Recreate Tropical Smoothie Café's famous Peanut Paradise smoothie with this easy copycat recipe! Just frozen banana, peanut butter, Greek yogurt, milk of choice, and sweetener for a lusciously creamy, nutty, and naturally sweet treat.
I love adding peanut butter to my smoothies as a quick way to add some flavor, creaminess, and protein. This banana peanut butter smoothie is now my favorite smoothie with its creamy texture and health benefits!
Packed with banana, peanut butter, Greek yogurt, and your choice of milk, I love that it delivers a decadent, milkshake-like texture and flavor at home. Adjust and customize the ingredients to suit your preferences!
With just 5 minutes and a blender, you can recreate Tropical Smoothie Café's famous Peanut Paradise smoothie. You won't believe something so creamy and delicious is also so healthy and easy to make. It's perfect for any time of day!
With just a few simple ingredients that you likely have on hand, you can recreate this signature creamy and nutty blended masterpiece right at home.
- 📋 Why You'll Love This Recipe!
- 🥜 Ingredients for Peanut Paradise Tropical Smoothie
- ✔️ Ingredient Substitutions
- 📖 How to Make A Tropical Paradise Peanut Paradise Smoothie
- 🥘 Variations
- 🧂Serving Suggestions
- ⏲ Equipment
- 🍶 Storage
- 🙋🏻♂️ FAQs
- 👨🏻🍳 Top Tips!
- 📒 Recipe Card
- Peanut Paradise Tropical Smoothie Recipe
- 🍳 More Sweet and Breakfast Recipes
📋 Why You'll Love This Recipe!
- Ready in just 5 minutes!
- Packed with protein from Greek yogurt, creamy peanut butter, and whey protein powder.
- No added sugar - uses natural sweeteners only!
- Much healthier than smoothies with extra added sugar!
- Uses real, whole ingredients - no artificial preservatives.
- Fully customizable with your favorite milk and sweetener.
- Delicious creamy, milkshake-like texture!
- Naturally filling and satisfying as a great source of protein.
- Great meal replacement or post-workout recovery drink.
- Kid-friendly and perfect for breakfast!
- Simple way to increase your daily fruit and protein intake.
🥜 Ingredients for Peanut Paradise Tropical Smoothie
This peanut butter tropical smoothie comes together with just a handful of simple ingredients. Here's what you'll need:
- Frozen Banana Chunks: Frozen ripe banana creates a sweet and creamy base with natural thickness. Bananas provide vitamins, minerals, fiber, and natural sweetness.
- Peanut Butter: Peanut butter gives a nutty depth of flavor and contributes protein, healthy fats, and antioxidants. Use your favorite kind of peanut butter - both creamy and crunchy work great.
- Plain Greek Yogurt: The Greek yogurt adds protein, probiotics, and tangy creaminess without extra fat or calories. Choose plain non-fat Greek yogurt.
- Milk: Use any milk you prefer such as dairy milk, almond milk, soy milk, oat milk, etc. The milk provides creaminess and is a good base for a smoothie.
- Natural Sweetener: Maple syrup or turbinado sugar add just a touch of sweetness without unnecessary added sugar. Adjust to your taste and sweet tooth.
- Ice Cubes: Crushed ice makes it ultra cold, refreshing, and blendable. Add more for a thicker texture.
- Vanilla Extract: A splash of vanilla extract enhances the other flavors.
- Vanilla Protein Powder: Adding a scoop of vanilla protein powder increases the nutrition and gives even more protein for staying power.
- Crushed Peanuts: Crushed peanuts on top provide crunch and extra peanut flavor.
See the recipe card for precise quantities and complete instructions.
✔️ Ingredient Substitutions
Missing any ingredients? Try these easy swaps:
- Frozen mango, pineapple, or peaches instead of banana.
- Any nut or seed butter for peanut butter.
- Use any yogurt you prefer!
- Any milk, non-dairy milk, or water for dairy milk will work very well.
- Honey, agave nectar, stevia instead of maple syrup for sweetness.
- Ice cubes or crushed ice.
📖 How to Make A Tropical Paradise Peanut Paradise Smoothie
Making this smoothie is easy breezy! Just gather a few simple ingredients and fire up your blender. Here's a quick rundown:
Add the frozen banana, peanut butter, Greek yogurt, and milk to a high-speed blender.
Blend on high for 1-2 minutes until completely smooth and creamy. If your blender struggles to blend thicker ingredients, add more liquid as needed.
Then, add sweetener, vanilla, and protein powder. Pulse a few times until the ingredients are combined. Then, add ice and pulse to the desired consistency.
Taste and adjust sweetener if desired. Add more frozen banana for a thicker texture or more milk for a lighter one!
Pour into two glasses and top with crushed peanuts if desired for some crunch.
Serve immediately and enjoy this luxuriously creamy, nutty, and refreshing blended masterpiece!
Some tasty mix-ins and variations to try and spice up your smoothie recipe:
- Cocoa or cacao powder for chocolate peanut butter flavor! Chocolate chips are also a great add in!
