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 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. 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

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 large smoothie
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: American


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. Make sure you have a strong, powerful blender that will blend up the frozen banana. I like this Ninja or this Vitamix.
  2. 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.
  3. Drizzle glass with 1 teaspoon of chocolate syrup (optional) and enjoy!


  1. So many ways to play around with this simple smoothie! 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.

Keywords: chocolate peanut butter protein smoothie

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


  1. So sorry about your chaos today! I like your mantra though, “worse things have happened to better people” – I’ll keep that in mind next time I find myself in a jam.

    I’m with you on the protein powder – I recently tried a chocolate-flavored egg white protein powder that just tasted so salty I couldn’t bear to give it more than one sip. But this smoothie – OH. MY. GOD. This I’m sure I’d have no problem with. Nope, not one. 🙂

    1. Hey Alyssa! Thanks for the kind words. That mantra always makes me feel somewhat at peace in a bad situation. Things could be much, much worse. I just have never, ever been impressed with any protein powders before. Luckily you really don’t ned to add any to this smoothie. So much protein already.

  2. Oh man – so sorry about what happened! I hope everything gets cleaned out and squared away soon!

    Now this smoothie – oh yes and yes. This would be the perfect post-yoga smoothie for me! (I started yoga for the very first time and then gorged on all sorts of food after as my reward so this is much needed!)

    1. I’m so glad you started some yoga Chung-Ah! I love it. Though it’s been a few weeks since I’ve rolled out my yoga mat, I’m looking forward to it this weekend. And yes, I hear ya about digging in right after. I am always starving!

  3. Firstly, I’m terribly sorry about the flooding 🙁 I hope that everything can be fixed with the least amount of damage possible.

    Secondly, that smoothie looks to-die-for delicious! One can never go wrong with chocolate & peanut butter, and the healthfulness of the smoothie is a definite bonus.

  4. YUM!! Chocolate and peanut butter is basically the best match made in heaven ever. And turning it into a healthy protein-packed smoothie/milkshake? Absolutely amazing! Although I always wanted to try a DQ Blizzard, my mom never let us. She said they cost too much and were too big for us as kids, so we got dilly bars and hot fudge sundaes instead. Those tasted good enough that I didn’t complain too much!

    You are so courageous to stay calm throughout your flooding crisis today. And it’s so fortunate that Kevin’s parents live close enough that you can stay while your new apartment gets sorted out. You’re such a positive, upbeat person that you’ll be able to get through this beautifully, and in the meantime I’m sending as much love and support to you, Kevin, and Jude as I possibly can!

    1. Thanks Amy. You are so sweet to leave all these kind words. Things are looking much, much brighter today. We have running water, internet, and had a warm bed to sleep in the past few nights. Can’t wait to get back in the kitchen and back to normal! I could go for a DQ hot fudge sundae right about now…

      1. You deserve a drink AND a DQ hot fudge sundae after what you’ve been through in the past few days! It must feel so strange to take a forced vacation from baking. When we first moved into this house, I had to go nearly 3 weeks without baking because of lots of meetings at work that delayed unpacking. It was torture, and I’m sure you’re going through worse since you bake more than I do!

  5. Oh, I am so so sorry to hear about the flood! You’re entirely right, terrible things happen to good people all the time but that doesn’t make it any easier for you guys right now. Hope that the insurance comes through quickly and that you both get through the transition with as little pain as possible. Thanks for demonstrating such amazing positivity throughout the turmoil, it’s a lesson to all of us! And thanks for this smoothie recipe. It’s wonderfully delicious… but to be honest, argh, all I keep thinking about is your poor drowned apartment! 🙁 xx

  6. That really sux – you have the right attitude though 🙂

    I literally just bought a blender because I have been checking out your smoothie recipes.

    I am travelling so it’s not the most practical purchase, but my fiancee went out to pick it up from the post office so in 15 minutes, I will break it in with this recipe – thanks Sally!

  7. Omg omg omg. I was wondering where you were today. I was like wow, she’s strangely absent, SOMETHING is going on with her. I thought maybe you were writing another book 🙂 Little did I know it was a nightmare going on. I just looked at your IG pics. Omg Sally. I am so, so so sorry!

    The smoothie, I’m sure, is lovely. Anything with pb and chocolate is. But you need to add massive amts of Baileys, Kahlua, etc to doctor this puppy up based on your life right now! HUGS!

