If you’re looking for low carb recipes for delicious, EASY, dessert-like, healthy snacks, then this low carb peanut butter smoothie is for YOU!!!
It has the rich creamy flavor of peanut butter and a smooth velvety texture that you can eat with a spoon or slurp through a straw!
Healthy recipes for low carb smoothies are a fantastic way to satisfy a monstrous sweet tooth without packing on the pounds or destroying your nutritional intake for the day. It’s like having the best of both worlds! Basically, a “healthy” milkshake.
And if you didn’t think that was possible, then let me blow your mind…
It’s a good for you peanut butter smoothie! What’s not to love!? Honestly, though – this low carb peanut butter smoothie is more than just carb friendly. It’s actually nutritious, so you really don’t need an excuse to have one. I think that is one of my favorite qualities but here are some other reasons to really love it!
- Tastes like Reese’s peanut butter cups
- Creamy velvety texture
- Totally nutritious
- Ready in 5 minutes
- Great mid-day snack or dessert
- Really easy to make
Making healthy smoothies that really taste great is an art form and let me tell you this is one of my greatest masterpieces! I have a massive sweet tooth and sweets were one of the things I missed most when I first went low carb.
But, after some thought and a lot of trial and error I found that low carb doesn’t always have to mean savory. I mean, savory is good but sometimes you just want something sweet and delicious – especially on those warm summer days!
One bit of advice I can give you is about loading the blender. It may sound silly at first but anyone who has had the best of their ingredients stuck under the blender blades knows I’m right! Always try to add your liquids first, then powders. After that start with your other ingredients from the smallest to largest size which often means putting the ice in last.
Low Carb Smoothie Ingredient Notes
Starting with full-fat coconut milk in a can, you may notice some lumps. This is perfectly normal, not to mention yummy!
The lumps are coconut cream and they’re oh so good — They add a rich, sweet, creamy texture and flavor to your low carb peanut butter smoothie. Many people suggest warming the coconut milk to help dissolve the chunks but that kind of defeats the purpose of a cold, ice-cream like texture.
I find that running a fork under really hot water works better. Then you can put it right in the can to break up the chunks.
If this is all too much for you then feel free to opt for heavy cream instead.
Moving on to the cocoa powder! Your low carb peanut butter smoothie calls for Dutch process cocoa and with good reason. Dutch process cocoa powder has a smoother more mellow flavor and isn’t as acidic. This will help give your low carb peanut butter smoothie a sweet creamy flavor without making it bitter.
And speaking of a silky, creamy texture…..
Using Haas avocados will help your smoothie along, too! Haas avocados are creamier and higher in fat than Florida avocados. In my opinion, they make a way better smoothie. Choosing an avocado with a darker skin color is also important. Avocado skin darkens as the fruit ripens, so light green skin color typically indicates an under ripe avocado.
Tools To Make
Deciding how to enjoy your low carb peanut butter smoothie is paramount. I suppose a straw is the norm, but you can also make a thicker version of this drink and eat it with a spoon. There’s no shame in that game either!
Other than that, the only tools you really need are a blender and a knife for slicing your avocado. Oh, don’t forget the warm fork for the coconut cream. Its not an absolute must, but it does make things so much easier.
**Pro Tip: This certainly isn’t a requirement by any means, but I love throwing my glass or cup in the freezer about an hour before I make my low carb peanut butter smoothie. Pouring it into a frozen mug really makes it taste like a creamy milkshake and it’ll keep it colder longer, too.
This recipe actually makes 2 servings so you can share with a friend or save one for later. Storing in the fridge is only for short term keeping, like less than 24 hours. Putting it in an airtight container with a secure lid is a must. I like to use a mason jar.
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Can You Freeze This?
Absolutely! Just don’t do it in a glass container. One neat little trick of the trade is to use an empty ice tray and then cover it in saran wrap. I know it may sound a little different, but it makes things so much easier! Its clean and there are no tall containers to tip over inside your freezer.
When you’re ready for your smoothie, simply dump the smoothie cubes into your blender and hit the button (actually letting them sit in the blender for 5-8 minutes before blending is about perfect).
Meal Prepping Tips
Prepping for your low carb peanut butter smoothie is so simple. It only takes 5 minutes to make so it almost isn’t even necessary, but everyone has their own process.
You can add everything to the blender with the exception of the avocado and ice, then store it in the fridge overnight. The avocado and ice go in last anyway, so simply add them when you are ready to mix your low carb peanut butter smoothie.
Or you can go with the freezing option listed above in the ice trays – it really saves time!
Making and serving low carb drinks is so much fun! Mix and match any variety of flavors you like. Try skipping the chocolate or using an alternative nut butter instead.
Some people like adding some hemp seeds for nutritional value but a handful of greens works well, too. Trust me, you’ll never taste them and its great fuel for the day!
You could also add your favorite low carb protein powder and make a meal replacement shake out of it. Or, make a low carb smoothie bowl — Just add a little less liquid, top it with granola or hemp seeds and eat it with a spoon!
What Kind Of Fruit Can I Add?
Adding fruit to your low carb peanut butter smoothie is a great way to spice things up. Make a low carb strawberry smoothie out of it or grab a handful of other colorful berries and take it in a different direction.
How Can I Make This A Healthier Breakfast?
Low carb smoothies are my favorite healthy breakfast, especially when I’m in a rush! I still get all the nutrition I need, and I don’t have to skip breakfast! For a really healthy breakfast option try my low carb green smoothie. It…is….awesome! It’s not your run of the mill spinach and kale choke-it-down kinda smoothie – trust me on this.
How Can I Turn This Into Low Carb Meal Replacement Shakes?
Making a low carb protein shake in the morning is a fast, tasty and nutritious option for the first meal of the day! It’s a low carb breakfast you don’t have to cook. All you have to do is add a scoop of your favorite protein powder to the mix. You can even still throw in some greens if you want.
What Can I Add To Make These Low Carb Shakes Creamier?
Making this taste like a low carb milkshake is so simple. All you really have to do is add some keto whipped cream. The ingredient amounts may need a little adjusting but it’s so darn good you’ll feel like a kid again.
Low Carb Peanut Butter Smoothie
- Add ingredients to a blender (in the order listed above) and blend to combine.
- Pour into 2 glasses and enjoy!
Okay, stop drooling and let’s give this baby a whirl… you know you want to! Anytime is a good time to enjoy a low carb peanut butter smoothie. This thing is rich and creamy and decadent enough to make you melt deep into your chair so you can enjoy every delicious sip (or spoonful)!
The next time you’ve got a terrible sweet tooth that needs taming, or you just want to re-live your childhood with every delicious sip, make this low carb peanut butter smoothie. Enjoyyyy!