This Quick and Easy PBJ Smoothie, made with only 4 ingredients, is packed with protein for a satisfying and delicious breakfast or healthy snack!

I had a craving for PBJ today.Β  Not the sandwich type, smooshed between two slices of bread, but, rather, the ice cold smoothie type, poured into a glass and sipped with a straw, or spooned into one’s mouth depending upon the desired level of thickness.

So I decided to make one, but I debated sharing it with you because making a PBJ smoothie isn’t rocket science…

One thing led to another, and this got me thinking about my father, a nuclear physicist, who wears a t-shirt that says “I really am a rocket scientist”

Yes.  He really does wear a t-shirt that says this.

Now, if you’ve ever met my dad and spent some time talking to him, you’d know that he is, indeed, a very smart man, but he’s a humble man too, and on a constant quest for knowledge, who’s not above asking his daughter {who is clearly NOT a rocket scientist for} advice on nutrition.

He USUALLY heeds my advice, {unless there is yogurt or avocado involved}, but I’m convinced he wouldn’t drink this smoothie because there are no cookies in it, and I’m pretty sure the only way he likes his peanut butter is in the form of a cookie.

Actually, come to think of it, a peanut butter cookie smoothie sounds pretty delicious!

I hope you will give it a try though, my smart friends :-), because not only is this PBJ smoothie super easy to make and delicious, it’s also chock full of healthy stuff.

Here’s my recipe…

{Not Rocket Science} Quick & Easy 4 Ingredient PBJ Smoothie

pbj smoothie

PBJ Smoothie

Just like a PBJ sandwich in a glass!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 cups


  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen berries
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 scoop whey or other protein powder


  • Place all ingredients in blender. Blend on high speed until desired consistency is achieved. Serve in 1 or 2 glasses.


I used the following: organic vanilla soy milk, frozen mixed organic berries {strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries}, chunky organic peanut butter, and Terra’s Whey {Bourbon Vanilla}


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 139mg | Potassium: 435mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 464IU | Vitamin C: 72mg | Calcium: 189mg | Iron: 1mg
EA Stewart, RD | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Course Beverage, Breakfast, Smoothie, Snack
Cuisine American, Gluten Free, Low FODMAP Option, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword healthy smoothe recipe
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Betcha’ can’t drink just one!

Nutrition Stats:

  • Per 16 ounce serving, aka “Meal Size” {515 calories, 13 grams fiber, 25 grams protein, plus antioxidants and vitamins/minerals}
  • Per 8 ounce serving, aka “Snack Size” {258 calories, 6.5 grams fiber, 12.5 grams protein, plus antioxidants and vitamins/minerals}
  • Naturally gluten-free and vegetarian. Make it vegan by subbing a vegan protein powder for the whey protein.
  • Terra’s Whey is an organic whey protein powder.

Craving more smoothies?  Check out these other favorites of mine:

Have you ever made a PBJ smoothie?Β  What’s your favorite crave-able super simple smoothie?

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  1. Carla Ondrasik says:

    Hi E.A.!!! Enjoying some free time to browse your site, one of my favorite ways to spend the morning!!! Found this old post on smoothies… Lately I have been craving smoothies since the weather is getting warmer…. here is one of my new creations:
    Vanilla Oatmeal Smoothie: 1/2 cup uncooked rolled oats, Vanilla rice milk, 1 tbls of wheat germ, crushed ice, and malted vanilla powder. I blend it all together and it is delish!! Creamy and chewy at the same time….

  2. Kristina @ Love and Zest says:

    yummy! my mouth is watering.. i love PBJ

  3. juniakk @ mis pensamientos says:

    i love putting nut butters in smoothies. peanut butter and jelly smoothie sounds sooo refreshing and satisfying. i love those straws btw~

  4. emily (a nutritionist eats) says:

    I love that it combines things that I always have in the fridge and freezer! Gorgeous pictures.

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks Emily! Don’t you love it when you find a recipe you have all the ingredients for? πŸ™‚

  5. Lauren Slayton says:

    First what’s more awesome that to really be a rocket scientist, nothing. In fact, when I read the title I thought well, what really is on par with “rocket science”. The second thing is smoothies, they seem so straight forward but many clients mess them up so I think posting recipe is necessary. Perhaps the moral is one person’s ‘rocket science” is another person’s smoothie…
    Calories surprised me here. would guess 5something for 16 ounces but love the meal/snack distinction.

    1. EA-The Spicy RD says:

      So true Lauren about needing to post the recipe. What I always assume is straightforward is not necessarily so. Yes, meal distinction is important too. I made mine “meal size” and it completley filled me up until the next meal because of the nice dose of protein and fiber, plus it’s a good balance of protein, fat, and carbs.

  6. Kristen (swanky dietitian) says:

    For some reason I never think to combine pb and fruit. But I love pb and j so I don’t know why!

    1. EA-The Spicy RD says:

      I don’t make this often Kristen, but whenever I do I love it. You definitely taste the fruit more, but the smoothie has a yummy “hint” of peanut butter πŸ™‚

  7. Kristi Rimkus says:

    I bet could get my picky eating nephew to eat this smoothie! He loves PB & J!

    1. EA-The Spicy RD says:

      Let me know if your nephew tries it, and what the “picky eater” verdict is Kristi!

  8. teri@managedmacros says:

    Your dad sounds like an awesome person!!!!
    Any way to squeeze pb into my diet is a good thing!! Tomorrow morning, post workout, this is on my smoothie list! I will drink of and think of you!
    Great pics!!!

    1. EA-The Spicy RD says:

      Thx Teri! And, yes, my dad really is a pretty awesome person πŸ™‚

  9. fun smoothie esp for Americans

    1. EA-The Spicy RD says:

      Is PBJ a strictly American thing? I never knew…Thx Rebecca πŸ™‚

  10. Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef says:

    This looks beautiful and I like pb&j but I’m not sure about the smoothie bit. πŸ™‚

    1. EA-The Spicy RD says:

      LOL-not a smoothie fan, or not a PBJ smoothie fan?? Cheers! πŸ™‚

  11. What a clever smoothie – I’m so glad you decided to post it. We make lots of smoothies in our house, but I haven’t tried this combination yet.

    1. EA-The Spicy RD says:

      Glad I posted it too Jeanette, and hope you and your kids enjoy it πŸ™‚

  12. Andrea@WellnessNotes says:

    Sounds great! I love the color! And I love the mason jars!

    Have a great weekend!

    1. EA-The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks so much Andrea! Hope you have a wonderful weekend too πŸ™‚

  13. amy @ fearless homemaker says:

    looks awesome! i’ve been on a huge smoothie kick recently, so i must try this soon!

    1. EA-The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks Amy! I’ve been drinking a lot of smoothies too lately πŸ™‚ Hope you give it a try!

  14. Gina (The Candid RD) says:

    This might have to be Nick’s new smoothie for the morning!! Yep, he would LOVE this (and so would I, but I don’t eat smoothies like he does). Thanks for sharing!
    And, I’m going to try doing that kale smoothie too. I’ve never had good luck putting kale in my smoothies, but I think I’ll try that again.

    1. EA-The spicy rd says:

      I hope Nick likes it Gina, and definitely try the kale blueberry combo. My son even likes this one…you won’t even taste the kale at all :-). Have a wonderful weekend!