You think peanut butter & jelly sandwiches are amazing, right? Of course you do! But if you’re anything like me, you haven’t had one in years because you are trying to stay away from highly processed foods, like white sandwich bread.
Today’s creation tastes very much like a PB&J sandwich (with strawberry jam), but in the form of a healthy smoothie.
We don’t share smoothie recipes often (in fact this is the first one), but our in-house chef created this one and it’s just too good to keep to ourselves.
In short, this dairy-free PB&J smoothie is a mind-blower. I’ve made this smoothie three times since Chef Ari shared it with me. But don’t take my word for it. Break out your high-speed blender, follow the directions below and try it this delicious smoothie for yourself.
Why We Love This PB&J Smoothie Recipe
First of all, our PB&J smoothie is beyond yummy. I guess that’s what happens when you leverage one the most popular flavor combos in human history!
Second, it’s really easy to make. The ingredients are simple and easy to keep on hand. Take frozen bananas and strawberries, and blend them up with some unsweetened almond milk, peanut butter (or any premium nut butter) and date nectar. You can even make your own nut milk by following our almond milk recipe.
Now, let’s consider the health benefits. Here are the main health benefits of each major ingredient:
- Strawberries – High in vitamin C, antioxidant rich, and can help lower blood sugar and cholesterol. Also promotes digestive health.
- Bananas – High in vitamin C and Potassium, antioxidant rich, and can help lower blood pressure. Improves digestion and increases energy.
- Unsweetened, natural peanut butter – High in vitamin E, manganese and magnesium, can help with heart health and reduce the risk of diabetes.
- Unsweetened almond milk – High in vitamin E, good source of calcium, and some potassium.
There’s no refined sugar. The only added sweetener is a bit of date nectar, sometimes referred to as date syrup or date honey (which you can leave out to make the smoothie low glycemic and low fodmap). Date nectar makes a great sweetener as it is much more nutritious than other options, with higher levels of antioxidants, potassium and magnesium. Plus, it’s a great choice for vegans! Win-win.