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.

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


  1. 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.

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

  2. 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 😉

    1. 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!

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

  4. 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. 🙂

    1. 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!

  5. 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 🙂

    1. 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!

  6. 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.

    1. 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!

  7. Sally,

    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??

    1. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

    1. 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.

    2. Has anyone tried freezing this (maybe in the reusable pouches for lunches and breakfasts later? Do it freeze and thaw well?

  10. 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!

    1. 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!

      1. Kate, here’s another smoothie you might like:

  11. 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!

  12. Hi!
    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 🙂

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

    Thanks for another great recipe

  14. 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?

    1. Here’s the one I own. It’s amazing and very inexpensive. Doubles as a food processor.

  15. 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.

  16. 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).

  17. 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

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

  20. 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

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

  21. 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

  22. 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!

  23. 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!

  24. 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!

  25. 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?

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