- Ground cinnamon and nutmeg for a spice kick.
- Toasted shredded coconut for tropical flavor.
- Chia seeds for extra nutrition.
- Ground flaxseed for omega-3s.
- Chopped dates to add natural sweetness.
- Fresh mint or spinach for green smoothie vibes!
- Pineapple or orange juice instead of milk.
- A swirl of almond butter or sunflower seed butter on top, and nut butter add richness and creaminess!
- Frozen mango chunks in addition to the banana.
Get creative and come up with your own signature Peanut Paradise combo!
Enjoy this peanut paradise Tropical Smoothie copycat recipe on its own for breakfast or as a snack for any time of the day. It also pairs well with:
- Tropical fruits like mango, kiwi, pineapple, etc.
- Overnight oats or chia pudding!
- Whole grain muffin or toast!
- Yogurt bowl with granola and fruit.
- Peanut butter and banana toast or an English muffin. Check out how to Toast English Muffins in the Air Fryer here!
It makes a nutritious pre or post-workout snack too! The protein helps fuel your body before exercise and refuel it after.
I made this smoothie in my OmniBlend V blender. This high-powered commercial blender is perfect for smoothie making!
What I love is how smoothly it blends frozen ingredients and ice without leaving a chunky texture. The strong motor and sharp blades make quick work of tough ingredients.
The large pitcher size is ideal for blending big batches. And all the parts are replaceable, so it lasts for years. I also use the smoothie cup attachment all the time!
This blender isn't just for smoothies either. I also use it to make nut butter, soups, sauces, and more. It's a true kitchen workhorse!
For smoothie success, I highly recommend using a quality blender like the OmniBlend V. It's the secret to this recipe's creamy, smooth texture.
Refrigerate any leftover smoothie in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days. Stir the smoothie before drinking to reincorporate as it may separate slightly.
You can also freeze individual portions in freezer containers or ice cube trays. Reblend frozen smoothie portions, adding some liquid as needed.
Do you have some smoothie questions? Here are some common questions and answers:
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge up to 3-4 days. The banana in the smoothie may brown slightly but it's still safe to consume.
Yes, but the texture will be much thinner. Very ripe bananas work best. Underripe bananas may taste starchy and chalky.
Any peanut butter works great! Both creamy and crunchy add delicious flavor. For nut-free, use a seed butter instead.
You can, but the texture may be more icy. Use more liquid if needed. For ultra creamy and smooth, a high-speed blender is ideal.
👨🏻🍳 Top Tips!
- Bananas: Use very ripe and frozen bananas - they blend up much smoother than green or underripe bananas. Ripe bananas offer more natural sweetness too.
- Taste Adjustment: Adjust peanut butter and sweetener amounts based on if there is enough sweetness for your taste buds. Add more if you like it extra nutty or sweet.
- Consistency is Key: Use more frozen banana chunks and crushed ice for a thicker smoothie. Blend in a couple of cubes at a time until the desired consistency. Add more milk, a tablespoon at a time, for a thinner smoothie that's easier to drink.
- Variety: Add chocolate or vanilla protein powder for extra thickness, nutrition, and variety.
- Get it Smooth: Blend wet ingredients first, then add ice and blend again to ensure smooth consistency.
- Meal-Prep Friendly: Make ahead and store in freezer-safe containers for grab-and-go convenience. Thaw before drinking for a quick breakfast.
📒 Recipe Card
Peanut Paradise Tropical Smoothie Recipe
- High Speed Blender use crushed ice if your blender struggles to blend thicker liquids.
- 2 cups frozen banana chunks very ripe for more sweetness
- 3 tablespoon peanut butter creamy or crunchy
- ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt provides tang and protein
- 1 cup milk of choice dairy, nut, oat - any milk you like to drink!
- 1-2 teaspoon sweetener such as maple syrup or turbinado sugar
- 1 cup crushed ice more for a thicker blend
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 scoop ¼ cup vanilla protein powder
- Crushed peanuts for garnish optional crunch
- Add the frozen banana, peanut butter, Greek yogurt, and milk to a high-speed blender. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes until completely smooth and creamy. If your blender struggles to blend thicker ingredients, add more liquid as needed.2 cups frozen banana chunks, 3 tablespoon peanut butter, ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt, 1 cup milk of choice
- Then, add sweetener, vanilla, and protein powder. Pulse a few times until the ingredients are combined.1-2 teaspoon sweetener such as maple syrup or turbinado sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 scoop
- Then, add ice and pulse to the desired consistency.1 cup crushed ice
- Taste and adjust sweetener if desired. Add more frozen banana for a thicker texture or more milk for a lighter one!
- Pour into two glasses and top with crushed peanuts if desired for some crunch.Crushed peanuts for garnish
- Serve immediately and enjoy this luxuriously creamy, nutty, and refreshing blended masterpiece!
- Use very ripe and frozen banana for best texture and flavor.
- Adjust peanut butter and sweetener amounts to taste
- Add more frozen banana if you want a thicker smoothie
- Try adding cocoa powder, cinnamon, or shredded coconut for some variation