We’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 recipe is the perfect wholesome breakfast or quick snack.
Plant-Based Health Benefits
This dessert-like drink has major health benefits. Let’s look at what makes this chocolate peanut butter smoothie so good for you.
Cacao powder : flavor
Cacao is grow on trees in Central and South America. A cacao bean is the same bean used in the production of chocolate, but before it’s roasted at high heat and processed. Made from ground cacao beans, it’s is high in the powerful antioxidant flavonoid. Likewise, it has protective effects on the nervous and cardiovascular systems. It’s also been shown to lower insulin resistance. Cacao is rich in iron, calcium and magnesium. One more reason to love cacao—once cacao is ingested, the body releases serotonin, a hormone that helps reduce stress and modulate your mood.
Bananas are used to naturally sweeten this smoothie. Bananas contain pectin and low-glycemic sugars, so they won’t cause your blood sugar to spike. Additionally, they are high in potassium.An essential for proper muscle functioning. The recipe calls for frozen banana, which makes this chocolate smoothie extra creamy.
Oat milk: hydratioin
If you’re looking for a non-dairy milk that’s high in nutrients, try naturally sweet and mild oat milk. This plant-based milk is high in iron, calcium and magnesium, a natural mood elevator and anti-depressant.
Peanut Butter: protein
My love for peanut butter goes up and down. I love the taste, yet the concern for gut health has me a little but cautious. Yet everything in moderation, right? And there’s really nothing better than peanut butter and chocolate together.
I suggesting buying organic, non-sweetened natural peanut butter. I get mine at Costco since it’s priced well and meets all my criteria. Peanut butter is high in magnesium, B vitamins and protein. Protein is essential for building and repairing healthy muscle tissue. It also contains poly and mono-unsaturated fats, which are good for heart health.
If you struggle with gut issues or peanut allergies, feel free to swap with another nut butter like cashews, sunflower or almond. Customize to make this work for you!
How to make a peanut butter chocolate smoothie
It’s super easy to make a “good” chocolate smoothie, yet making it “good for you” takes a few simple tweaks. We use raw cacao to boost the antioxidants in the smoothie. Oat milk creates a thick smoothie and 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.
- Place banana, cacao, peanut butter and oat milk in a blender.
- Blend together until smooth and creamy. (Add extra oat milk if the smoothie is too thick.)
- Pour into a glass and enjoy.
What kind of chocolate to use in a smoothie
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 Joes or Thrive Market to save some money. Raw cacao is a powder made from cold pressing unroasted beans (or nibs) which removes the cacao butter.
Additionally, some grocery stores in the baking aisle or health food section stock it there. 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 satisfying snack, this chocolate smoothie is the perfect healthy drink.
Hello, Chocolate Heaven
This Creamy Chocolate Smoothie is just the beginning of many plant-based treats we’ve whipped up over the years. Ready to add more healthy chocolate to your day? Here are a few of our best ever favorites:
- Chocolate Banana Protein Shake
- Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie
- Banana Chocolate Smoothie
- Mexican Hot Chocolate Smoothie
- Skinny Mint Smoothie