Healthy Peanut Butter Smoothie with Chocolate Chips
A cool and creamy Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie is the perfect way to satisfy your cravings for a favorite flavor combination in a protein-packed treat. And a few simple swaps can make it either light or decadent. Enjoy it as a healthy breakfast, a skinny snack, or an indulgent dessert.
Originally published on November 16, 2014.
I’m a total wannabe health nut. I love to sneak in superfoods, so I’ll make quinoa breakfast bars, add flax seeds to banana oatmeal blender pancakes, and apricot no-bake energy bars with chia seeds are a staple in our house.
And then my “crunchy mom” aspirations really go downhill when it comes to dessert.
I absolutely cannot resist honest-to-goodness, sugar-laden ice cream. I’d seriously eat it every day. And I don’t mean the “suggested” half-cup serving. I’m talking bring on the cereal bowl and hot fudge sauce and whipped cream. Serious comfort food LOVE!
That’s why this Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie is the ultimate treat. Since making every day a “sundae” is not really such an awesome idea for my waistline, pancreas, heart, or really anything, this is the perfect way to indulge my sweet tooth in a healthy way.
By switching up a few of the ingredients, you have the option to make it a little more decadent or keep it on the lighter side! Either way, it’s still packed with wholesome ingredients, fresh fruit, and plenty of protein to keep you satisfied.
Healthy Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Smoothie
Whether you make the skinny smoothie option or the more decadent dessert smoothie recipe, you’re only looking at about 300-350 calories. And that’s if you keep it all to yourself. It actually does make enough for two smaller smoothies if you want to split it.
So even though it’s not like super-duper zero-calorie skinny, it is packed with healthy, wholesome, nutrient-dense goodness. All while it tastes like a melted pint of ice cream with peanut butter and chocolate chips and slurped through a straw awesomeness.
Here is a brief overview so you can see just how easy it is to make. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for the full quantities and details.
But don’t skip my PRO TIPS below!
Here is the list of what you need to make the banana peanut butter smoothie recipe. Keep reading for more details on the ingredients and the different substitutions.
- Spinach, kale, or other leafy greens (optional)
- Plain Greek yogurt or cottage cheese
- Dairy or non-dairy milk
- Peanut butter or powdered peanut butter
- Frozen banana
- Ice cubes
- Honey or another sweetener (optional)
- Mini chocolate chips or cacao nibs
- Garnishes (more peanut butter, chocolate chips, or cacao nibs, banana slices, whipped cream, etc.)
Directions overview – scroll to the recipe card for the full set of instructions
- Combine the ingredients except for the chips and garnish in a blender. I like to add the greens first if I am using them. Then add the yogurt, milk, and peanut butter, as well as the sweetener or salt, if needed. Finally, add the frozen banana and ice cubes.
- Blend until smooth, adding additional ice, sweetener, or salt to taste.
- Add the chocolate chips or cacao nibs and pulse a couple of times.
- Pour into a glass and garnish as desired. PRO TIP: Enjoy with a wide straw!
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About the smoothie ingredients
Spinach, kale, or other leafy greens
The greens are completely optional, but a great way to add extra fiber and vitamins. Your smoothie won’t be the same color as the one in the photos though. These were taken without any greens added.
I like to use baby spinach because I find it has the mildest taste and breaks down completely when you blend it. But other greens such as kale are more nutrient-dense. But they can be tougher and not blend as thoroughly.
Plain Greek yogurt or cottage cheese
For creaminess and protein, many people like to use Greek yogurt in their smoothies. I actually prefer to use cottage cheese. I’ve made this banana peanut butter smoothie with both cottage cheese, plain Greek yogurt, and a combination of both.
You can use whatever you like or have on hand, but you won’t believe the whipped creaminess that comes from using cottage cheese in your smoothies. You don’t even have to like cottage cheese. Trust me!
Dairy or non-dairy milk
To save some calories, I usually use unsweetened vanilla almondmilk. Silk is my favorite brand. But you can use any dairy or non-dairy milk you like.
