Peanut Butter Smoothie No Banana recipe is rich, thick and creamy. It’s also got a ton of fiber, protein and anti oxidants. I put the peanut butter in the smoothie not the banana because I had a taste for a smoothie. Peanut butter is great, but it’s even better with bananas because it gives a unique flavor. Peanuts are also rich in protein and like bananas, they can give you some energy. Let me show you how I made this delicious desert.
peanut butter smoothie without banana
This delicious and thick peanut butter smoothie includes only 5 simple ingredients and is made without bananas!
why you’ll love this recipe
- It’s thick, creamy and ready within 5 minutes.
- It includes some healthy fats as well as plant-based protein.
- It’s a great breakfast option or healthy treat that will satisfy your sweet tooth.
ingredients & substitution notes
- Natural Peanut Butter: We always use natural peanut butter that consists of 100% peanuts. There might be a little bit of salt added which is fine but try to opt for peanut butter without any added oil or sugar. Choose organic peanut butter if you like. Could be replaced by almond butter or cashew butter but the taste will be different!
- Milk of Choice: Choose a plant milk such as soy milk or almond milk or even oat milk for a vegan smoothie. You could also use regular milk though.
- Dates: We prefer using Medjool dates for this recipe because of their ultra gooey texture and caramel-like flavors. If you can’t find any, regular small dates will work as well but you’ll need almost double the amount.
- Ground Flax Seeds: They add some healthy fats as well as texture and help make the smoothie thick and creamy. Can be replaced by chia seeds.
- Ice Cubes: Because there’s no frozen banana added, we use ice cubes to achieve a creamy texture.
how to make peanut butter smoothie without banana
You’ll need a good blender to make this smoothie because of the dense texture of the dates. I prefer using a high-speed blender like a Vitamix.
step 1: blend
Simply throw all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Start by adding the milk first, then add all of the remaining ingredients.
If your dates aren’t soft, make sure to soak them in very hot water for about 10 minutes.
step 2: transfer to a glass
Transfer the smoothie to a glass or to a bottle if you want to take it with you and enjoy it later.
- Protein Powder: Add some additional protein by adding your favorite protein powder. We usually use a vegan protein powder blend that includes all of the essential amino acids but you could use any protein powder of choice.
- Cacao Powder: To add some chocolate flavors, add a teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder.
- Yogurt: A tablespoon of plain greek yogurt or any non-dairy yogurt of choice adds some extra nutrients and creaminess.
- Strawberries: Peanut butter and strawberries make an amazing combination. Add in a couple of frozen or fresh strawberries for a delicious strawberry peanut butter smoothie.
- Oats: Add a tablespoon of oats to create an even thicker smoothie.
- Peanut Butter: Opt for a creamy peanut butter with no added sugar or oils such as vegetable oil or trans fats!
- Dates: If you can, choose Medjool dates! Their caramel-like flavors and gooey textures are amazing in smoothies. Also make sure that you’re using soft dates. If they aren’t soak them in very hot water for about 10 minutes before using them.
This smoothie tastes best when enjoyed right away! It can be stored in a bottle or mason jar with a lid for about 1 day but the texture won’t be the same.
Do I need a banana in my smoothie?
Bananas, when blended add sweetness as well as a creamy texture which is why they are a popular ingredient in smoothies. You could achieve both, natural sweetness as well as creaminess without the addition of a banana though.
What can I use instead of bananas in smoothies?
Dates make an amazing natural sweetener in smoothies instead of bananas. Other fruits such as berries also work well but they are not as sweet as bananas or dates. You could also try using apple sauce or maple syrup.
Is peanut butter healthy?
Make sure to use natural peanut butter that consists of 100% peanuts! Natural peanut butter is a good source of Vitamin E, B3, B6 and Manganese. Peanuts are also high in fat and protein. 2 tablespoons of peanut butter include about 9 grams of protein
Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
A thick, creamy, chocolaty smoothie without bananas
The perfect meal replacement or dessert, this indulgent chocolate peanut butter smoothie is thick and creamy without using bananas! It’s easy to customize with your favorite nutritional add in’s.
Smoothie recipes are a great option when you have limited time in the mornings for breakfast. Whether you have a chocolate craving for this chocolate peanut butter smoothie or wanting something berry flavored like a raspberry smoothie or a hydrating cucumber smoothie, it’s a quick meal you can enjoy on the go.
The chocolate peanut butter smoothie is low in sugar, packed full of nutrition and superfoods – and we didn’t have to use a frozen banana to help thicken the smoothie. Bananas are high in sugar. One banana can have up to 25 g of carbohydrates which is equivalent to 6 teaspoons of sugar!
Instead to add creaminess, we use an avocado. Avocados are very low in carbohydrates and full of fiber, potassium and healthy monounsaturated fats. So they will help keep you hydrated, keep you regular and keep you full longer.
To achieve that rich chocolate flavor in our keto smoothie recipe, we add Cacao Bliss which is a raw cacao powder blended with superfoods.
Cacao Bliss isn’t your average raw cacao powder. It has a blend of superfoods in it. Like cinnamon (to help regulate sugars and for gut support), turmeric (for inflammation), black pepper (to increase the bioavailability of the turmeric), Himalayan salt (for balancing pH levels), lucuma (to help with the body’s repair mechanisms), coconut nectar (a prebiotic for gut health).
