This delicious peanut paradise tropical smoothie features creamy peanut butter, sweet bananas, refreshing yogurt, and a whole lotta flavor. You’re going to love this tasty and nutritious banana peanut smoothie for breakfast and snacking!
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What is a peanut paradise tropical smoothie?
Tropical Smoothie Café’s peanut paradise smoothie is a dreamy, creamy concoction made with peanut butter, bananas, non-fat yogurt, ice, water, and turbinado. In this easy recipe, you’ll learn to recreate the delicious drink at home!
Smoothies are a funny food category. Are they drinks, snacks, or treats? This banana peanut butter smoothie is a mashup of all of these things and can be filed under treats you’ll love sipping.
As much as I love a fruit-packed, nutritious smoothie, sometimes I crave something a bit more decadent. And my peanut butter banana smoothie is the perfect blend of thick, creamy, and naturally sweet. It almost reminds me of a milkshake because it’s so yummy.
But don’t get it twisted. This drink is still a nutritious and filling breakfast and snack option. Peanut butter is rich in protein and healthy fats. And bananas are loaded with fiber, vitamin B, and potassium. You’ll fall head over heels for this tasty smoothie!
Why you’ll love this peanut butter banana smoothie
- Comforting flavors: It’s just something about the glorious combination of peanut butter and banana that is so satisfying and comforting.
- Rich + delicious: The texture of this chilled drink is incredibly thick, creamy, and milkshake-like.
- Easy: The best part of the recipe is that you literally just throw everything into a blender and mix until smooth.
- Customizable: Feel free to customize your tropical smoothie café recipe with delicious add-ins and toppings. I’ll share a few yum ideas below.
This peanut paradise tropical smoothie is the ultimate treat for peanut lovers! The recipe comes together so effortlessly with just a handful of ingredients. See the recipe card at the end of the post for exact measurements.
- Peanut butter makes the texture rich and oh-so-satisfying. All-natural creamy peanut butter is your best option for this smoothie recipe. It provides a delicious peanut aroma and has no additives or extra sugar.
- Frozen banana: You need frozen bananas for a thick, creamy texture without ice. Great Value offers frozen bananas slices, which work brilliantly in this recipe. No worries, though, if you can’t find frozen bananas. I’ll show you how to freeze bananas for smoothies in the recipe instructions.
- Yogurt: No-fat Greek yogurt is fantastic for smoothies because it amplifies the creaminess and has a slightly tangy flavor. You can use any yogurt you like. I love vanilla, but plain works just as well.
- Milk: A liquid is needed to adjust the texture. Any type of milk will work here, full-fat, skim, non-fat, or dairy-free options such as almond, oat, or soy milk.
- Vanilla extract (optional) completes the classic peanut butter banana pairing.
Changes I made
Tropical Smoothie uses water, ice, and turbinado sugar in their recipe. However, I found that the smoothie tastes better when you replace water with milk and use frozen fruit instead of ice.
I also skipped the sweetener because the sweetness of the bananas is enough. Of course, if you want it sweeter still, add 1 to 2 teaspoons of honey or maple syrup.
How to make peanut paradise tropical smoothie
If you have 5 minutes to spare, you have enough time to create this tropical smoothie café peanut paradise smoothie! And once you taste the sweet, nutty flavor and thick, creamy texture, you’ll want to have this for breakfast all the time.
Step 1: Freeze bananas
- If you can’t find frozen bananas, freeze your own. Peel the bananas and cut each fruit into 4 to 6 pieces.
- Arrange the banana chunks on a lined baking sheet (tray) and flash-freeze for 2 hours.
- Then transfer the frozen banana into a large zip-lock bag and freeze until ready to use.
- Frozen bananas will keep for 3 to 4 months.
Step 2: Combine peanut butter and yogurt
- Start by adding the peanut butter, yogurt, and vanilla (if using) to your blender.
- Pulse a few times until the yogurt and peanut butter are perfectly combined and look smooth.
