Thick and Fudgy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Smoothies that require a spoon rather than a straw are my favorite kind.

And smoothies with chocolate and peanut butter are even better.

Thick and Fudgy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie (vegan, GF) - You'll need a spoon for this smoothie that tastes like drinkable fudge!

This vegan, gluten-free smoothie is thick, rich, and tastes like drinkable chocolate-peanut butter fudge.

What I love about this smoothie is that it’s made with ingredients I always have around.

Frozen bananas add richness, fullness, and creaminess to the smoothie. You can taste them, but not overly so because they’re masked by the cocoa powder and peanut butter. I haven’t found a way to get a smoothie this thick without them.

Thick and Fudgy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie (vegan, GF) - You'll need a spoon for this smoothie that tastes like drinkable fudge!

The milk is Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk and I love it. It only has 30-calorie per 8 ounces, tastes great, and if I need a vegan milk, this is my absolute go-to.

I recently used it in Dairy-Free Soft and Fluffy Blueberry PancakesSoft and Fluffy Strawberry Banana Cake, and have used it in Vegan Chunky Apple Cinnamon MuffinsFluffy Vegan Coconut Oil Banana MuffinsSoft Vegan Pumpkin Cake, and 50-Calorie Copycat Skinny Caramel Frappuccinos.

All Silk products are dairy-free and gluten-free and I like that Silk is committed to and believes in the benefits of a plant-based diet.

Thick and Fudgy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie (vegan, GF) - You'll need a spoon for this smoothie that tastes like drinkable fudge!

After just a minute of blending, your glass of fudginess is ready. The fudgy taste slightly dominates the peanut butter, but you can always add more peanut butter if you want. Twist my arm.

And then the smoothie will be even thicker and creamier.

Thick and Fudgy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie (vegan, GF) - You'll need a spoon for this smoothie that tastes like drinkable fudge!

It definitely hits the spot after a workout or try it before for a nice energy boost.

Or just make it for breakfast. Chocolate and peanut butter, the breakfast of champions.

Thick and Fudgy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie (vegan, GF) - You'll need a spoon for this smoothie that tastes like drinkable fudge!

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Thick and Fudgy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie (vegan, GF)

Smoothies that require a spoon rather than a straw are my favorite kind. And smoothies with chocolate and peanut butter are even better. This vegan, gluten-free smoothie is thick, rich, and tastes like drinkable chocolate-peanut butter fudge. Frozen bananas add richness, fullness, and creaminess to the smoothie. You can taste them, but not overly so because they're masked by the cocoa powder and peanut butter. The smoothie hits the spot after a workout or try it before for a nice energy boost. Or make it for breakfast. Chocolate and peanut butter, the breakfast of champions.

Yield: about 16 ounces, serves 2

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, to freeze bananas prior to blending

Ingredients:

2 large or 3 medium ripe bananas, peeled and frozen into chunks (no ice necessary this way)
3/4 cup Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk, or as necessary for consistency
heaping 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
sweetener, to taste (I love a pinch Sucralose Powder, or use stevia, agave, granulated sugar, etc.)

Directions:

  1. To the canister of a blender, add the bananas, 3/4 cup milk, cocoa, peanut butter, vanilla, and sweetener to taste.
  2. Blend on high power until smooth. Add additional milk only as necessary or until desired smoothie consistency is reached.
  3. Serve immediately. If desired, extra portion will keep airtight in the freezer for up to 1 month (cover a freezer-safe glass with plasticwrap or place inside a ziplock to prevent freezer smells). Allow to come up to room temp for about 30 minutes before serving.

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79 Responses to “Thick and Fudgy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie”

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    Chloe — June 19, 2014 at 3:18 am

    This has to be the most amazing smoothie ever! The perfect breakfast :-)

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    Mir — June 19, 2014 at 3:42 am

    For a second I thought I was looking at a frostie! It’s so thick and rich!
    This is definitely going in my post-workout arsenal of energy boosts!

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      Averie Sunshine — June 19, 2014 at 3:48 am

      And I have a copycat Frosty recipe – I think this one is even thicker!

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — June 19, 2014 at 3:47 am

    This looks fantastic! Love how thick and creamy it looks!

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    Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! — June 19, 2014 at 4:27 am

    I made a similar smoothie the other day – the chocolate pb combo is always welcome in my house! This one looks amazing :)

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      Averie Sunshine — June 19, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      Choc/PB smoothies are the old standby smoothies that no one ever tires of, right!

