Enjoy this swirled protein smoothie bowl that tastes like a PB&J and keep full you and satisfied. Only five minutes and a few easy ingredients! Originally published September 2016. Last updated July 2023.
This recipe embraces the very adult need to eat healthy meals and the childhood simplicity of a peanut butter jelly sandwich. Somewhere between tequila shots and apple cider vinegar shots. And this is a good one so let's get into the delicious details.
What does it taste like?
Like nostalgia! This is a grown up version of your favorite childhood sandwich with sweet juicy berry notes, and rich, creamy, nutty flavors. And if you like your PB&J crunchy, just add some toppings. More on that below!
What You'll Need for this Recipe
I love this nourishing smoothie bowl to help keep me full and the ingredients are common ones you probably have on hand. Here are the highlights:
Almond Butter is my nut butter of choice in general and in this nutrient dense smoothie bowl. You can certainly use peanut butter or any nut butter of your choice to supply the peanut butter & jelly vibes. I like this everything nut and seed butter.
Banana makes for an easy, thick and frosty PB & J smoothie. Make sure to use frozen banana for the best texture. If you don't have time to freeze a banana, add some ice to the mix.
Milk of any kind will work for this recipe. I love almond milk here and have also made this smoothie bowl with oat milk and dairy milk, too. Use whatever you'd typically drink.
Strawberries and Blueberries make the jelly (or as I prefer, jam) in this pbj smoothie bowl. Fresh berries are best but you can use frozen berries, if need be. You can also use raspberries and blackberries in this mix just note that they come with more noticeable seeds.
Protein Powder pairs with nut butter to make this a protein packed smoothie bowl recipe. I prefer unflavored protein powder.
Check out the recipe card below for full ingredients list, measurements, and step-by-step instructions!
Tips & Tools
Grab a knife and cutting board to hull the strawberries and a blender to mix everything together. Simple recipe, no fancy tools!
Can I make this ahead of time? You can prep the layers up to two days ahead of time but store them separately in the fridge and combine just before enjoying. A bit of shaking or stirring may be necessary if separation occurs.
What if my smoothie bowl is not thick enough? Make sure to use frozen banana for the base. And if you still need to thicken it, blend in some ice.
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Are smoothie bowls good for PCOS?
What makes this good for PCOS? With a blood sugar balancing combination of protein, fiber, and healthy fat, this is a great protein smoothie bowl for women with PCOS. Blueberries are also considered a PCOS superfood.
Can I eat a smoothie bowl for lunch? Yes. This is a great hormone healthy breakfast idea but works for any meal of the day.
How to Make a PB&J Smoothie Bowl
This swirled smoothie bowl consists of two layers. Make the jelly layer first because it will be easier to rinse out of the blender.
Blend together the strawberries and blueberries. The jelly should pour out easily but will thicken a bit while you’re making the other layer. It really does take on a jammy consistency.
Rinse the blender then add all the peanut butter layer ingredients and pulse until smooth.
The peanut butter layer will be very thick so scoop out of the blender instead of pouring.
Spoon the jelly on top of the peanut butter layer and swirl to get those classic peanut butter and jelly vibes in a bowl.
What else can I add to this smoothie bowl? I'm one of those crunchy peanut butter girls so I like to add different textures to the mix. Garnish with chia seeds, sliced almonds, and more berries. Try this smoothie bowl with peanut butter topping if you want to turn it all the way up!
I know you'll love this smoothie bowl once you try it. And sharing is caring so be sure to pin this recipe for later and follow me over on Pinterest. Thanks for reading!
Peanut Butter Berry Smoothie Bowl Recipe
PB&J Smoothie Bowl
- 1 knife
- 1 cutting board
- 1 Blender
- ½ cup blueberries
- 7 strawberries
- 1 teaspoon honey optional
- 1 banana
- ½ cup milk
- 1 serving protein powder
- 2 tablespoons almond butter or nut butter of your choice
- Add blueberries, strawberries, and honey, if needed, to blender. Pulse until liquified and uniform (about 25 seconds).
- Pour mixture into another container and set aside. Rinse blender.
- Add banana, milk, protein powder, and nut butter to blender. Pulse until liquified and uniform (about 60 seconds). This mixture will be thick and tougher to blend but that gives us the perfect consistency for a protein smoothie bowl base.
- Scoop peanut butter smoothie mixture into a bowl. Spoon berry puree over top and swirl to create your desired aesthetic.
- Garnish with more fresh berries, nuts, seeds. Enjoy immediately.