PB&J Vegan Protein Smoothie

I love anything PB&J — if you have all of my books, you’ll know that a PB&J-inspired recipe is in each one. In an effort to create a post-run drink that I’d love and make me realize smoothies can be delicious (they’ve never been my favourite… I only have one other smoothie recipe on my site), I set out the following guidelines and am now drinking to success everyday:

  • Not too banana-y
  • Low FODMAP
  • No effort
  • High protein (this clocks in at about 24 grams)
  • No stevia
  • Tastes like a PB&J
  • And, of course, gluten-free and vegan

PB&J Vegan Protein Smoothie

PB&J Vegan Protein Smoothie

5 medium frozen strawberries
1/2 small banana, cut into slices and frozen
1 scoop (21g) natural/unflavored brown rice protein powder (see Notes)
2 tablespoons (10g) peanut powder (see Notes)
1/2 teaspoon psyllium powder (see Notes)
1/2 to 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Pinch salt

Put all ingredients in a blender (I use an immersion blender; easier clean up). Blend until smooth.


  • For the unsweetened brown rice protein powder, I use this one from Sunwarrior
  • For the peanut powder, I use Jif (this one).
  • You don’t have to include psyllium; this isn’t added for texture or taste, but just for extra soluble fibre

PB&J Vegan Protein Smoothie 2


Liquid Apple Pie Smoothie

Bananas all too often make their way as the base of smoothies. Berries are a close second, along with mango. This version uses local apples as its base, then adds apple pie spices which makes breakfast taste like dessert (and you can’t taste the kale).


Liquid Apple Pie Smoothie

1 medium sweet apple
1 large handful of chopped kale, just the leaves
6 to 10 fresh honey dates (see Notes)
1 heaping tablespoon (15 ml) roasted cashew butter
1/2 cup (120 ml) homemade unsweetened applesauce (see Notes)
1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon (3 ml) ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) ground nutmeg
1/2 cup to 1 cup (120 ml to 240 ml) unsweetened plain or vanilla nondairy milk

Blend all ingredients together, adding nondairy milk to achieve desired consistency, until smooth. Serve cold.

Notes: You can add honey dates to the desired sweetness that you’d like. If you’re using sweetened applesauce or nondairy milk, you might want to omit them altogether.