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This chocolate banana peanut butter smoothie is so delicious, you can have it for dessert! It is vegan, gluten-free, and super easy to make.
Why you’ll love it
This chocolate banana peanut butter smoothie is:
- Tasty enough for dessert!
- Super easy to make
- Made with only 5 ingredients
*Scroll down to the recipe box for quantities.
Here is everything you will need to make this chocolate banana peanut butter smoothie:
Frozen bananas: Frozen bananas will make this smoothie thick and creamy. Unfrozen bananas will not create the right texture, so your bananas must be frozen for this smoothie!
Cocoa powder: This is what will create a nice chocolatey taste in this smoothie!
Peanut butter: Of course we need peanut butter in this smoothie! I like to use a natural peanut butter that doesn’t have any ingredients other than peanuts.
Vanilla extract: Vanilla extract adds some nice flavor to this smoothie.
Oat milk: Oat milk is a great plant-based milk for this smoothie. It’s creamy and has a fairly neutral flavor so it doesn’t interfere with the taste of this delicious smoothie!
Maple syrup: This is an optional ingredient that you can add if you want your smoothie to be a bit sweeter.
Pre-freeze your bananas. To freeze your bananas, I recommend peeling them first, then chopping them into pieces.
If you have a high powered blender, you can chop your bananas into 3 or 4 pieces each, but if you don’t have a powerful blender, you can slice your bananas into several pieces. Make sure you pay attention to approximately how many slices equal one whole banana. This will help when you are making recipes, to know how many slices you need to use.
Then layer the pieces in a container, separating each layer with parchment paper to prevent the pieces from sticking to each other.
Seal the container and place in the freezer.
If you make a lot of smoothies, I recommend freezing many bananas like this and keeping containers of frozen banana stocked in your freezer!
Start with less milk. If you like your smoothies thick and creamy like I do, make sure you don’t add too much milk.
I like to start with less and slowly add more until I can get things blended.
Adjustments and substitutions
Maple syrup is optional. You may find that this smoothie is sweet enough just from the bananas, but if you want it to be sweeter, add a tablespoon of maple syrup.
You can also try using something else to sweeten this smoothie. A couple of Medjool dates would be a great addition, but if you choose to do this I recommend soaking the dates in hot water first to soften them before blending.
You can try a different milk. I like using oat milk for this recipe, but a different milk such as almond milk or cashew milk would also work.
Adjust cocoa powder and peanut butter to your liking. If you want your smoothie to be a bit more chocolatey, add a bit more cocoa powder. You can also add some more peanut butter if desired. Smoothies are very easy to adjust!
More dessert smoothies
If you love this chocolate banana peanut butter smoothie, check out these other dessert smoothies:
- Banana Cinnamon Smoothie
- Banana Peanut Butter Date Smoothie
- Chocolate Cherry Smoothie
- Avocado Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothie
- Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
- 1 ½ frozen bananas
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 ½ tablespoons peanut butter
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cups oat milk
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- Freeze bananas if not already frozen.
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
Add maple syrup if you want your smoothie to be a bit sweeter.