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    Laura @ Raise Your Garden — June 19, 2014 at 4:30 am

    I love this and I’m checking out your copycat Frosty recipe next (for the kids….I’m promise…..not me.)

    The only thing better than peanut butter and chocolate is Peter Pan Peanut Butter and chocolate.

    Watch out Target, here I come for that extra bathing suit cover up that goes past my knees….hehe.

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      Averie Sunshine — June 19, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      LOL I love your sense of humor and your comment! And it’s okay if you make the Frosty for the kids and then proceed to taste test at least 8 ounces of it :)

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — June 19, 2014 at 4:44 am

    Drinkable fudge… I am sold! I much prefer spoonable smoothies over smoothies you drink with a straw. Much more satisfying! Love all the peanut butter, I can only imagine how rich this tastes Averie!

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      Averie Sunshine — June 19, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      This is perhaps the richest smoothie I’ve made ever, or in a very long time! Just the fudge-factor with the PB, cocoa, and not adding too much liquid, mmmm we loved these Sally :)

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    Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron — June 19, 2014 at 4:45 am

    I love Silk! And smoothies that are super thick are my favorite! Plus peanut butter and chocolate – greatest combo ever! Loving this smoothie, pinned :)

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    Librarian Lavender — June 19, 2014 at 4:50 am

    This smoothie looks so, so good! I really like this recipe, wow!

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    Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice — June 19, 2014 at 5:14 am

    I think this is the best smoothie recipe that I’ve seen all week! I love “eating” smoothies and shakes with a spoon, too…the thicker, the better! And I’m loving this chocolate and peanut butter combo! Can’t wait to try this one out. Pinned!

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      Averie Sunshine — June 19, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      Thanks for pinning and yes to ‘eating’ smoothies – my favorite way, too!

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    Katy — June 19, 2014 at 5:36 am

    This is for sure one of my go-to smoothies and almond milk is also my favourite non-dairy milk! Such a light taste, perfect to combine with richer ingredients like pb and choc.

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      Averie Sunshine — June 19, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      It’s one of those smoothies that everyone probably makes a version of it, but sometimes the oldies are the ones you make over and over!

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    lisatberry — June 19, 2014 at 5:37 am

    Yum!!! It’s like a peanut butter frosty only better.

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      Averie Sunshine — June 19, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      Great analogy, a PB Frosty! Yes, and even thicker than a Frosty!

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    Paula — June 19, 2014 at 5:43 am

    I have been on a smoothie kick the past couple of weeks and have been playing around with different combinations. I tried cucumber, frozen pineapple, Silk, and stevia and thought it tasted like honeydew melon. Anyway…..this post is perfectly timed because I decided choc-PB would be the “flavor of the day”. I am shamelessly spooning it out of the vitamix as I type. I love the addition of PB and it is just like a thick, rich shake! I think I need to take the rest to work for an afternoon pick me up.

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      Averie Sunshine — June 19, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      cucumber, frozen pineapple, Silk, and stevia and thought it tasted like honeydew melon = I can totally see that and now I want to try it!

      I love that you made this the DAY I posted it and are typing your comment as you’re spooning it (not pouring it) out of the Vita! Yes, this baby is thick and like a rich shake!

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    Layla @Brunchtime Baker — June 19, 2014 at 6:38 am

    I love silk! This smoothie looks so thick and creamy!

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    Beth @ bethcakes — June 19, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Yep, I’m going to make this tomorrow morning. :) I’ve been on a smoothies for breakfast kick, but this morning I was just thinking that I’m getting tired of having the same ones over and over. The thicker the better! Pinned!

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    Kris — June 19, 2014 at 9:33 am

    We have an old cookbook with a recipe called “Elephant’s Milk Jug”. I have tweaked it–it’s similar to what you have here and we love it (PB, milk, frozen banana, chocolate syrup). And it does sub in well for a mini-meal if needed. Maybe I’ll have to try your vanilla almond milk!

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      Averie Sunshine — June 19, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      I think this smoothie is probably what a million people make day in, day out, give or take. It’s just a classic, easy, have all the ingredients on hand smoothie, but as you know sometimes the oldies are the goodies!

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    Polly @ Tasty Food Project — June 19, 2014 at 9:38 am

    You had me at chocolate and peanut butter! I know I will definitely indulge in this!

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — June 19, 2014 at 10:29 am

    This look so thick and dreamy. Hmmm!

