Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
Published Jun 10, 2021, Updated Aug 11, 2021
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This chocolate peanut butter smoothie is rich, creamy and tastes like a peanut butter cup, but it’s made with healthy ingredients and packed with protein.
If the EBF household had a smoothie shop, this smoothie recipe would be the “Smoothie of the Month” because we can’t stop making it!
It’s basically a peanut butter cup in liquid form – rich, creamy and dessert-like, but still healthy enough for breakfast… even with a peanut butter cup blended in!
Bonus points: It’s sooo easy to make! Toss everything in the blender and you’ll have breakfast (or a snack) in under 5 minutes.
This smoothie would make an incredible post-workout snack because it has a good amount of carbs to replenish your energy and protein (16 grams!!) to help repair and build muscle. The protein is all plant-based with a bit coming from the peanut butter and a big boost coming from the chocolate protein powder.
Here’s everything you’ll need to make this smoothie!
- peanut butter – look for natural peanut butter that doesn’t have any added ingredients. The ingredient list should just read peanuts and salt! Can’t do peanuts? You can use any nut or seed butter you prefer.
- banana – I recommend using frozen banana for a hint of sweetness and creaminess! Be sure to remove the banana from it’s peel and freeze your banana in chunks for easy blending.
- 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.)
- cocoa powder – I like adding a little bit of extra chocolate flavor with the cocoa powder.
- dairy-free milk – I prefer unsweetened almond milk or oat milk, but any dairy-free milk will work. Oat milk will make it extra creamy!
- ice – optional but you can add to make this smoothie thicker… and colder!
- Lily’s peanut butter cup – Oh yes, we’re adding a peanut butter cup to make this smoothie extra tasty! This is optional, but highly recommended. And Lily’s peanut butter cups have >1g of sugar so you don’t have to feel bad about adding candy to your smoothie.
tip! Not sure what kind of protein powder is best for you? Check out my guide to choosing the best protein powder along with my favorites + discount codes.
What if I Don’t Like Banana?
I know some of you don’t like bananas so here’s a tip for you! Banana adds creaminess and sweetness to the smoothie. To replace the creaminess, you can just add ice, frozen cauliflower rice, avocado or frozen (previously cooked) zucchini! To replace the sweetness, you can add a little honey, maple syrup or stevia to taste
Can I Prep This in Advance?
This smoothie is basically the easiest smoothie ever so I would just blend it up when you’re ready to enjoy it! I find it tastes best this way.
That said, if you want to make it before work or in the morning to enjoy as an afternoon snack, blend as directed and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you’re ready to enjoy!
More Protein Shakes to Try:
- Banana Protein Shake
- Vanilla Protein Shake
- Vegan Protein Shake
- Coffee Protein Shake
- Peanut Butter Protein Shake
Popular Peanut Butter Chocolate Recipes:
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites
- Peanut Butter Balls
- Peanut Butter Blossoms
- Peanut Butter Cup Overnight Oats
- Peanut Butter Cups
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
- 2 scoops chocolate protein powder (50 grams) (I used Nuzest)
- 1 Tablespoon peanut butter, plus more for topping
- 2 frozen bananas, in chunks
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or oat milk
- 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
- handful of ice if needed
- 1 Lily's peanut butter cup, chopped (optional)
- Blend: Add frozen banana chunks, protein powder, peanut butter, cocoa powder and milk into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. You can also add 1/2 of the peanut butter cup if you want pieces blended in.
- Taste: Taste the smoothie and see if you feel like it need anything… a handful of ice to make it colder/thicker or more milk, if it's too thick. Add these things (if needed) and blend again.
- Enjoy: Once the smoothie is perfect, pour into a glass and enjoy! Top with toppings like a drizzle of peanut butter and chopped peanut butter cup pieces, if desired.
- Banana sub: If you’re watching your sugar intake you can decrease to 1 banana or omit the bananas all together and just use ice for the frozen consistency. You can also use frozen zucchini, cauliflower rice or avocado. To replace the sweetness of the banana, feel free to use your favorite natural sweetener. Monkfruit or stevia work great for a low-sugar option.
- Peanut butter powder: You can replace the peanut butter with PB2 or peanut butter powder to reduce the calories and fat. Just do 1 Tablespoon of peanut butter powder instead of the regular peanut butter!
- Cocoa powder: cocoa powder is optional, especially if your chocolate protein powder has plenty of chocolate flavor!
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
This is such a delicious treat. Frozen bananas are the the best in making this treat so creamy but healthy. I had this as an afternoon pick me up and it worked.
Yay!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this smoothie, Melissa! Such a great pick me up. Thanks for the review!
So glad I remembered that overripe bananas aren’t just for baking! Finally froze some and I’m so down for smoothie season, I’ll even toss in a scoop of collagen when I remember. Of course I forgot to today, I was too excited about the mini pb cup garnish. Next time…Thank you so much for the deliciousness!
I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying this smoothie, Jennifer! Thanks so much for the review 🙂
Love this one so much – it is like dessert.
Yay!! So glad you’re enjoying this smoothie, Joy! Thanks so much for the review 🙂
Excellent! I used Bensdorp Dutch Process cocoa from King Arthur (it’s super rich cocoa powder) and PBfit powder. I also took a teaspoon for each serving and melted regular Skippy for 30 secs to dribble on the top with the Lily’s cup (which btw Lily’s was recently acquired by Hershey’s so I’ll curious to see if the label and ingredients will stay the same—they’ve been to PA now CO…and stayed the same thus far)
Really good! I loved the added touch of the peanut butter cups on top.
Yay! I’m so glad this smoothie was a hit, Niki! Thanks for the review 🙂
I really enjoy this recipe and have made it several times. I like to add spinach and it doesn’t change the taste.
So glad you’ve been enjoying this smoothie, Joy! Love the addition of spinach. Thanks so much for the review and star rating. It means the world to me!
One of my favorite go to smoothies. Helps with a sweet tooth craving and so fulfilling and delicious
Yay!! This makes me so happy to hear, Teresa! So glad this smoothie has been such a hit. Thanks for the review. I really appreciate it!
Another fabulous, rich tasting recipe. So good you don’t realize how good it is for you. I skipped the peanut butter cup and didn’t miss it at all.
Woo! So glad this was a hit, AJ! Thanks so much for trying it and coming back to leave a review 🙂
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