know lots of smoothie-lovers out there like to supercharge their smoothies with protein powders. But I don’t want to go there if I don’t have to. I like the idea of sticking with whole foods – so this smoothie gets its protein from peanut butter, chia seeds, flaxseeds, yogurt, and whole milk.

Peanut Butter Protein Power Smoothie |

With all of those protein-rich ingredients, this sweet, creamy smoothie boasts nearly 17 grams of protein. Seriously! It’s also about 375 calories – so plan your meals accordingly. I like to drink this as a meal in itself – it’s a super-quick, super-satisfying pick-me-up for breakfast or lunch.

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Peanut Butter Protein Power Smoothie

This sweet, creamy smoothie boasts nearly 17 grams of protein. If you're a vegan, just leave out the dairy and add 1/2 cup or so of your favorite milk. The protein content drops a bit, but it's still a nice, healthy dose overall.


  • 1 medium frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup plain lowfat yogurt
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon natural-style peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseeds or flaxseed meal


Place all ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a large glass and serve with a straw.
I use the recipe analyzer at to determine protein and calorie content. It's a great tool for scoping out nutrition info!
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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.