This butterfinger smoothie combines milk, frozen banana, zucchini, peanut butter, chocolate protein powder and goji berries for a healthy protein-packed smoothie that tastes like liquid butterfinger.
It’s no secret that I’m the biggest peanut butter lover and butterfinger candy bars were one of my favorite candy bars growing up. Although, now I prefer my healthier butterfingers to the real deal.
That being said when I was brainstorming new smoothie recipes I had the idea to create a butterfinger smoothie. And let me tell ya, it’s so delicious and tastes just like the real deal! It’s rich, creamy and tastes like an indulgent candy bar, but is made with healthy ingredients and packed with over 25 grams of protein.
The frozen banana adds creaminess and touch of sweetness and the frozen zucchini adds some extra nutrients (I love adding veggies to my smoothies). The combo of peanut butter and chocolate protein powder adds protein and gives it that dessert-like milkshake taste and the goji berries add a nice crunch that mimics the crunch in a butterfinger bar.
Why You’ll Love This Butterfinger Smoothie
Has over 25 grams of protein making it a great breakfast option or post-workout snack.
It comes together in no time at all… just add everything to a blender and blend away!
It tastes like a liquid candy bar without the guilt or sugar crash!
oat milk – oat milk makes this smoothie extra creamy, but any dairy-free milk will work. Cashew milk or coconut milk would be my second choices for a creamier option, but unsweetened almond milk will also work. If you’re using real milk, I would suggest using whole milk as it will add that extra creaminess that oat milk adds.
banana – frozen banana helps to thicken this smoothie and adds a little sweetness. Be sure to check out my guide for how to freeze bananas.
zucchini – frozen, chopped zucchini also helps thicken the smoothie, as well as adding a boost of nutrition without anyone knowing it’s there! You can blanch or steam your zucchini before freezing if you want to make it easier to digest, but I don’t find this necessary.
chocolate protein powder – chocolate protein powder gives this smoothie a ton of chocolate flavor! I personally love Nuzest protein powder. It’s plant-based and delicious. (Use code eatingbirdfood for 15% off your order.)
medjool date – for that caramel-like sweetness, naturally. If you want to lower the sugar content, feel free to skip the medjool date. I tried this smoothie without and it was still tasty, I just preferred the version with the medjool date better! You can also add a little stevia for some sweetness without the added sugar.
peanut butter – look for natural peanut butter that doesn’t have any added ingredients. The ingredient list should just read peanuts and salt (or just peanuts)! Can’t do peanuts? You can use almond butter or any nut or seed butter you prefer.
ice – helps make this smoothie thicker… and colder!
goji berries – this power-packed superfood adds color, texture and a powder keg of nutrition to this smoothie (see below). My go-to brand is the Navitas organic goji berries.
How to Make This Butterfinger Smoothie
This butterfinger smoothie couldn’t get any easier to make! Place all ingredients (except goji berries) into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Add goji berries, blend a few seconds more, making sure to leave bits and chunks of berries for taste and texture. Pour into a glass and enjoy!
Goji Berry Nutrition
The goji berry, also called the wolfberry, is bright orange-red in color and native to China. In Asia, goji berries are traditionally eaten to improve longevity. Branded a “superfood” for their many health benefits, goji berries can be eaten raw, cooked or dried like raisins.
Goji berries are rich in protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, riboflavin, potassium, iron, magnesium, copper and zinc. They also provide high levels of many antioxidants. Potential health benefits of goji berries include:
Improved immune function
Lowered cholesterol levels
Better sleep quality
Improved athletic performance
A feeling of well-being and calm
Butterfinger Smoothie FAQ’s
Can I make this butterfinger smoothie without the banana?
The frozen banana in this recipe gives the smoothie a thick and creamy texture and it also adds a bit of sweetness, without being too overpowering. If you’re looking for a low-sugar option, are allergic to bananas or simply don’t like them, here are some ideas for replacements: more frozen zucchini, frozen avocado chunks or frozen cauliflower. If you do replace the banana I would recommend keeping the medjool date in this smoothie or adding a sweetener of your choice for some sweetness.
What is the best protein powder to use?
My favorite protein powder is Nuzest. It has a short ingredient list, clean ingredients, is allergen friendly and has no chalky taste! Use code eatingbirdfood for 15% off your order.
How can I add protein without using protein powder?
If you don’t have protein powder on hand, you can add protein in a variety of ways. You can mix in Greek yogurt, nuts, more nut butter or seeds. Just something to note is that if you do add yogurt, it might change the flavor of this smoothie as it will add some tartness.
How often can I eat a protein smoothie?
If you’re a smoothie fan, feel free to eat one once a day! I love getting extra nutrients in from fruits and veggies in smoothies. Since they are a lighter option, I recommend enjoying them as a snack or for breakfast and not as a full meal replacement.
Are smoothies good for weight loss?
Yes! Protein smoothies are amazing for weight loss and weight management. Just make sure the protein smoothies you are drinking aren’t loaded with a ton of sugar!
Why would you want to add more protein to your diet?
So many reasons! It’s great for balancing out your snacks and meals so you feel fuller and more satisfied. It can help you build muscle, increase energy and can help with weight management.