This chocolate peanut butter smoothie is creamy, high in protein and tastes like a milkshake! With a few veggies snuck in there, this vegan smoothie recipe is the perfect start to your day.
This chocolate peanut butter smoothie is my new favorite way to start the morning! It’s rich, creamy, tastes like a milkshake but is made with whole food ingredients and even has some veggies snuck into the mix.
It’s high in protein thanks to the peanut butter, hemp hearts and chocolate protein powder so it’s filling enough for a full breakfast, but simple enough for a quick mid afternoon snack!
You can easily decrease the liquid and make it super thick and have it as a smoothie bowl topped with banana slices, granola, shredded coconut and blueberries. Suddenly craving!!
First, add all ingredients to a high speed blender.
Blend until completely smooth and creamy, about 1 full minute. If you don’t have a high speed blender, you will likely need to add extra almond milk, but start with less and add more as needed.
Taste and adjust flavors as desired. I like a little extra cocoa powder, but it depends on brand used and your personal preference.
Pour into glasses and enjoy! I like to top mine with my almond butter granola for a little crunch.
Fresh vs. frozen fruit
Generally speaking, I use all frozen fruit in my smoothies. Especially since this recipe has a base of banana, it really helps make it creamier!
You are welcome to use fresh if you don’t have frozen, but you will want to decrease the milk by about half and add a handful of ice to make it cold.
The best vegetables for smoothies
You probably know by now that I’m big on putting vegetables in just about every smoothie. It’s such an easy way to get more into your diet and I promise you won’t taste them!
For this chocolate peanut butter smoothie, I opted for cauliflower and zucchini since it won’t change the color at all. Which is key if you’re feeding this to kids!
I like using frozen cauliflower and fresh zucchini since that’s usually what I have on hand, but you can use all frozen if you prefer.
The green from the zucchini skin will blend right in thanks to the cocoa powder, so there’s no need to peel it off!
Frequently asked questions
Does it keep? This recipe will keep pretty well for about 24 hours in the fridge. Smoothies are always best served fresh, but you can enjoy it the next day if you have leftovers.
The ingredients might separate a bit while it sits, so give it a good stir with a straw or keep it in a sealed mason jar and shake it up before serving!
Can I make it with no banana? Yes! This recipe calls for 2 ripe bananas, but you can easily make it without banana. My suggest is to double the amount of cauliflower to add more creaminess, then add two pitted dates for sweetness.
How do you thicken smoothies? The best thing to do is start with a small amount of liquid and use all frozen fruit.
This will keep the smoothie thick from the get-go, then you can easily add more liquid as needed to thin.
However, if everything is all blended and you want it thicker, you can add in more frozen fruit or vegetables, or add 1-2 tablespoons of flax seeds or chia seeds which will naturally thicken the smoothie after a few minutes.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
by: claire cary
- Add all ingredients to a high speed blender.
- Blend until completely smooth and creamy, about 1 full minute. If you don't have a high speed blender, you will likely need to add extra milk, but start with less and add more as needed.
- Taste and adjust flavors as desired. I like a little extra cocoa powder, but it depends on brand used etc.
- Pour into glasses and enjoy! I like to top mine with my almond butter granola for a little crunch.