Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie.

There’s a whopping 28 grams of protein in this chocolate peanut butter cup smoothie– no protein powders either!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie with 28 grams of protein!

I’m publishing this post from Kevin’s parents’ home. Our apartment’s pipes bursted today and our home flooded. Water gushing from the ceilings and up through the floor. I pre-wrote this recipe about 1 hour before it all happened. We had to pack up everything, without any notice, and move to a new apartment. Our new place does not have internet or running water yet. Some things were destroyed but thankfully, nothing of large value was ruined and we have renter’s insurance. Everything will be just fine. Worse things have happened to better people, at least that’s what I always think in a calamitous situation.

Ok, let’s move onto more positive things!

Alternate names for this recipe: Skinny Peanut Butter Cup Dairy Queen Blizzard, Healthy Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake, Heaven On Earth.

If you’re anything like me, when life throw’s you a curveball – the only thing to keep you afloat is a spoonful of peanut butter studded with chocolate chips. And/or a sale on boots at Nordstrom. Peanut butter and chocolate is a winning combination no matter how it’s paired. I mean a batch of dreamy Reese’s Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies could probably change lives. Don’t believe me? Try them.

I’m a self proclaimed peanut butter chocolate addict. Don’t send help.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie with 28 grams of protein!

Despite the 3 degree temperature outside (with -15 degree windchill – it’s even colder in the midwest!) I’ve been drinking my weight in cold, creamy smoothies. Earlier this week I made a concoction with blueberries, frozen bananas, strawberries, almond butter, spinach, and everything but the kitchen sink. Purely delightful.

But today? I wanted life’s most comforting flavor combination after my workout this morning. And it just so happens this drink is full of protein. Well, it’s actually pure protein. A whopping 28 grams of protein in 1 huge smoothie.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie with 28 grams of protein!

I am not a fan of protein powder at all because it tastes like chalk dust to me. Maybe I haven’t found a good brand yet? I’ve been searching for years. And to be honest, it’s quite pricey! I’d rather take in protein from pure sources.

Here’s the protein breakdown of my new favorite smoothie:

  • 6 oz greek yogurt → 18 grams
  • 3/4 cup skim milk → 6 grams 
  • 1 Tablespoon Skippy natural peanut butter → 4 grams

28 grams. Unreal, right? Because of all the protein, this smoothie will not have you starving 5 minutes later. It held me over for hours. And the best part? It tastes so damn good. There, I said it. Damn good, you guys.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie with 28 grams of protein!

It’s like a drinkable, protein-packed peanut butter cup.

Like most of my healthy smoothie and milkshake recipes, you’ll start with frozen banana chunks. What’s so great about frozen banana chunks? It makes the healthiest, purist, creamiest base for a super thick smoothie. In fact just the other day I had a giant bowl of blended frozen “banana whip” (just 2 frozen bananas cut into chunks then blended with a touch of milk) and sprinkled mini chocolate chips on top. Tastes like ice cream, not kidding. Try it!

So today’s smoothie starts with 1 ripe banana, cut into chunks and frozen. Don’t worry, you won’t be able to taste the banana with the chocolate and peanut butter. Blend the banana up with some Greek yogurt, milk, cocoa powder, honey, and peanut butter. The 1 teaspoon chocolate syrup swirl you see is just because I was feeling fancy. :)

And for the peanut butter? Use homemade honey-roasted, natural style, crunchy, creamy, flavored, any of the 20 jars of peanut butter I know you have in your pantry right now. Or is that just me? Moving on…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie with 28 grams of protein!

Blend it all up into creamy oblivion. And by creamy, I mean out of this world creamy. So creamy and thick, this smoothie should really be called a milkshake. If you want the smoothie a little thinner, add a little more milk. If you want it more chocolate-y, add more cocoa powder. There’s a lot of ways to play around with this recipe.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie with 28 grams of protein!

And hey, guess what? Feel free to go all green on me. Add a handful of greens like spinach or kale. You absolutely won’t be able to taste them underneath all the peanut butter and chocolate tastes.

So go ahead, indulge in life’s best flavors swirled together. Fuel your muscles, please your tastebuds, brighten your day (because you never know when your life will be turned upside down), and jump for joy. Cheers!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie

Yield: 1 very large smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

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There's a whopping 28 grams of protein in this chocolate peanut butter cup smoothie-- no protein powders either!


