A jar of peanut butter.
A peanut butter smoothie is a blended drink that contains peanut butter. The drink can be healthy if made with whole ingredients and not too much added sugar and is generally a good source of protein and calories. Some people drink a peanut butter smoothie as a quick breakfast or pre-workout snack.
The one thing all peanut butter smoothie recipes call for is peanut butter. Recipes typically call for smooth peanut butter, as the thick variety will produce a drink with an unpleasant texture. A few tablespoons (15 to 30 grams) of peanut butter should be enough for a single serving. More peanut butter will make the smoothie too thick to drink and will add a lot of fat and calories.
Blenders are the easiest way to make smoothies.
Many peanut butter smoothies also contain bananas. The banana acts as a thickener in the drink and adds some fiber in addition to potassium. Typically, the banana is frozen first to allow the smoothie to cool. Some people also decide to add chocolate to a peanut butter smoothie. Unsweetened cocoa powder mixes more easily and adds the least amount of sugar.
Flaxseed oil can be added to smoothies.
Other supplements for a peanut butter smoothie include flaxseed, which increases its omega-3 content and thickens it slightly. Flavors like almond extract or vanilla deepen the flavor of the drink without sugar or calories. For some caffeine, a person can add some coffee or instant coffee granules to the drink. Ice can be used to thicken and cool, although some people believe it weakens the drink.
Honey is a great ingredient to add to a peanut butter smoothie.
The liquid added to a peanut butter smoothie is usually milk. Because peanut butter already contains a lot of fat, many people decide to use skim or skim milk instead of whole milk. To further contribute to the nutty flavor of the drink, a person may decide to replace regular milk with almond milk. Other types of non-dairy milk, such as soy, can also be used.
Protein powder can be added to a peanut butter smoothie for even more protein.
People looking for even more protein in their smoothie can add a small amount of whey protein powder to the ingredients. A small amount of plain yogurt also adds protein. The extra protein makes the smoothie a suitable snack for restoring muscle after a workout.
To make the smoothie, a person gathers all the ingredients in a blender and blends them until they are liquefied. Smoothies do not keep very well and must be consumed immediately. For a quick breakfast, a person can put all ingredients except ice in the blender jar overnight and then puree in the morning.