Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie

Start your day right with this chocolate peanut butter protein smoothie recipe, made with less than 10 ingredients. You’ll be on your way with loads of energy. You’ll love this creamy shake, made with wholesome, plant-based ingredients, like bananas, peanut butter, cocoa powder, and plant-based protein powder. Delicious!

a Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie is in a tall glass with a pink straw. A spoon with peanut butter, along with another bowl of peanut butter and a ripe banana sits behind it.

Breakfast Smoothies

The experts seem to be in alignment that we need some protein at the beginning of the day. Of course, that leads to the age-old question, where do vegans get their protein? Sigh. As if to acquire protein one must consume animal products. It makes a person wonder where cows get their protein. Eh? Anyway, there are awesome plant-based protein sources. In fact, that’s where this plant-based protein smoothie comes in handy.

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Bananas add creaminess to any smoothie which is why they’re perfect for this one
  • Peanut butter adds protein and distinctive flavor to this smoothie
  • Using plant-based protein powder adds protein, chocolate flavor, and even more nutrients.

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Banana
  • Cocoa powder
  • Plant-based milk soy, almond, etc
  • Plant-based chocolate protein powder
  • Peanut butter optional, but recommended
  • Ice

Ingredient Spotlight

A small, white bowl holds creamy peanut butter inside.

What Peanut Butter is Best for Smoothies?

There are three basic types of peanut butter: 1) Natural (the kind that has to be stirred, 2) Creamy, and 3) Crunchy. Some types of peanut butter work better for different recipes. Most of the time I prefer using natural peanut butter because it doesn’t have added hydrogenated oils or sugar. For this recipe, you can use whatever kind of peanut butter you like best.

How to Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie

  1. Combine banana slices, cocoa powder, plant-based milk, and protein powder in a blender. Pulse until smooth.
    Looking into a blender jar there are ingredients like banana slices, chocolate protein powder, peanut butter, and more.
  2. Add the peanut butter and pulse again until smooth.
  3. Add the ice and pulse until the ice is crushed and incorporated into the smoothie.
  4. Pour the smoothie into glasses and enjoy.
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Chocolate Protein Smoothie

It’s important to get an adequate amount of protein in your diet and plants are a great source. We created this chocolate protein smoothie to make getting that protein as delicious as possible.

You can determine how much protein you need by multiplying your weight by four and then dividing by 10. So, if you’re 150 pounds, here’s what it would look like:

150 lbs X 4 = 560 / 10 = 56

So, a 150-pound individual should be getting around 56 grams of protein a day. This vegan protein smoothie has 10 grams of protein per serving, giving you nearly 20% of your daily protein needs. [Source]

Plant-Based Protein

The great news is…getting your plant-based protein in for breakfast is so much easier today. One reason is because there are so many more plant-based protein powders available.

Why are smoothies such a great option for breakfast? Because we all know it’s good to get that protein in the morning, and yet, somehow we’re all so busy. A smoothie just makes it all happen in record time.

Plant-Based Protein Sources

Actually, you can find protein in almost every food, even a banana. I once said that in front of a nutritionist who scoffed at the idea of a banana having protein, however it’s true. Here’s a breakdown of the protein content for this recipe:

  • banana = 1.3g protein
  • cocoa powder = .39g protein
  • plant-based milk = 5.36g protein
  • plant-based protein powder = 9.45g protein (protein content varies by product)
  • peanut butter = 4g protein

Serving Suggestions

Serve this chocolate peanut butter protein smoothie with any of the following:

If you like to start your day with some creamy, sweet, chocolate and peanut butter goodness, well, then, this smoothie might be just the ticket. It whips up pretty darn fast, has less than 10 ingredients, and is a perfect breakfast to travel with you  in the car for your morning commute. What more could you ask for?

When I have this smoothie I feel energized the whole rest of the day. I think there’s something about knowing I’m making good choices for my body that really helps me feel better about everything. The choices we make really do make a difference.

The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present.

Eckhart Tolle

Besides, this Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie is creamy, smooth, chocolatey, peanut buttery (is that a word), plant-based, and ready to go in just a few short minutes.

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More Smoothies

Here are some of my favorite plant-based protein chocolate powders:

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie

Start your day right with this Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie, made with less than 10 ingredients. You'll be on your way with loads of energy!
5 from 2 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 166kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 large banana peeled and sliced
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder unsweetened
  • ¾ cup plant-based milk soy, almond, etc
  • 2 tablespoons plant-based chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter optional, but recommended
  • 1 cup ice

Instructions

  • Combine the banana, cocoa powder, plant-based milk, and protein powder in a blender. Pulse until smooth.
  • Add the peanut butter and pulse again until smooth.
  • Add the ice and pulse until the ice is crushed and incorporated into the smoothie.
  • Pour into a glass and enjoy.

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Notes

There are lots of great plant-based protein powders available. Here are some great options: Ka’Chava Plant-Based Super Foods Protein Powder, Fuel-6 offers a plant-based protein smoothie as well, and Vega One Nutritional Shake Chocolate. See links in the post above.
Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 391mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Vitamin C: 11.7mg | Calcium: 128mg | Iron: 2.1mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

This post was originally published in 2018 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2021.

9 Responses to Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKate Reply

    This is one of my very favorite types of shakes! So healthy and delicious. I never knew that equation for figuring out how much protein you should get. So useful!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      It seems like protein is a continual learning process. We used to think it was hard to get enough and now we’re learning that that’s not the case!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyHolly Reply

    OMG! It’s like dessert for breakfast! My kids would love this!

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyDiane Reply

    5 stars
    I can’t wait to try this! I love pb!!

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAggie Reply

    Peanut butter and chocolate is one of my most favorite things, they just go hand in hand! I have been on the lookout for new plant based protein powders, I’ve been using PlantFusion for a long time. I totally agree about protein early in the day – this is seriously a great start to your day! (gorgeous photos by the way)

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyIzzy @ She likes food Reply

    I don’t make smoothies nearly enough, but I made a peanut butter one tonight and I started to wonder why I don’t drink them more! This one looks so good and I love the chocolate in this one! Chocolate always makes it feel like more of a dessert than drink and I think that is a good thing! P.s I just discovered your Chopped Podcast and have been loving it so much!!

  6. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlyanna Reply

    5 stars
    yumm sounds delicious!!

  7. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJulie is HostessAtHeart Reply

    This sounds delicious!

  8. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKristy Reply

    I am definitely inspired to make this smoothie tomorrow!

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