Smoothies are a daily go-to for me. Not only because they’re a perfect way to pack in protein and a ton of nutrients without making a mess in the kitchen, but they’re so quick and easy to make as a snack or meal replacement, especially on those super busy days. My favorite time to have them is after a morning workout to refuel and set the tone for the day. This peanut butter and raspberry smoothie checks all the boxes of a well-balanced meal and delivers all the best flavor – it brings me right back to eating a PB&J every single say of my childhood. And did I mention it’s only 7 ingredients?
Just like a classic PB&J, this smoothie not only makes for a tasty breakfast, but a great snack for anytime of day. You’ll almost always catch me enjoying mine for breakfast, but if I’m in a pinch and hanger strikes in the afternoon? It’s a PB&J emergency. Get the blender, let it rip. Problem solved, simple and delicious. Also, basically every ingredient in this one is a superfood in its own right. Doesn’t get any better than that!
A NOSTALGIC TREAT, MADE HEALTHY
Like I said, my childhood was essentially PB&J on repeat. But back then it was loaded with high fructose corn syrup and sandwiched between white bread – it’s time our childhood classic glowed up. In this smoothie, we’re packing in the nutrients to support our brains and bodies to survive adulthood – and who has the time for a sugar crash?
Peanut butter is loaded with so many good, health-promoting nutrients – it’s rich in heart-healthy fats, vitamins E & B6, magnesium and selenium, and is a great added source of protein. Bananas are a great source of potassium, manganese (which helps your body make collagen – we love a good skincare benefit!), can aid digestion and always adds the creamiest texture to any smoothie.
The sweet, tart flavor of the raspberries pairs perfectly with the creamy PB & banana, plus they are high in fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The flaxseeds provide additional fiber and nutrients, and the protein powder balances it all out as protein helps to curb hunger, boost energy and aid in cell & tissue repair throughout the body. All the things!
If you need help choosing a non-chalky protein powder, I’ve got you! You can check out my favorite protein powders in this post: My 5 Favorite Protein Powders
INGREDIENTS YOU’LL NEED:
- Unsweetened Almond Milk
- Frozen Banana
- Frozen Raspberries
- Vanilla Protein Powder
- Ground Flaxseed
- Unsweetened Peanut Butter
HOW TO MAKE A PB & RASPBERRY SMOOTHIE
I love my smoothies as cold and as thick as possible. so I either freeze the bananas and raspberries the night before, or buy the flash-frozen produce from the freezer section at the grocery store.
To make the smoothie, add the almond milk, ice, frozen banana, frozen raspberries, vanilla protein powder, ground flaxseed, and unsweetened peanut butter to your blender. Blend on high until completely smooth. Feel free to add more liquid as needed, until the smoothie reaches your desired consistency.
If you want to give it that smoothie shop/ café vibe, drizzle a bit of peanut butter in your cup before pouring your smoothie in. Grab a straw and enjoy!
RECIPE SUBSTITUTIONS & QUESTIONS
Option to use your favorite non-dairy milk instead of the almond milk the recipe calls for (I prefer unsweetened). Feel free to use a different frozen berry instead if that’s what you have – I’m sure strawberries would work nicely too; let me know if you try this!
You can also try almond butter instead of peanut butter and/or omit the flaxseeds, no problem, if you don’t have it easily available.
DO BERRIES AND PEANUT BUTTER GO WELL TOGETHER?
Berries and peanut butter are a great combination, especially in a smoothie! Together, they are high in vitamins, nutrients and protein. This combo also provides a great source of energy at any time of day, but is a really great way to refuel in the morning and/or post-workout.
HOW HEALTHY IS UNSWEETENED ALMOND MILK?
Almond milk is an excellent non-dairy milk alternative and works nicely in any smoothie recipe. Almond milk is light in flavor and is an excellent source of vitamin E, among other nutritious benefits. I prefer to buy organic & unsweetened whenever possible – ideally with minimal ingredients.
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PB & Raspberry Smoothie
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup ice
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1/3 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 serving vanilla protein powder
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 1-2 tbsp unsweetened peanut butter
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Drizzle the inside of your glass with peanut butter, then pour your smoothie in and enjoy!