Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie has an ice-cream-like texture, while being dairy-free and naturally sweetened. It’s a healthy vegan “milkshake” you can enjoy anytime!

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie in two glasses with chocolate shavings on top

When it comes to making milkshakes and smoothies, I’m not usually one to follow a recipe. I typically just toss-in ingredients and taste as I go.

However, sometimes a shake turns out so well that it simply demands to be written down so that I can re-create it again and again, with the same spectacular results each time.

This is one of those milkshakes.

peanut butter banana smoothie in a vitamix blender

Made with frozen bananas, natural peanut butter, and rich cacao powder, this creamy treat is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth, without the sluggish after-effects from a traditional ice cream shake.

As always, feel free to substitute your favorite nut butter for the peanut butter, or omit the cacao powder for non-chocolate dessert. (You can use carob powder as a cacao substitute, if you like the flavor.)

Chocolate Peanut butter banana smoothie being poured into a cup

One tip before you get started:

Be sure to peel your bananas before freezing them.

I like to store them whole in an airtight container in the freezer, for easy measuring, but you can also slice them into coins to help them break down in the blender easier. (If you use a high-speed blender like the Vitamix, you won’t can simply break the whole banana in half– it will break it down effortlessly.)

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Milkshake
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie has an ice-cream-like texture, while being dairy-free and naturally sweetened. It's a healthy vegan milkshake!

Course: Dessert
Servings: 2
Calories: 325 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 3/4 cup almond milk (homemade or store-bought)
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 7 ice cubes (about 2 handfuls)
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a high-powered blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. Add a little more almond milk or water if needed to facilitate blending. (If the shake isn't sweet enough for you, add a tablespoon of maple syrup and blend again.)

  2. Pour into two glasses and serve immediately. 

Recipe Notes

For best results, use a high-speed blender like the Vitamix, which breaks down ice effortlessly. A traditional blender should also work-- though, you may need to add a bit more almond milk to facilitate blending.

Recipe Notes:

  • If you don’t want to use peanut butter, you can substitute sunflower butter or tahini as a nut-free option.
  • If you’re looking for a slightly sweeter shake, feel free to add a tablespoon of maple syrup.

As always, if you make any modifications to this recipe, please leave a comment below letting us know what you tried so we can all benefit from your experience!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

Yummm! I’m like you – I rarely follow recipes for smoothies, except when I’m making one for the blog, in which case I try really hard to remember to measure things! You’ve just triggered a hard core craving for nut butter! 😉

Emily

Looks so comforting & sounds delicious. Immediately slotted into next weeks food shop 🙂 Thank you!

LizAshlee

I typically don’t follow a recipe…maybe once in awhile…maybe for this one!:) Looks so creamy..my fav kind of shakes!!

Claire @ Live and Love to Eat

One of my go-to smoothies for sure!

Sara Maplese

That looks awesome! I’ll have to try that one!

jeanne

Yummy, what a great dessert!!! Are you sure you got the servings right… Looks like one delicious serving to me 😉

    Megan

    Ha, yes it’s just ONE serving for Austin, too!

Taylor

this looks so good! i usually just throw whatever in there for my smoothies! my current favorite: banana, pineapple, ice, orange juice, and a ton of spinach (like 2 cups!) sooo fresh and deliciously green!

Lisa

For smoothies, I don’t usually follow a recipe. Just use whatever I’m craving, but this looks absolutely delicious. I am so happy I splurged on the vitamix! I love it

Red Deception

Have you tried using unsweetened chocolate almond milk in a smoothie? To. Die. For.

Caroline

mmmm… this looks so delicious!
I made a banana smoothie with greek yogurt about an hour ago!
Definitely making this tomorrow though!

becky

Looks sooo yummy~ but how do you offset all of the carbs? We are trying to watch our intake of sugars~ ohhh it is sooo hard! 🙂

    Megan @ The Detoxinista

    I’d consider this shake a “treat” rather than an every day indulgence. No need to worry about offsetting the carbs if you work it into your week as a dessert. 🙂

    Christina

    Try vanilla stevia and omit the maple syrup. NuNaturals is the brand I use. By far the best flavor. Made this smoothie throughout my pregnancy but never thought of the peanut butter. Missed out!!

jessica

LOVE this so much, in fact if you want it to be EVEN healthier I make it with just frozen bananas, PB & almond milk-don’t need maple syrup or the cocoa

Susan

My mouth is watering, this looks delicious!

