Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie works great as either a breakfast or snack option, keeping me full and satisfying a sweet craving at the same time. You can tweak it to make it a bit lower in fat and calories and/or higher in protein, depending on your goals. 

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie works great as either a breakfast or snack option, keeping me full and satisfying a sweet craving at the same time.

I like having a few smoothie recipes memorized, ones where I always have the ingredients ready to go. Sometimes it’s because I’m rushing, need a snack, or am simply feeling a bit lazy (when I’m feeling a bit more motivated, I love a good smoothie bowl. Be sure to check out my Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl). Chocolate and peanut butter is one of my favorite flavor combinations, so this smoothie is a staple around here.

A Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie photo.

Recipe Notes

  • The nutritional content in this recipe is valid if you use regular peanut butter, but I’ve recently become a big fan of dehydrated peanut powder. Not the ones like PB2, which are full of sugar. There are several brands that are actually nothing but dehydrated peanuts. I found one at Whole Foods called Crazy Richards Pure PB, and now buy it in bulk on Amazon where it’s much cheaper. Two tablespoons is only 50 calories and 1.5 grams of fat! It also has 6 grams of protein.
  • If you’re using regular nut butters, you can swap out the peanut butter for cashew or almond butter. Cashew butter is one of my favorites!
  • I like adding a touch of regular protein powder as well sometimes if I’m having the smoothie in place of an actual breakfast. Stay away from this if you’re vegetarian, but I love this Vital Proteins Collagen Powder. One scoop has 9 grams of protein (you can use up to two scoops), and is totally flavorless. I skip this step if I’m having the smoothie as a snack.
  • I prefer using milk over yogurt in this recipe. Yogurt adds too much tang, and the flavor clashes with the chocolate and banana.
4.82 from 11 votes
Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins

Is it breakfast or dessert? You'd never know that this Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie is actually good for you!

Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 smoothie
Calories: 384 kcal
Author: Jennifer Farley
  • 1 medium banana, preferably frozen and chopped
  • 1 cup milk (skim, low-fat, non-dairy, etc)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2-3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter (cashew or almond butter, or peanut butter powder also work)
  • 1 teaspoon honey or light agave nectar (or more to taste, see notes)
  1. Puree the banana, milk, cocoa powder, peanut butter, and honey in a blender. Taste and add more sweetener if desired.

  2. Serve chilled.
Recipe Notes

To cut down on the calories and fat, I prefer using peanut butter powder in this. I found a brand at Whole Foods called Crazy Richards and now order it on Amazon. Two tablespoons is 50 calories and 1.5 grams of fat! And peanuts are the ONLY ingredient. The nutritional info in this recipe references regular peanut butter. See the post notes for my protein powder suggestions if you're having this as a breakfast shake.

If you want to add additional sweetness without using honey or agave nectar, you can add 1/2 a chopped apple (I don't bother peeling it, but you might want to since the peel adds some texture).

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  • Jen,
    Thanks so much for writing this. Newish to the blogging world, it’s refreshing to hear the thoughts on the writing part. And to read everyone’s comments, too! Such support! Kinda cool, because the shake looks awesome- maybe few words were needed here. ;)

  • At least it is the writing you struggle with. For many years for me it was the photography–and it is very hard to get anywhere in this business with interesting writing, good recipes and lousy pictures! (Which I want to stress is not me calling your writing lousy, but I think you know what I mean). So I sympathize. And despite everything I just said about me and writing, I too find it hard to have something interesting to say every single post. My blog has been (with the best intentions) criticized for occasionally just kind of saying here is the recipe, so I make a huge effort not to, but I feel your pain.

    Gorgeous shake.

  • Who can understand the creative process? I agree with the suck it comment! Lol! One of the best things I’ve ever heard on creativity- Stephen King said that he sets aside the same time every day and wait for your muse to show up. It trains the brain to go to the creative place more easily. He was very serious and included that it may be uncomfortable and inconvenient, but it is worth the effort and sacrifice. Hope that is helpful! You are doing great!!