Step 3: Blend smoothie
- Next, add the milk and frozen banana chunks. Blend on high until perfectly smooth and creamy.
- If using the smoothie setting, let the program run twice to ensure the best consistency. Add a few more frozen banana chunks if you’d like the smoothie thicker.
Step 4: Serve
- Divide between two glasses and serve immediately. Optionally, garnish with banana slices, whole peanuts, and a drizzle of peanut butter. Enjoy!
- Since this smoothie is quite thick, you may also eat it with a spoon.
Tips for success
This peanut paradise smoothie recipe may be easy to make, but there’s always room for a few helpful hints! Here are my favorite tips for the creamiest, best peanut butter smoothie possible.
- Use frozen bananas. Smoothies get a thicker, more appealing texture from frozen fruit.
- Make the smoothie with cold ingredients. Likewise, your other ingredients like milk and yogurt should be chilled as well to ensure your smoothie stays thick for longer. Warm or room temp ingredients will create a softer texture.
- Choose a great blender. Not all blenders are the same. Weaker blenders struggle with blending frozen fruit and ice. A high-powered, heavy-duty blender will have no such issues.
- Blend in stages. It’s easier to get a nice, creamy blending when you start off with a few pulses on low speed. Once the bananas are broken up, move to a higher speed.
As I’ve said before, banana peanut butter smoothies are pretty versatile and can be customized in all kinds of ways. If you’d like to try different flavors, have a look at these suggestions:
- Chocolate: Dreaming of a peanut butter cup smoothie? Add 1 teaspoon cocoa powder or 2 tablespoons chocolate protein powder.
- Caramel: To create a caramel peanut butter smoothie, prepare the recipe with caramel yogurt and top the finished smoothie with a spoonful of caramel sauce.
- Cinnamon: The smoothie is absolutely delicious with a 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. The spice adds warmth and coziness.
- Protein: For an extra protein boost, add a scoop of your favorite protein powder (like chocolate or vanilla). You can also add flaxseeds or chia seeds.
- Vegan: To make the smoothie vegan-friendly, be sure to use non-dairy milk (e.g., almond milk, soy milk) and replace the yogurt with dairy-free yogurt or coconut cream.
- Toppings: Garnish and serve your peanut paradise smoothie with banana slices, peanuts, a drizzle of warm peanut butter, granola, mini chocolate chips, or fresh berries.
What is the best peanut butter for smoothies?
Any peanut butter will work for this smoothie. I prefer all-natural, unsweetened peanut butter in my smoothie because it’s free from additives and creamy. 365 and Smuckers are some of my favorite brands.
However, taste buds and dietary needs are different for everyone. So, you do you and use your favorite peanut butter in this peanut butter paradise tropical smoothie.
Can I thicken my peanut butter smoothie with ice?
You could, but I don’t recommend it. Ice waters smoothies down and creates a grainy texture. If you want to thicken your smoothie, add more frozen bananas instead.
Can you make this recipe with other nut butters?
Sure thing! Other nut butters, such as almond, cashew, hazelnut, walnut, or pecan, would all be tasty ideas. Sunflower butter is a good option for those allergic to tree nuts. Keep in mind that different nut butters vary in intensity and flavor, so you may need to adjust the amount.
- Refrigerator: Store leftover smoothie in a lidded jar or airtight container and refrigerate for 1 to 2 days.
- Freezer: Freeze your peanut paradise tropical smoothie in freezer-safe mason jars or ice cube trays for up to 2 months. Let smoothie jars defrost in the fridge overnight before serving. Frozen smoothie ice cubes can be used from frozen. Just toss them in your blender and process them until smooth and creamy.
- Popsicles: You can also freeze the recipe into popsicles molds, which is perfect for hot summer days.
More delicious smoothies
I’ve rounded up a few more tasty smoothie recipes that a perfect to start your morning or get an energy kick throughout the day.
- Pineapple Strawberry Smoothie
- Mango Smoothie
- Sunrise Sunset Smoothie
- Triple Berry Oat Smoothie
- Kiwi Quencher Smoothie