A delicious and healthy PBJ smoothie inspired by the classic sandwich filling – peanut butter and jam (or jelly depending on where you’re from). No added sugar, vegan and kid friendly.
Disclaimer: there isn’t actually any jam (or jelly depending on where you’re from) in this smoothie. But it is packed full of peanut butter, raspberries and banana.
Did you grow up with PBJ sandwiches? Here in the UK it’s not a common sandwich filling but it’s definitely one that I was aware of from American films and TV while I was growing up. Although it took me ages to realise that the jelly was actually jam – I honestly thought they put the kind of jelly we used to get at kids parties in sandwiches with peanut butter. Now that would be weird. Come to think of it what do they even call jelly in the US?
PBJ as a sandwich – or more accurately toast – filling came into my life when I moved in with my husband and I learnt that this was his breakfast of choice – two slices of toast sandwiched together with peanut butter and raspberry jam. He got into it when travelling in the US in his early twenties and hasn’t looked back since. I can’t say that I have embraced it as much as he has but I do like peanut butter and I do like raspberries so I thought I’d stick them together in a smoothie and see how it turned out.
And the result? Delicious. This is fast becoming my new favourite smoothie. I love that it has natural protein in it from the peanut butter. I like to add a little flax seed for an extra health kick. And you can change up the fruit to whatever you have – strawberries work well too.
Here’s how to make this PBJ smoothie
- 100g frozen raspberries or strawberries
- 1 large banana
- 50g unsweetened peanut butter
- 250ml milk (I used oat milk)
- 1 tbsp milled flaxseed (optional)
- Place all the ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until well combined.
- If you've used crunchy peanut butter you may need to blend more than once.
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