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Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie (Chunky Monkey!)

Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 1 serving

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This Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie is full of good-for-you ingredients but tastes totally decadent! The perfect sweet summer treat with a Chunky Monkey twist πŸ™‚

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chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie in tall glass with whipped cream

Okay, so apparently I don’t know what Chunky Monkey really is.

I always thought that Chunky Monkey meant banana, peanut butter and chocolate. Apparently a lot of people think that.

But right after I titled this post I did a little research because I realized I’d never even had Chunky Monkey ice cream so what did I know? A trip to Google revealed that Chunky Monkey ice cream is actually banana, chocolate, and walnuts. A trip to Pinterest revealed that many other people thought the same as I: that it was banana, peanut butter and chocolate.

close up of chunky monkey smoothie with whipped cream chocolate shavings and blue straw

So I decided to keep the Chunky Monkey because I am not the only one who thinks that that’s what Chunky Monkey is. And this was really just a test to see how many times I can say “Chunky Monkey” in the first 3 paragraphs without you getting annoyed.

I was experimenting with some banana “nice cream” milkshakes and had some great ideas, but nothing really turned out the way I wanted. I figured I would go back to the basics, to the one I make over, and over and over again. At least a couple times per week!

This smoothie tastes totally decadent, and I was almost tempted to call it a milkshake (which explains the whipped cream and chocolate shavings), but I like to think that calling it a smoothie makes it a perfectly acceptable breakfast option.

chocolate peanut butter smoothie in all glass with bananas in the background

The key to getting that thick “milkshake” texture and not “warm banana drink” is the frozen sliced bananas. They change the texture completely! Slice your ripe or overripe bananas and freeze on a baking sheet, then store them in a freezer bag for when the cravings hits. You won’t regret it!

If you’re going for “milkshake” and not “breakfast smoothie”, feel free to throw on some whipped cream and chocolate shavings, otherwise, feel free to omit!

See how easy it is to make!

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Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie (Chunky Monkey!)

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This Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake is full of good-for-you ingredients but tastes totally decadent! The perfect sweet summer treat with a Chunky Monkey twist ?
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Cuisine American
Course Breakfast
Servings 1 serving
Calories 237cal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup low fat milk or sub almond milk to lighten things up
  • 1 banana sliced and frozen (*see note in post above)
  • 1 tablespoon light creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • Optional garnishes: whipped cream and chocolate shavings

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in the blender in the order listed. Puree until smooth. Garnish if desired.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 237cal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 32mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 19g

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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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™‚

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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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