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This PB&J Smoothie has all the flavors you love of the classic sandwich but in a smoothie! Made with peanut butter, strawberries, blueberries, and milk of your choice, and made in 5 minutes, it’s a perfect quick breakfast or snack any time.
Who hasn’t had their share of the classic American sandwich, peanut butter and jelly over the years? I know we’re big fans so I was inspired to create this PB&J Smoothie when I saw a recipe for Produce For Kids’s recipe for PB& J popsicles a few years ago. I’ve changed things up a bit for the smoothie version and it’s loaded with delicious flavor.
When my son was little, he brought a peanut butter and jelly or peanut butter and honey sandwich to school for lunch nearly every day. And while he’s expanded his tastebuds a bit since then, he’s also a big fan of this Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie. You just can’t beat the flavor and it’s kid friendly!
What I love about this smoothie (and most smoothies) is that it can be made in just 5 minutes!
What Ingredients Are Needed To Make This Smoothie?
You probably have most of the ingredients for this PB&J Smoothie on hand already but if not they are super easy to find.
We like to use the natural peanut butter from Sam’s Club as it has no added sugar. It’s actually pretty reasonably priced and can be stored in the pantry making it easier to use.
Frozen blueberries and strawberries are the secret to the fruity flavor in this smoothie. You can use fresh berries too, when they’re in season, but just know the smoothie will not be as thick as when you use frozen. We like to buy the big bags of frozen fruit at the wholesale club store as they are a lot more budget friendly. We use them in lots of different smoothie recipes.
I buy the ground flax seed at Costco as it’s much more economical and we include it pretty much every time we make smoothies. But you can also find it at the grocery store. Sometimes it’s on the same aisle as cereal and oatmeal but I’ve also found it in the natural foods or bulk section of the store. Be sure you’re using ground flax seed and not the whole seeds otherwise the nutritional benefits are not the same as your body uses them differently.
The full fruit flavor paired with the peanut butter, plain yogurt and ground flax seed makes for a healthy, protein packed beverage that we enjoy most often as a quick breakfast or snack.
I feel like I need to address this as it has come up (believe it or not) before: there is no bread in this smoothie! Think all the flavors of the inside of the sandwich and that’s it.
And while the fruit is generally sweet enough, if you like you can also add a small bit of honey to sweeten it up a little more.
Make This Recipe In 5 Minutes
In case you didn’t know it already, I’m a big fan of smoothies. They are just so super quick and easy to make and easy to fill with wholesome, good-for-you ingredients.
As you measure out each of the ingredients, just add them all to the blender jar of a blender (affiliate link) (1). Puree on high until it is smoothie. Sometimes, the blueberry skins can take a bit longer to fully puree but we don’t mind if there are some bits of them in the smoothie—they are just little specs that make it more interesting!
Once you’re done blending, pour the smoothie into glasses and enjoy immediately! (2)
Make Ahead Preparation Tips
Since this Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie can be made in just 5 minutes, there’s not a whole lot to do ahead of time. But sometimes I do like to make smoothie kits to have on hand in the freezer.
How to Make a Smoothie Kit for the Freezer
Making a smoothie kit is so easy and helps shave off a little bit of time when you’re ready to blend it up! To do so, use a quart size bag to add the frozen fruit, peanut butter, plain yogurt and ground flax seed. You will add the milk the day of preparation.
Be sure to label and date the bag with its contents. I have also used SouperCubes (affiliate link) to make our kits. To do so, I like to spread some of the yogurt in the bottom of the cube space so that the chunkier ingredients have something to freeze to. Then I’ll blob on the peanut butter to spread over the top (blob is not a technical term-ha!) to kind of help it all stay together.
To use the frozen kit, just add it to the blender jar, add the milk and blend. Depending on how powerful your blender is, you might want to let the frozen fruit sit for 5 or so minutes so that it’s not quite so hard on the blender’s motor.
Making Popsicles From Smoothies
Another way to make this PB&J smoothie recipe freezer friendly is by turning extra smoothie into popsicles. We love these fun, silicone popsicle molds (affiliate link) as they are just the perfect size for a delicious snack and don’t take up too much space. Plus, they are dishwasher safe so easy to clean!
More Smoothie and Berry Recipes
If you like smoothies like I do, be sure to check out some of these favorites!
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 1.5 cups skim milk or milk of your choice
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
- ¼ cup Greek or other plain yogurt
- Combine all ingredients in blender and blend on high until smooth.
This post was originally published in April 2015 but updated in September 2020 with new photos, video, and content.
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