A portable, gluten free version of your favorite sandwich, this Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Smoothie is packed with protein and whole grains to give you lasting energy.
Strawberry season has kicked off here in West Michigan and I can hardly contain my excitement. It only lasts about three weeks but you better believe we don’t take a single second for granted.
To celebrate the first official day of summer, we headed to a local strawberry farm that offers u-pick. Two-year-olds do not make the most efficient strawberry pickers but the look on his face as he bit into a juicy, floral, honey-scented berry was priceless. As you can see, my seven-month-old was even less of a help picking strawberries but fortunately, the farm also sold pre-picked flats.
My mom and sister love making jam but I prefer to freeze them whole to use later in smoothies, oatmeal, pancakes, baked goods and more. If you’ve never frozen berries before, my Step-by-Step Guide to Freezing Strawberries will walk you through the easy process. The same guide works for blueberries, raspberries, peas, corn, you name it!
This PB&J Oatmeal Smoothie is a riff off the childhood classic and contains a hefty dose of whole grains plus plenty of protein to keep you energized. I adore peanut butter and jelly sandwiches but they aren’t exactly the most nutritious, especially if you are using sugary jellies and white bread.
When you’re dealing with fresh, in-season berries picked at their prime, you don’t need to add any sugar. For even more sweetness, a ripe banana is added to the mix along with a handful of blueberries for good measure.
Your straw is waiting.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Smoothie
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup plain low fat yogurt
- ¼ cup uncooked oats (old fashioned or quick-cooking)
- 1 scoop protein powder
- 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon flax seed meal
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup water + several scoops ice
- Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and puree until smooth.
Be sure to look for certified gluten free oats if you are allergic to gluten.
Photography by Alejandro Photography // Recipe by The Lemon Bowl
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28 thoughts on “Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Smoothie”
This post makes me miss summer! And wish I wasn’t fresh out of peanut butter, haha! I’ll pick some up to make this weekend– and imagine myself sitting outside in the sunshine while I’m drinking it. Thanks for the great recipe.
Summer? What’s that?? :)
Do you have to put the protein powder into this and if so where can you find this at your grocery store? Thank you, this sounds delicious!
You certainly do not! I just add it so that it keeps me full longer and acts more like a meal. You can just add more peanut butter. :) Otherwise, I buy my protein powder on Amazon through the link in the recipe. :)
Who needs a sandwich when I can have a bursting with seasonal juiciness smoothie?! That is going to be my new PB+J motto.
YES!!! I love your motto!!
Yum! This looks so delicious! Strawberry season is almost over in Washington and I’m so sad! They were so delicious this year!!
Oh man I’m going to be so sad when it ends!!
Love those farm fresh strawberries! Smoothies are my favorite way to start the morning. Great idea to add oats for some nutrition.
Thank you so much Laura!
I never had oatmeal in a smoothie and I love me some PB&J! I am guessing it would really fill me up for a power packed breakfast!
Yes it totally would!!
Such fun and YUM! And I love the picture with the brilliant blue sky in the background!
Aww thank you! It was a gorgeous day!
You summer excitement sounds like mine with picking! I like to balance jam making and eating right from the bowl and freeze for later freshness. YUM, can’t beat a fresh smoothie :-)
We are making jam Friday – I love it both :)
This is a really nice take on a PBJ smoothie. This is one that I will definitely make (the last one I found was not the healthy smoothie it claimed to be). I would use Greek yogurt in place of regular, since that’s what I always have on hand. Thanks for making this a healthy choice.
Love this smoothie, and so would my boys! Great pics too:)
Let me know what they think if you make it!! It was a huge hit here.
I’m always looking for new smoothie recipes, and I love a good PB&J – I’ll definitely have to make this!
Let me know how you like it!!
I absolutely adore that pic of Asher biting into his strawberry! And this smoothie looks like a perfect way to put those berries to use. YUM.
haha isn’t it priceless?? He doesn’t hold back, that’s for sure. ;-) xo
I seriously need to visit Michigan! And I would gladly sip two of these smoothies! Love the old school pb&j kick!
Yes you seriously do!!!!
Love this take on a classic! We are actually going to pick blueberries this weekend and I know my 1 month old will be a lot of help haha.
Oh my goodness how fun!!! Love blueberry picking!!