This Peanut Butter Avocado Smoothie provides a delicious way to get a huge boost of nutrients and energy! It features healthy ingredients such as creamy avocado, protein packed peanut butter, and delicious cinnamon. Dietary needs that this smoothie meets include gluten free, protein packed, and dairy free!
This healthy smoothie recipe checks all the boxes. If you’re looking for extra creaminess then the avocados will make your day! Want a healthy breakfast? The spinach and protein powder have you covered. This drink is as smooth as a decadent milkshake and tastes like you’re drinking glass full of peanut butter cups, but is as healthy as can be!
Ok, have you ever heard someone say “if a smoothie is green or looks bad, it’s healthy”? Maybe I just say that to Dan all the time… I do not trust his smoothies. But, Dan knocked it out of the park with this recipe!! It is SO creamy, with warm hints of cinnamon, healthy fat from an avocado, and absolutely packed full of protein from peanut butter and protein powder!
All substitution options are a 1:1 substitution unless noted otherwise.
Avocado: Avocados are filled with healthy fats, so any substitutes will be a slight downgrade in that respect. However, one fresh banana or frozen banana substituted for one ripe avocado would also make for a good smoothie.
Peanut Butter: Peanut butter powder can be substituted for natural peanut butter at 1/2 to 1. Raw peanuts can also be substituted at 1:1. If using raw peanuts, we recommend blending them separately first so make sure they are blended enough. You can also use a different nut butter such as almond butter or cashew butter!
Almond Milk: Any kind of milk can be a substitute for almond milk. We also like to use flax milk, oat milk, coconut milk, and regular milk! If you want additional vanilla flavor, then unsweetened vanilla almond milk is also a good substitute. Check out our post on oat milk substitutes for more information all about plant-based milk!
Spinach: Kale can be substituted for spinach, or spinach can also be left out altogether. Spinach adds great nutrients to make more healthy smoothies but doesn’t impact the flavor much. Did you know 1/2 cup of spinach provides 500% of your daily value of Vitamin K?
Vanilla Protein Powder: A different flavor protein powder could be used but will change the smoothie quite a bit. For example, chocolate protein powder can be used but you’ll end up with a peanut butter chocolate avocado smoothie, which still tastes great! Protein powder can also be left out, but if so you should add an extra tablespoon of honey.
Honey: Maple syrup could be substituted for honey. We always like to use natural sugar as opposed to added sugar that’s heavily processed.
Cinnamon: This is the secret ingredient that ties the flavors together. No substitute for this!
Ice Cubes: No substitute for this. We recommend using ice cubes for a refreshing, cold smoothie, but they can be omitted if you desire!
Add-Ins: Some additional add-ins to consider if you’re looking to boost your green smoothies, even more, include chia seeds, cacao nibs, cacao powder, flax seeds, and dark cocoa powder.
How to Make This – Step by Step
Step One: Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth, usually 1-2 minutes. Side note: we just got the Ninja BL770 blender and it’s AMAZING! If you’re in the market for a new blender, I would highly recommend it.
Step Two: This smoothie can be drank straight out of your favorite glass. It can also be made into a smoothie bowl with your favorite toppings such as granola, nuts, banana slices, and whatever else you want!
Watch How to Make This – Step by Step
Quick Facts and Common Questions
Can this avocado smoothie be drank the next day?
This avocado smoothie is a great meal prep option. We’d recommend putting the smoothie in a sealed container in the fridge and to drink within two days.
What does adding avocados to a smoothie do?
Adding avocados to a smoothie makes for a creamier, thicker smoothie due to the high amount of fat and fiber in the avocado. In our opinion, having the right thickness and creaminess is what makes for such delicious smoothies!
Why did my avocado smoothie turn brown?
Avocados contain an enzyme that reacts with oxygen when the inside is exposed to air. This process turns the color of the avocado from green to brown.
What are the best ways to combine nuts with fruits in a smoothie?
When using whole, raw nuts in a smoothie it is best to blend the nuts first. This will ensure they are chopped into a fine powder that will get distributed evenly throughout the smoothie, and will be free of chunks. After you blend the nuts, add the rest of your ingredients and blend again!
How can I make my smoothie blend better?
The biggest factors to make your smoothie blend better are the amount of liquid you use and the order that you put your ingredients into the blender. Putting your solids into the blender first, then any powders, and then pouring your liquid on top will make your smoothie blend better. Also, be sure to use enough liquid! If your smoothie isn’t blending very well, adding more liquid will help.
Avocados: Avocados have a high-fat content. Specifically, they’re high in monounsaturated fat, which is good for you! This fat is good for you because it helps lower bad cholesterol when eaten in moderation. Avocados are also low in sugar and high in fiber. This combination helps you feel full for longer. On top of all these great benefits, avocados also have nearly 20 vitamins and minerals. That’s why they’re a superstar food! (source)
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- 1 avocado
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 2 cups almond milk
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (plant based)
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 6 ice cubes
- 1/2 cup spinach
- Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor.
- Blend until smooth, usually 1-2 minutes.
- Enjoy! Either as a drink, or as a smoothie bowl with your favorite toppings!