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    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — June 19, 2014 at 10:49 am

    a chocolate peanut butter smoothie like this one sounds like heaven right now!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — June 19, 2014 at 11:01 am

    This smoothie reminds me of a milkshake, love it!

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — June 19, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    I’m craving this right now!

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    Alexandra @ Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker — June 19, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    I’m definitely on team spoon-your-smoothie too! Your devotion to all things peanut-buttery, chocolatey, and fudgy is amazing. :))

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    Mary — June 19, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Wow, this looks great. Smooth and Tasty all the way.

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    Katie — June 19, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    PB, Chocolate, Banana smoothies are classic. You can never go wrong and the more pb, the better. There is never too much. I’ve never experienced it anyway.

    Silk unsweetened vanilla is my go-to also. I branch out every now and then, when there is a good sale on another brand, but I always come back to this one.

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      Averie Sunshine — June 19, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      I always come back to it, too! Sales can reel me in once to another brand, but I find myself not enjoying the carton nearly as much!

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    Jessica @ Sweet Menu — June 19, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Wow what a gourmet treat!

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    Heidi Wilson — June 19, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    I love this recipe, but don’t eat bananas, I wondered if you could recommend a good substitute for bananas in this and several other baked recipes I have. Would applesauce work as a good substitute, at least for the baked goods?

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      Averie Sunshine — June 19, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      No, applesauce is thin and runny and like I mentioned in the post, it’s very, very hard to replace frozen bananas in smoothies because they do add such an amazing thickness and texture. You could try it with a banana and see if you can deal with it – the banana flavor is masked by the chocolate and the PB. The less ripe the banana is, the less ‘banana-ey’ it will taste. I would try that first because honestly, I don’t have a good substitution.

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      Kim — June 19, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      Avocado will work to thicken up a smoothie and you won’t taste it.I love bananas but my body can’t digest them (and a lot of smoothie recipes call for them). Sub about 1/2 an avocado per banana. You can add more to your desired thickness.

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      Averie Sunshine — June 19, 2014 at 10:57 pm

      Great tip on the avocado. I do find that *some* readers will report being able to taste time because I have a couple recipes (brownies and muffins) that use ‘hidden’ avocado and some people say no, they can’t taste it, and others can. I think in a smoothie though it’s less noticeable. Thanks, Kim, for reminding me about avos as a banana replacer, of sorts!

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    Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking} — June 19, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Holy smokes, this looks awesome. So thick you can stand your spoon up in it – my type of smoothie!

    Bet it’s great for adding extra energy to your day too.

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      Averie Sunshine — June 19, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      I can run 10 miles like a champ after one of these :)

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    Medha @ Whisk & Shout — June 19, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    I took a quick look at this and thought, “I’m going to have to make a ton of modifications to make this vegan”. But oh my gosh, it’s so thick and creamy AND vegan to boot? Love that you use frozen banana instead of ice (which I find makes things too runny for my taste) and I can’t get enough of the PB + chocolate combo.

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      Averie Sunshine — June 19, 2014 at 10:55 pm

      Yep, already vegan! You’re all set :) And never ice in smoothies…wayyyy too watery! I always use frozen fruit instead!

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    Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks — June 19, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    I love how thick and creamy this is! Pinned!

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    Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection — June 20, 2014 at 6:55 am

    I make this exact smoothie on a weekly basis. I’ll also add a handful of spinach to mine–you can’t see or taste that it’s in there! Wonderful recipe, wonderful pictures :)

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    Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen — June 20, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Yup I need this now. So thick. Thin milkshakes are THE WORST! I actually went looking for my fav peanut butter cup chocolate gelato last night and Target was out- this will have to do for my late night snack tonight!! Have all the ingredients!

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      Averie Sunshine — June 20, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      Oh wow, that is a BUMMER when they are out of something. They carry the chapstick I use and refuse to use anything else and they have been out for like…2 months. I am seriously getting low. LOL But yeah if you try this, LMK. Probably healthier than gelato but that’s a tall order for it to replace gelato but maybe it can :)

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    Valerie — June 20, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Ah, perfectly thick and spoon-worthy, indeed! This is just what I’m craving on a Friday afternoon; perhaps with a shot of something wicked. ;)

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      Averie Sunshine — June 20, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      Yes, the wicked part is pretty much a requirement :) Have a great (start!) to your weekend!

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    zerrin — June 20, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    A perfect summer dessert! I ove how thick it is!

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    Kathleen — June 20, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    This looks like it just might be the best smoothie EVER!

