This Protein PB & J Smoothie Bowl tastes like peanut butter and jelly in a bowl. Packed with protein, it’s the perfect start to your day!
Protein PB & J Smoothie Bowl
This Protein PB & J Smoothie Bowl is my favorite smoothie bowl recipe. Peanut butter, strawberries, and blueberries are the perfect combo, and the scoop of vanilla protein powder will help keep you full until lunch. For more PB and J- inspired smoothies, try my Strawberry Peanut Butter Swirl Smoothie Bowls and Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie.
I’m loving my new Ninja Foodi® Smoothie Bowl Maker! It’s a total game-changer for making smoothie bowls. It has a built-in tamper that pushes the ingredients toward the blade to power through heavy loads. And it allows you to do this with less liquid, which is key.
What is the difference between a smoothie and a smoothie bowl?
A smoothie bowl has a thicker consistency than a smoothie because it has less liquid. Smoothie bowls are served in – you guessed it – a bowl and eaten with a spoon.
Toppings are part of the fun of smoothie bowls – they make the bowls look so pretty. I like to top mine with extra peanut butter and fresh berries. You can really get creative and customize your smoothie bowl with a variety of toppings. Below are some ideas:
- Slivered almonds
- Chia, flax, or hemp seeds
- Drizzle of maple syrup
- Drizzle of almond or coconut milk
- Melted peanut or almond butter
- Fresh berries
- Shredded coconut
How to Meal Prep Smoothie Bowls
Smoothie bowls are great for meal prep because they only take a few minutes to blend when you’re ready to eat. Make smoothie bowl kits by portioning out your frozen fruit in baggies or containers and storing it in the freezer. Then in the morning, put the fruit in the blender with the milk, protein powder, and peanut butter and blend. Eat the smoothie bowl right away as it’s meant to be eaten cold.
Smoothie Bowl Variations:
- If you’re allergic to peanuts, sub the peanut butter with sunflower seed butter.
- Switch up the flavor of the bowl by using cashew or almond butter.
- Swap the berries for blackberries or raspberries.
More Smoothie Recipes You’ll Love:
- Superfood PB Banana and Cacao Green Smoothie
- Roasted Strawberry Protein Smoothie
- Cucumber, Parsley, Pineapple, and Lemon Smoothie
- Bali Banana Date Smoothie
- Blueberry Banana PB Smoothie
Protein PB & J Smoothie Bowl
- 1/4 cup almond, oat or milk of your choice
- 2/3 cup frozen blueberries, put your blueberries in the freezer!
- 2/3 cup sliced strawberries, frozen
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- Optional toppings: 1 tablespoon melted peanut butter for drizzling,, blueberries, chia seeds
- Place your milk into the blender.
- Add frozen fruit, protein powder and 1 tablespoon peanut butter. Seal and blend until smooth.
- Pour out into a bowl.
- If using, melt the remaining peanut butter in the microwave 30 to 45 seconds and drizzle over the bowl.
- Add desired toppings. Eat right away with a spoon!
57 comments on “Protein PB & J Smoothie Bowl”
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This was the best smoothie I’ve ever had. Normally not a fan but it was soooo good!!
I am not a fan of protein shakes, but this one is so delicious!! The combination of PB and fruit is the perfect balance.
Which protein powder do you use?
The first time I made this, I used frozen blue berries and fresh strawberries. It seemed to blend well. The second time I used all frozen fruit and it was a bit more difficult to blend. If you use half frozen, and half fresh, it might blend easier. Or, let them all partially thaw. This is really good, but quite rich. I might consider cutting back on the portion next time. When on earth do us dieters actually get too full?! This is a wonderful problem to have!!
As other s have said, needed to add a bit extra milk to get it to blend. Might add a bit of Splenda next time, otherwise great breakfast for a summer morning.
Request that the book be noted in the recipes so I can mark them in the book and not have to print them. Thanks for the recipe.
Hi! Thank you for this delicious brekie recipe! Yeh, it is like frozen yogurt-ish for breakfast. So satisfying dish. I don’t count points, so made some subs like not only blueberry and strawberry frozies but mix berries and used homemade almond butter and also tiramisu flavored protein powder. All these made me to hope to make it again and again! Thank youuuu!
PS; Sorry, forgot! Also instead of milk used 1/4 cup of kefir.
I have a question about freezing this ahead of time since it is classified as a freezer meal. Would you recommend freezing in portions and then thawing overnight? Or, if you have other suggestions, I would greatly appreciate. I have to have a knee surgery and trying to prep as much as possible for my poor hubs 🙂
It’s a freezer meal because you need to whip up the fruit while frozen, I am not sure if it will work if you refreeze it.
Like having ice cream for breakfast! This was so delicious!
Not sure what I’m doing wrong but there’s no way that that’s a smoothie with frozen fruit. I added 3 times as much milk and even water to get the blender to blend it. Once I added all the extras is delicious.
I love this bowl and make it all the time!
Oh my gosh, this is SO good! And the consistency is perfect if you follow the recipe as it is listed. Definitely making on the regular.
Thanks Gina for a wonderful recipe.
I was recently visiting my 20 something daughter and needed a trendy breakfast. She loved it.. She requested it again and again. Also, so much better than the overpriced high calorie versions in restaurants. Wonderful breakfast during the hot summer months.
