If you love the combination of chocolate and peanut, this easy chocolate peanut butter smoothie ticks all the boxes. It’s made with healthy ingredients and contains no refined sugars, instead the sweetness comes from the banana and medjool dates which have a delicious caramel flavour.
This chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie not only tastes great, but it will keep you going as it is packed full of protein and fiber keeping you fuller for longer.
You can also increase the protein and make a chocolate peanut butter protein smoothie by adding a scoop of vanilla or chocolate protein powder into the blender.
I like to enjoy this chocolate peanut butter banana shake for breakfast as it is so quick to prepare. However, if you cut back a little on the milk it will produce a thicker smoothie which is perfect for a chocolate peanut butter smoothie bowl, just add your favorite toppings!
Why you’ll love this recipe
- The perfect balance of flavours the bitter cocoa powder balances out the sweet banana and dates.
- Quick to prepare and ready to enjoy in just 5 minutes.
- Refined sugar free as the natural sweetness comes from the bananas and dates.
- Peanut butter – I opt for smooth creamy peanut butter as it blends well.
- Banana – I slice and freeze the banana before using in the smoothie as frozen bananas give a smoothie a thick and creamy texture. You can use fresh banana if you don’t have frozen.
- Dates – I recommend using medjool dates which I pit and chop up. Medjool dates are a soft variety of date and have a wonderful caramel flavour.
- Oats – I add rolled oats which thicken the smoothie, use gluten free oats if required.
- Chocolate – to give the smoothie a rich chocolate flavour I recommend using unsweetened cocoa powder.
- Cinnamon – I like to add a little ground cinnamon for extra flavour.
- Vanilla – I also add vanilla extract for extra flavour.
- Milk – I used semi skimmed milk but you can use your milk of choice. Dairy and plant based milks will all work in this smoothie.
How to make chocolate peanut butter smoothie
Place all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Push down the sides of the blender with a spatula and continue to blend until the dates are properly incorporated into the smoothie.
Divide the mixture between 2 glasses and serve.
- Use gluten free oats if you are coeliac or following a gluten free diet.
- Use the milk of your choice in this smoothie. You can replace regular milk with plant based milk if following a dairy free or plant based diet.
- Add a spoon of vanilla or chocolate protein powder to the mix, using a plant based protein powder if required.
- A spoon of chia seeds or flaxseeds add extra protein and fiber to your smoothie.
- This smoothie is a great addition to a smoothie bowl, but I recommend cutting back on the quantity of milk used so the smoothie has a thicker texture.
Useful hints and tips
- Use frozen banana as it both cools the smoothie down without the need for added ice, and also gives the smoothie a creamier texture.
- For a lower carb smoothie remove the rolled oats, although the smoothie will be a little thinner.
- Don’t rush blending the smoothie as you want everything to be well blended to a smooth consistency.
- Scrape down the sides when blending to ensure you get everything blitzed up.
- Allergy advice: gluten free, egg free, soya free. For comprehensive and detailed allergy advice go to Allergy UK.
I always use frozen bananas in smoothies, which I peel, slice and freeze the day before. Frozen bananas add a great thick and creamy texture to a smoothie that you won’t get with fresh bananas. Also using frozen fruits cut down on the need for ice which melts and can make your smoothie watery.
Yes, freezing in no way changes the nutritional value of a banana.
Although best enjoyed freshly made, you can store this smoothie in the refrigerator for 1-2 days in an airtight container. Just give it a shake before you drink it.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
- chopping board
- measuring spoons
- 2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
- 160 g banana (sliced and frozen)
- 50 g medjool dates (4 dates, pitted and chopped)
- 30 g rolled oats
- 1 tsp cocoa powder
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 400 ml semi skimmed milk
- Place all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Push down the sides of the blender with a spatula and continue to blend until the dates are properly incorporated into the smoothie.
- Divide the mixture between 2 glasses and serve.
• Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only •Share on Facebook