Peanut butter or powdered peanut butter
A tablespoon of peanut butter adds a good burst of peanut flavor, healthy fats, and protein. I try to stick with a natural peanut butter where the only ingredient is peanuts. However, if you want to save a few calories or pack in more peanut butteriness, try powdered peanut butter or peanut flour.
Powdered peanut butter, such as PBFit, are great to add to smoothies. However, they do have added salt and sugar that can actually mute some of the strong PB flavor. So if you want to avoid that, try peanut flour.
Peanut flour is made solely from roasted peanuts, giving you an intense peanut butter flavor with fewer calories like the powdered peanut butter, but you can control the sweet and salt.
Peel your banana before freezing it. The more ripe your banana, the sweeter your smoothie without the need to add additional sweetener.
You can either cut it into chunks before or after it is frozen. Personally, I prefer to freeze while bananas so that I don’t have to worry about portioning them out.
I usually start with two or three standard size ice cubes. You can always add more if needed if you prefer a thicker or frostier smoothie.
Honey or another sweetener
This will depend on how sweet your bananas are and how sweet you want your smoothie, and you have the option of using honey or maple syrup, or a sweetener like Stevia or erythritol. You can always taste the smoothie and add it when you add the chips if you find it isn’t sweet enough.
You just need a pinch, but it really enhances the peanut flavor and balances the sweetness. In fact, if you use cottage cheese, which is typically salted, you might not need to add any more.
Mini chocolate chips or cacao nibs
Grab a big straw, because sucking up the little bits makes for such a great texture contrast compared to your basic creamy smoothie.
Of course, chocolate chips add the perfect bit of chocolaty flavor to go with the peanut butter, but for something a little different, try cacao nibs.
If you love bitter, deep, dark chocolate, and texture and crunch when you are eating something creamy, you’ll love these. They aren’t sweet at all, but if you are eating them with something sweet, what really stands out is that intense chocolaty flavor and the crunchy texture. And they are filled with fiber, antioxidants, iron, and magnesium.
You can just drink it up, but if you want to dress up your smoothie here are some options.
Drizzle the top with more peanut butter. Sprinkle it with extra mini chooclate chips or cacao nibs. Float a few slices of banana on top.
And if you want to go with a dessert-like smoothie, give it a squirt of whipped cream!
But let’s forget all that health food mumbo jumbo. This smoothie is just plain yummy. I mean, who doesn’t want to drink creamy, dreamy peanut butter?! Especially with chocolate. Even more especially when it’s healthy enough for breakfast!
More healthy smoothies that taste like dessert
- Funky Monkey Dessert Smoothie
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie
- Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie
- Creamsicle Orange Smoothie
- Chocolate Cherry Smoothie
More healthy chocolate peanut butter recipes
With your leftover ingredient, you can make these yummy snacks:
- Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blender Muffins
- Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls
- Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
- Cheesecake Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt Popsicles
- Flourless Peanut Butter Banana Cookies from Well Plated
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Recipe
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
- spinach, kale, or other dark, leafy greens, optional
- 1 very ripe banana, frozen and cut into chunks
- 1/2 cup cottage cheese or plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almondmilk or regular dairy milk
- 2 Tablespoons powdered peanut butter (such as PB Fit or PB2) or peanut flour, or 1 Tablespoon peanut butter
- a tiny pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup, if needed, depending on how sweet your banana is
- a few ice cubes (start with two or three, and add more if needed)
- 1 Tablespoon mini chocolate chips or cacao nibs
- Additional peanut butter, banana slices, mini chips, cacao nibs, or whipped cream for garnish, if desired
- Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips or cacao nibs in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Add additional ice cubes and blend if needed to achieve your desired texture.
- Add mini chocolate chips or cacao nibs and pulse once or twice to slightly break them up.
- Pour into a glass, garnish if desired, and serve with a wide straw.