Peanut Paradise Tropical Smoothie

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. Bonus: it’s high in protein coming in at 29 grams per serving!


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This peanut butter banana smoothie is a copycat recipe, inspired by the Peanut Paradise Smoothie from Tropical Smoothie Cafe in the US. They do many delicious smoothies and bowls, but this version got my attention as I love adding peanut butter to my smoothies as a quick way to add some flavour, creaminess, and protein.

Packed with banana, peanut butter, Greek yogurt, and your choice of milk, I love that it delivers a decadent, milkshake-like texture and flavour while remaining a wholesome drink.

  • It’s creamy, sweet, nutty, and milkshake-like without using any added sugar.
  • Packed with real food ingredients, naturally filling and satisfying as a great source of protein (29 grams per serving).
  • Great meal replacement or post-workout recovery drink, kid-friendly and perfect for breakfast.
  • Ready in 5 minutes!
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What You’ll Need

Here is what you’ll need for peanut paradise tropical smoothie recipe. Find the full measurements in the recipe card below.

  • Frozen ripe banana creates a sweet and creamy base with natural thickness. Bananas provide vitamins, minerals, fiber, and natural sweetness. Use frozen mango, pineapple, or peaches instead of banana.
  • Peanut butter gives a nutty depth of flavour and contributes protein, healthy fats, and antioxidants. Use your favourite kind of peanut butter – creamy and crunchy- or any nut or seed butter for peanut butter.
  • The Greek yogurt adds protein, probiotics, and tangy creaminess without extra fat or calories. Choose plain non-fat Greek yogurt for lower-cal or full-cream if you want more fuel.
  • 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.
  • Maple syrup or turbinado sugar add just a touch of sweetness without unnecessary added sugar. You can adjust to your taste and sweet tooth. Honey or agave nectar could also be used.
  • Crushed ice makes it ultra cold, refreshing, and blendable. Add more for a thicker texture.
  • A splash of vanilla extract enhances the other flavours.
  • Adding a scoop of vanilla protein powder increases the nutrition and gives even more protein for staying power.
  • *Crushed peanuts on top provide crunch and extra peanut flavor.
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How To Make Peanut Paradise Smoothie

Find the full recipe and nutritional information below. Here are some handy step-by-step photos.

  • 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!

Recipe Tips

  • Use very ripe and frozen bananas – they blend up much smoother than green or underripe bananas. Ripe bananas offer more natural sweetness too.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Blend wet ingredients first, then add ice and blend again to ensure smooth consistency.

Variations

Some tasty mix-ins and variations to try and spice up your smoothie recipe:

  • Cocoa or cacao powder for chocolate peanut butter flavour. 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!

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Peanut Paradise Tropical Smoothie

Prep Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Author: Irena Macri
Servings: 2 servings
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack, Drinks
Cuisine: American
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Calories: 348kcal

Equipment

  • High Speed Blender use crushed ice if your blender struggles to blend thicker liquids
Learn how to make 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.

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups banana chunks frozen, very ripe for more sweetness
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter creamy or crunchy
  • 3/4 cup Greek yogurt provides tang and protein, I used low-fat here as it has extra protein
  • 1 cup milk of choice dairy, nut, oat – any milk you like to drink!
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or another sweetener such as honey or turbinado sugar
  • 1 cup ice crushed, more for a thicker blend
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup vanilla protein powder
  • peanuts crushed for garnish optional crunch

Instructions

  • 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!

Notes

Nutritional information based on using dairy milk and fat-free yogurt.
Tips: Use very ripe and frozen bananas for the best texture and flavour. 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
Storage tips: 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.
Can I use regular bananas instead of frozen ones? Yes, but the texture will be much thinner. Very ripe bananas work best. Underripe bananas may taste starchy and chalky.
What kind of peanut butter is best? Any peanut butter works great! Both creamy and crunchy add delicious flavour. For nut-free, use a seed butter instead.
Can I use a regular blender instead of high speed? 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 229mg | Potassium: 512mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 201IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 345mg | Iron: 0.5mg
Keywords: Snacks, Dessert, peanut butter, Smoothie, Drink, Breakast
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About the author: Hi, I’m Irena Macri. I share delicious recipes that I have cooked and loved. I am a published cookbook author, have been food blogging for over 10 years and have a Diploma in Nutrition. You will find many healthy recipes as well as my favourite comfort food. More about me here | Subscribe to my newsletter and freebies

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