This vegan, Healthy Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie tastes so good and is sugar free! Fresh strawberries, peanuts and oats are the secrets to getting your breakfast smoothie to mimic the flavor of PB&J! This one keeps me full until lunch!
I have to admit, I didn’t think I’d enjoy a healthy peanut butter and jelly smoothie. I mean, it sounds weird, right?
But one day, I needed to use up my sad-looking strawberries and decided to experiment. I knew from my Strawberry-Grape Breakfast Smoothie that strawberries would provide a nice fruity flavor, so I wouldn’t actually need jelly. And, I knew lightly salted cocktail peanuts work wonderfully in smoothies, producing a fresh, peanut-buttery taste that’s even better than, well, peanut butter. Seriously, if you take away one tip from this lady who makes smoothies six days a week — it’s that peanuts elevate your peanut butter smoothies to a whole new level of deliciousness.
Then there are the oats. I’d been throwing a handful in all my smoothies lately, just to provide some extra fiber and help me feel full longer. But, after my doctor recommended I try to lower my cholesterol via my diet, I decided to amp up my intake of oats, known for their cholesterol-lowering properties. (I’m not a nutritionist, just someone who reads about this stuff.)
So, this smoothie contains a full serving of oats (1/2 cup). And, it has at least two servings of fruit, between the banana and a dozen medium strawberries. (See, I told you this smoothie’s healthy.)
And, since I’ve been using unsweetened almond milk for the past year, this is a sugar-free smoothie. I do find it needs a pitted date or a little Stevia, especially if my strawberries aren’t super sweet. But, you may not need any added sweetener if your almond milk contains sugar.
With all that said, I’ll tell you there’s a lot of fiber going on here. This smoothie certainly gets things moving in the morning, if you know what I mean. (You can use just 1/3 cup of oats if that concerns you.) But I really like that the extra oats help sustain me until lunchtime.
And hey, who says eating healthier means being miserable? Not me. I’ll be indulging in this guilt-free, healthy peanut butter and jelly smoothie for breakfast. Bottom’s up!
(Recipe Source: Cooking with Mamma C)
- 1 ripe banana (peeled and broken in half)
- 12 medium strawberries (rinsed and hulled)
- 1 cup almond milk (I use unsweetened)
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (use gluten free if needed; see notes)
- 1/4 cup lightly salted cocktail peanuts
- 1/3 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pitted date or Stevia (if needed for sweetness)
- 1/2 cup ice
- Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.
If 1/2 cup of oats is too much fiber for you, you can use 1/3 cup.