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The Perfect Peanut Butter Smoothie Recipe - Jamba Juice, Peanut Butter Moo'd

Updated on February 10, 2012

I grew up in a small town, so, when I got to college my freshman year I discovered a few beautiful things that this world has to offer. One of those things was Jamba Juice. Oh my goodness! It was one of the best things in the whole world. It helped that my parents were kind enough to put me on a meal plan that gave me money to spend anywhere I wanted on campus. I came to frequent the campus Jamba Juice at least twice a week. I was truly happy.

The dilemma came when started my second year of college and no longer benefited from the endless meal plan. It was at that time that I realized just how fast regular Jamba Juice visits could deplete a small cash reserve generated from working at the campus's cafeteria. So I did what any self respecting college student would do. I quit the habit. I simply couldn't afford it. I was forced to merely look on longingly at the long line of freshman with their never ending cash flows.

While still a student I got married. My dear wife understood the heartache I was going through and gave me a temporary fix with a Jamba Juice gift card, good for 5 free Jamba Juices. We enjoyed the smoothies together. Our favorite: the Peanut Butter Moo'd. It was perfect. It wasn't the healthiest smoothie on the menu, but it sure did taste good. When the gift card ran out, which it did all too soon, we realized that we had to come up with another outlet to the smoothie crave. This began our experimentation with making our own.

We started with what we knew. We knew the Peanut Butter Moo'd had three main ingredients: bananas, peanut butter, and chocolate. Chocolate was the source of the most debate. We started with hot fudge ice cream topping. It tasted good, but was still expensive. So, we took it one step further and tried making it our selves. We found a recipe on-line that worked okay, but it took a while and required a lot of clean up. The home made hot fudge called for two main ingredients: cocoa and sugar. After making it a few times we realized that that was all we really needed.

With time we worked out the other details. We didn't use frozen bananas like Jamba Juice does so we had to find the perfect number of ice cubes to give it just the right consistency. The other ingredient amounts discovered after many, many smoothies.

Now, that was our journey to finding our perfect Peanut Butter Smoothie. It took a while coming and I have to credit my wife more than myself; she was the one who wouldn't stop experimenting until it tasted just right. Now she knows it so well that If you mess up just one ingredient she will be able to tell you what it is after tasting the final product. So, here it is. The perfect peanut butter smoothie recipe.


2 cups Milk

2 Bananas

1.5 T. Cocoa

2 T. Sugar

9 Ice Cubes

1 huge spoonful of Peanut Butter

Put them all in the blender and blend until smooth. This yields about seven cups worth of smoothie. For my wife and me, that is two servings.

It's cheap, it's easy, and it tastes fantastic! I hope you like it!

An Update as of 6/16/2011

My wife and I are still using this recipe, but we have made a modification. Rather than using Cocoa, Sugar and Milk, we just use 2 cups of water and 1/2 a cup of chocolate milk powder. It is a lot easier and still tastes great.

Chocolate Milk Mix

Emergency Food: Chocolate Morning Moo's Low Fat Milk Alternative
Emergency Food: Chocolate Morning Moo's Low Fat Milk Alternative

This is the chocolate milk powder that my wife and I use. It isn't a bad price and it lasts a long time. I highly recommend it.



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      5 years ago

      Thank you thank you thank you for this extremely simple and incredibly accurate recipe for the peanut butter moo'd! My family just bought a Vitamix 6300 and to quell my father's grumbling about the price, I really wanted to do something nice for him... Needless to say, this homemade peanut butter moo'd shut him up reeaaal fast :)

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      5 years ago

      I make your recipe using *frozen* bananas instead of fresh ones, and no ice cubes. Works perfectly!

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      Jenae Dixon 

      6 years ago

      I made it today and it was amazing! Tasted exactly like the Peanut Butter Moo'd!

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      6 years ago

      Also, I used 2 packs of carnation instant breakfast and no sugar.

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      6 years ago

      Ok. Now I have to make another one!

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      6 years ago

      This was Perfect! The best I have made or compared to Jamba Juice!

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      Former Jamba employee 

      6 years ago

      Ingredients in a jamba are frozen yogurt, soy milk and their chocolate base (chocolate milk on steroids), about half of a banana's worth of frozen banana slices, 1 tbsp of peanut butter and 3 oz of ice.

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      6 years ago

      Haha sounds like my freshman year at BYU too! Thanks!

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      7 years ago

      thank you for doing this!!!

      it's my absolute favorite rare treat in the world! =)

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      7 years ago from Northern California

      I love how you tied in your college experience into this story because that was how I first became acquainted with peanut butter smoothies. My meal plan covered smoothies purchased at my campus smoothie booth, and while I can't remember what it was called, I happily recall the peanut butter and chocolate perfectly blended into a treat I only allowed myself to have every once in a while. Thanks for the Hub and the recipe!

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      Parker Brother 

      7 years ago

      I'm glad you liked it Shannon.

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      7 years ago

      Best homemade peanut butter moo'd I've ever had! And healthier than the original!

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      8 years ago

      Haha. That's a great story. Sounds a lot like my freshman year at byu. Glad u prevailed and perfected the recipe. I'm trying it with my husband today:)

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      words cocktail 

      9 years ago from Australia

      Hey :) That's a good one I think..

      Will try it but once I have a mixer or blender!!

      I am broke at the moment-lol


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