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.
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!
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!