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Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 1 serving

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This Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie is made with frozen bananas, low fat milk, peanut butter and unsweetened cocoa powder, for a healthy smoothie that tastes like a milkshake!

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  1. Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie ingredients:
  2. Optional add ins for this Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie:
  3. Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie (Chunky Monkey!) Recipe
chocolate peanut butter smoothie with banana slices on top

We are big smoothie lovers here, and this healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie is my kids favorite one!

It tastes like a milkshake, but is made with simple, healthy ingredients that keep us going through a busy day.

If you’re a smoothie lover like us, you might like this Strawberry Smoothie, this Pineapple Smoothie, or this Strawberry Banana Smoothie!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie ingredients:

  • Milk: I use low fat dairy milk, because that’s what we drink, but I have often used almond, nut or coconut milk and it is also delicious! If you need to make this smoothie recipe dairy free, you can easily swap for whatever milk you have on hand. You can also use water, but it will be less creamy.
  • Frozen bananas: Frozen bananas are a must! Using banana slices that have been frozen (see my post on How to Freeze Bananas right here!) is the only way to go. It makes this smoothie, rich and creamy with a texture similar to ice cream. If you don’t have frozen bananas, you can use a fresh banana but you may want to add some ice cubes to cool and thicken.
  • Peanut Butter: I use regular creamy peanut butter because, again, that’s what we have on hand! You can use any kind of peanut butter, or another nut butter, or a not free butter if you need to.
  • Cocoa powder: Be sure that you are using unsweetened cocoa powder in this recipe, and not sweetened chocolate, hot chocolate mix or syrup as those have added sugars that really aren’t needed. The banana gives us the sweetness we need!
peanut butter banana smoothie ingredients in blender jar

Optional add ins for this Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie:

This smoothie already has a good amount of protein and fat, but there are lots of ways to boost the nutritional value even further! Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Ground flax: Flax is high in Omega-3s and fibre, plus they offer a ton of other nutrients
  • Quick oats: Oats are another great way to add complex carbs that keep you satisfied through the day, and they’re a great source of fibre and protein
  • Hemp hearts: hemp hearts or hemp seeds are loaded with Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, protein, and tons of other vitamins and minerals. They pack a big punch in a small package!
  • Protein powder: If you simply want to boost the protein, a scoop or vanilla or chocolate protein powder will do the trick.
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Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie (Chunky Monkey!)

4.86 from 7 votes
This Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie is made with frozen bananas, low fat milk, peanut butter and unsweetened cocoa powder, for a healthy smoothie that tastes like a milkshake!
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Cuisine American
Course Breakfast
Servings 1 serving
Calories 240cal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup low fat milk (or almond or non dairy milk)
  • 1 banana, sliced and frozen (about 1 cup slices)
  • 1 tablespoon light creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • honey, optional and to taste if desired

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in the blender in the order listed. Puree until smooth.
  • Taste and adjust peanut butter, cocoa or add a bit of honey to sweeten if desired before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 240cal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 127mg | Potassium: 702mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 136IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 1mg

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Janet says

    I was looking for a chocolate peanut butter protein shake, but came across this one and decided I have enough protein in a peanut butter and milk that I would not need to add any protein to it. It is super good! You get a banana peanut butter and the chocolate flavor. No honey needed.

  2. Celeste says

    This tasted great. The only thing was for me, a 1/4 cup of liquid wasn’t enough. It was fR too thick. Thankfully an easy fix and still tasted great.

  3. Kelly says

    I would love to try this with the oatmeal add in, but there are no amounts listed. How much oatmeal should I add to the smoothie?

    Thanks so much πŸ™‚

  4. Erin says

    This was delicious. I made it with cashew milk and added some instant coffee for a bit of pep!

  5. Kate says

    Great recipe! I have made it yesterday and everyone in my home sweet home totally loved it! Thank you Ashley for your awesome recipe.

  6. Tatiana says

    No matter if it’s walnuts or chocolate as a third ingredient, my kids will eat it in no time, yummy!

  7. Alaa Khassa says

    Hey Ashley,
    Your blog looks amazing! Good job on that.

    I really liked this recipe idea as I’m a big *(activate Minions voice)* BANANAAA *(deactivate Minions voice)* fan. And adding Chocolate to it just makes it perfect!

    I’m writing a big fat (but healthy) article and I would love to mention your recipe in it.
    My question is: Can I use these photos you included in your post?
    I will totally link you back as a resource and in the photo credits.

    Thanks Ashley.
    Stay awesome!

    Alaa.

  8. April says

    HI! I add a tbsp. of honey to mine and a scoop of protein powder. Yummy! Great idea with the frozen banana! I will try this in the morning!

  9. mia says

    omg this is so easy and uses so little ingredients! looks yummy I am going to need to make this this weekend! love that it uses a frozen banana as the thickener!

  10. Lyn says

    I’m new to chunkie monkies! Whatever this smoothie is called, it sounds too good to be true! Is there an estimate of calories or did I miss it somewhere? Thanks for the great recipe!

  11. marcie says

    I always thought chunky monkey was PB chocolate and banana too — you just taught me something! I love this combination and this is a great stand-in for “nice cream”! It was great meeting you this weekend, Ashley! πŸ™‚

  12. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says

    I though chunky monkey was the same thing as you… who knew walnuts were involved?! What? I’m glad you decided to roll with your version of chunky monkey, because this smoothie is everything! I love that you turned something deliciously decadent into something healthy! Waking up to one of these smoothies sounds like heaven! Cheers, chicka!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Haha! It’s the only way I get anything healthy into my body! Lol. My girls have been sharing my smoothies lately and this is ALWAYS the 4 year old’s request. I mean, it’s chocolate and peanut butter. Lol!

  13. Helen says

    That trick with the frozen banana is great! I’ve just taken the frozen slices out of the freezer and it tastes just great, thanks for a super recipee!

  14. Jen | Baked by an Introvert says

    I am right there with everyone else who thought chunky monkey meant chocolate, banana, and peanut butter. But whatever, right? Too much chocolate, banana, and peanut butter will turn you into a chunky monkey so it works. Ha! You’ve given us a healthier option which is even better. I could go for one of these smoothies as an afternoon snack!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Is it weird that I’ve never actually made “nice cream”? But I love using frozen bananas in “milkshakes” or smoothies to get that ice creamy texture!

  15. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says

    Ok, so I guess I never knew what chunky monkey is, either! I really like this version better though, as I’m not a fan of nuts in things. I’ve made a similar smoothie before and it’s one of my favorites. Tastes like dessert for breakfast, which is the best! I think I could go for one (or five) of these after over-indulging this weekend!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Yes! The first time I made it I couldn’t believe how it didn’t need any sugar or chocolate sauce or anything! Lol. Now we make them ALLLLLL the time — I can’t keep enough frozen bananas in the freezer for all of us girls! I am definitely going to be drinking a lot of smoothies this week too!

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