  • 1 large banana, peeled, sliced, and frozen
  • 3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 oz Chobani 0% Greek Yogurt (or 2%, flavored or unflavored)
  • 3/4 cup skim milk (or your favorite kind of nondairy or dairy milk)
  • 1 Tablespoon honey, maple syrup, or agave
  • 1 Tablespoon peanut butter (any kind you like)


  1. Put all of the ingredients into the blender, in the order listed, and blend on high until thick and smooth. I would start with only 2 Tablespoons of cocoa powder, blend, and then add 1 more for a stronger chocolate taste. You may need to stop and stir/scrape down the sides of the blender a few times. Drizzle glass with 1 teaspoon of chocolate syrup (optional) and enjoy!


Additional Notes:

If you prefer a less sweet smoothie, you can leave out the honey. Add more peanut butter for a stronger peanut butter taste. Add more milk to make the smoothie thinner, if desired. Add 1 cup of your favorite greens for added nutrition. So many ways to play around with this simple smoothie!

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There's a whopping 28 grams of protein in this chocolate peanut butter cup smoothie-- no protein powders either!

179 Responses to “Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie.”

  1. #
    Tina @ Tina's Chic Cornerposted January 10, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Sally, I’m so sorry to hear about your home! How devastating. You a trooper and I know you and the K-man will overcome this.
    In the mean time…I’m loving this smoothie. I too have not found protein powder that actually tastes good so I’m excited to see how much protein can be found in the simple everyday ingredients that you used…plus they actually taste good. :)


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    Erica Murrayposted January 10, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Ugh and I was just taking about how beautiful nature was… :( this weather is crazy. I hope your life gets back to normal. I love this post. Everything looks so great and yummy.


    • Sallyreplied on January 11th, 2014 at 6:51 am

      Thanks Erica, I appreciate that!


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    Aposted January 10, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    I make a version of this all the time, and I love it. I’m so sorry about your apartment, stay positive!


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    Lailaposted January 11, 2014 at 2:03 am

    Do you think I could substitute silken tofu for the yogurt?


    • Sallyreplied on January 11th, 2014 at 6:45 am

      I’m sure you could, I’ve just never tried it before.


      • elizabethreplied on February 3rd, 2015 at 9:50 pm

        My daughter uses tofu all the time in her smoothies. You can not even taste it. They are creamy and delicious.

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    Lauren @ Jesus and a Side of Peanut Butterposted January 11, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Goodness gracious Sally, I’m so sorry to hear about your home. But you have the right attitude about it. We’re never given anything we can’t handle.
    As for this smoothie: mind blown. I love recipes like these because the ingredients are ones that I always have on hand!
    Kudos to you, handling all in your life right now. I’m sure this smoothie helped too 😉


    • Sallyreplied on January 12th, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      Such easy, healthy ingredients can produce amazing results right Lauren? Thanks so much for the kind words. We are adjusting to the new apartment just fine!


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    Jennie @themessybakerblogposted January 12, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Peanut butter and chocolate is a perfect way to forget about stress and bring on the comfort. Love this smoothie. Pinned.


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    Jessica Kellyposted January 13, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Oh Sally! I’m so sorry about your place, but you are handling it with grace and spirit. What else can you do?? Years ago my family and I moved into a new house, and on the 3rd day, it was leveled by a tornado… with us in it. Take it as it comes girlfriend! It’s gonna take a lot more than that to defeat us happy bakers. :-)


    • Sallyreplied on January 13th, 2014 at 10:11 am

      Thanks for the kind words, Jessica. I am beyond sorry to hear about that tornado. It sounds unbelievably scary. And I love your last line – nothing will defeat us!


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    Bonnie-Raiposted January 14, 2014 at 1:24 am

    I’m sorry to hear you had to leave your home, but it’s good to see you’re keeping positive. Although, I wouldn’t mind a little flood at the moment; it’s currently 45 degrees Celsius here in Victoria, Australia, and due to the heat I couldn’t be bothered cooking dinner. Your smoothie is a saviour! I took the option of adding spinach and you definitely can’t taste it over the peanut/chocolate flavours. It’s so rich and smooth too! I might make it with coffee for a quick breakfast next time there’s a heat wave. Thank you, Sally, you should be proud of your dedication during this tough time :)


    • Sallyreplied on January 14th, 2014 at 10:20 am

      Thank you Bonnie-Rai! I’m glad you gave this smoothie a try. With spinach, too! It’s definitely refreshing and I’m excited to make them in the summertime here when the weather heats up!


