This peanut butter green smoothie with bananas is the perfect way to incorporate some protein, greens, and potassium into your breakfast. Best of all —it tastes amazing! Peanut butter and banana is a classic combination that everyone in the household will enjoy.
One of my favorite snacks to eat is a sliced up banana with some peanut butter on the side to eat with it. Yum! I could probably eat that every single day without ever getting sick of it.
The reason I don’t is that it has too many calories to consume just for a snack and it doesn’t fit into my daily calorie count. I try to keep my snacks between 100 – 150 calories and my banana peanut butter snack clocks in easily at over 250 calories.
So I don’t get to eat my favorite snack as much as I want. Which, truth be told, really bummed me out.
However, I could justify eating that many calories for a meal. That’s when it hit me.
I needed to create a smoothie using my two favorite snack ingredients: bananas and peanut butter!
I know I am not the first person to think of this but I felt pretty genius at the time.
Why This Green Smoothie is Absolutely Perfect
I have been drinking green smoothies for a few years now and you guys know I love them. It is such a great way to get in a solid dose of veggies especially when you don’t feel like eating a side of broccoli every night with dinner.
But, I did wonder what kale would taste like mixed up with a banana and peanut butter. For some reason that worried me even though I put kale in all my smoothies.
I decided to test the smoothie with kale despite my worries. I probably could have left it out but I drink smoothies to get my vegetables in so I knew I at least needed to give it a shot.
Well, there was no need to worry! I placed all the ingredients into my Vitamix and within two minutes, I had a super creamy and delicious banana and peanut butter green smoothie.
Of course, the color was green from the kale but the flavor was all banana, peanut butter, and a hint of sweetness from the maple syrup. Delicious and completely satisfied my craving for bananas and peanut butter!
Frequently Asked Questions About Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies
Before I jump into this recipe, I wanted to answer a few questions I received about this delicious peanut butter smoothie.
Do I Have To Use Peanut Butter?
Nope! I used peanut butter because that’s sort of our go-to nut butter in our home but you can actually use any nut butter you like. I bet you this smoothie recipe would taste AMAZING with some almond butter!
You can also swap out the peanut butter for some cashew or sunflower butter.
Should I Use Fresh Or Frozen Bananas In This Smoothie Recipe?
For this recipe, I highly recommend freezing the banana ahead of time. If not, you will have to use a cup or so of ice to get that cold smoothie consistency. I’m not saying the smoothie won’t taste good without the frozen bananas frozen but it just won’t be cold or have a thicker smoothie consistency.
It’s really up to you!
Which Is The Best Blender To Make Smoothies?
When it comes to making my breakfast smoothies, using the best blender possible is a must and makes all the difference!
I’ve been using my Vitamix for years and it’s still going strong. They are incredibly reliable and really blend up this smoothie recipe great!
Depending on what kind of blender you need, I have found that the Vitamix I own fits perfectly in my kitchen and makes the perfect serving every time.
When I purchased my blend, it came with a 20-ounce to-go cup to drink smoothies and a 40-ounce container to blends soups and sauces.
I use those all the time and they do come in handy.
Peanut Butter Green Smoothie With Bananas
Time to make a smoothie! Here are the ingredients you will need to make this green smoothie recipe:
- Frozen banana
- Almond milk
- Plain Greek yogurt
- Peanut butter
- Maple syrup
- Water (if needed)
How To Make A Green Smoothie With Peanut Butter And Bananas
Place all of the ingredients listed above into the Vitamix container and the secure lid.
Select Variable 1 on the Vitamix machine (or hit the BLEND button on your blender).
Turn the machine on and slowly increase the speed to Variable 10 and then to HIGH. Blend for about 1 minute or until you’ve reached the desired consistency.
Serve immediately and enjoy!
More Healthy Smoothie Recipes
If you loved this green smoothie recipe, you’ll love some of these easy healthy smoothie recipes!
- Blueberry Detox Smoothie
- Cherry and Blueberry Green Smoothie
- Blueberry and Kale Smoothie
- Peach Raspberry Superfood Smoothie
- Frozen Mango Smoothie
Next time you are craving something sweet and salty, give this peanut butter green smoothie a try! It even has frozen bananas for some added potassium and protein. It’s delicious! Share a picture and tag me on Instagram or Facebook if you decide to make this!
- 1 large frozen banana
- 1 cup kale
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- water if needed
- Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
- Select Variable 1. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High. Blend for 1 minute or until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately.
25 points??? It tastes great, but I rated it low due to # points.I only get 21 per day
Tammy Kresge says
Those are the carbs not the points.
This is only 173 calories? Really?
Jaye T. Marshall says
Question, if I leave out the banana would the taste be ok still? I’m allergic to bananas & want to try this but wasn’t sure if it would turn out ok.
First Id like to say I LOVE the PB/Kale/banana smoothie, however I have a question that I hope isn’t too silly. From what I’m reading the recipe should make 4 cups total? I read it serves 2 and One serving is 2 cups. I’ve followed the recipe and made it several times, but I only get 2 cups total each time.
Tammy Kresge says
Thanks for this feedback. I will double check everything.
My cousin told me to use frozen kale or spinach for you will not taste it, will not even know you put it in there, not sure have not tried it.
Mario & Michelle says
YUM! It look so good and very easy to do. I’m a big fan of Banana. I will do it at this weekend.
Just curious how you calculated the calories for this? I get:
Peanut Butter: 105
Almond Milk: 30
Maple syrup: 18
Total: 340. This is quite a bit more than the 173 on your recipe card. Am I mistaken?
Either way, thanks for the recipe!
Tammy Kresge says
the recipe makes 2 portions.
Tammy Kresge says
This recipe makes 2 servings
Madhavi Rao says
This is an amazing recipe! I love peanut butter and banana but have trouble getting my kale in.
The smoothie was delic and a treat! I couldn’t even taste the kale. It is also very filling and satisfying. Thanks for the great recipe tip!
I don’t have maple syrup, can I replace that with agave nectar or honey or something similar? I really want to try all these recipes.