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Your kids will never turn down a PB&J sandwich, right? Then a breakfast or after-school snack with their favorite flavors of berries and peanut butter blended into a yummy smoothie is the perfect way to get in some added nutrition. With protein-packed Greek yogurt and vitamins from spinach or kale, or other dark, leafy greens, you and your kids will love this Peanut Butter & Jelly Green Smoothie Recipe!
Peanut Buttter & Jelly Green Smoothie Recipe
If your kids are anything like my three-year-old, they probably want to try anything you are eating or drinking. I seriously wish I could have a dollar each time he asked me to share. One of his favorite things to share is smoothies. I recall one time I was photographing a Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie when he was smaller and didn’t have such an extensive vocabulary, and he watched me the entire time yelling, “Smoooooooothiieeeee!!! Smoooooooothiiiieeeeee!!”.
He has now progressed to, “Mommy, can I please have some of your Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie, please, Mommy, please please?!” So while I originally started making this Peanut Butter & Jelly Green Smoothie for myself, more often than not, it’s a smoothie for two.
This recipe is extremely versatile – fresh or frozen fruit, plain or flavored yogurt, all based on what’s in your fridge, what’s your favorite, and how sweet you want it. And if you have any peanut allergies – almond butter, cashew butter, sunflower seed butter would all be awesome.
If you or your kids have been a little hesitant to jump on the green smoothie bandwagon, this is the perfect place to start. And though this truly can be said of many green smoothie recipes, with all the fruity nuttiness going on, you definitely won’t be tasting those dark leafies. And my little trick for green smoothie newbies – start with baby spinach. It has a much more neutral flavor than others, such as kale, and is very tender, so it completely disappears when you blend up the smoothie. While I like to be totally up front with my little guy about the fact that I am putting “green stuff” in his smoothie, if the whole idea freaks your kids out, then a smoothie like this that gets a deep purple color from berries, or something like this Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Smoothie are perfect for hiding the green color. Or skip the greens altogether. It’s cool. They are still getting fruit and protein and calcium. That is, if you are willing to share with them after you realize how much you love it yourself.
- One individual serving container (5-6 oz.) of your favorite vanilla or berry-flavored Greek yogurt
- 1 c fresh or frozen berries of choice OR ½ c frozen berries and half of a banana (fresh or frozen, cut into chunks)
- 1 T peanut butter
- Handful of leafy greens (baby spinach, kale, etc.)
- 1/2-3/4 c milk of choice (I like unsweetened almond milk)
- a small handful of ice cubes
- Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Brianne is a former chemical engineer turned stay-at-home mom to two adorable, but crazy little boys. She is the creator of and recipe developer at Cupcakes & Kale Chips, a food blog with a little bit of everything, reflecting her philosophy on balance and her love of making and eating both nutritious meals and decadent desserts. She also loves to share fun, healthy snacks that you can make for (and with!) your kids.