It gives a unique flavor to your healthy smoothie that tastes better than regular cocoa powder. It has been my #1 addition to smoothies since I have been using it and I’m also addicted to adding it to my coffee in the morning.
How to make a chocolate smoothie
- Add ice, avocado, creamy peanut butter, vanilla extract, nut milk (like unsweetened almond milk, macadamia nut milk, soy milk) and unsweetened cocoa powder or Cacao Bliss to a blender.
- Blend until smoothie.
Key ingredients & swaps
- Ice – To help cool our smoothie because nobody likes a warm smoothie.
- Avocado – Instead of using banana, we use avocado as a thickener. It makes the smoothie thick and creamy without the sugar. Avocado has a neutral flavor. Don’t worry, you can even taste it!
- Peanut butter – Look for an all-natural peanut butter that has no additional sugar or fillers. Ideally, it should say 100% peanuts on the ingredients label. If you don’t want to use peanuts or have a nut allergy, you can omit the nuts. Nut butters like almond butter, cashew butter, macadamia nut butter work well in this recipe too. Peanut butter powder can also be used in this smoothie recipe.
- Cocoa powder – I used a raw cacao powder blend from Cacao Bliss; however, unsweetened cocoa powder will work as well.
- Vanilla – For the hint of vanilla flavor.
- Nut milk – The vessel for our smoothie, you can choose any nut milk you like. I use macadamia nut milk; however, almond milk or coconut milk will work too. Oat milk is higher in carbohydrates so I avoid it.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Ingredients
- 1/2 cup ice
- 50 grams avocado (1/2 medium avocado)
- 1 scoop Cacao Bliss or 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon sugar free sweetener, if using unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup nut milk
Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Directions
1Add ingredients to blenderTo a blender, add in ice, avocado, Cacao Bliss or unsweetened cocoa powder, peanut butter, sweetener (if using unsweetened cocoa powder), vanilla extract, nut milk.Quick Tip
If you are using Cacao Bliss, there is no need to add additional sweetener as it is already sweetened with monk fruit.
2BlendBlend until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!
Just like Jamba Juice or Smoothie King, you can add some nutritional enhancers to your smoothie. If you are using Cacao Bliss, you are already adding loads of healthy superfoods to the mix but here are some other add-in nutrients you may consider:
- Protein powder: This smoothie already has almost 10 grams of protein per serving but for additional protein, just add a scoop of protein powder. A chocolate protein powder could be used in place of the unsweetened cocoa powder.
- Hemp hearts: An excellent source of magnesium and Linoleic acid to help reduce cholesterol.
- Chia seeds: These help keep you full as they absorb water in the gut, creating bulk.
- MCT oil: For brain health and energy, MCT oil is often using on the keto diet for focus and a source of fuel.
- Maca powder: For energy, libido, calcium and mood. Maca is a great addition to your morning routine.
If you are looking for the best smoothie blender, I recommend investing in a Blendtec blender or a Vitamix.
I have had my Blendtec for over 10 years and it still blends as well as the first day I got it. The blend doesn’t every dull because it relies on it’s high powered motor to pulverize food. There is a reason why both Starbucks and Jamba Juice use Blendtec to make their Frappuccinos and Jamba Juice Smoothies.
Storage information & meal prep
Smoothies are always best enjoyed right away. Otherwise they start to separate an the ice starts to melt.
If you do want to save time in the morning, you can meal prep smoothies. I find it easiest to add your ingredients to a freezer safe bag (I prefer silicone bags) and freeze them.
For this smoothie, freeze the avocado, peanut butter, vanilla and cocoa powder. Add to your blender and pour in your nut milk. Blend until smooth. You can omit the ice as everything is already frozen.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie: FAQS
Is peanut butter good for you in smoothies?
Peanut butter is a healthy fat; however, you do want to consume only a moderate amount. A few tablespoons of this nut butter is the ideal amount.
Do I have to add ice?
If none of your other ingredients are frozen, then I recommend ice so that your smoothie is cold. If you are using frozen avocado, you don’t need ice.
CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER SMOOTHIE RECIPE WITH NO BANANA
Next time you need a substantial snack or healthy treat, try this chocolate peanut butter smoothie made with no banana. It’s super thick, delicious, and packed with healthy fats and protein.
Fruit smoothies are my family’s most requested recipe, but nothing compares when it comes to this chocolate peanut butter smoothie. A scoop of peanut butter and Greek yogurt provides added protein and flavor my kids love to sip through a straw.
CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER SMOOTHIE INGREDIENTS
Only five ingredients, including ice, are needed to make this dessert-like smoothie. Let’s run down the list of ingredients you’ll need:
- Chocolate milk, dairy or non-dairy
- Plain Greek yogurt
- Natural, creamy peanut butter
- Maple syrup or honey
Like most smoothie recipes, you can customize this one to the needs of your family
HOW TO MAKE A CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER SMOOTHIE WITHOUT BANANA
Making delicious smoothies is a one-step process, and the blender does all the work. It goes a little like this:
Add all the ingredients to a blender in the order listed. Blend until smooth.
*Starting with liquids first and adding solid ingredients will ensure any smoothie recipe blends even and smooth.
Transfer the smoothie to a glass or to-go cup and sip away!
The best part is that I can put all of the ingredients in my blender the night before and store it in the fridge or make smoothie freezer packs, so in the morning, all I have to do is blend, and it’s ready to go!