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    Amyposted January 14, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Sally, I am so sorry to hear about your unexpected move. I hope you are all settling into your new home nicely.
    This smoothie looks absolutely delicious! I am a huge peanut butter fan, and I am trying out different breakfasts at the moment so that I can figure out what keeps me full for the longest. Cutting back on snacking between meals was a mini 2014 goal of mine, and this smoothie with all its wonderful protein seems to fit the bill :)
    Thanks for sharing and blessings on your new home. Amy.


    • Sallyreplied on January 14th, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      Amy, I’ve also been trying to stop snacking between meals and trying to eat some more filling meals – so I won’t have to snack so much! Anyway, I can tell with 100% honesty that this smoothie kept me full for a good three solid hours. Thanks for the kind words!


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    Shannonposted January 15, 2014 at 9:11 pm


    This recipe sounds amazing, but one question for you….. I am not a banana fan at all…I don’t like the texture or smell and most smoothies these days call for them. Is there a substitution for them, or can they be omitted all together??


    • Sallyreplied on January 16th, 2014 at 10:43 am

      Hi Shannon! The banana makes these smoothies extra creamy. You could try adding vanilla frozen yogurt instead, which will give the smoothies the same consistency.


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    Nikiposted January 16, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    I made this tonight as a treat. It was so good, didn’t even taste the banana. I also only made half of the full recipe. It was the perfect combo of creamy, chocolate and peanut butter.


    • Sallyreplied on January 17th, 2014 at 6:51 am

      Very happy you enjoyed it Niki! Thanks so much for reporting back.


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    Nutmeg Nannyposted January 21, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    I try and have a smoothie once a day :) love finding new delicious recipes to use!


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    Kate Wposted January 21, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    This is my new absolute favorite smoothie! I love that I can get plenty of protein without adding any of those weird powders! I know people say that there are some great tasting ones, but ew! I even added some ground flax powder that I had laying around looking for a home and it was still delicious, just with added texture!


    • Sallyreplied on January 21st, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      Kate, I’ve never added flax to this smoothie before and now I have to try it. I’ll do that next! I’m so glad you like it.


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    Kateposted January 22, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    I have to tell you this: About a week after you posted this recipe, I lacerated the inside of my lower lip (a long, gruesome story) and couldn’t eat solid food. I made this smoothie literally every day–sometimes twice–and it kept me from starving. I existed on this thing, along with yogurt and soup, for five days. I’m now able to eat some solids, but just made another smoothie because they’re so damn good. I usually add a dash of flax meal and wheat germ as well. THANK YOU FOR THIS RECIPE!


    • Sallyreplied on January 22nd, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      Oh gosh, Kate – I really hope your lip heals soon! I’m certainly glad this smoothie made things a little better. Tastes better than soup and yogurt, if you ask me. 😉 Feel better!


  15. #
    Kateposted January 23, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Thanks, Sally! I will try it for sure.


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    Andreaposted February 7, 2014 at 11:48 am

    I had a major DQ blizzard type craving but was low on plain yogurt and had to sub in a bit of cherry instead (the kind with “fruit on the bottom” so it was semi-flavored) and it actually turned out delish! I’ll definitely try it again with my usual plain Greek yogurt but just wanted to say how awesome the recipe is, even with a slight modification, based on what was in the fridge. I love all your skinny recipes and can’t wait to get the cookbook!


    • Sallyreplied on February 7th, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      Your version actually sounds quite good, Andrea! Cherry, chocolate, PB. All good to me. Thanks for reporting back!


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    Caitlinposted February 8, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    I am visiting your site for the first time and I am already hooked! I am currently drinking this WONDERFUL protein shake and I must say, you did a fine good job at creating it :-)
    I will say that the cocoa powder had me intrigued to replace it with my Perfect Fit Protein chocolate powder and I find it delightful ~ you might as well!
    Thank you so much :-)


    • Sallyreplied on February 8th, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      I’m glad you found my website! I’ll have to try that protein powder. I can never seem to find a good one!


  18. #
    Davidposted February 12, 2014 at 11:02 am

    This was great! Tasted just like a peanut butter chocolate milkshake. I’m thinking tonight calls for another one…

    Thanks for another great recipe


  19. #
    Gillianposted February 16, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Hi, what type of blender do you have? We have burnt ours out making smoothies with frozen bananas. Any tips before we buy a new one?


