Recipe: Strawberry Peanut Butter Smoothie

Fruit Recipes, Pre + Post Workout Recipes, Smoothie Recipes

By: Chris Freytag, CPT

This simple strawberry peanut butter smoothie recipe will remind you of the classic PB&J sandwich, but made sippable. We love that this delicious smoothie recipe is packed with protein and antioxidants – but made with simple ingredients.

Smoothies have a lot to offer – they can be loaded with nutrients, they’re an easy breakfast, and they are convenient and portable. We have a lot of smoothie recipes, so you’ll never get bored.

If you’re a fan of peanut butter, you’re going to love this delicious strawberry peanut butter smoothie. 

To make sure that your fruity smoothie actually keeps you full until lunchtime, make sure to include some fiber and plenty of protein. Bump up the protein in this smoothie by using Greek yogurt and your favorite protein powder.

Peanut butter is also a great way to make a smoothie more filling since it has both healthy fats and protein.

Check out my entire list of healthy smoothie recipes to kickstart your health today!


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    Ingredients You’ll Need

    • Frozen strawberries: you can use fresh strawberries, but we like using frozen ones over a fresh fruit for a thicker smoothie. 
    • Milk: use your favorite type of milk for this smoothie. Dairy milk is a good source of protein and calcium. However, there are tons of plant-based options available now too. When choosing a non-dairy milk like oat milk or almond milk, look for one that is unsweetened. 
    • Yogurt: use plain yogurt or Greek yogurt for this smoothie. Greek yogurt will bump up the protein and also make a thicker smoothie. You can also use a vanilla yogurt and omit the vanilla extract. 
    • Banana: using ½ a fresh banana in this smoothie adds some sweetness so you don’t need any added sugar as well as creaminess. Frozen ripe banana also works great. 
    • Protein powder (plain or vanilla): use your favorite protein powder in this strawberry protein smoothie. If you need advice on which to choose, we rounded up the best protein powders for weight loss
    • Peanut butter: use a natural creamy peanut butter for your smoothie. You can also use a different nut butter like almond butter or cashew butter instead of peanut butter. For those with peanut or nut allergies, sunflower seed butter is a great option. 
    • Vanilla extract: this is optional, especially if you use a vanilla protein powder or vanilla yogurt. You can also omit it if you wish – but it is delicious!


    • Add Chocolate: make a chocolatey version of this smoothie by using a chocolate protein powder OR adding a tablespoon of cocoa powder before blending.
    • Use Peanut Butter Powder: if you want to lower the total calorie and fat content of your strawberry banana peanut butter smoothie, you can use a powdered peanut butter instead of jarred peanut butter. You’ll still get that pb flavor but 90% less fat and 70% less calories if using PB2 brand, for example. 
    • Add Fiber: add 1-2 tablespoons of chia seeds, hemp seeds, or ground flax seeds to add gut-healthy fiber to this smoothie.
    • Make it Vegan or Dairy Free: Use a plant-based milk, yogurt, and protein powder. Soy milk and pea protein milk are the highest in protein if you are looking for dairy-free milk that matches the protein content of dairy.  
    • Add a Veggie: sneak in an extra serving of veggies by adding a handful of baby spinach to this healthy strawberry smoothie or even some frozen cauliflower rice (adds fiber but doesn’t change the color!).

    How to Make this Strawberry Peanut Butter Smoothie

    Add all of your ingredients to a high-powered blender and puree until smooth.

    If your smoothie is too thick, add a splash of milk. If it is too thin, add a few more frozen strawberries or a little bit of ice.

    dual view of ingredients in blender for strawberry peanut butter smoothie before blended, and after blended

    How to Make a Creamy Smoothie

    Here are a few of our favorite tricks for making creamy smoothies. To start, use frozen vegetables; then blitz into a creamy and thick consistency almost like soft serve.

    Plus, if you use frozen fruit you won’t need to add ice to your smoothie which can water it down.

    Second, add any greens to the blender first so they are closest to the blade at the start and blend smoother.

    Lastly, incorporate creamy foods like banana, yogurt, and/or avocado.

    prepared healthy strawberry peanut butter smoothie ready to drink

    Strawberry Protein Smoothie Tips

    • Don’t like bananas? You can simply omit the banana or you can substitute with ½ avocado or ½ cup frozen cauliflower rice. (Trust us – you can’t taste the cauliflower!)
    • Make Ahead: You can make this healthy smoothie ahead and store in the fridge. Just stir it up and it’s ready to drink the next day. It won’t be as thick and frosty if made ahead, but still tasty.
    • When blending, start low and slow, gradually increasing the blending speed until fully blended for the creamiest smoothie and best results.

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    Total Time: 5 minutes

    Yield: 2 serving(s)


    • 1 ½ cups frozen strawberries
    • 1 cup milk (skim milk or unsweetened plant-based milk)
    • ½ cup plain, unsweetened yogurt (or Greek yogurt)
    • ½ banana
    • 1 scoop protein powder (plain or vanilla)
    • 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
    • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


    1. Add all of the ingredients to a high speed blender and puree until smooth.

    Nutrition Information Per Serving

    Serving Size: 1 smoothie

    Calories: 260

    Protein: 21 gram(s)

    Fat: 10 gram(s)

    Carbohydrates: 24 gram(s)

    Fiber: 4 gram(s)

    Sugar: 17 gram(s)

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