Funky Monkey Healthy Dessert Smoothie
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie is a deliciously healthy smoothie recipe that tastes like dessert! With the ultimate flavor combo, you can enjoy a protein-packed breakfast or snack (about 20 grams!) while you feel like you are indulging in a sweet milkshake. Kids of all ages will love to sip on rich and creamy Funky Monkey Smoothies.
How funky is your monkey? How loose is your goose?
Sorry, my mom is a lifelong cheerleader and cheerleading coach. Sometimes that kind of silliness just comes out of me.
But THIS RECIPE isn’t silly. This glass of chocolate peanut butter banana goodness masquerading as a rich dessert is good for you! It’s my Funky Monkey Smoothie!
I’m kind of a sucker for pairing chocolate, bananas, and peanut butter together, and I’m always happy to enjoy some funky monkey treats like banana peanut butter chocolate chip ice cream. And the next time I make a Reese’s Cake, I am totally adding a layer of banana pudding.
But any time I can get my favorite decadent flavor combo in a healthier way, I’m all over it. So I’ve squeezed this trifecta of deliciousness into everything from chocolate chip cheesecake frozen yogurt pops to chocolate peanut butter banana energy balls, and even healthier chocolate cupcakes!
And of course, there’s my personal favorite, a healthy dessert smoothie…
Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Smoothie Recipe
Who doesn’t love this amazing combination of flavors? And when you can enjoy something that tastes like a rich and creamy milkshake, but still feel good about having it for breakfast or a healthy snack, then it’s a total win.
This is the ultimate healthy dessert smoothie recipe for all the chocolate and peanut butter lovers out there. And with a good dose of protein and some dark leafy greens, you’ll definitely fuel yourself through the morning until lunch or get yourself through the afternoon slump.
What is in a Funky Monkey Smoothie?
Let’s talk a little more about the simple ingredients that make this chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie so amazingly delicious and healthy. Plus I will share some substitutions you can make to customize your smoothie.
I like to use Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almondmilk in my smoothies since it is so low in calories but still has a lot of calcium. If you want to add more protein, you can use regular dairy milk, and anything from skim to 1% to 2% to whole milk will work. And any non-dairy milk can be substituted as well.
Adding dark leafy greens to your smoothie is totally optional, but it’s a great way to sneak in extra vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
I prefer to use baby spinach since it has a milder flavor and basically disappears once you blend it. But others like to use kale because it is a nutritional powerhouse. Feel free to use your favorite dark leafy green, or omit it completely.
Cottage cheese or Greek yogurt
For many people, Greek yogurt is the go-to in smoothies to add protein and more creaminess. You can definitely use that in this recipe, but I actually prefer cottage cheese.
It blends up so super smooth, without that bit of tartness from the yogurt. And the salt in the cottage cheese just enhances the sweetness of the fruit, as well as the nuttiness of the peanut butter in this recipe.
If you avoid dairy, substitute a non-dairy yogurt like coconut or soy yogurt.
Use your favorite brand or style – creamy or chunky, traditional or natural, store-bought or homemade. If you want to save a few calories, you can also use powdered peanut butter, but you will also lose a bit of the protein and healthy fats that help keep you full.
Cocoa powder is a great ingredient to add a tone of chocolate flavor with minimal calories. I use plain old Hershey’s Cocoa Powder, but you can use cacao powder for even more of a nutritional punch of antioxidants.
Bananas are pretty much my favorite smoothie ingredient because I love the creaminess they add when they are all blended up. You’ve seen banana “nice cream”, right (I seriously want one of these Yonanas things)? Well, the same effect happens in smoothies, giving them an almost milkshake-like texture.
How to freeze bananas for smoothies:
I recommend peeling bananas before you freeze them, as the peel is very hard to remove from a frozen banana. You have a couple of options:
- Peel your bananas and freeze them whole in a plastic freezer storage bag or airtight freezer-safe container. Then you will have to cut the frozen banana into chunks before adding it to your smoothie.
- After peeling, cut the banana into chunks before freezing. You can place the chunks from each banana into a separate plastic baggie and put them all in a storage container before freezing so that you have them portioned out and ready to add to your blender.
I like a thick, frosty smoothie. So I do usually add several ice cubes. You will need to decide how much to add based on the size of your ice cubes and your preferred texture. If you leave them out, you will have a slightly thinner smoothie (though you could reduce the amount of milk), but a richer flavor.
Feel free to garnish your smoothie with banana slices, a drizzle of peanut butter or chocolate sauce, a sprinkle of mini chocolate chips or cacao nibs, or a bit of whipped cream.
How to make a banana chocolate peanut butter smoothie
Add the ingredients to your blender in the order listed:
- Greek Yogurt or Cottage Cheese
- Peanut Butter
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – I use Hershey’s
- Frozen Banana
Add blend until smooth. Pour into a glass or insulated smoothie cup and enjoy it immediately!
BRIANNE’S FAVORITE BLENDER
I always recommend a high-powered blender like the Blendtec for the smoothest, most creamy smoothies. The Mini Wildside+ Jar is the perfect size for one or two smoothies. You can even use the “Smoothie” setting to have it gradually increase the speed to perfectly incorporate the liquids and frozen ingredients. Note, I do usually stop it a little before the cycle is over because I prefer an extra thick smoothie.
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More healthy chocolate smoothie recipes
- Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
- Chocolate Berry Smoothie
- Banana Chocolate Pistachio Smoothie
- Chocolate Mint Smoothie
- Banana Almond Mocha Smoothie
- Chocolate Avocado Smoothie is a dairy-free treat from Texanerin Baking
- Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie from Two Peas and Their Pod
- White Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie from Big Bear’s Wife
So you know you want to cap off your evenings with a chocolaty dessert. Just whip up a Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie instead and indulge while you are treating your body well!
No guilt here because it is packed with healthy ingredients and about 20 grams of satisfying protein.
Funky Monkey Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
- 1 cup milk I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 cup spinach or other dark, leafy greens, if desired
- 1/2 cup cottage cheese or plain Greek yogurt
- 1 Tablespoon peanut butter (or 1 Tablespoon peanut butter powder)
- 1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 large frozen banana, cut into chunks
- 4 ice cubes more or less depending on desired texture
- Add the ingredients to a blender in the order listed, and blend until smooth.
- Pour into a glass and serve.