5-Ingredient Healthy Peanut Butter Milkshake

World's Healthiest Peanut Butter Milkshake - made with only 5 ingredients (and gluten-free & vegan!)

If any time of the year deserves a little shake up, it’s summer. We spend most of our year stuck in the daily grind of office life, sending our kids to school, or even sending ourselves to school, all while the daylight gets shorter and the weather gets colder.

It’s easy to get into a rut. And it’s hard to pull yourself out.

Which is precisely why summertime means it’s time to let loose. Shake things up. Do things different. Live life to the fullest. Enjoy every moment. Soak up the sun. Take our family to the beach. And laugh.

World's Healthiest Peanut Butter Milkshake - made with only 5 ingredients (and gluten-free & vegan!)

When it comes to food, I like to change things up in the summer. I like to drink. I like to drink a lot. And no, we’re not talking about wine and cocktails (how naughty of you!). I mean, I literally find myself downing liquid like it’s my job.

Everything from smoothies, juices, iced teas, lemonades, milkshakes and gigantic mason jars full of lemon water. You’ll be hard pressed to find me sans beverage in the summer.

Luckily, one of the great things about New York in the summer is the variety of icy cool drinks you can find. There are street vendors selling fresh squeezed lemonade, juice bars in every neighborhood and Starbucks on practically every corner.

And thank goodness for it. Because otherwise I feel like I’d be shriveled up like a prune.

Starbucks Teavana Shaken Iced Teas

Like last weekend for example. I was strolling in midtown with Matt, we made our weekly stop at Whole Foods in Columbus Circle, took the pup for a stroll and you would not believe the heat. I don’t even think it was actually that hot out, but I felt drenched. The humidity was crazy and all my body craved was a big iced tea.

Hallelujah, there was a Starbucks right in front of me. It saved the afternoon.

And by the time we got home, we were both ready for another something to drink.

Not quite time for cocktails (we have a semi-strict 5 o’clock happy hour rule in our house), we settled on another sort of beverage.


World's Healthiest Peanut Butter Milkshake - made with only 5 ingredients (and gluten-free & vegan!)

Honestly, I hadn’t had a milkshake since I was a little girl. It had been years, if not decades. But this recreation was everything I remembered.


ultra creamy
super decadent
packed with peanut butter
and totally healthy

And it really is a “milkshake”.

World's Healthiest Peanut Butter Milkshake - made with only 5 ingredients (and gluten-free & vegan!)

It probably sounds impossible, or at least counter intuitive, to have a milkshake that tastes so good and is actually healthy. But I’m not in the business of making stuff up. It’s always my goal to create luscious treats that you don’t have to feel guilty about eating.

For this healthy peanut butter milkshake, you’ll need just 5 simple ingredients:

  • bananas
  • cashew milk
  • quinoa
  • cinnamon
  • and peanut butter

And a food processor. No bowls, no mixing, no stirring, no freezing. Just process and slurp.

Talk about easy-peasy.

Oh, and it’s totally breakfast-worthy, basically like having a smoothie. But shh…I won’t tell if you won’t.

Sizzlin’ Summer Milkshake (aka the Healthiest Peanut Butter Milkshake)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Sizzlin’ Summer Milkshake (aka the Healthiest Peanut Butter Milkshake)


  • 3 frozen bananas
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 2 - 4 tablespoons cashew / non-dairy milk (or more as needed)
  • ¼ cup cooked quinoa
  • Dash of cinnamon


  1. Add bananas to a food processor and process until broken up into little pieces. Add peanut butter and process again.
  2. As mixture starts to come together, add milk 1 tablespoon at a time, allowing mixture to get more smooth between each addition.
  3. Once mixture is totally smooth, add cooked quinoa and cinnamon and process for another 10 - 15 seconds.
  4. Transfer milkshakes into two jars. Top with peanut butter and a little quinoa. Stir gently with a knife so you get that swirling effect.
  5. Enjoy immediately!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Starbucks through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Starbucks, all opinions are my own.


  • https://www.facebook.com/pages/Julie-Michelle-Moyer/189517227903733?ref=hl Julie Moyer

    This looks delicious too!

  • http://www.simplyquinoa.com/2014/08/peanut-butter-milkshake/#more-4298 Ann

    Wondering if anyone has tried making this with coconut milk or almond milk and almond butter instead of peanut butter. If so, are the ratios the same?

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      I would say that they most certainly are :) The flavors would be slightly different, but still yummy! Let me know how it works out!

  • Erin Sparacino

    I just made this recipe and it is INSANELY DELICIOUS!!!! I will be making this my breakfast smoothie for a while!!!! Loved, loved loved it!
    Thank you!!!

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      YES! So happy you made it – isn’t it awesome!? Totally something that tastes like a decadent dessert but healthy enough for breakfast. One of my absolute favorites! I’m all about the guilt-free indulging 😉

  • Connie Anderson

    This recipe looks great and would love to try. I do have a question. I can not have bananas. Is there any other fruit I could use? Thanks!

  • Pingback: Super Easy 15-Minute Quinoa Breakfast Recipes - Simply Quinoa()

  • C.

    I’m visiting from Pinterest – this ‘milkshake’ looks absolutely delicious!

  • Pingback: 50 Ways to Leave Your Butter….. (or… 50 Ways to Love Your Peanut One) | No Milk Today()

  • spabettie

    peanut butter is absolutely one of my favorite milk shake flavors – there is a FANTASTIC juice cart in SE Portland that has a lovely peanut butter shake… that I sometimes recreate from home if I cannot get across town. yours looks fantastic too, love the quinoa!

  • http://joylovefood.com Joy Love Food

    I love using frozen bananas in smoothies, your version with peanut butter sounds wonderful!

  • http://wickedspatula.com Lauren

    This is so unique! Love it!

  • Des @ Life’s Ambrosia

    How decadent! And without a drop of dairy or soy. I have a friend who can’t have either and she misses milkshakes dearly! I will pass this along!