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    Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine — June 20, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    I love smoothies that taste/look like milkshakes- I make a chocolate chip mint smoothie that my boyfriend thinks is better than ice cream.

    Your photos are so beautiful! I’m on vacation right now, and I’m missing my blender!

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      Averie Sunshine — June 21, 2014 at 12:25 am

      Thanks for the compliments and I know that feeling of being on vacation and missing your own kitchen stuff, mostly for me too, it’s my blender I miss when I travel!

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    Lindsay Ann @ Lindsay Ann Bakes — June 20, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    umm, thick fudgy, chocolatey, peanut buttery, VEGAN? Sounds sooo good! And only like 5 ingredients. You got me!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — June 20, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    This is the perfect excuse to have something so indulgent for breakfast!

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    Ashton — June 21, 2014 at 6:29 am

    I make this often and without apology!!!! A girl’s gotta have her chocolate, right?! Your pictures look dreamy and decadent and perfect! That spoon in there really shows just HOW thick and fudgy it is! Yummmmmmm. LOVE! pinned :)

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    Mary Frances — June 21, 2014 at 7:04 am

    Absolutely – smoothies should require spoons! And lots and lots of peanut butter … thanks for not skimping there! I’ve been wanting the cold and creamy, but still the chocolate and peanut butter, and this recipe fits the bill to a “t”!

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — June 23, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Man, you really can’t beat an unrelentingly FUDGY and peanut buttery smoothie. And I love that you called it a ‘smoothie’ which makes it infinitely healthier sounding which means I can have double or triple the serving :)

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — June 23, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    LOOOOOVE this smoothie!!! Thick and fudgy, choc and pb-y?? TOTALLY on board with that!!

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    Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking — June 23, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    A chocolate and peanut butter smoothie that’s actually healthy and doesn’t involve ice cream? Oh my gosh, that sounds too good to be true — or pure heaven! Growing up, we’d always beg my mom to get chocolate milkshakes from In N Out because they were so thick and creamy, but I don’t even want to imagine how many calories were in those… Yours look just as decadent, but a lot lighter!

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    Julie @ This Gal Cooks — June 26, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Now this is my kind of smoothie, Averie! Anything with peanut butter in it makes me swoon. Pinned!

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    Emily — June 27, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Going to make some almond milk so that I can try this this weekend! Your pictures are beautiful!

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    Avra-Sha Faohla — June 27, 2014 at 9:22 am

    I think the vanilla and sweetener are not mentioned in your directions. . . .

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    Gilliane — June 29, 2014 at 6:04 am

    Delicious! I have a smoothie almost every morning for breakfast–loved having a new recipe to try. I used PB2 instead of regular PB and it was fantastic! Thanks!

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      Averie Sunshine — June 29, 2014 at 9:58 am

      Glad to know it was a hit with PB2! Thanks for trying it!

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    Jocelyn@BruCrew Life — June 29, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    This looks amazing! I love the spoon in the smoothie showing the thickness!! :)

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    Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen — July 11, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    I’m catching up on blog posts. :) This looks amazing and my kind of treat… and plus, you know how much I love all thing peanut butter!

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      Averie Sunshine — July 11, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      Thanks for catching up and you and me both love our PB :)

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    Saakib Chawdry — July 14, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Hi Averie, this chocolate peanut butter smoothie looks absolutely stunning! I was just wondering what peanut butter you use to make the smoothie (and in general your other peanut butter recipes). I feel I don’t want to ruin the smoothie by using cheap peanut butter. I’m from the UK too haha!

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      Averie Sunshine — July 14, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      I use the cheapest possible PB I can find! Usually store-brand or I will ‘splurge’ on Jif or Skippy. In baking, I don’t recommend high-end ‘natural’ PB b/c they can separate. You want old-school peanut butter, cheap, readily available. In blending, it would be a waste of money to buy ‘gourmet’ PB and then blend it anyway! My two cents only of course.

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    Judy — July 14, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Do you know how many calories the chocolate peanut butter smoothie have?

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      Averie Sunshine — July 15, 2014 at 3:32 am

      No but you can plug the data into an online calculator and find out easily.

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    Cindy modrosic — January 10, 2015 at 11:23 am

    i hate bananas. I mean hate the smell and everything. But I love chocolate and peanut butter. Any substitutes? Thank you!

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      Averie Sunshine — January 10, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      If you loathe bananas that much, this may not be the recipe for you. You can always try it without and see what happens.

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