Peanut Butter & Jelly Date Smoothie

PB & Jelly Date Smoothie

Dairy free, dairy free, dairy free – I can do this. If I say it enough times will it work? I hope so – my digestive health depends on it.

Peanut butter and Dates

Most of the smoothies I’ve made in the past have contained some form of whey protein powder or yogurt, making them a no-go for me while I’m on my dairy-free test run. This recipe was an experiment of sorts. One recent morning I fumbled around the kitchen in my jammers to see if I could get a creamy texture without any dairy and it was a total score. I think the jammies helped.

PB & J Smoothie | Minimalist Baker

PB&J has always been one of my favorite flavor combinations, ever since I was a kiddo eating a triangle cut sandwich with eyes locked on a TV playing Woody the Woodpecker. And this smoothie is a a refreshing presentation of that. Dates and bananas provide natural sweetness, blueberries plenty of of antioxidants, peanut butter protein and healthy fat, and flaxseed fiber and omega 3s. The almond milk adds virtually zero calories and a dreamy amount of creaminess. One sip in and I knew it was a win. I see this smoothie happening many more mornings in 2013. After all, if I can have a PB&J twice in one day, why wouldn’t I? Psh, that’s what I thought.

PB and Jelly Smoothie | Minimalist BakerPeanut Butter and Jelly smoothie

4.6 from 8 reviews
Peanut Butter & Jelly Date Smoothie
Prep time
Total time
Simple Factor: One Bowl, 15 Minutes or Less, 7 Ingredients or Less
Recipe type: Smoothie
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 1
  • 4 deglet nour or medjoul dates, pitted
  • 1 Tbsp creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1 small banana, frozen without the peel and quartered
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (depending on preferred thickness)
  • 1/3 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 Tbsp flax seed meal
  1. Add all ingredients to blender and mix until well combined. Add more frozen blueberries or banana to make it thicker, or more almond milk to thin it out.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 smoothie Calories: 374 Fat: 13 g Saturated fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 60 g Sugar: 39 g Fiber: 11 g Protein: 8 g

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  1. says

    I think you are going to have this dairy free thing down to a science before you know it – this smoothie sounds like an amazing way to start the day- loving the pics!

    • Dana says

      it’s been surprisingly easier than I thought! Not only that, I feel it’s opened a whole other world of baking and cooking opportunities. Kind of a win-win if you ask me :D

  2. says

    I discovered your blog through Take a Megabite, and boy am I glad I did! Really lovely stuff.

    I too am a huge fan of pb & j’s AND I’m going vegan for the month of January, so this is just perfect to get me through a month without milkshakes. Looks so yummy, I can’t wait to whirl it up!

  3. T says

    I am still recovering from the almond joy butter bonanza that occurred our house. This looks really decadent and is on my list for the weekend.

  4. T says

    Ok. While hubby is out getting ingredients for your Oreo pancake recipe, I whipped these up for the kiddos. I didn’t have dates so I used dried plums and added spinach to sneak in some greens. They are asking for more. Great recipe.

  5. says

    I am drinking my smoothie as I write this and it’s so yummy! You are saving us from a very expensive smoothie store trip! I had my teenager search for the recipe for me as I was collecting ingredients and she was freaking out about all your recipes. You are “the bomb” she says!


  6. Jaz says

    This was delicious! Thank you! Just went dairy free because my newborn is allergic. I’ve missed milkshakes and this hit the spot!

  7. says

    1) I really need to go do homework but clearly your blog is way more interesting.
    2) This sounds heavenly.
    3) Have you ever thrown greens in? I’m going to try it (b/c I toss greens into any and every smoothie I can…seriously I see a smoothie and my first thought is “Spinach!”) but I’m interested if you have or not. ;)

    • Dana says

      haha, Kait, you’re awesome! yes, I generally thrown greens in. But for the sake of pretty PB&J photo opp, I left them out :D

      • says

        Why thank you! And I totally understand about leaving them out for photos…I still remember my horror the first time I put blueberries into a green smoothie and saw what color it turned out…but I’m glad to know it tastes just as good with another dose of nutrients!

        Also thanks for responding so quickly…and providing another form of procrastination. ;)

        PS In case my comment-rampage didn’t give it away, I’m kind of obsessed with this space you’ve created here. I may have pinned, on average, every other recipe. #truestory

  8. Sara P. says

    This is my new favorite smoothie! I have had it 3 times this week. I have also been throwing in a couple frozen sweet cherries. Yum!

  9. Janina says

    WOW! This was amazing! My 9 year old said it was ranks in the top 3 smoothies EVER! That is high praise!

  10. Sloane says

    Absolute perfection! I made it and it looked appetizing and was just plain yummy. When I calculated the nutrition, I got all of the same numbers as stated above. And as an added bonus, this little shake has:

    9% Vitamin A
    11.3% Iron
    22.8% Vitamin C
    40.5% Calcium

    of your Daily Value. That’s crazy a lot! Now, if only the sugar count was lower… yet as she stated, it’s all from good fruits and wholesome peanut butter. This recipe is a definite winner.

  11. Jess says

    I used to always make my smoothies with greek yogurt and milk and since I am now following a Paleo diet I have substituted coconut water and honestly I can’t even tell the difference. I still find my smoothies to be somewhat creamy. Maybe it’s because I add 2-3 bananas to mine plus chia seeds. Anyway, many of your smoothies are similar to what I make but there are a few yummy ones I am looking forward to trying :)

  12. Jess says

    Drinking this now as I type and I have to say it is super yummy! The blueberries and peanut butter together are awesome and I never thought to add dates to my smoothie. I did use coconut water since I don’t have almond milk but it is delish. Also, this morning I made your peach oatmeal smoothie for my hubby before he left for work. Also tasted wonderful! I’ll be checking out all your smoothie recipes. Thanks!

  13. Stacie says

    Wow, this is so yummy that it’s not helping erase my vacation eating binge guilt! In fact, I feel guilty having it, and I shouldn’t! Fantastic recipe! The Hubby is loving it too. Win win for me! Yay!

  14. Jessica says

    I can’t wait to make this!! Can I use Chia seeds instead of flax? If so how much? Will it change the flavor?

  15. Gabby says

    I just tried his one for the first time. I followed the recipe, but sadly it tastes mostly like banana. The peanut butter is virtually nonexistent :( I love the idea though, and will keep experimenting with it :)

    • Dana Shultz says

      It may depend on the type of PB you used. Was it salted? If not, the peanut butter can fall flat. I’d suggest adding MORE peanut butter next time along with a pinch of salt. Hope that helps!

  16. Jessica says

    I showed these to my husband, who has been searching for the perfect cinnamon roll recipe, and he made them last night. BEST. CINNAMON. ROLLS. EVER! thank you!

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