PB2 Banana Smoothie

PB2 Banana Smoothie

May 14, 2018   16 Comments

A PB2 banana smoothie will trick you into thinking you are drinking something far more luxurious.

PB2 is a product that came out of a problem. What do you do with all that is left of the peanut after you wring out the oil to make peanut oil? I suppose you figure out if there is a market for peanut flavored protein powder.

It is brown, fluffy powder and it is simply a by product of the oil making process. Almond milk was created in much the same way. The crumbs of almonds didn’t really have a market until someone figured out how to turn them into almond milk.

I like PB2 and its cousins because it adds protein and flavor without a lot of calories. I use it in my chocolate PB2 smoothie and a peanut butter and jelly PB2 smoothie.

Two tablespoons of the stuff is 50 calories versus 188 calories for full fledged peanut butter.

If you love peanut butter as much as I do, the calories can add up. If you want to make peanut butter from PB2 – you simply add water. I don’t love it as much as actual peanut butter but it will do in a pinch (or if you are back country camping and real peanut butter is heavy).

There are now multiple brands of PB2 (PB2 is a brand name). This organic PBfit is a good one. You can find it EVERYWHERE. It is even in huge tubs at Costco next to the peanut butter – I just saw it there.

Make sure there is no sugar added in your product. Isn’t the point of this to cut calories? Added sugar is unnecessary to ensure that this tastes good. It is basically peanut paste.

I do have a high speed blender – a Blendtec. I bought it a few years ago as my Christmas present and I use it almost every day. Smoothies and soups are my game. Vitamix is another famous brand for these things. You can’t really go wrong.

What do you put in your smoothies?

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PB2 Banana Smoothie Recipe

Makes 1

8 ounces almond milk, unsweetened
1 ripe banana
2 tablespoons PB2 or equivalent

Pour almond milk into blender and add banana and PB2. Blend and serve.

180 calories, 4.4 g fat, 0.1 g saturated fat, 32.5 g carbohydrates, 15.4 g sugar, 7.3 g protein, 5.6 g fiber, 200 mg sodium, 7 Freestyle SmartPts

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16 Comments:

Even better with frozen banana!

on May 14, 2018

Looks good- but why is this 7 points and the chocolate version 2?

on May 15, 2018

The chocolate version is the pts for only the powder not for a smoothie.

on May 15, 2018

I do this! It's delicious. I add protein powder for more staying power and make sure the banana is frozen.

on May 15, 2018

No way is this 7 Freestyle Points! I'm thinking 2 -- 1 for the PB2 and 1 for the almond milk. Unless the banana gains points when you blend it.

on May 15, 2018

My go-to almost every morning: 1 Chocolate Premier Protein drink, a frozen banana, 2 tbsp PB2, 1/4 scoop Vanilla Milkshake Quest Protein powder (which you could probably do without). Mix in my NutriBullet. Delicious!

on May 15, 2018

Just an FYI--if you're looking for PBFit at Costco, my local stores now have located it near the protein powders/bars. (it was previously by the peanut butter and was bummed when I couldn't find it, was happy to see it again in a different place!)

on May 15, 2018

Please explain how this adds up to 7 Freestyle points....I would count it as 2.

on May 15, 2018

How many people count the points in fruit when making a smoothie? I've heard two different reasons WW says we are supposed to count the points. First, I was told to count because smoothies are something we can overdo by drinking too many. Then I was told it's because the fruit is pre-digested when blended. I've heard one leader say, "don't count the fruit and watch the scale - if you don't lose or gain, then count the fruit." Seems like good and logical advise.

on May 15, 2018

Obviously, I am confused on how to count the banana for Weight Watchers. The banana adds significant sugar and so the points go sky high. I thought you were supposed to count it if you blend it. I like what Cheryll said though because this drink is really healthy and I wouldn't avoid it.

on May 15, 2018

Putting the banana in the blender changes the freestyle points from 0 to 5. The research on which this is based can be found on the WW website.

on May 15, 2018

well, I just love bananas & must eat them according to my doctor PC because my potassium is always too low. I am not a smoothie drinker. any ideas on snacks w/bananas?
thanks anneippi

on May 15, 2018

I'll just blend the PB2 and the almond milk, and eat the banana on the side then!! (I knew juice has points, whereas whole fruit doesn't, I just didn't know about the effect of blending. Gotta talk to my WW leader about this.)

on May 15, 2018

This is a great recipe. When making smoothies, I add all kinds of vitamins and yeast flakes for B vit. and essential amino acids. I mostly add berries because they are lowest in sugar.
WW has a problem. A banana when consumed in a blended drink is the same as if eaten without being blended. Any other determination is ridiculous. Let's use common sense. We buy our bananas a bit green to avoid a sugar spike. As a banana ripens the sugar increases. If you don't believe me, bite into a green banana then bite into an over ripe one, EW. LOL :)

on May 15, 2018

I like PB2 for protein too but use it in my overnight oats. For my smoothie I use Bobs Re Mill Pea Protein. My recipe is 1 cup water, 1 tble Pea Protein, 2 cups raw spinach, 1cup fresh blueberries & cup of frozen fruit (mango or such). My VitaMix does a fantastic job.

on May 15, 2018

I really like this flavor! great!

on May 18, 2018


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