Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

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!

Chocolate smoothie with peanut butter drizzle and chopped peanut butter cup on top.

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.

Glass with a chocolate peanut butter smoothie topped with chopped peanut butter cup and peanut butter drizzle. A gold paper straw is in the smoothie.

Protein Packed

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.

Peanut butter, almond milk, frozen banana, chocolate protein powder, cocoa powder and a peanut butter cup measured out on a table.

Ingredients Needed:

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.
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Side by side photos of blenders: the first is a blender with peanut butter, banana, chocolate protein powder and milk. The second is a blended peanut butter chocolate smoothie.

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

Two glasses of chocolate peanut butter smoothies, topped with peanut butter drizzle and chopped peanut butter cup.

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!

Glass with a chocolate peanut butter smoothie topped with chopped peanut butter cup and peanut butter drizzle. A gold paper straw is in the smoothie.

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Chocolate smoothie with peanut butter drizzle and chopped peanut butter cup on top.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Brittany Mullins
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this peanut butter cup smoothie! Filled with chocolate peanut butter flavor and loaded with healthy ingredients.
4.5 from 16 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Smoothie
Cuisine American
Servings 2 smoothies
Calories 221 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 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)

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Notes

  • 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

Serving: 1smoothieCalories: 221kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 14gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 253mgPotassium: 440mgFiber: 5gSugar: 15g
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    32 comments
    1. TeresaThorne
      June 14, 2021 AT 4:20 pm

      5 stars
      Another go around for this favorite. Fueling up Pre workout. Yummy

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 14, 2021 AT 6:33 pm

        I’m so glad you enjoyed this smoothie, Teresa! Thanks for the review 🙂

    2. Emily
      June 14, 2021 AT 1:22 pm

      5 stars
      I’m usually a fruit smoothie gal, but I just made this for lunch and wow. I feel like I just had a chocolate shake without any of the guilt. Will definitely add this to the smoothie rotation. Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 14, 2021 AT 6:32 pm

        Woo!! That’s so wonderful to hear, Emily! I’m so glad this smoothie has been a hit! Thanks for the review 🙂

    3. Christina
      June 14, 2021 AT 12:43 pm

      5 stars
      Yum, Yum, yum!! You can never go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter together. Definitely hit my chocolate craving. Enjoyed this as an afternoon treat with my kiddos who loved it just as much.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 14, 2021 AT 6:32 pm

        Woo! That’s so wonderful to hear, Christina! Thanks for the review. I really appreciate it!

    4. Maggie
      June 14, 2021 AT 11:35 am

      5 stars
      This was absolutely delicious! Will be making this over and over and over!!

    5. Erica
      June 14, 2021 AT 9:48 am

      5 stars
      We love shakes at our house so this one was a huge hit!! You can never go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate! I added chia seeds and a small handful of spinach to sneak in some extra goodness for my kiddos😉😁

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 14, 2021 AT 10:33 am

        Woo!! I’m so glad this smoothie was a hit, Erica! Love the addition of spinach. Thanks for the review. I really appreciate it!!

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