Cristina

This is SO delicious. I made it last night and I couldn’t believe how YUMMY it was. Thank you for posting this!

Michelle

Ummmm…. You did it again!!! Unreal!!! I didn’t have ice cubes so used frozen strawberries.
Amazing!! Thank you!!!!
-Michelle

Shelly,

I didn’t have enough banana so I put some yellow squash in mine. So yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

    Megan

    Great idea! That sounds delicious! 😉

Vicki

I stumbled upon your site tonight and decided to try this recipe. Everyone loved it! Thanks so much for the great recipes.

    Megan

    I’m so glad you all enjoyed it! 🙂

booturtle

What brand of natural peanut butter do you buy and do you keep in it in the fridge. Yours looks so creamy. Mine is so thick from keeping in the fridge I struggle to measure or spread it easily. I love the flavor but can only really use it on warm Ezekiel bread the best. Always looking for other brands to try.

    Megan

    The one pictured above is the organic brand from Whole Foods– it was freshly opened and stirred, which is why is looks so creamy. I do keep my peanut butter in the fridge, so it does get thick, but I think that actually helps the texture of the milkshake!

    When I’m making it on a regular basis, I’ll just use a normal spoon to measure (rather than a measuring cup), since it doesn’t have to be “exact” to turn out delicious! Hope you enjoy it!

Sarah Gillis

I just made this and it was delicious! I ran out of cocoa powder so I borrowed some of my husband’s chocolate protein powder and it was amazing! Thanks so much for sharing – I’m out to buy some ingredients to try some of your other recipes 🙂

Beccy

I made it with almond butter. It was amazingly good! Thanks!

Karen L K

I finally made this and is very good!! My blender struggled with the ice a bit but I just kept turning it off and shaking it or stirred it.

Reinette

I finally made this and all I can say: YUM!!! LOVE IT!! Thank you! 🙂

pat

i use a vitmix to blend ice milk shakess but have a hard time with it pushing everything above blades and having to stop and shake. how and what speeds do you recommend blending milk sahkes with ice?

    Megan

    I always start my shakes on the “low” setting– and use my tamper to keep everything moving. You can always add a bit of extra liquid, if needed, too!

Jennifer

Hi,
I have an allergy to bananas. Can you think of any replacements that would still give it the right texture and good flavor? I see one reader used squash. Maybe avocado would work, like your chococado recipe. 🙂 thanks!

    Megan

    I haven’t tried anything else with this particular recipe, so you’ll have to report back to us if you have any success! 🙂

Julie

I’ve been craving a shake for weeks, finally Googled it and your site popped up. This is my first time on your site. I just made and had some of the Chocolate PB shake and it filled my craving. I’d probably ditch the PB next time and increase the syrup or add some dates soaked in coconut water for a bit more sweetness.

Had a slight brain freeze :o) but it was worth it. Now on to make your Mac and cheese with broccoli and mushrooms.

Amanda

YUUUUUMMMMM.
I make this using organic soy and i leave out the salt and serve it to my husband and I after working out. With the potasaium and protein it’s a great muscle rejuvenation and snack!!

    Amanda

    I also cannot believe I spelled potassium like that.

Kayla

This milkshake is seriously amazing. I am trying to go sugar free (fruit OK)and I have been craving a chocolate milkshake. I made this without the maple syrup and with unsweetened coco powder. It was a single serving, so I used 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter and 1 tablespoon powdered peanut butter (bell plantation). To die for! I cannot believe I can have something that tastes this delicious on a sugar free diet! Thank you for posting!

Abbie

I make the same thing, but use a few dates for sweetness; I like it sith a little nutmeg in it, too. It’s a fave post-workout treat here!

Michael

Dec. 2012 – just made this, and it came out nice and smooth, with the right balance of chocolate and peanut butter. It was pretty darn close to the heavenly version I remember getting at the few places in NY City that offer a vegan chocolate peanut butter shake.

