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This chocolate peanut butter smoothie bowl is so indulgent, it’s perfect as a dessert! It is dairy-free, vegan, and gluten-free, and super quick and easy to whip up for a treat.
The combination of chocolate and peanut butter is classic and delicious, and it works well will frozen banana for this smoothie bowl.
Frozen bananas: Must be frozen for a smooth and creamy texture!
Peanut butter: I recommend natural peanut butter, with no added oil or sugar.
Cocoa powder: To get that chocolate taste!
Plant-based milk: I like using oat milk or almond milk.
Maple syrup: Optional, but great for added sweetness.
Vanilla extract: Optional
How to make
Making a smoothie bowl is very straightforward and easy.
The first thing you will need to do is peel and freeze your bananas. It’s best to chop them too so that they will blend more easily.
Then, simply add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. You will likely need to stop and scrape down the sides several times to get things completely blended.
Add more milk slowly if you have trouble getting things blended, but don’t make it too thin!
- Peel your bananas before freezing. You can also chop them before freezing, although it is quite easy to chop bananas with a sharp knife straight out of the freezer.
- Use a food processor if you want your smoothie bowl to be super thick. I find a food processor is more able to get things blended with less liquid, even compared to a high-powered blender like a Vitamix.
- Do not add too much milk! Because I use a high-powered food processor, I am able to make this smoothie bowl with only about 3 tablespoons of milk. If you need more, add one additional tablespoon at a time. If you add too much, your smoothie bowl will get too thin.
Adjustments and substitutions
- You can use cocoa powder or cacao powder for this recipe. The same amount for either will be fine.
- You can use any type of milk you like, but make sure you use a plant-based milk if you want your smoothie bowl to be vegan. I prefer to use oat milk or almond milk, but other milks will work as well. You just need something to get the smoothie bowl blended. Make sure you don’t use a milk with a super overpowering taste though.
- I like using 1 ½ tablespoons of peanut butter for this recipe, but you can add a bit more if you’d like. Some people like 2 tablespoons, but I am fine with a bit less to lower the calories.
- Maple syrup is listed as an optional ingredient. This smoothie bowl is naturally sweetened by the banana, and that may be plenty sweet for you. But if you want some added sweetness, add a tablespoon of maple syrup.
- Vanilla extract is also optional. Just omit if you don’t want any or don’t have any.
Smoothie bowls don’t need toppings, but they are fun to add and so tasty! Here are some topping ideas:
- Chopped peanuts (or any other nuts)
- Fresh fruit (banana slices, strawberry slices, blueberries)
- Shredded coconut
- Chopped chocolate
- Chocolate sauce
- Granola (you can try this peanut butter granola)
More smoothie bowls
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1 ½ - 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons plant-based milk (or more as necessary)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
- Ensure your frozen banana is peeled and chopped before blending. Chopping will make it easier to blend.
- Add all ingredients to a food processor or high-powered blender and blend until smooth. See notes for adding more milk if necessary.
I like to use oat milk or almond milk for this smoothie bowl. I only use 3 tablespoons of milk, which works fine in my food processor. I like my smoothie bowls very thick, so you may need more to get things blended in a blender. Add one additional tablespoon at a time so that you don’t add too much. Too much liquid will make your smoothie bowl too thin.