Thanks fellow commenters for advice. I added 3 tbs of water. I also used PB the 2nd time. Easier on my inexpensive Ninja if I use sliced frozen strawberries. It is very good with banana and blueberries also.
Be sure and check the serving size on your protein powder. Variable on how many scoops make a serving. I have made this now with both plant based and whey based protein and it was great with both.
Currently have a batch in popsicle molds ( with a little extra Stevia for sweetness) .
hi gina – since we’re calling this a bowl, does the blended fruit not count as SPs? i’m conflicted if i should count or not.
This was really good. Left off a star because mine came out with a funky consistency- like jelly. But it is a PB&J bowl so . . . I used oat milk and peanut butter powder. I’d try it again!
I’m so intrigued by this recipe!
I’m wondering if this could store overnight in a fridge or freezer well?
Oh my GOODNESS!!! Soooo good! I used 1 teaspoon of Skippy creamy peanut butter and about 1 teaspoon or so of PB powder. My frozen strawberries were whole and my Nutri bullet blender was having trouble so I added a little bit more milk. Next time I will be sure to use frozen sliced strawberries or let them thaw slightly. But this is definitely going in my regular rotation! Thanks Gina!
Outstanding! This is going in my morning routine most days!
Love this smoothie bowl! Definitely a smoothie we make regularly now. What protein powder do you use?
This was delicious! I’m in love with smoothies/bowls for lunch because they are so refreshing and this was a great idea. Which peanut butter do you use, Gina?
I used Skippy, but you can use whatever brand you like best! 🙂
Very easy and very tasty! I got my 4 yo daughter involved why adding the toppings and she was excited enough to actually eat it 😊
I love all your recipes. This one is delicious!!! When I input the nutritional facts into the calculator (green) it was coming up as 9 points and I know you have this labeled as 5 in green. Wondering if I did something wrong- do you know why that might happen?
Hi Kaye! The only accurate way to determine any recipe’s SmartPoints® value is to plug the ingredients into the recipe builder on the Weight Watchers website (Click on “My Foods,” select “Recipe,” and click “Create a recipe.”) which does not count fruits and vegetables in recipes in the calculations as they are now 0 points.
The SmartPoints® calculator isn’t meant for recipes and will often give you the wrong points (usually higher) because it’s counting the fruits and vegetables. So if you see a recipe with a SmartPoints® value that’s different from what the calculator tells you, now you know why.
Actually WW does count fruit if it’s blended, as opposed to fruit that is eating whole because of the way your brain processes a whole vs blended. A whole medium banana is 0 points, while a medium blended banana is 5 points. I calculate this recipe at 8 SPs.
That applies to drinks, not food you eat with a spoon. To be honest, now that I count macros thats all just a little crazy to me.
Kaye While fruit is 0 points WW counts it if blended
Let me just say I am absolutely LOVING EVERY SINGLE RECIPE I’ve made from these meal plans. But this bowl….oh this bowl….if you haven’t made it yet, you need to immediately stop what you are doing and go and make yourself this bowl full of deliciousness. It is divine. And the perfect way to kick off a fun Friday! I will be making this again and again!
Lol, glad you enjoy it Laura! 🙂
Made my morning! This recipe was so delicious- and so easy! I threw some spinach into the smoothie bowl as well- great way to get your protein during a busy morning.
Gina, I love your recipes and make 3-4 of them each week! Your website is a live saver for this busy, working mom! This recipe sounds great and I was wondering if you could use açaí in it? I bought some frozen açaí. It also made me wonder if you have a recipe or could find a recipe for those delicious açaí bowls that they sell. Thank you!!!
I dont see why not!
This was amazing! I used Good and Gather brand frozen mixed berries and Orgain vanilla protein powder. My only issue was that I had to add probably 3/4 cup almond milk to get my blender to blend the ingredients. 1/4 cup yielded in dry chunks, especially once the protein powder mixed with it. I only have a low powered blender though…not a vitamix or ninja, so that might be why.
I had the same problem. It didn’t mix well, but still tasted delicious! I am going to add more almond milk this time.
You can just add some water, and it will keep the calories the same.
I used the bullet blender, and had to stop twice, add 1/4 cup water and mix it up a little.
What protein powder do you recommend?
haha never mind…you already commented!
I like Orgain.
Does you WW point calculations account for this being a drink? When I calculated with my ingredients I got the same point value, but when you say this is a drink it changed to 10 points (on blue). My understanding is that because this is a smoothie the fruit is counted as points. I would appreciate your clarification. Thanks!
If you eat it with a spoon, you don’t count it as a drink. This is more the texture of sorbet than a smoothie.
Love this smoothie bowl! Definitely a smoothie we make regularly now.
Step 5 “Add desired toppings. Eat right away with a spoon!”
You eat it with a spoon. Not a drink,
I use PB2 powder. Is it a 1:1 with peanut butter?
I love your recipes. Could you advise me on what protein powder you use? Thanks
Sounds delicious!! Looking forward to making this one! Do you have any recommendations for the vanilla protein powder?
I like Orgain!
What protein powder do you use?
Hi! My whole family loves your recipes and your meal plan is a busy mom’s life saver for healthy eating. Do you have a recommendation for a protein powder? I have yet to find the perfect one!
I love Orgain vanilla.
I cannot think of a more perfect mid-afternoon snack. Cures any sweet cravings I have at a time I’m at my worst. This is so, so delicious. Thank you!!