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    Lposted February 21, 2014 at 12:40 am

    This smoothie was great! My only complaint was it was a little runny for my preference, so next time I make it I will use less rice milk.


  21. #
    Joshposted April 18, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    FWIW, Optimum Nutrition’s whey protein powder tastes fantastic (I use the double chocolate flavor:

    Before getting it, I was concerned that it would have a powdery consistency and wouldn’t taste very good. Thankfully, my fears were not real. If you’ve ever had Carnation Instant Breakfast (I had it a bunch growing up), it tastes pretty much exactly like that. It doesn’t taste chalky by any means and the consistency is wonderful (not powdery at all).


  22. #
    Patriciaposted April 30, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Girrrrrrrl, you gonna make me hurt myself, I weigh 238 lbs and looking for smoothies as a replacement meal each day without cheating and snacking on chocolate or peanutbutter / jelly sandwiches as fillers cause I’m still hungry after meals. MY SWEET TEETH, (yes all of em) needs that sugar fix. Now I’ve tried these recipes and in two weeks I’m down 4 lbs, YES, thank you thank you thank you. …………..What else you got? Lol


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    Sherrieposted May 4, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I just made this smoothie and it is delicious! I made it pretty much to your exact recipe but added 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder. I get it at Trader Joe’s. The brand is Aria for women. It is delicious!


  24. #
    Robinposted May 7, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    OMG, this is so good, I think I died and went to heaven!! I used 1 frozen banana, half cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 c plus a couple spoons of vanilla greek yogurt, 1 T PB, 2 T cocoa powder. Amazing! I haven’t tried adding spinach yet but it seems like it would cover the flavor since it has a nice strong flavor itself. I am freezing more bananas as we speak!


  25. #
    Sonny Monroeposted May 16, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Hi Sally,
    I just stumbled across your website and am loving every minute of it; I love your recipes, style, and enthusiasm. I just now made the peanut butter smoothie, and I have to tell you, it is beyond delicious!!!! Your recipe has exceeded my expectations; It is decadent and nutritious! I am always looking for healthy vegetarian, protein packed recipes, and I have just found some great ideas thanks to you!
    Thank you,
    Sonny Monroe


    • Sallyreplied on May 17th, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      Thanks Sonny – happy you stumbled upon this recipe! Hope you try more from my site. I have a lot of other smoothie recipes!


  26. #
    Rozzyposted May 19, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    This smoothie is amazing. I drink it all the time. My supply of cocoa powder is always running out because of this smoothie… So good in the morning before the gym! Keeps you going and fills you up for ages! xxx


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    Courtneyposted June 9, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    I’ve made this with 1/2 cup almond milk every night for the past week and a half, it’s to die for!! And to add to your protein count – I just realized cocoa powder has 1 g protein per tablespoon. Makes sense when you think about it since cocoa is just roasted and powdered beans!


  28. #
    Autumnposted June 10, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Hi Sally! What a great recipe, I love chocolate, peanut butter, and banana so why not combine them. YUM! After making homemade peanut butter in my Vitamix it is very difficult to get the peanut butter out from the bottom of the blades, so I decided to make this smoothie. Not only was the smoothie delicious but the clean-up was much easier. No more scraping the bottom of the blender for 10 minutes. Thanks and I love reading your stories and recipes daily!


    • Sallyreplied on June 10th, 2014 at 10:20 am

      What a perfect way to “clean up” the vitamix! Thanks for reporting back Autumn.


  29. #
    Heather M.posted June 11, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    This is seriously my favorite, go-to smoothie. It’s perfection. Thank you, Sally! :>


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    Thresiaposted June 25, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Absolutely delicious, I increased the peanut butter to two tablespoons and added some spinach. I was only planning to eat half, but it is so good I am going to eat the whole thing!


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    Janineposted July 12, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    I wonder how did you make the chocolate whip on the jar. It makes the presentation more awesome, and it looks sooo yummy! Thanks for sharing this recipe with us. I am so excited to try this out. I have a question, what type of blender did you use in making this? The basic one or you used a more complex but easy to use blender?


    • Sallyreplied on July 13th, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      Hi Janine – I have a Ninja Master Prep blender.


