A vegan peanut butter and jelly smoothie made with berries, banana, peanut butter, and figs. A healthy and delicious way to start the day!
If you're new to figs, be ready to fall in love with them. They add a hint of sweetness and are filled with tiny seeds that blend well with berries and make it feel like a spoonful of jam was added into this PB&J smoothie. The flavor and texture take me back to my childhood, eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the backyard with jam dripping out of the bottom. My hands and face being a sticky mess, but my belly so darn satisfied - pure bliss!
Figs are also a great source of potassium and calcium, which is wonderful for our bones. Check out this post for more fun facts about figs.
Here are the key ingredients we will need in this healthy peanut butter and jelly smoothie:
- Banana (fresh or frozen)
- Frozen strawberries
- Frozen blueberries
- Dried (or fresh) figs
- Protein powder
- Plant milk of choice
Notable tip: to ensure the smoothie is cold and delicious, make sure two of the fruits are frozen.
Best vegan protein powders for smoothies
- Orgain simple vegan protein powder (my personal favorite)
- Sunwarrior organic plant protein powder
- Kos organic vegan protein powder
- PlantFusion complete vegan protein powder (this is a bit thicker than the rest, so be sure to add an additional splash or two of plant milk)
How to make a vegan peanut butter and jelly smoothie
- If using dried figs, soak them in boiling water for 2-4 minutes or until soft. Skip this step if using fresh figs (or if your figs are already soft).
- Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend for 15-20 seconds or until smooth.
- Pour into a glass and top with granola, berries, and extra nut butter if desired!
- Replace strawberries with raspberries, additional blueberries, or blackberries.
- Banana adds subtle creaminess and sweetness to the smoothie. Swap for ¼ cup of yogurt and decrease the amount of plant milk to achieve a similar texture.
- Swap peanut butter for any smooth nut or seed butter (almond, cashew, sunflower, etc.).
- Blueberries are optional, but I love adding a handful for the additional fiber, antioxidants and vitamins.
- I don't recommend substituting the figs as they provide additional texture and flavor that you would expect from a fruit jam. But if you're in a pinch, swap for a date or two. Keep in mind that dates are sweeter than figs so not as many are needed.
- Plant milk options: almond, soy, coconut, and flax milk all yield great results. Use your favorite or whatever you have on hand!
Peanut butter and jelly smoothie variations
- Peanut butter and jelly smoothie bowl. To make a smoothie bowl, decrease the amount of plant milk. Top the bowl with additional berries, granola, and a large drizzle of peanut butter.
- Nutrient rich smoothie. Add a handful of spinach and/or cauliflower.
- Chocolate PB&J. Substitue vanilla protein powder for chocolate or add a tablespoon of cacao powder. Top the smoothie with cacao nibs if desired.
The vegan PB&J smoothie should be enjoyed immediately. For easy prep, store pre-measured fruit in reusable silicone bag that is freezer friendly. When you're ready for a smoothie, grab a bag from the freezer and dump into the blender with protein powder and milk.
PB&J Smoothie (Vegan)
- high speed blender
- 4 fresh or dried figs
- 1 banana (fresh or frozen)
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 handful frozen blueberries
- 2 heaping tablespoons peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 cup plant milk of choice
- If using dried figs that are not soft to the touch, soak them in boiling water for 2-4 minutes until they are. Remove them from the water and add directly to the blender along with the rest of the ingredients listed. Blend until smooth and enjoy!
If you tried this vegan PB&J smoothie please leave a review below! I can't wait to hear your thoughts.