For those of you who love peanut butter and banana toast, have I got a smoothie idea for you!
This recipe for a peanut butter banana smoothie is so delicious and filling, you might not even be hungry for lunch.
This is the breakfast I make when I have so much going on that I won’t be able to break for lunch until 1pm or later. It stays with me from 7am to 1pm with no tummy growls whatsoever.
This power smoothie stays with you like no other smoothie I’ve tried. It is delicious and tastes like a healthy version of a peanut butter banana shake.
Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies: The Key is the Peanut Butter
I have to say that the key to the fantastic taste of this smoothie is the quality of the peanut butter you choose. If you use Skip or Jif (I certainly hope not!), I think you will be disappointed.
My family and I are peanut butter aficionados. We are very picky about the brands we buy. Peanut butter in our house is serious business.
The consensus of every single member of my family is that the Maranatha organic creamy, hint of sea salt peanut butter is quite simply, the best peanut butter on Planet Earth. Don’t be dissuaded by the fact that you will need to vigorously stir together the peanut butter and the unrefined peanut oil on top when you first open it. You will realize that the extra effort is worth it when you taste it.
Sprouts and Whole Foods regularly have it on sale for around $5-6 per jar.
Watch out, though. Maranatha makes an organic, creamy no stir peanut butter that looks almost exactly the same. It has sugar in it and isn’t nearly as tasty. I don’t know about you, but quality peanut butter made with Valencia peanuts needs no sugar to boost the flavor. Good peanut butter stands on its own – roasted peanuts only.
Avoid Raw Peanut Butter
What about raw peanut butter? I would suggest to avoid eating raw peanuts in any form as they are one of those foods that are high in lectins. Yes, it’s always best to skip those buckets of raw peanuts on the table at some restaurants!
These powerful anti-nutrients are easily deactivated by heat, so stick with roasted. Boiled peanuts are safe to eat too unless there is an peanut allergy of course.
Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie Recipe
This peanut butter banana smoothies is a must try for those that love these two foods together on toast.
- 2 cups whole milk yogurt preferably grassfed and organic
- 2 bananas large, ripe, preferably organic
- 1/3 cup peanut butter roasted, preferably organic
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 drops stevia extract
- 1-2 Tbl collagen peptides optional
- 1 Tbl plantain or banana flour optional
Place all ingredients in a large mason jar
Blend with a handheld blender until very smooth
Refrigerate leftovers and use within 1-2 days.
Whole milk kefir or clabbered milk may be substituted for yogurt.
If you are working on improving gut health, adding a very small amount of banana flour to this smoothie helps with insulin control and keeping gut probiotics happy. One-half teaspoon is a good amount to start with, working up to 1-3 tablespoons over time.
More Smoothie Recipes to Try
- Kefir smoothie
- Coconut milk smoothie
- Clabbered raw milk smoothie
- Almond milk smoothie
- Cottage cheese smoothie
- Raspberry lassi recipe
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
I’m a bit confused. I read your article ” How Drinking Bulletproof coffee Shoots You in the Foot”. In it you mention that smoothies are a poor breakfast choice as they do not help the body produce ample seratonin and melatonin, resulting in poor sleep. You said the addition of collagen powder didn’t help and encouraged eating a real breakfast. In addition to the mold issue with some peanuts, is the high omega 6 content an issue? That said, could you help clarify your thoughts on the matter?
I think you have my article confused with another. There is no mention of smoothies in my article on Bulletproof coffee. As long as the smoothie contains adequate protein, it is fine for breakfast! I certainly would not recommend a fruit only smoothie to start the day.
Yes, peanuts have issues with mold, which is why a high quality brand is a must as suggested in the post. The best brands use valencia peanuts grown in dry climate which reduces this problem significantly. Here’s my article on peanut oil to clarify: https://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/peanut-oil/
It has mostly omega-9 (monounsaturated fats). Omega-6 are reasonably high, but certainly not as high as other oils like grapeseed oil.
This looks delicious. I haven’t been eating peanut butter because of something I read several years ago–I think it was that the fats in peanut butter can cause hormonal issues. I wish I could remember more of the specifics. Do you know anything about that? I know you do your research on food, so if you’re comfortable eating peanut butter, then I’ll happily add it back to my diet! 🙂
Thank you for your great blog. It’s one of my favorites.
Use maple syrup instead of stevia…. yummy
What about the mold problem called aflatoxins?
Good point. This is a very good reason to avoid cheap peanut butter. The best tasting roasted peanut butters use valencia peanuts which grow best in a dry climate where aflatoxin risks are low.
Hi, Sarah, and thanks, again, for the wonderful work you do. Regarding nut enriched smoothies, I prefer almond butter, due to various components in peanuts I’d rather avoid. Is the tendency of the oil to oxidize, and become rancid, not a factor in prepared nut butters? Also, are you aware of any scientific or clinical evidence that consuming raw walnuts may cause an infestation of liver flukes, as I’ve heard? Thanks, again.
I’ve not come across any research of that nature regarding raw walnuts.
I feel really great from eating organic peanuts by chewing them completely into a smooth paste before swallowing them or eating organic smooth peanut butter but I always experience rectal bleeding the day after. I assume it is the lectins causing this. Any suggestions on how I can consume peanut butter without negative effects on my digestive system?
The BEST way to consume peanuts is to soak them in salted water for a few hours and then roast them. Roasted alone is ok, but not the absolute ideal. If you have issues with the anti-nutrients and eat it frequently, best to go the extra step. This article has instructions plus video for soaking peanuts (they are actually a legume, not a nut). https://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/video-raw-nuts-done-right/
I love all your articles and am interested in your comments about cocoa powder. Does this mean that dark chocolate is not a good source of antioxidants as we are being told?
Dark chocolate is indeed loaded with anti-oxidants. However cocoa is also loaded with phytates which block mineral absorption. So go easy. Enjoy but moderation is always a very good policy 🙂
What is the health difference between this peanut butter and the soaked kinds? Thanks!
Thank you for the info on peanut butter. I’ve been trying to strengthen some teeth and have been trying to cut out anti nutrients. I LOVE peanut butter chocolate smoothies and am glad to know that I should be able to eat roasted nut butter without a problem then. I had stumbled on something saying to be cautious of raw cacao for similar reasons, would you agree? Would regular organic cocoa powder have little to no anti nutrients because of the heat processing then? Thank you so much.
Cocoa powder is VERY high in phytates. One of the highest foods, actually. Not a good choice to have frequently if you are having issues with teeth. Sorry for the bad news 🙁
Thanks for the great recipe, I tried this recipe at lunch today and both my husband and I liked it, so simple and easy but so filling and tasty. I have your website on my desk top and check to see what great things you put on your site every couple of days. Your site has been an inspiration and a help in many ways.
Glad you liked the smoothie! And thank you for the kind words 🙂 Much appreciated!