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. 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!

  2. 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

  3. 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.

    1. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!!

  6. 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?

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

  8. 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 😛

  9. 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!

  10. 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). 

  11. 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. 

  12. 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.

  13. Sally, 
    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.

  14. 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!!!

  15. 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. 

  16. I’ve tried plenty of peanut butter smoothies in my time, as a few others have said they’re one of the best snacks if you’re working out at the gym a lot! Protein is key for building muscle AND weight loss!! Your recipe looks incredible Sally, Thumbs up!! 🙂

  17. I didn’t know peanut butter can turn into smoothies, I really have no idea, but it looks delicious and with 28g of protein it’s healthy too.

  18. I’m allergic to Bananas…I’ve used the chocolate, peanut butter, milk, frozen blueberries and a couple of instant oatmeal spoonfuls.  It’s filling and I get the thickness with the amount of crushed ice I add…

  19. Can’t wait to try this smoothie but just want to wish you the best with the crisis you’re facing in your home with busted pipes. I have a similar attitude of “it could always be worse”. Best regards.

  20. I calculated the calories in the smoothie, its approximately 375 if you use 1 tsp maple syrup and 2 T cacao powder. However there is only 20 g protein, where did you get 28 g from? I haven’t made it yet, so I can’t comment on the taste but im looking forward to trying it in the morning. Thanks for creating this recipe without protein powder. I’m thinking of adding hemp hearts to add some more protein and maybe some pumpkin seeds too, we’ll see. 

  21. Hi, Sally. I’m eager to try this smoothie but have a couple questions:

    1 – How prominent is the banana flavour in this? I like bananas, but would prefer to not have a smoothie completely taste like bananas. 
    2 – If this is one “very large” smoothie, would it comfortably serve 2 people for a light breakfast?
    3 – Which do you like better (sorry if it’s a hard question!) your peanut butter chocolate smoothie or your peanut butter & jelly one? 

    Thanks so much 🙂

  22. How can I make smoothie without bananas? I’m allergic to raw banana but can eat like a banana cake with it cooked.

  23. What plain greek yogurt are you using that has 18 grams of protein in it, because all the kinds that I have do not have that much protein in them.

  24. I made this but used Sweet Leaf stevia instead. Fantastic and it doesn’t send my blood sugar into the atmosphere. I also put 8-10 ice cubes in it. Turned out to be a choco/banana/pb milk shake. Yum!

  25. Yummy!! This is a lot like the cheerful chocolate smoothie in your cookbook! I love it. thank for make incredible chocolate smoothie….

  26. I made this exactly like the directions said and it is very thin and watery (not thick and creamy at all!) what did I do wrong?

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