    1. Things are looking much, much brighter today Averie! Thanks for all the kind words yesterday! Finally got running water and internet in the new apartment. The office and bedroom are set up and now just have to do the kitchen and the rest of the place today. We just weren’t planning to take (at least) 3 days off of work this week… let alone move!

  8. This looks incredible and I can only imagine how fantastic it tastes! Saving this recipe to make my own over the weekend 🙂

  9. Hi sally, stay positive. I really hope this incident will resolve soon. Thankfully u both are safe. I made ur fudge brownies today. They were devoured. I think this smoothie looks amazing. Please take care. For goodness sakes…all of your fans love u. But take care of your situation first. We can salivate at your other recipes in the meantime.

  10. Oh my goodness, Sally, I’m so sorry that happened to you! I’m glad you weren’t hurt and that you had somewhere to go, but still, how stressful! I’ll pray for you as you try to get back into the swing of things. As for the recipe, it is just gorgeous! I love the layering effect you created, and I hope the protein keeps you going through life’s ups and downs!! Hang in there!

  11. Yes–You’ve helped me! I usually want to get the peanut butter smoothies when I go to smoothie shops but they are (most of the time) laden with fat and made with ice cream. NOW you’ve made a delicious, healthy treat. And I thank you! 🙂

  12. I can’t wait to try this one Sally! I know this is going to be my favorite smoothie recipe of yours yet! Also, so sorry to hear about the flood! At least you have treats to keep your spirits up 🙂

  13. I cannot imagine having to go through that. A flash flood. Wow. And now you have no Internet or running water? You are amazing, Sally. Will be praying for you guys!
    This smoothie looks so crazy good! I love the banana+yogurt trick – works like a charm every time!

    1. Thanks Mary-Frances. I appreciate the kind words! You have to try this smoothie. The banana/yogurt combination is tasteless, but provides so much creamy thickness. It’s mind blowing!

  14. I am so sorry, Sally! What a nightmare! Pipes bursting is the worst and living in CO we have to be really careful to make sure the water does not freeze on cold nights and days. It totally sucks. Hope things turn out for the better!

    Now this smoothie is to die for!! I could drink these daily. No actually, multiple times a day!! So mush goodness in one cup!

  15. Oh, you poor thing! I swear a major flooding event happens to everyone at some point in their lives. Fortunately you are smart enough to have renter’s insurance. I know it doesn’t make it better but…at least you aren’t at a total loss.

    When I was first married and we were in our first townhome we had moved all of our belongings into the basement so we could have new carpeting put in. Well..the basement flooded…with raw sewage! OMG it was so gross! We put everything in the trash! I remember just sitting there crying…you have a MUCH better attitude!

    This smoothie sounds delicious and the pictures are gorgeous! I hope your camera didn’t get wet! :-/

    Big hugs – today is a sunnier day (literally…)!

    1. Christine, I cannot even IMAGINE the turmoil you faced. I mean water is one thing – but a raw sewage flood? Trust me, I wouldn’t be so positive about that situation! My camera was saved! It was actually the first thing I retrieved (along with our dog) from the apartment before running outside.

  16. Santa brought me a killer new blender, so I’ve been having so much fun trying all kinds of new smoothie recipes (sipping one as I read this). Pinning! I can’t wait to try it.
    Also, hang in there Sally. I’m so sorry about your pipes! It sounds like you have a great attitude, and I hope everything gets pieced back together for you soon.

  17. I’m so sorry about your apartment! We had a fire last year & were in a hotel for two months. It was pretty sucky. I hope you’re back to having internet & water soon and find your new normal in the new apartment!

    1. Oh Melissa, I am so sorry to hear about your fire from last year! Sending you many hugs. We are lucky to have a home so quickly. We finally have internet and water, yes. I appreciate the kind words!

  18. Sally,
    It’s sad to say, but it is a very common thing amongst living in apartments. We’ve had the same thing happen to our building twice and both times our apartment was never affected (knock on wood). I hope Jude wasn’t shake up by the incident and everybody is warm and dry!


    Sharon 🙂

    1. Sharon, we are all (Jude included!) doing much better for today. That’s the risk of living in an apartment, you are right. I appreciate the kind words so much!

