The best thing about homemade smoothies is that they can taste like desserts, but actually pack impressive health benefits.
And this peanut butter banana smoothie is as decadent-tasting as a sundae, but it’s healthy enough to eat for breakfast.
How to Make Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies
Here’s what you need to make this frosting breakfast recipe in five minutes:
Large frozen bananas. Freeze them for 2 to 3 hours before making your smoothie. I always keep a few peeled, chopped bananas in the freezer for easy smoothie-making.
Almondmilk. I like Califia Farms unsweetened milk, but you can use a different vegan milk if you like.
Rolledoats. For gluten-free smoothies, make sure your oats are certified gluten-free. These add a lot of healthy fiber to your drink.
Vanilla. For a hint of warming, decadent flavor.
Peanutbutter. I use Earth Balance peanut butter, which is vegan-approved. I recommend natural peanut butter for this banana smoothie.
Flaxseedmeal. This helps thicken the smoothie and add healthy fats and more fiber.
Turmeric. I like to add a dash of this spice for added antioxidants. You can leave it out if you like, but you really can’t taste the turmeric over the thick banana and peanut butter flavors.
Health Benefits of Banana
Did you know that bananas are the most consumed fruit in the world? It’s because they’re naturally sweet and come in a neat package that makes transporting them easy.
And not to mention all of the health benefits they pack, including:
A great source of potassium
High in dietary fiber (great for digestion!)
May help protect against diseases including cancer and heart disease
Can help regulate blood pressure
Contain amino acids that may help preserve memory and provide a mood boost, according to studies.
And if you have digestive issues, bananas are a great option. They’re the first part of the BRAT diet, which is used to treat stomach aches.
As I’ve mentioned in my article on The Best Healthy Sugar Alternatives + Substitutes, bananas are a great source of natural sweetness without the need for added sugar
More Delicious Smoothie Recipes To Try
This 5-Ingredient Turmeric ‘Wake Up’ Smoothie includes turmeric, flaxseeds and peaches. With a hint of sweetness and spice, this smoothie is the perfect meal option for the entire family.
When it comes to this Super Green Detox Smoothie, it’s all about drinking your breakfast in one glass while getting a serving of greens at the same time. Great as a detox or a boost in digestion and immune system support. This recipe is completely natural, easy to make, and perfect as a meal replacer or as a way to kick start your day. All Vegan ingredients.
1cupAlmond milk(I use Califia Farms; You can use your fave plant-based milk!)
1/3cupRolled oats, gluten-free if preferred!(I use Bob's Red Mill)
2-3Tbspspeanut butter, Vegan-approved!(I use Earth Balance)
1tspground flaxseed meal
1/2tspground turmeric(See Notes!)
1-2Ice cubes, if needed!
Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender (adding the frozen bananas, then the rest following) and blend until smooth.
Adjust the amount of milk, depending on desired consistency, adding 1 Tbsp more at a time, if needed.
To serve—grab one or two prepared glass(es) and pour smoothie into each and grabbing a straw. Top with banana slices and a dollop of peanut butter.
Sip and enjoy!
Tips & Tricks
STORAGE: Store any leftovers in the refrigerator, tightly sealed or in a covered mason jar, ensuring that you drink it within the same day for best taste and consistency.NUT BUTTER: If preferred, you can always substitute peanut butter with Almond butter, SunButter (perfect for allergy-free needs!), Tahini (Sesame Seed Butter), Hazelnut Butter, etc.SWEETENER: Instead of using maple syrup or Agave, you can ensure that Bananas are well ripened to create more of a sweetness.TURMERIC: While adding turmeric is optional, it definitely has benefits: powerful medicinal properties, natural anti-inflammatory ingredient, increases antioxidant activity in the body, and more.FROZEN BANANAS: After peeling + slicing bananas, be sure to store them in a freezer-friendly zip loc or container and freeze for about 2-3 hours (minimum); the longer the better.