I used some chocolate soy milk I already had open, rather than almond milk, and backed off the cocoa powder just a bit, since my milk was already chocolate flavored. I used an ordinary blender, and the ice rattled around a bit, but was eventually all broken up smoothly into the shake. I only had crunchy organic peanut butter around, but had no nut bits at all – nice and smooth. I let my bananas thaw a bit first, and blended the ice in last.

I selected this over other recipes on the net, some of which called for dates, and am very pleased with it. Thanks for sharing this. I am curious as to what difference the one tsp of vanilla makes, and may try this without it sometime.

    Megan

    Glad you enjoyed it, Michael! I added the vanilla extract hoping it would mimic the flavor of vanilla ice cream, which I love in my milkshakes. I’m sure it will taste delicious without it, too!

Penny O

DE-licious!!! Really helping me with my intense craving for peanut butter cups!!

Tatiana

I just made this and it was delicious! This will be my go to guilt-free milkshake for those days I can’t help but give in to my cravings. Thank you.

Justine

Hi there

This looks delicious, as do all your recipes, but I am a little confused in relation to food combining – my understanding is that fruit should never be combined? Are bananas an exception? Or is it dependent on you? I am new to food combinig as its my last resort to deal with stomach bloating.
Thanks
Justine

Laura

I’ve been making a version of this smoothie for a while now, definitely one of my favorites. I also add ground flaxseed for the omega-3 fatty acids and lignans, the extra fiber doesn’t hurt either. 🙂

Chef Rachel

Wow! This looks fantastic! I’ve made something similar adding vanilla egg white protein or whey protein. I hadn’t used almond milk though. I plan to try it. Readers could replace the maple syrup with several drops of clear stevia liquid, added to taste. I love adding cinnamon or pie spice to banana smoothies!

You do a fantastic job of showcasing so many fabulous fruity and healthy recipes. I love your site!

Chef Rachel

Chef Rachel

Oh, this also works with macadamia, almond, or cashew butter for a variation or for someone who avoids peanuts.

nikita

ummm is it true that milk nullifies the antioxidant properties of cocoa powder?

    Megan

    I have heard that milk does cancel-out the benefits in coffee, so I imagine that it may have some effect on the benefits of cocoa as well. However, there are no conclusive studies that prove this theory either way at the moment.

    Luckily, all of my recipes are milk-free, so that’s not an issue for us!

Taira

Fabulous!!! Thank you for sharing!

Elissa B

Just made this to test out my brand-new Vitamix. It tastes great… a dessert without the guilt! Thanks for posting!

lilly

wow… i’ve just tried this, SOOOOOO DELICIOUS!!!! thank you for sharing your fantastic recipies

Anneli

Oh my word! Just tried this recipe this morning and it is delicious! New favourite combination. I usually don’t follow recipes but had to try this one. Glad I did! Thanks for sharing 🙂

Michelle

For those of you who don’t own a Vita Mixer, I have a Waring Pro blender that is much stronger than many conventional blenders. I’ve had mine for 12 years or more and had good success (though it’s nothing like a Vita Mix). I think I paid about $60 for it.

    Tiffany

    I don’t have a Vita Mixer either, I just used my Hamilton Beach food processor and it worked fine!! Creamy and smooth.

DonnaRocks

This was so freakin good and I did NOT use the maple syrup! I served in a frosted glass. Thank you Detoxinista!

Joe

I laid on the couch with my head tilted back for what felt like 5 minutes…just waiting for the last drop of this shake! It was thick, delicious, and rich. While I wouldn’t begin replacing meals with it, this chocolate peanut butter banana milkshake makes for a tasty treat you don’t have to feel guilty about. I’m about to go throw a couple more bananas in the freezer for round two, maybe a small pinch of cinnamon on the next one? Thanks for the recipe!

Angela

All I can say is DELICIOUS!!!! I have no guilt when I drink this shake and I actually feel a little more energized afterwards. I can’t get enough thanks so much for posting it!

Tracie

OMG I just made these and they are delicious!!! My 10-year-old loves them, too!

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