A chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie is a filling breakfast or healthy treat that everyone will love. It’s thick, creamy and easy-to-make!
chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie in a glass with a straw
A chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie is a protein filled breakfast that will keep you full and energetic. It is smooth and creamy and only contains natural sweeteners. It’s sweet enough for a treat, but easy fits into a gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian diet.

Are smoothies good for you?

The health factor of smoothies is completely dependent on what you put in them. This chocolate peanut butter smoothie sounds indulgent, but it’s full of ingredients that are healthy.

We stick with simple, whole ingredients in our chunky monkey smoothies:

  • Almond milk
  • Banana
  • Peanut butter
  • Cocoa powder
  • Dates

This short ingredient list means the smoothie is gluten free, dairy free, egg free and soy free. The addition of peanut butter means its a great source of protein that is vegetarian and vegan friendly. If you need to also make it nut free, you can use coconut milk and sun butter instead.

This pumpkin pie smoothie is another delicious breakfast or snack!
chunky monkey smoothie ingredients - almond milk, banana, cocoa powder, peanut butter and dates

What are the healthiest things to put in a smoothie?

This chunky monkey smoothie will satisfy your sweet tooth with natural whole food ingredients. You can always customize your smoothie to meet your nutritional goals. Great things to add to smoothies are:

  • Dark leafy greens (like spinach and kale- their flavors are mostly masked by the sweet ingredients)
  • Protein powder (choose one that is unflavored and not sweetened)
  • Nuts and seeds (this would include other nut or seed butters)
  • Berries
  • Chia or flax seeds

smoothie in the blender seen from above

How do you make a chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie thicker?

Smoothies are intended to be thick and creamy. There are a few tricks to achieving this texture to keep in mind when you are making your smoothie.

  1. Use a frozen banana
  2. Put the solid ingredients in the blender first then slowly add the almond milk in a stream. Only add what you need to make it smooth, not thin.
  3. Use a high powered blender that can chop up the frozen ingredients well.
  4. The more ice you add, the thicker it will be.
  5. If you don’t like the banana flavor, avocado is a good replacement that will not thin out the chocolate peanut butter smoothie.

healthy chocolate smoothie with peanut butter and banana in a glass with a straw

How do you sweeten the chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie?

Both the banana and the dates are natural ingredients that sweeten the chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie.

The riper the banana is, the sweeter it will be. Overripe bananas will also blend better. Bananas bring sweetness to your smoothie, but also have lots of potassium, fiber and vitamin C. It’s easy to keep a few ripe bananas in the freezer to both sweeten and thicken your smoothie.

When bananas start getting a little too ripe on the counter, just peel them and toss them into a bag in the freezer. You’ll have frozen bananas ready to use any time.

Using dates as a natural sweetener is a great way to cut refined sugar from your diet. They are very mild in flavor, so you’ll still taste the chocolate and peanut butter in the smoothie. Besides being sweet, they have fiber, magnesium and calcium. If you want, you can soak the dates first for an extra smooth finish. One or two dates is plenty to sweeten a chocolate peanut butter smoothie.

peanut butter smoothie in glass cup

Other healthy smoothies to make:

Looking for more ways to fit a healthy smoothie into your diet? Try some of these other recipes!

peanut butter banana smoothie in a glass with a metal straw
5 from 9 votes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 2 servings
A chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie is a filling breakfast or healthy treat that everyone will love. It's thick, creamy and easy-to-make!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 banana can be frozen - just add a little less ice
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2-3 dates depending on desired sweetness
  • 1/2-1 cup ice cubes (about 6-8 ice cubes)

Instructions 

  • Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Add more ice cubes if you like it thicker.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

MIX-IN IDEAS:
  • Dark leafy greens (like spinach and kale- their flavors are mostly masked by the sweet ingredients)
  • Protein powder (choose one that is unflavored and not sweetened)
  • Nuts and seeds (this would include other nut or seed butters)
  • Berries
  • Chia or flax seeds
 
MAKE IT NUT-FREE: Use coconut milk in place of the almond milk and sun butter instead of peanut butter. 

Nutrition

Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 330mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 5.1mg | Calcium: 206mg | Iron: 0.7mg

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Hi, I’m Erin!

BS Food Science,

MS Nutrition

I believe you can make amazing, gluten-free food with everyday ingredients that everyone will enjoy. I’m here to share my tried-and-true recipes with you!

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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Best smoothie ever!!! I made it with so delicious coconut milk and completely enjoyed it.!! Thank you for this awesome recipe Erin

  2. Does anyone know what the nutritional breakdown of this smoothie is? As a diabetic I know I can only have half a banana so should probably halve the other ingredients too. Peanut butter and almond milk are fine. Trying to find gluten free low glycemic foods I can eat for breakfast. Cereals have a high glycemic index, eggs in moderation are ok, gluten free bread sometimes gives me a little spike too. Not a big meat eater per personal preference so no bacon, ham, sausage etc. so hoping this smoothie will work. Thanks!
    Terry

  3. 5 stars
    It’s so good!! I just made it for a quick breakfast today! My family doesn’t have almond or chocolate milk but I mixed chocolate syrup and coco powder with milk and it tasted great! I will definitely be making this when school starts!!!

  4. 5 stars
    Just made this! super good! my younger brother and I just enjoyed it! we love the taste of peaunt butter so we put a little extra in.. but ohhh sooo yummy!!!

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