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.

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!

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

2 mason jars of chocolate peanut butter smoothie with straws.
4.67 from 222 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 mins
Total: 5 mins
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.

Video

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 Protein Smoothie Boost 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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About the Author

Jen Hansard

I went from exhausted mama to running across the Grand Canyon, riding & hiking to the top of the tallest waterfall in North America with my kids. How? I fell in love with the smoothies and plant-based meals you can find on my blog.

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  1. 3 stars
    I made a lot of subs since I don’t eat peanut butter or chocolate, that Im not sure i even get the same effect. Sounds yuummy

    1. 5 stars
      It’s so good I add cauliflower now I love add my veggies in my smoothie!!!

  2. 4 stars
    Interesting combination of ingredients. I did not like it as much as I thought I would. I used almond milk instead of oat milk. I am going to try it again. These smoothies are amazing–I am definitely becoming a fan!

  3. 5 stars
    Yummy-move over Reese’s! Sweeter than I thought it would be. Used chunky almond butter.

  4. 4 stars
    Since I have to avoid grains and legumes, I subbed hazelnut butter for the peanut butter, and coconut milk for the oat milk.
    Very good!

  5. 5 stars
    Best smoothie. Everything was just right except for the banana. I used only 1 and it was very sweet. I also added some spinach

  6. 5 stars
    Used frozen banana and it tasted like an awesome chocolate shake. This one’s a keeper.

  7. 5 stars
    I had this recipe again today because it is so gooood! You just can’t go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate period. I like adding flax to mine for some extra omegas. If you are not a smoothie person this recipe will change your mind for good.

  8. 5 stars
    Yummy! I felt like I was cheating!
    I used coconut milk, chocolate protein powder & added a sprinkle of cacao nibs.
    The cinnamon was a nice touch.

  9. 5 stars
    #Day6 – I absolutely loved this smoothie…I will add some greens next time just to get more in. This will be my new sweet tooth remedy.

  10. 5 stars
    This smoothie is my favorite! Love chocolate and peanut butter together. A treat and burst of energy. Can’t wait to make again!