I’ve taken the classic well-loved flavors of chocolate and peanut butter and created a healthy, nutrient-rich blend. With just four simple ingredients, this chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie recipe is the perfect wholesome breakfast or a quick snack.

It’ll give you a natural energy boost as well as make a great workout recovery drink.

2 jars of chocolate peanut butter smoothie with straws. Jars have white writing that says Peace, Love & Leafy Greens Simple Green Smoothies.

I love blending this creamy chocolate smoothie pre-workout because it gives me a long-lasting energy boost. Try replacing your afternoon coffee with a more naturally caffeinated option like this smoothie.

This is also on my list of top smoothies for kids since it is an easy win. It makes a great snack or dessert option.

Table of Contents
  1. Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Recipe
  2. Health Benefits of Peanut Butter
  3. What Kind of Chocolate Powder is Best?
  4. Chocolate Smoothie FAQs
  5. More Chocolate Smoothie Recipes
  6. Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Recipe

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Recipe

It’s super easy to make a “good” chocolate smoothie, but making it “good for you” takes a few simple tweaks. I use raw cacao to boost the antioxidants in the smoothie. Oat milk creates a thick smoothie as well as removes all dairy, which can cause eczema and digestive issues. The banana acts as a natural sweetener so you don’t need any refined sugars.

ingredients for a chocolate protein shake including oat milk, peanut butter, cacao powder, banana and ground cinnamon.
  1. Place banana, cacao, peanut butter and oat milk in a blender.
  2. Blend together until smooth and creamy. (Add extra oat milk if the smoothie is too thick.)
  3. Pour into a glass and enjoy.

If I’m blending this smoothie for breakfast, then I add in a serving of homemade protein powder to turn it into a complete meal. Look at the ingredients on the peanut butter to ensure it is just peanuts (no need for extra oils or sweeteners). Feel free to swap out the peanut butter for the nut or seed butter of your choice.

Health Benefits of Peanut Butter

Sometimes peanuts get a bad rap. Yes, 1% of the United States population has a peanut or tree nut allergy. Yes peanuts are actually a fungus and not a nut. Yet peanuts also have a whole host of nutrition!

Peanuts contain 7 grams of protein per 2 tablespoon serving, along with good amounts of magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, niacin and vitamin B6. Add in a scoop or 2 to your next smoothie and enjoy the boost! It contributes both protein and healthy fat in the chocolate peanut butter smoothie below.

Peanuts are about as heart healthy as olive oil (so cool!) and can help the body build muscle. They also help regulate blood sugar (bonus!) and may reduce the risk of breast disease.

2 jars of chocolate smoothie with black straw.

What Kind of Chocolate Powder is Best?

This recipe calls for cacao powder, which you can find in natural food stores and in most grocery stores nowadays. I like to buy it at Trader Joe’s or Thrive Market to save money. Raw cacao is a powder made from cold-pressing unroasted beans (or nibs) which removes the cacao butter.

Additionally, some grocery stores stock cacao powder in the baking aisle or health food section. If you can’t find cacao powder, substitute an equal amount of cocoa powder (Hershey’s has an option) in the smoothie.

Whether you’re looking for a quick and delicious breakfast or a satisfying snack, this chocolate smoothie is the perfect healthy drink. Just make sure whichever cocoa or cacao powder you use doesn’t have any sweetener in it. You’ll add it to smoothies with natural fruit sweeteners, so no need for anything extra!

Chocolate Smoothie FAQs

Is peanut butter bad for you in a smoothie?

Peanuts are a fungus, not a nut. If you aren’t allergic to them, they can help with managing blood sugar and keeping your heart healthy.

How do you make a smoothie thicker?

Easy! Oat or cashew milk is a great and creamy liquid base. Adding cauliflower, banana or avocado will instantly cream up a smoothie. Protein powder can also boost creaminess. Nut or seed butter will also thicken a smoothie.

What should you not mix in a smoothie?

Smoothies are delicious using whole food, plant-based ingredients. There is no need for added sweeteners or overly processed ingredients. Plant milk or water, fruit, leafy greens and vegetables mixed together correctly make great smoothies!

2 jars of smoothie on a counter surrounded by chocolate, banana and peanut butter.

More Chocolate Smoothie Recipes

If you’ve got a craving then I bet I’ve got a chocolate smoothie for you. These are all deliciously healthy and actually taste good. Pick one and get blending!

I love creating healthy smoothie recipes and I can’t wait for you to enjoy them!

Don’t forget to let me know how you like this chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie below with your rating + review. It’s filling, yummy and gives a natural energy boost.

2 mason jars of chocolate peanut butter smoothie with straws.
4.60 from 341 votes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Better than a milkshake! This plant-based peanut butter chocolate smoothie is so creamy and decadent, you'll think it's ice cream. Your body will thank you for enjoying this all-natural, no-sugar-added sweet treat.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Serves: 1

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Place all ingredients in a blender.
  • Blend until creamy.
  • Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon, if desired.

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Notes

  • Peanut Butter allergy? No problem! Swap in almond butter or sunflower butter instead.
  • Oat milk gives this smoothie extra creaminess, yet you can swap it with cashew, almond, coconut, or another plant milk.
  • Use unsweetened cacao or cocoa powder; either works fine! 
  • Using homemade protein powder will give you 10 extra grams of protein, turning this smoothie into a complete meal. 
  • Bananas give this smoothie creaminess + sweetness, yet you can swap it out with avocado + maple syrup, avocado + date or cauliflower + maple syrup.

Nutrition

Calories: 497kcal, Carbohydrates: 90g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Sodium: 86mg, Potassium: 1120mg, Fiber: 14g, Sugar: 36g, Vitamin A: 151IU, Vitamin C: 21mg, Calcium: 60mg, Iron: 3mg
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  1. I really enjoyed this smoothie. The cinnamon overpowered the other flavors so I’m probably back off on that a bit and add more peanut butter (couldn’t really taste) next time. But a keeper for sure!

  2. 4 stars
    I like making smoothies like this after I make peanut butter in the Vitamix… just leave some of the nut butter in the blender container and go from there. This smoothie also handles any craving for a chocolate shake in a totally delicious way.

  3. 5 stars
    Always a favorite of mine! A bit too much chocolate for me first thing in the morning, so made mine just before lunch. Added a few cacao nibs on top for a little extra chocolate with added crunch