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This Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie is loaded with blueberries, bananas and peanut butter all layered in a jar with vanilla yogurt and topped with peanuts and peanut butter!
My kids love smoothies for breakfast and so do I! In fact, this summer, we got my husband to enjoy a smoothie for the first time ever- peanut butter and banana. The weather has been hot and a smoothie is an amazing way to pack nutrients into your body. One of my favorite smoothies is this peanut butter and jelly smoothie. You’re going to love it!
When planning this smoothie, I wanted the colors to look really beautiful. I went with blueberries for antioxidants and color but feel free to use strawberries or raspberries instead. I added frozen cauliflower for a boost of veggies. Frozen spinach or baby spinach are my typical go-to veggies for smoothies but for this smoothie, I didn’t want the color to be green. Feel free to skip the cauliflower if you prefer.
What makes this smoothie super tasty along with the blueberries is the peanut butter. Peanut butter adds protein, fiber and healthy fat to your smoothie. It helps you stay full for longer as well. The combination of the blueberries and peanut butter gives a PB and J flavor in a lower-sugar way than using jelly.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie Ingredients
- Blueberries– for color, antioxidants and the jelly flavor. Frozen or fresh work great.
- Bananas– go for ripe banana as it adds natural sweetness to the smoothie. I prefer most of my smoothies with bananas for that creamy texture and sweet flavor.
- 2% milk– use whatever milk you like but we use 2% milk. I like that real milk has 8 grams of protein, calcium and vitamin D.
- Frozen cauliflower– adds fiber and nutrients. Totally optional!
- Peanut butter– adds tons of flavor, protein and fiber. Helps keep you full.
- Ground flax– 100% optional but I love to sneak it in smoothies for my kids for omega-3 and fiber.
- Peanut powder– also optional but I like it to make the smoothie more filling and give it a stronger peanut butter flavor.
- Peanuts– to top
I wanted to make this peanut butter and jelly smoothie really fun so I layered it with vanilla yogurt in a glass. Topped with drizzled peanut butter and chopped peanuts for crunch and flavor. So delicious! My family loved this smoothie. I would make this PB and J smoothie on school days but skip the layering part. This smoothie is packed with protein, fiber and vitamins to start your day off on a great note.
Why Eat Peanuts and Peanut Butter
First of all, the obvious answer is because they’re delicious! Also, a new study from the University of South Australia found that eating lightly salted peanuts twice a day led to weight loss, lowered blood pressure and helped improve fasting glucose levels. The study group that had ate the peanuts had an extra 400 calories per day and still lost weight. This could be cause peanuts help keep you full for longer.
Peanuts contain high levels of arginine which is an amino acid which helps to dilate blood vessels and lowers blood pressure. They are also rich in magnesium which regulates blood pressure.
For the improved glucose levels, the last few years, studies have shown that peanuts and peanut butter can help diabetics live a healthier life and help prevent type 2 diabetes.
I choose to eat peanut butter daily and peanuts often because they add a boost of healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, 19 micronutrients, fiber and protein. They make the greatest addition to my breakfasts and snacks through the day and my entire family loves them both.
This post is sponsored by The Peanut Institute. I feel proud to partner with them because we are huge fans of all peanut products!