If you’re a peanut butter lover but you can’t stand bananas, chances are you’ve never had the deliciousness that is a peanut butter smoothie—the recipes always seem to have bananas! Thankfully, I’ve got the perfect smoothie recipe for you. This mocha peanut butter smoothie uses a secret ingredient to create a sweet, creamy drink that’ll have you hooked from the first sip.
What ingredients do I need to make a peanut butter smoothie?
This PB mocha smoothie is incredibly simple and versatile. Before blending, you’ll need:
- Canned pears in juice
- Unsweetened peanut butter
- Instant coffee or espresso powder
- Cocoa powder
- Unsweetened nut milk
- Vanilla extract
- Medjool dates with the pits removed
Canned pears make a great substitute for banana in both their sweetness and the creamy thickness they add to your drink. Avoid pears canned in syrup and stick with those canned in their own fruit juices.
Is ice necessary?
In a typical peanut butter banana smoothie you’d use frozen banana in place of ice cubes to thicken the shake without watering it down. This smoothie doesn’t have any frozen fruit, so I recommend adding a handful of ice cubes. It’ll cool down your drink while giving it a nice thick texture.
If you prefer a thinner smoothie that you can drink down quickly, use fewer ice cubes or omit them altogether.
How do I make a peanut butter smoothie?
Smoothies are one of my favorite foods to make because the blender does all the work for you. All you need to do to make your mocha peanut butter smoothie is toss the ingredients in your blender, blend on high until it’s nice and smooth, then pour and enjoy!
Is there anything I can add to my peanut butter smoothie to make it more filling?
Yes! The fun doesn’t have to end here. One of the greatest things about smoothies is how customizable they are. Try adding in chia seeds, hemp seeds, Greek yogurt, collagen, or some pre-made smoothie packs to customize your smoothie. For this recipe, the following add-ins would work really well:
- Ground flax seeds. They’ll compliment the nutty flavor while adding some Omega 3’s.
- Protein powder. Chocolate would be the perfect flavor for this smoothie.
- Dark leafy greens. Kale and spinach will add a boost of vitamins and nutrients that you’ll never even taste.
Is this peanut butter smoothie vegan? What about paleo?
Yes! If you’re looking for a vegan smoothie option, you’re in luck. This mocha peanut butter smoothie uses nut milk in place of dairy milk, making it a vegan friendly option. Unsweetened almond milk is my favorite nut milk to use because it really compliments the peanut butter flavor of this easy snack. You can easily make it paleo by substituting almond butter for peanut butter while sacrificing none of the creamy nuttiness.
In order to keep this smoothie vegan, steer clear of honey. If you need a dash of extra sweetness, try adding a bit of maple syrup instead.
What’s the best blender to use?
When making a peanut butter mocha smoothie, it’s important to use a high-quality blender. More affordable blender options—like the Cuisinart hand blender—would have a hard time blending up the dates in this recipe. However, high-quality blenders like the Vitamix 5200 and the Ninja Professional have the power needed to blend all the ingredients into a super-smooth shake.