Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothie – the smoothie that tastes like you’re enjoying a milkshake! It’s creamy, chocolaty and delicious, yet healthy and balanced with nearly 20 grams of protein. A perfect breakfast, pre or post workout option, or snack that can curb any sweet tooth.
What You Need To Make A Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothie
- Frozen Bananas – slightly over ripe are best. Bananas get sweeter as they ripen! So no more tossing away old bananas!! When you notice they are starting to brown, peel and chunk them and freeze in an airtight container just for smoothies like this one!
- Milk (your choice) – I typically use unsweetened almond or coconut milk as I like the lower sugar profile they offer and they are easier on your digestive system.
- Natural peanut butter – Natural Jiffy is my go to.
- Chocolate Protein Powder – make sure to choose a “clean” protein – meaning free from artificial ingredients and chemical sweeteners. Check the ingredient list and take note, the fewer ingredients the better. A few of my favorite protein powders are Shakology (this one has added super foods), Jay Robb, Naked Whey, or Vega if you prefer a plant based protein.
More Recipe Ideas For Frozen Bananas
Having frozen bananas on hand is a non-negotiable at our house. I generally buy 2 bunches of bananas a week. One to eat off of and other to sit and brown just so we can freeze them for smoothies, banana ice cream, or to make banana breads and muffins. Here are a few more recipe ideas for your frozen bananas.
- Basic Banana Nice Cream from Fit Foodie Finds
- Strawberry Banana Smoothie from Eating Bird Food
- Banana Chocolate Chip Power Muffins – from Kodiak Cakes
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Muffins
How To Make The Perfect Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothie
Not sure it needs explaining – but simply dump all the ingredients in your blender and blend. Tip – Some protein powders can get frothy when blended at high speeds. If you are finding this to be the case, leave the protein powder out until all the other ingredients are well blended and add it right at the end.
You can also use non-frozen bananas in your Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothie, just make sure to add a handful or so of ice cubes in so it will still blend up to the the consistency of a creamy milkshake.
Optional Add-ins for A Nutritional Boost!
Smoothies are a great way to add extra nutrients to your diet! So many superfoods can be blended into a smoothie and if done correctly will be completely undetectable. A few of my favorite add ins for this smoothie are:
- Spinach – throwing a handful of spinach into any smoothie is an easy way to get in an extra serving of greens and I guarantee that you will not even know it’s in there.
- Hemp Seeds – these nutrient rich seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acid and are known for their numerous health benefits. Add in a teaspoon or 2 for a boost of healthy fat and fiber.
- Collagen Peptides – this popular supplement is known for improving hair, skin, nails, ligaments, tendons, bones and joints. I personally use Vital Proteins brand. It is flavorless and can be added to your morning coffee too!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothie
- 1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
- 1 frozen banana
- 1-2 tbsp natural peanut butter
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- If you are not using frozen bananas add a handful or so of ice cubes.
- Tip – If your smoothie is turning out too frothy – blend the milk, banana, and nut butter until smooth and then add the protein powder right at the end.