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.
What is PBJ?
PBJ stands for peanut butter and jelly. 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.
How does this peanut butter, raspberry and banana smoothie taste?
I think that this is a fantastic smoothie. It has a gorgeous pink colour from the raspberries, a creaminess from the banana and a lovely hint of peanut butter. It’s 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 but this is optional if you don’t have any. And you can change up the fruit to whatever you have – strawberries work well too.
Here’s how to make this PBJ smoothie
It really is as simple as putting all the ingredients together in a blender and pressing go. Simple and delicious!
- 100 g frozen raspberries or strawberries
- 1 large banana
- 50 g unsweetened peanut butter
- 250 ml 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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