Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie — You’d never guess this fudgy peanut butter smoothie is actually healthy for you! Warning: you’ll need a spoon for this smoothie that tastes like drinkable fudge!
Healthy 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.
This vegan, gluten-free smoothie is thick, rich, and tastes like drinkable chocolate-peanut butter fudge. What I love about this chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie is that it’s made with ingredients I always have around.
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. 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.
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.
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.
What’s in a Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie?
To make this healthy peanut butter smoothie, you’ll need:
- Frozen bananas
- Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
- Creamy peanut butter
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Vanilla extract
- Your favorite sweetener
How to Make a Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
Simply add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. You’re welcome to add more almond milk, if desired.
How to Make a Smoothie Thicker
For an even thicker chocolate peanut butter smoothie, add additional peanut butter. You could also add less almond milk or additional frozen banana.
Can I Omit the Banana?
Frozen bananas add richness, fullness, and creaminess to the chocolate peanut butter 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.
Can I Use a Different Nut Butter?
Of course! If you’re allergic to peanut butter or don’t have any on hand, you’re welcome to use an alternative nut butter like cashew butter, sunflower seed butter, or almond butter. Just make sure to use a creamy nut butter!
Tips for Making a Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
You’re welcome to use another of Silk’s non-dairy milks in this chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie, if desired. I bet cashew or even coconut milk would taste great in this smoothie too.
I prefer using creamy peanut butter because I don’t like slurping up chunks of peanuts in my morning smoothie. But if you like crunchy peanut butter, go ahead and use that.
Lastly, extra portions of this chocolate peanut butter smoothie will keep airtight in the freezer for up to 1 month (cover a freezer-safe glass with plastic wrap or place inside a zip-top bag to prevent freezer smells). Allow the frozen peanut butter smoothie to come up to room temp for about 30 minutes before serving.
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Thick and Fudgy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
You'd never guess this peanut butter smoothie is actually healthy for you! Warning: you'll need a spoon for this smoothie that tastes like drinkable fudge!
- 2 large bananas, ripe, peeled and frozen into chunks (no ice necessary this way)
- 3/4 cup Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk, or as necessary for consistency
- 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.)
- To the canister of a blender, add the bananas, 3/4 cup milk, cocoa, peanut butter, vanilla, and sweetener to taste.
- Blend on high power until smooth. Add additional milk only as necessary or until desired smoothie consistency is reached.
- 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.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 431Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 205mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 8gSugar: 20gProtein: 13g
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.
Yummy, just made this after realizing I had all the ingredients. Thick, creamy, & fulfilling. I forgot to add sweetener but it didn’t even need any!
Thanks for the 5 star review and glad that you didn’t even need sweetener!
How many calories is this chocolate peanut butter smoothie?
Not sure check out averiecooks.com/faq for links to nutritional counters you can use.
This looks delicious and I can not wait to try it. However this isnot a smoothie its a shake. Smoothies are made with juice Shakes are made with Milk. Just thought I’d point that out because when i saw it was chocolate I was thinking Ewww chocolate in juice.
I think popular opinion today would indicate that milk in a ‘smoothie’ is perfectly acceptable. At least among food bloggers. Calling things ‘shakes’ in the present day makes people think there’s ice cream in it. Just the way food trends and terminology have evolved.
What kind of cocoa powder do you use? I have both Valrohona Poudre De Cacao and Nativa Raw Cacao powder?!
Trader Joe’s. Nothing as fancy as either of yours!
Tried this last week when I was craving something sweet but trying to not eat so many treats…my hubby and I LOVED it! It’s a new fave and we are making it again tonight!
Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it hit the spot! And it’s your new fave and will be re-made!
i hate bananas. I mean hate the smell and everything. But I love chocolate and peanut butter. Any substitutes? Thank you!
If you loathe bananas that much, this may not be the recipe for you. You can always try it without and see what happens.
Do you know how many calories the chocolate peanut butter smoothie have?
No but you can plug the data into an online calculator and find out easily.
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!
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.
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!
Thanks for catching up and you and me both love our PB :)
This looks amazing! I love the spoon in the smoothie showing the thickness!! :)
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!
Glad to know it was a hit with PB2! Thanks for trying it!
I think the vanilla and sweetener are not mentioned in your directions. . . .
Going to make some almond milk so that I can try this this weekend! Your pictures are beautiful!
Now this is my kind of smoothie, Averie! Anything with peanut butter in it makes me swoon. Pinned!
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!
LOOOOOVE this smoothie!!! Thick and fudgy, choc and pb-y?? TOTALLY on board with that!!
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 :)
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”!
I never skimp with PB, trust me :)
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 :)
This is the perfect excuse to have something so indulgent for breakfast!
umm, thick fudgy, chocolatey, peanut buttery, VEGAN? Sounds sooo good! And only like 5 ingredients. You got me!
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!
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!
This looks like it just might be the best smoothie EVER!
A perfect summer dessert! I ove how thick it is!
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. ;)
Yes, the wicked part is pretty much a requirement :) Have a great (start!) to your weekend!
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!
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 :)
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 :)
I love how thick and creamy this is! Pinned!
Thanks for pinning!
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.
Yep, already vegan! You’re all set :) And never ice in smoothies…wayyyy too watery! I always use frozen fruit instead!
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.
I can run 10 miles like a champ after one of these :)
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?
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.
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.
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!
Wow what a gourmet treat!
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.
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!
Wow, this looks great. Smooth and Tasty all the way.
I’m definitely on team spoon-your-smoothie too! Your devotion to all things peanut-buttery, chocolatey, and fudgy is amazing. :))
I’m craving this right now!
I’d love a hunk of your brie quiche :)
This smoothie reminds me of a milkshake, love it!
a chocolate peanut butter smoothie like this one sounds like heaven right now!
This look so thick and dreamy. Hmmm!
You had me at chocolate and peanut butter! I know I will definitely indulge in this!
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!
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!
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!
Amen to that! And thanks for pinning!
I love silk! This smoothie looks so thick and creamy!
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.
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!
Yum!!! It’s like a peanut butter frosty only better.
Great analogy, a PB Frosty! Yes, and even thicker than a Frosty!
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.
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!
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!
Thanks for pinning and yes to ‘eating’ smoothies – my favorite way, too!
This smoothie looks so, so good! I really like this recipe, wow!
I love Silk! And smoothies that are super thick are my favorite! Plus peanut butter and chocolate – greatest combo ever! Loving this smoothie, pinned :)
Thanks for pinning, Chelsea!
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!
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 :)
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.
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 :)
I made a similar smoothie the other day – the chocolate pb combo is always welcome in my house! This one looks amazing :)
Choc/PB smoothies are the old standby smoothies that no one ever tires of, right!
This looks fantastic! Love how thick and creamy it looks!
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!
And I have a copycat Frosty recipe – I think this one is even thicker!
This has to be the most amazing smoothie ever! The perfect breakfast :-)