Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

It might seem a stretch to call a chocolate smoothie a “smoothie.” Shouldn’t it be a milkshake instead?

But this one actually does manage to be reasonably healthy.

Also, whenever I have a milkshake, I think “Why am I even drinking this? I’d rather just eat a bowl of ice cream, if I’m going to consume this much ice cream. I like ice cream MORE than a milkshake.”

Whereas, I definitely don’t enjoy a spoonful of peanut butter more than I enjoy this smoothie (although I do enjoy a spoonful of peanut butter, let’s be honest).

Ella asks on a daily basis if we can make this. So two thumbs up from the toddler department. And the mama department.


Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

(adapted from A Beautiful Mess)
Course Breakfast, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 or 1 large serving
Author Janssen Bradshaw


  • 2/3 cup coconut milk frozen into ice cubes
  • 1/2 a large frozen ripe banana or 1 small frozen banana
  • 1 cup plain or Greek yogurt preferably full-fat
  • 2 T creamy peanut butter
  • 2 T cocoa powder not the baking kind, but the kind you make hot chocolate with
  • 1 T chocolate nibs or chocolate chips optional
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup coconut milk or regular milk


  1. Place all ingredients in the blender except for the coconut or regular milk. Start the blender and slowly add as much of the milk as you need. I try to add as little as possible so that my smoothie is really thick (I like it to be just thinner than a Wendy's Frosty). Blend until smooth.
  2. Drink up!



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  • Reply Ash January 30, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    I am definitely making this… Thanks! (Although I won't possibly be able to look as adorable as Ella while eating it 🙂

  • Reply Chrissie January 30, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Ooh, this looks delicious!

  • Reply Laura H January 30, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    I do a version of this recipe but use Almond Milk and instead of cocoa/nips I just use Cacao. I may or may not be addicted to this drink……I can stop whenever I want……….???

  • Reply Emily Kate January 31, 2013 at 12:15 am

    I'm glad you posted your version of this because I bought the stuff a couple weekends ago and then was stuck because how much coconut milk should I freeze, etc? You solved my problems (and eliminated the weird ingredients.)

  • Reply Lindsay January 31, 2013 at 3:29 am

    This looks so yummy — and how cute is your little girl? I love kids with blue eyes, and I'm secretly hoping mine have blue eyes. 🙂

  • Reply C January 31, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    I LOVE smoothies, and so does my 3-year-old. Any smoothie with chocolate will surely be a winner with both of us 🙂 she also adores fruit smoothies (especially when any kind of berries are involved) and I do sneak in some kale or spinach sometimes to get her to eat her greens, and she still loves it. I don't think I'll do that with this smoothie because I foresee making this as a healthy dessert for us 🙂

  • Reply megan February 4, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    I keep trying to think of ways to add healthful fats to my kids' diets. Especially the super skinny middle child's. . . Thanks! Looks delicious.

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