This Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie tastes delicious and makes a great filling breakfast drink or post-workout snack. It is gluten free and can be made vegan. For a fun twist you can make it in 2 layers.
This post is sponsored by Naked Nutrition. I love using Naked PB peanut powder in smoothies, because it dissolves quickly and adds protein as well as delicious peanut flavor without added sugar.
When it comes to quick breakfasts, nothing beats the ease of a smoothie. They are quick to make, drink, and clean up. And of course it doesn't hurt that this version basically tastes like a chocolate peanut butter cup.
For another chocolate protein idea, check out these Protein Powder Brownies too.
Ingredients and Substitutions
Here are the ingredients I use for my layered chocolate protein shake with peanut butter. And some possible alternatives
- ripe banana - previously frozen
- milk - any kind; I like vanilla almond milk
- peanut butter - Naked PB peanut powder makes it super easy to incorporate
- sweetener of choice - honey, maple syrup, medjool date; optional especially if the protein powder is sweetened already
- chocolate protein powder - unflavored or vanilla flavor protein powder works too
- cocoa powder - unsweetened
- flax meal - or chia seeds; optional - I like to use it for extra fiber and added nutritional value
- ice cubes
See recipe box below for detailed measurements.
You could simply blend all ingredients together until smooth and no chunks remains. But if you like the two-layer look, follow these steps:
Blend banana, milk, ice, peanut butter, optional sweetener and flax meal until smooth.
Pour half of the peanut butter smoothie into a tall glass. Try to avoid the sides.
To the remaining smoothie in the blender add the chocolate protein powder and cocoa powder. Blend to incorporate.
Now pour the chocolate smoothie over the peanut shake. Pour over the back of a spoon to soften the stream and create a distinct line between the layers.
Yes! In this recipe the 3 tablespoons of peanut butter powder add a whopping 10 grams of protein to the smoothie.
It depends on the specific protein powder used. It ranges from 25-35 grams
Yes, I use cocoa powder in this chocolate peanut butter smoothie to emphasize the chocolate flavor.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie
- 1 banana frozen
- ½ cup ice cubes
- ¾ cup milk of choice I like vanilla almond milk
- 3 tablespoons Naked PB peanut powder
- 1 tablespoon honey maple syrup or a date; optional - omit with sweetened protein powder
- 1 tablespoon ground flax or chia seeds
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder unsweetened
- For a regular smoothie just blend all ingredients together until smooth, sprinkle with a little more ground flax or chia and serve right away.
- For a layered smoothie, first blend together frozen banana, ice cubes, milk, peanut butter powder, honey (optional), and ground flax or chia. Fill half of the mixture into a glass and set aside.1 banana, ½ cup ice cubes, ¾ cup milk of choice, 3 tablespoons Naked PB peanut powder, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon ground flax
- Add chocolate protein powder and cocoa powder to the remaining smoothie mix in the blender. Pulse a few times to combine, then carefully layer the 2 smoothie mixes into a serving glass. Pouring over the back of a spoon helps to create distinct layers.1 scoop chocolate protein powder, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- Sprinkle with flax meal or chia seeds and serve right away.
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