A protein packed and well-balanced smoothie has become one of my go-to choices for a quick breakfast when I’m on the go. I love to add protein powder, nut butter for healthy fats, and other mix-ins for extra nutrition.
This healthy peanut butter banana smoothie is the perfect combination of dark chocolate, creamy peanut butter, and sweet banana. It tastes like a rich chocolate peanut butter cup milkshake but it’s made with wholesome ingredients.
I know you’ll love this recipe. It’s perfect for a quick breakfast or healthy snack!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Ingredients
Almond Milk: the liquid base of this smoothie is plain almond milk. Feel free to swap it for vanilla almond milk if you like!
Frozen Banana: be sure to use a frozen ripe banana for the best and sweetest banana flavor.
Cocoa Powder: I like to go with dutch-processed for the best and richest chocolate flavor.
Peanut Butter: I like to use an all-natural creamy peanut butter for this recipe.
Vanilla Extract: for a little delicious vanilla flavor that works perfectly with the peanut butter and chocolate.
Medjool Date: for a little natural and delicious sweetness.
Greek Yogurt: you’ll need one-fourth a cup of plain Greek yogurt for this smoothie which helps to add a bit of extra protein.
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Make it sweeter or less sweet – if you like your smoothies less sweet you can leave out the date. If you like them on the sweeter side then you can add an extra medjool date for more sweetness. If you don’t have any dates on hand you can use one teaspoon of maple syrup or honey instead.
Make it dairy free/ vegan – leave out the Greek Yogurt entirely or swap it for your favorite dairy-free yogurt instead!
Swap the peanut butter for almond butter – if you’re not a fan of peanut butter you can easily swap the PB for almond butter. Cashew butter or pecan butter will also work, however you won’t get that classic peanut butter chocolate flavor.
Swap the milk – swap the almond milk for coconut milk, oat milk, cashew milk, or even whole milk if you prefer.
Ways to Customize
This smoothie makes a perfect blank canvas for nutritious mix-ins! This is one of my favorite things to do when it comes to smoothies because it makes them heartier and more satisfying. Below are a few great additions that I personally love!
protein powder – this UNFLAVORED WHEY PROTEIN POWDER is my favorite and something I use every day. I always add it to my smoothies when I’m making one to drink as a meal.
collagen powder – I love adding a scoop of COLLAGEN POWDER for an extra hit of protein to keep me feeling full. This great option to use instead of protein powder.
ground flax seeds – these FLAXSEEDS are full of health benefits and you cannot even taste them! They contain fiber, protein, and healthy fats!
chia seeds – I recommend adding just anywhere between a half to one teaspoon or so of CHIA SEEDS they don’t change the texture of the smoothie too much. Be sure to drink it right away or it’ll turn into chia pudding!
hemp seeds – another seed that I love to add to my smoothies are HEMP SEEDS for all fo the health benefits. I usually add 1/2 a tablespoon.
oats – I love adding 1/4 cup of OLD-FASHIONED OATS to my smoothies for even more fiber and whole grains. You can’t even taste them!
How to Make a Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
Step One: Add the almond milk, cocoa powder, peanut butter, and vanilla extract to the base of your blender.
Step Two: Next, add the banana, medjool date, and Greek yogurt.
Step Three: Blend everything until smooth and creamy. Add a bit more almond milk if needed.
My Favorite Tips for the Best Creamy Smoothies
Add the liquid first– add your liquid to the base of the blender first. This helps make the smoothie easier to blend.
Start slow– start the blender speed on low and then gradually turn it up before bringing it to full speed for the best results.
Use frozen produce – for this recipe it’s really important that you use at least a frozen banana to ensure you get that really thick, delicious creamy texture. Otherwise the smoothie will be too watery.
Ditch the ice – if you typically add a ton of ice to your smoothies it may be tempting to add it to this one but trust me you do not need it. Just use frozen banana instead to keep the smoothie perfectly cold and creamy.
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I hope you give this Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie a try! This makes a quick and easy breakfast or snack that everyone will love!
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