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.
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.
- 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.
Is it breakfast or dessert? You'd never know that this Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie is actually good for you!
- 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)
Puree the banana, milk, cocoa powder, peanut butter, and honey in a blender. Taste and add more sweetener if desired.
- Serve chilled.
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).