This chocolate peanut butter smoothie is a delicious blend of peanut butter, cocoa powder and milk with a secret ingredient - uncooked zucchini - instead of banana to add nutrition and frosty thickness. A frosty chocolate peanut butter shake with 5 ingredients in 5 minutes.
This chocolate peanut butter smoothie recipe is banana-free, and a powerhouse of protein, energy and nutrition, and satisfies your sweet tooth! You'll never taste the zucchini and yet it adds a wonderful thick quality to the texture.
If you enjoy chocolate milkshakes, this chocolate peanut butter smoothie will be your new favorite beverage! Like in my chocolate smoothie, chocolate zucchini smoothie, and even in my chocolate beet smoothie, you'll find a hidden veggie surprise. Prefer banana in your smoothies? Try my banana smoothie without yogurt.
Why You'll Love This
- Rich peanut butter flavor
- Perfect grab-and-go protein shake
- Tastes like a healthy milkshake
- Kid-friendly & non-vegan approved
- Easy to customize with add-ins
- Chocolate dessert for breakfast
- Dairy-free, vegan and refined sugar-free
- Peanut Butter - Use a creamy peanut butter, and a healthy natural brand, where the only ingredients are nuts and no added sugar. Adds protein more naturally than your favorite protein powder.
- Cocoa Powder - Use unsweetened cocoa powder. High in magnesium which supports sleep and digestion. You can also use cacao powder but might need more dates.
- Chocolate chips - Adding melted chocolate chips adds both a richer chocolate flavor and sweetener depending on how sweet your chips are. I use Enjoylife mini chips which are about 60% cacao.
- Zucchini - Wash, chop and freeze. No peeling if you buy organic. This veggie is naturally fiber-rich and and high in manganese, lutein, and vitamins A and C — all nutrients which contribute to healthy vision. You'll need to freeze to allow for a thicker smoothie, although the smoothie can be made with room temperature raw zucchini.
- Milk & Ice - Add milk and ice, or if you have time, freeze your milk in ice cube trays for a thicker shake.
- Dates or Maple Syrup. These are optional to sweeten. To soften dates, drop them in just-boiled water for 2 minutes before pitting and then adding to the smoothie ingredients. If your chocolate chips are sweet enough, you won't need this addition.
- Additional Chocolate chips - Melted to drizzle inside the glass, although this is optional.
Tips & Substitutions
1.If your peanut butter seems chunky and dry, you can first microwave if for 30 seconds and stir until smooth before adding it to the blender.
2.Instead of raw chopped zucchini to thicken, use frozen riced cauliflower. Steaming both the zucchini and cauliflower first is also fine, just be sure to allow both vegetable to cool before using.
3. If you opt for a sweetener, instead of dates or maple syrup other options include applesauce, coconut nectar, agave, and honey if you aren't vegan. Stevia is a plant-based artificial sweetener.
Step by Step Instructions
For the full ingredient measurements and detailed instructions, scroll down to view the recipe card at the bottom of the page.
Step 1. Prep by washing and chopping zucchini, and melt the chocolate chips at 60 seconds in the microwave. Streak a teaspoonful on the inside of the glass.
Step 2. Blend all the ingredients until they are smooth and creamy. For a touch of caramel flavor, add a teaspoon of vanilla extract. If the peanut butter seems chunky and dry, you can first microwave if for 30 seconds and stir until smooth before adding it to the blender.
Step 3. Pour it into the glass and taste. If it needs sweetener, add softened dates and blend again, or add maple syrup to taste, probably 2 tablespoons.
Make it a smoothie bowl. Leave off the milk to make this chocolate peanut butter smoothie into a smoothie bowl. You might have to add a few tablespoons into the blender to get it going, but you are after a thick, soft serve texture to don't add to much.
Add mix-ins or toppings:
- Fruit: Add fresh sliced fruit such as kiwi, fresh berries, chopped pears or apples.
- Coconut: Sprinkle coconut flakes or shreds on top for added fiber, or dob on spoonfuls of fiber-rich coconut butter.
- Chocolate: Sprinkle quality chocolate chips or chocolate bar shards for added crunch. Use stevia sweetened chocolate chips for a sugar-free option.
- Nut butter: Spoon or drizzle some nut butter for added protein, or tahini or sunflower seed butter to go nut free.
- Granola: Granola sprinkled on top adds another level of crunch.
- Nuts & Seeds: Add peanuts, almonds, pecans, walnuts, or cashews. Or
- hemp seeds, chia seeds, flaxseeds, and pumpkin seeds.
- Freeze-dried fruit: I've recently discovered how tasty adding dried fruit is to smoothies, smoothie bowls, even ice cream and yogurt. Think dried blueberries, cranberries, Goji berries, or even raisins.
Peanut butter is full of protein, heart healthy fats and fiber, and adds a delicious nut flavor to your smoothie. For optimum nutrition, use natural peanut butter, the kind with only nuts, salt and oil in the ingredients, and no added sugar or other additives.
The best way to keep a smoothie thick is to reduce the liquid, and be sure to have at least one thickening ingredient such as avocado, zucchini, frozen banana, mango, or even chia seeds. If not vegan, use greek yogurt, or find a thick plant-based yogurt such as coconut or cashew.
The typical recipe is about 360 calories. This recipe, using zucchini and dates is under 300 calories yet still lush and decadent chocolate shake.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie (no banana)
- ½ cup milk I used dairy free. If possible, freeze in ice cube trays prior night
- ½ cup zucchini raw, chopped, not peeled, organic
- 2 tablespoon peanut butter or any nut butter
- 2 tablespoon cocoa powder
- ½ cup chocolate chips, melted use a teaspoon to streak the inside of jar
- 1-3 dates soaked 2 minutes in just boiled water and pitted, or use 2 tbsps of maple syrup
- Melt the chocolate chips for 60 seconds in the microwave. Add most to the blender, but use some to streak the inside of the jar with the back of a spoon.½ cup chocolate chips, melted
- Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. If you want it thicker or colder, add ice. If you want it thinner, add more milk. For a touch of caramel flavor, add a teaspoon of vanilla extract.½ cup milk, ½ cup zucchini, 2 tablespoon peanut butter, 2 tablespoon cocoa powder
- Taste test for sweetness and add dates or maple syrup if needed.1-3 dates
- Drink right away to enjoy the frosty texture. Or store refrigerated for 24 hours, or pour into ice cube trays and freeze to blend another day.