When Austin and I moved to Los Angeles, we were introduced to Jamba Juice for the first time… and their “secret menu.”
This secret menu features all sorts of creative flavors, like White Gummy Bear, Sour Patch Kids, Fruity Pebbles, and many more, but our favorite was the Peanut Butter & Jelly. It may not sound that special, but this smoothie tastes SO much better than a plain, old peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It probably has something to do with the fact that our local Jamba Juice used frozen yogurt and raspberry sherbert in their version, making it more of a milkshake than what I’d consider a smoothie.
We had to cut ourselves off from these shakes years ago (they’re too addictive!), but I recently had a hankering for one I decided to try making a healthier version at home. The result is a delicious milkshake that is dairy-free, naturally sweetened with only fruit, and just as delicious as the store-bought drinks I remember. Who needs a sandwich when you can drink this instead?!
Peanut Butter & Jelly Smoothie (Vegan)
Inspired by Jamba Juice
3/4 cup water or almond milk
1 soft Medjool date, pitted
2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
1 frozen banana
1 cup frozen strawberries (about 8 whole strawberries)
5 ice cubes
Pinch of sea salt
Combine the water, or almond milk, in a blender with the date and peanut butter, and blend until the date is completely broken down. Add the frozen banana, strawberries, ice cubes, and a pinch of salt, and blend again until completely smooth. Serve immediately!
- ¾ cup water or almond milk
- 1 soft Medjool date, pitted
- 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen strawberries (about 8 whole strawberries)
- 5 ice cubes
- Pinch of sea salt
- Combine the water, or almond milk, in a blender with the date and peanut butter, and blend until the date is completely broken down.
- Add the frozen banana, strawberries, ice cubes, and a pinch of salt, and blend again until completely smooth. Serve immediately!
- You are welcome to use sunflower butter instead of peanut butter, if you prefer– the taste will obviously change, but I have a feeling it will still be delicious.
- You can replace the date with 1/2 tablespoon of maple syrup for a similar sweetness.
Reader Feedback: Have you ever ordered off a restaurant’s “secret menu?” In-N-Out’s secret menu is pretty popular out here, too!