  19. Oh no! That’s awful news Sally! Go easy on yourself as you adjust – I’m glad you and your family are safe and sound. Take care of yourself girl!

  20. Phew. What a headache! I’m so glad you have renter’s insurance and the fact you can see a bright light in all of this (after a few tears, probably!). It’s just important to be able to move on from the hardest times!

    Here’s to plenty of dips into the peanut butter jar these next few weeks while everything gets settled!

    BTW -> If you ever want to try another protein powder, my favorite is Cellucor Peanut Butter Marshmallow. It has such a good taste and is REALLY creamy when mixed into things. Getting protein from natural sources is the best way, though!

    1. Thank you so much for the protein powder suggestion, Lauren! I trust you when you say it’s good. The flavor sounds incredible! Thanks for the kind words about our situation too. Appreciated!

  21. Oh, Sally… that is awful!!! This happened to me. We lost everything. Everything WILL BE okay, maybe even BETTER, eventually. My prayers go to you and Kevin. Stay positive (I’m sorry, I know that is so maddening to hear, but truly, find the blessings in disguise.)

    1. Stephanie, I am so sorry this happened to you before! We are truly lucky to have a new home so quickly since we didn’t own the apartment. Thank you for your prayers! Sending many good thoughts your way.

  22. So sorry about the flood, seems a lot of people are experiencing broken pipes in this freezing weather! Doesn’t make it any better for you, though. I hope you can save your stuff and move back in soon. This cold spell is wreaking havoc on everything, even cars!!

  23. Sally! I am so sorry to hear about the pipe situation! I can’t believe you are still posting, I would be sitting at nordstrom, buying those boots, drinking this smoothie…. And crying my eyeballs out. You have such a positive attitude! It rocks!
    Almost as much as this smoothie rocks. I love smoothies but I hate that I feel hungry 22 seconds later. This looks so filling and, uhm, peanut butter and chocolate? Yes puhlease! All day, everyday could I down this baby!
    I hope that everything gets worked out soon! Take care of your life, we won’t die if you have to miss a daily post.
    We have smoothie to tide us over until then! Xox

    1. Taylor, I could use a Nordstrom shopping trip with you right about now! But to be honest, we are quite lucky to have a new home so quickly. Doing much better today! I know you will just love this smoothie. You must try it!

  24. Oh good grief, I’m so sorry to hear about your apartment. 🙁 That’s awful. I hope it gets resolved soon — and good on ya for having such a positive attitude about it! This smoothie, though…. my heart is all aflutter for it.

  25. Omg! What a disaster Sally, very sorry to hear that. Absolutely love your positivity though…..Every cloud 🙂

    I do love a good smoothie. So many fab healthy recipes around this time of year. Chocolate AND peanut butter,can it get any better?! love it!

  26. First of all, I’m so sorry to hear about your apartment calamity! Naturally, you have a wonderful attitude about the situation! Second, I love all of the ingredients you used in this delicious looking smoothie! I know that this is a drink that would keep me full and content for hours.

    1. Thanks Mercedes, I appreciate the kind words! Doing much better today. We are lucky to be getting settled in our new home!

  27. You weren’t lying about the Reese stuffed peanut butter cookies changing lives. I made these last week, and since then have fallen in love with peanut butter. Never had I tried such a wholesome, rich tasting peanut butter cookies without the paranoia of artificial flavour.

    Amazing. Keep it up!

  28. The protein smoothie is just what the Dr. ordered right now in your life. Burst pipes are no fun, but hey at least you have heat. Thank God for renters insurance. Any ideas what one could use to substitute for bananas. Unfortunately in my family a severe allergy to bananas including the imitation banana flavorings so many medical procedures use (inherited from Mom’s side) is something we have learned to deal with, but sometimes I come up empty as what to substitute for bananas in recipes. But I was thinking this protein smoothie would be great as I had my thyroid removed about 4 months ago and my poor hair and skin are still trying to heal from it. Hope you have everything taken care of such as internet and water soon. Your recipes are to die for. Peggy

    1. Hi Peggy, thank you so much for the kind words. We are very, very lucky in a lot of ways. It could have been much worse. We are thankful to at least have a home today. Frozen yogurt would be a fine substitution for the banana. I would suggest adding more yogurt and some ice, but the smoothie would taste more like a slushy and less creamy. I would try 1/2 cup of frozen yogurt instead.

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