  32. #
    Kivaposted July 21, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    So sorry to hear about your home. Many blessings to you. Thanks for the beautiful recipes. Thanks so kindly!


  33. #
    Hayleyposted July 24, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Just wondering how strong the peanut butter taste in this is. I know that sometimes the peanut butter gets overwhelmed by the other flavours and well the peanut butter is my favourite part!


    • Sallyreplied on July 25th, 2014 at 7:53 am

      Quite strong. Love my peanut butter too Hayley. You’ll love this.


  34. #
    Jenniferposted July 26, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Ok so im a little confused….. so there is also honey in the PB cup smoothie?
    I am not sure if I read the correct ingredients! HELP PLEASE


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    veronicaposted August 8, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Hello. I made this last night and I didn’t like it. I didn’t use Greek yogurt, I used traditional plain. Do you think that could have an impact on taste? I was measuring my yogurt out and had the bananas out so maybe they weren’t as frozen when I blended everything? Thanks.


    • Sallyreplied on August 9th, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      Hi Veronica – do you like yogurt? Because if you do not like the taste of it, you may not like this smoothie! Perhaps try a vanilla flavored and yes, make sure those banana are frozen solid.


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    Sue Mposted September 11, 2014 at 3:46 am

    OMG! as they say :-) these recipes look great and super easy too. I have just started going to the gym and my gym instructor told me to eat peanut butter (as a snack) for the protein to help build muscle so the Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie looks perfect! going to try it this weekend.


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    Kristaposted December 29, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    This is amazing!!! It’s a great replacement for my craving of chocolate peanut butter shakes. I used a fresh banana because I didn’t have one frozen and it still tasted great. Thank you sally!!


  38. #
    Ammarposted January 9, 2015 at 5:25 am

    Hey sally can I substitute the greek yogurt with anything else I don’t like yogurt at all
    Thnks for ur reply


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    Aprilposted January 10, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Tried this PB banana smoothie the other day and it was delicious! Question: can it be made into larger batches and refrigerated? Is it still good after a day or two?


    • Sallyreplied on January 10th, 2015 at 10:03 am

      I don’t suggest making it ahead of time. Always better fresh.


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    Rhonda Thomasposted February 2, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Maybe I’m crazy, but on the chocolate peanut butter smoothie didn’t see the chocolate listed. Did I miss something?


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    Sigridposted March 15, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    It looks so delicious! I can’t wait to make this for myself this weekend. It’s a pity I don’t have time on weekdays otherwise I would have made it tomorrow 😛


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    Debbieposted April 1, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    Thank you for posting a smoothie recipe that doesn’t call for protein powder, I agree that it’s pricey and tastes like chalk! I have discovered I am not a fan of plain yogurt, so next time I will try vanilla flavored or maybe just add some vanilla to the plain yogurt. However, it was still very satisfying and I was full for hours!


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    Ashleyposted May 28, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Wow! I think I will have this for lunch tomorrow. Does it do a good job of making you feel full/satisfied? Looks like a pretty hearty smoothie. Either way great job. (I love the photos). 


    • Sallyreplied on May 29th, 2015 at 7:56 am

      Very hearty! Full full for hours!


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    Darlene Martinposted June 8, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    i followed this recipe to a T and to me it just did not taste good. I used agave and unsweetened almond milk and only 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa. It tasted bitter to me. 


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    Stephanie @ smothered in flourposted June 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    I`ve had a similar one at my gym not to long ago and it was so amazing but only had 24 grams of protein. I can`t wait to try this. I`m always looking for tasty ways to bring protein into my diet. I try to eat a higher amount of protein to help my hair cause this girls best friend is hair color, but my hairs best friend is not color. I will have to try this after I get home from the gym today.


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    Jami Jamiesonposted June 24, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    I substituted ovaltine for the cocoa and it was deliciious, too.  I am so glad I found your drinks section.  I have been trying quite a few.


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    Tinaposted July 10, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Peanut butter chocolate smoothie is one of my favorite and I have to try this version of yours. It looks so yummy! Thank you Sally!!!


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    Jenposted July 15, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Tried the chocolate peanut butter protein smoothie today and I wasn’t as thrilled with it as everyone else. I had to make slight modifications, but once I did, it’s delicious! I only used 2T of cocoa powder instead of 3 and I used vanilla chobani instead of plain. I thought the plain made it taste too sour for my liking. Best things about it are that it’s easy to make and easy to modify. 


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