This delicious and thick peanut butter smoothie includes only 5 simple ingredients and is made without bananas!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- It's thick, creamy and ready within 5 minutes.
- It includes some healthy fats as well as plant-based protein.
- It's a great breakfast option or healthy treat that will satisfy your sweet tooth.
Ingredients & Substitution Notes
- Natural Peanut Butter: We always use natural peanut butter that consists of 100% peanuts. There might be a little bit of salt added which is fine but try to opt for peanut butter without any added oil or sugar. Choose organic peanut butter if you like. Could be replaced by almond butter or cashew butter but the taste will be different!
- Milk of Choice: Choose a plant milk such as soy milk or almond milk or even oat milk for a vegan smoothie. You could also use regular milk though.
- Dates: We prefer using Medjool dates for this recipe because of their ultra gooey texture and caramel-like flavors. If you can't find any, regular small dates will work as well but you'll need almost double the amount.
- Ground Flax Seeds: They add some healthy fats as well as texture and help make the smoothie thick and creamy. Can be replaced by chia seeds.
- Ice Cubes: Because there's no frozen banana added, we use ice cubes to achieve a creamy texture.
How to Make Peanut Butter Smoothie without Banana
You'll need a good blender to make this smoothie because of the dense texture of the dates. I prefer using a high-speed blender like a Vitamix.
Step 1: Blend
Simply throw all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Start by adding the milk first, then add all of the remaining ingredients.
If your dates aren't soft, make sure to soak them in very hot water for about 10 minutes.
Step 2: Transfer to a glass
Transfer the smoothie to a glass or to a bottle if you want to take it with you and enjoy it later.
- Protein Powder: Add some additional protein by adding your favorite protein powder. We usually use a vegan protein powder blend that includes all of the essential amino acids but you could use any protein powder of choice.
- Cacao Powder: To add some chocolate flavors, add a teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder.
- Yogurt: A tablespoon of plain greek yogurt or any non-dairy yogurt of choice adds some extra nutrients and creaminess.
- Strawberries: Peanut butter and strawberries make an amazing combination. Add in a couple of frozen or fresh strawberries for a delicious strawberry peanut butter smoothie.
- Oats: Add a tablespoon of oats to create an even thicker smoothie.
- Peanut Butter: Opt for a creamy peanut butter with no added sugar or oils such as vegetable oil or trans fats!
- Dates: If you can, choose Medjool dates! Their caramel-like flavors and gooey textures are amazing in smoothies. Also make sure that you're using soft dates. If they aren't soak them in very hot water for about 10 minutes before using them.
This smoothie tastes best when enjoyed right away! It can be stored in a bottle or mason jar with a lid for about 1 day but the texture won't be the same.
Bananas, when blended add sweetness as well as a creamy texture which is why they are a popular ingredient in smoothies. You could achieve both, natural sweetness as well as creaminess without the addition of a banana though.
Dates make an amazing natural sweetener in smoothies instead of bananas. Other fruits such as berries also work well but they are not as sweet as bananas or dates. You could also try using apple sauce or maple syrup.
Make sure to use natural peanut butter that consists of 100% peanuts! Natural peanut butter is a good source of Vitamin E, B3, B6 and Manganese. Peanuts are also high in fat and protein. 2 tablespoons of peanut butter include about 9 grams of protein. You can read more about the nutritional values of peanut butter here.
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No Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie
- 1 cup milk of choice
- 3 tablespoon natural peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon ground flaxseeds *or chia seeds
- 2 pitted Medjool dates * or regular dates, see notes
- handful of ice cubes
- If your dates aren't soft, make sure to soak them in very hot water for about 10 minutes.
- Simply throw all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Start by adding the milk first, then add all of the remaining ingredients.
- Milk: You could use any milk of choice such as regular cow's milk or a non-dairy milk such as soy milk, almond milk, oat- or cashew milk.
- Peanut Butter: Choose a peanut butter that consists 100% of peanuts without any added oil or sugar.
- Dates: If you can, choose Medjool dates! Their caramel-like flavors and gooey textures are amazing in smoothies. If using regular dates you might need to double the amount.
- Good Blender: Make sure to use a strong blender that can easily blend the dates.
- Adjust texture. Add more milk if you prefer a thicker smoothie or more ice cubes if you prefer it runnier.
- Taste and adjust sweetness by adding more dates.