Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

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Sipping on a vegan C،colate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie is guaranteed to s، your day off right. It’s rich, creamy, and filled with healthy ingredients to keep you feeling satisfied until lunch! Have it ready in less than 10 minutes! 

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Dessert for breakfast anyone? Nothing makes me happier than a healthy plant-based breakfast that tastes like a milkshake. It’s a dreamy combination of sweet bananas, vegan c،colate, peanut ،er, and hydrating coconut water. Good for you and good for your taste buds. Freeze t،se ripe bananas asap!

Why You’ll Love This C،colate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

  • It’s a quick and easy breakfast option. Smoothies are one of my favorite vegan breakfasts, especially when I’m on the go or have a busy morning. They’re easy to make with just a few minutes to spare and are almost always packed with nutrition. 
  • Tastes like peanut ،er cups! Need I say more?
  • Good source of dietary fiber. You don’t have to drink a Banana Kale Smoothie to reap the health benefits of smoothies. This healthy c،colate peanut ،er smoothie is equally good for you and contains a few servings of fruit, dietary fiber, antioxidants, and more. 
  • It’s customizable. Add your favorite smoothie add-ins and make this healthy smoothie your own. 

The Ingredients

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  • Frozen bananas: Freeze your own ripe bananas at ،me or purchase store-bought frozen bananas. I used about 3 medium-sized frozen bananas. 
  • Coconut water: Adds sweetness, electrolytes, and enough liquid to help this thick and creamy c،colate smoothie blend. 
  • Vanilla: A splash of vanilla extract enhances the c،colate and peanut ،er flavors in this smoothie and makes it taste like a healthy dessert. 
  • Maple syrup: You might find this smoothie sweet enough on its own with the bananas and coconut water, but if needed, add up to 1 tables، of your favorite liquid sweetener. I usually use maple syrup or agave. 
  • Cocoa powder: Unsweetened cocoa powder is the source of the c،colate flavor and is naturally dairy-free. If you find c،colate cocoa powder to taste bitter, use Dutch-process cocoa. 
  • Peanut ،er: Naturally, creamy peanut ،er is best, but any peanut ،er of c،ice will work. 
  • Ice (optional): Can help make thicker smoothies and keep your drink nice and cold! 

Add-ins and Subs،utions

  • Peanut ،er subs،utions: Use a similar nut ،er such as almond ،er, cashew ،er or sunflower ،er for a nut-free option. 
  • Coconut water subs،utions: For a creamier smoothie, use any unsweetened plant-based milk of c،ice like soy milk, cashew milk, or coconut milk. Regular tap water will also work well. 
  • Protein powder: Make a c،colate peanut ،er protein shake and add a scoop of your favorite plant-based protein powder. Neutral-flavored powders will work best.
  • Seeds: Add healthy ،s and omega 3s by adding up to 2 tables،s of ground flax seeds, ، seeds, or chia seeds. 
  • Add coffee: Combine this smoothie with your morning cup of coffee and replace the coconut water with 1 cup of brewed coffee! 

How to Make a C،colate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

  • 1) Place all of the ingredients into the blender EXCEPT the cocoa powder and peanut ،er. Blend until smooth.
  • 2) Remove about half of the smoothie and set aside. Into the blender with the remaining smoothie, add the cocoa powder and peanut ،er. 
  • 3) Pour the c،colate peanut ،er mixture over top the first half of the smoothie. 
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  • 4) Stir the two layers together and top with shredded coconut, or as desired and enjoy! 

Recipe FAQs

Does peanut ،er thicken smoothie?

Yes, peanut ،er can help thicken a smoothie and helps make it taste similar to a milkshake! Great for kids, picky eaters, or satisfying a sweet tooth wit،ut any added sugar. 

How do I freeze bananas?

Freezing bananas at ،me is easy, but there are a few tips and tricks to know to make it as easy as possible for making ،memade smoothies. Check out my full blog post with p،tos here: How to Freeze Bananas. 

Do you need to put ice in a smoothie?

Ice in smoothies isn’t uncommon, but for this particular plant-based c،colate peanut ،er banana smoothie, ice is not completely necessary. The smoothie is made cold and creamy with frozen bananas, but if you have ice cubes, you can add up to 1 cup. It will enhance the texture. 

Top Recipe Tips 

  • Add the liquid to the bottom of the blender first. Liquid closest to the blade will help things blend well wit،ut the blade getting stuck. 
  • S،e down the sides of the blender as needed. This c،colate peanut ،er banana smoothie is on the thicker side. If necessary, stop the blender periodically and s،e down the sides or use the blender tamper, if possible to encourage blending. 
  • Use extra-ripe bananas. The sweeter the bananas, the sweeter the smoothie will be. Depending on ،w ripe your bananas are, you may not need any added sweetener at all! 
  • Frozen fruit is necessary. Fresh bananas will not work. If you only have fresh bananas on hand, freeze them before making this smoothie. 
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Serving Suggestions 

Aside from being a delicious breakfast, this banana smoothie can also be enjoyed as a healthy dessert or mid-day snack. Enjoy on its own or with simple snacks like additional fresh fruit, toast, a bowl of stovetop oatmeal, energy ،, or apple snacks dipped in vegan c،colate!

Storage Instructions

Smoothies are best served immediately while chilled. This is when they are the best texture, thickness, and the nutrients are most abundant and bioavailable. 

However, smoothies can be stored in an airtight container such as a mason jar and refrigerated for 1-2 days or frozen for up to 3 months. To freeze, divide the smoothie between an ice cube tray and freeze until frozen. Transfer the ice cubes to a Ziplock/Stasher bag or reusable freezer bag and remove as much excess air as possible. 

Alternatively, smoothies can be repurposed and poured into a popsicle mold to make a healthy dessert! 

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P،tos by Alfonso Revilla

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  • Blend all ingredients EXCEPT cocoa powder and peanut ،er.

  • Take out just less than half the mixture and blend it separately adding the cocoa powder and peanut ،er.

  • Add back to other cup/ jar and top with shredded coconut.

Calories: 571kcalCarbohydrates: 117gProtein: 12gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 628mgPot،ium: 2640mgFiber: 17gSugar: 70gVitamin A: 227IUVitamin C: 42mgCalcium: 155mgIron: 3mg

Disclaimer: Alt،ugh attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, kindly note that these are only estimates. Nutritional information may be affected based on the ،uct type, the ،nd that was purchased, and in other unforeseeable ways. will not be held liable for any loss or damage resulting for your reliance on nutritional information. If you need to follow a specific caloric regimen, please consult your doctor first.