Strawberry Peanut Butter Smoothie (with a secret ingredient)!

The richest, creamiest way to enjoy the classic combo of peanut butter & jelly. For those who follow a gluten free diet, it’s a bummer to realize you can’t enjoy the childhood favorite peanut butter and jelly without consequences.

Strawberry PB Smoothie Close up shot

Ingredients & Swaps

  • Berries – I used strawberries but if you’re more of a grape or raspberry kinda gal, then swap them!
  • Peanut butter – Who doesn’t love peanut butter, it’s such a great addition to smoothies providing you with plant proteins (the highest of all the nuts, although technically a legume)! You could also use whole peanuts if you have a good blender. Of course, if you have a peanut allergy, swap it out for tahini, sunbuttter or your favorite peanut butter alternative.
  • Frozen Zucchini – frozen cubes of this squash is a great way to make smoothies creamy and thick! Plus freezing zucchini can’t be beat as the easiest preservation option. These squash offer zeaxanthin and lutein which are great for eye health, plus fiber for healthy digestion.
  • Frozen bananas: You can swap out the zucchini for frozen banana to achieve the same thick, creaminess. Just note that you’ll add calories in the form of carbohydrates. You’ll also be getting different vitamins, minerals & phytonutrients.
  • Milk: Choose whichever milk fits your dietary preferences and needs. I used almond milk, but I’ve also used oat milk and whole milk – all work beautifully!

Smoothie Nutrition Boosters

  • Flax seeds: contain lignans called phytoestrogens. Along with fiber, these help to help regulate bowel movements, rid excess cholesterol and lower the risk of hormone dependent cancers due to their weak estrogen-like action.
  • Chia seeds: add “good fats”, with omega 3’s being the primary source of fat (~60%) found in these little powerhouses!
  • Hemp seeds: offer a fair amount of protein, 10 grams per 3 tablespoons, plus fat & fiber!
  • Protein powders: although this smoothie provides some protein from the peanut butter, you can up the protein with protein supplements (or additional nuts & seeds). If you’re dairy free for any reason a great option are plant based powders such as Amazing Grass. If you can tolerate dairy, try grass fed whey which provides the best bioavailable protein for strength and muscle building due to the percentage of leucine.

Many of these additions can help to thicken just slightly too, so be sure to adjust liquid as needed.

How to make a Peanut Butter & Strawberry Smoothie

PB & J Smoothie Ingredients.

Add the frozen zucchini, strawberries, peanut butter and remaining ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth. If you want a thicker smoothie add more zucchini, use frozen berries (instead of fresh) or add more ice. Pour into a glass and enjoy your healthy peanut butter and jelly smoothie.

Strawberry PB smoothie with chopped peanuts Overhead shot.

Oh my gosh, my mouth is watering, let’s make this smoothie! Or, if you love strawberries, try my Rhubarb Smoothie with Strawberries!

Strawberry PB smoothie with chopped peanuts Overhead shot.

Peanut Butter and Strawberry Smoothie

A rich, creamy way to enjoy the classic combo of peanut butter & jelly. It's a 'pb & j' in a glass (plus a surprise guest)!
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Course: Breakfast, Drinks, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Anytime Smoothie, Kids, Smoothie
Allergen: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 469kcal

Equipment

  • High powered blender
  • Measuring Scoops & Spoons

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Zucchini, frozen
  • 1 cups Sliced strawberries, fresh
  • 1 cup Milk, of choice*
  • 2 tbsp Peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp Chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Instructions

  • Add all of the ingredients into a high powdered blender, and blend until smooth.

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Notes

Consistency: If you’d like your smoothie thicker you can use frozen berries, less liquid or more ice. Alternatively, if you’d like it thinner use more liquid, fresh berries or omit the ice altogether. 
*Choose the milk that best fits your dietary needs and preferences. I used almond milk, so if you need a dairy free option, that works well. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 469kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 1406mg | Potassium: 1142mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 667IU | Vitamin C: 107mg | Calcium: 435mg | Iron: 3mg

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