This chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie is thick and delicious, and it tastes like a healthy chocolate milkshake without all the sugar!
Is there anything better than a milkshake?!
Tons of sugar and fat...what's not to love?
The hard part with 'healthifying' sweet treats like ice cream, cakes, and cookies, is making something that satisfies just as well as the original, but WITHOUT all of the crap.
It's tough! You really can't go cold turkey with sugar, there has to be a weaning process, just like a baby.
If the abolition of sugar is the goal, and it's a ten-step process, I'd say this chocolate ice cream smoothie is around step six (with ten being sugar-free).
Ingredients and substitutions
- Milk - I often use whole milk for the kids and Homemade Coconut or Walnut Milk for me.
- Banana - Frozen bananas are needed for this recipe. You don't want to freeze an entire banana with the peel on (like I used to do!). Basically, break ripe bananas up into chunks and put them in a freezer-safe bag.
- Cocoa powder - Carob powder also works, if you're sensitive to caffeine.
- Avocado - This makes the shake thick and rich!
- Peanut butter - If you don't enjoy peanut butter, you can use any nut or seed butter you like. I like using the salted variety, as the salt adds to the flavor. If you use an unsalted butter, add in a dash of sea salt to bring out the flavor.
- Vanilla extract
- Date - My kids HATE chunks in their smoothies, so I use this trick to soften the date before blending.
- Cinnamon - Optional; adds a delicious flavor and helps with blood sugar.
- Ice - A few ice cubes makes this shake cold and frothy!
As with any smoothie or shake, you just add everything to a blender and puree until smooth!
The best tip I can offer is to blend everything BUT the ice first. Add in the ice last, after all the other ingredients are silky smooth.
Some fun ways to increase the protein include:
- Add a scoop of your favorite protein powder
- Blend in another tablespoon of peanut butter
- Include 1-2 tablespoons of hemp hearts, chia seeds, or pumpkin seeds
Options to lower the sugar content:
- Omit the date and add in a few drops of stevia
- Use unsweetened almond milk, which has ZERO grams of sugar (unlike cow's milk)
The avocado adds creates a thick consistency. You can omit it, but the smoothie will be thinner.
Other chocolate smoothie recipes
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
- ¾ cup milk of your choice
- 1 large frozen banana
- 1 Tablespoon cocoa
- ½ Tablespoon avocado
- 1 Tablespoon salted peanut butter
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 1 softened date
- dash cinnamon optional
- 2-3 ice cubes
- Blend everything except the ice until smooth and well combined.
- Add the ice and blend until well combined (no big chunks).
If you have a chance to try this recipe, please leave a star rating and a comment below letting me know how you liked it!