Enjoy a Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie when the afternoon slump hits and you feel the need for a quick pick-me-up. All clean ingredients including bananas, dates, and cacao.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie
A Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie in the afternoon is quite simply a lifesaver for me.
No matter how well I have been eating, 3 pm rolls around, and that afternoon slump hits.
You know the one where your body starts screaming for coffee or sugar, or even worse coffee AND sugar, and there is nothing you can do to stop it?
This is my something that stops it.
Simple, Whole Ingredients
Normally I would never post a recipe for a smoothie given that I never follow smoothie recipes myself.
I usually just dump whatever I have at hand into the blender and hope for the best.
But this Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie is a little bit different and I feel the need to share.
You are going to need:
- frozen bananas
- almond milk
- mejdool date
- cocoa powder
- chia seeds
- hemp seeds
- natural peanut butter
- vanilla extract
- ice cubes
It's a little bit of a list, but hopefully all ingredients you will have on hand.
See below for some tips and substitutions for ingredients.
A Note On Ingredients
If you don't have frozen bananas, then go on ahead and use fresh bananas, simply add more ice to make sure it's a nice cold smoothie.
I use almond milk as I always have some on hand, and I like the creaminess it adds to a smoothie, without causing bloating.
You can easily sub for any other milk of choice, try:
- regular cows milk
- oat milk
- soy milk
- macadamia milk
- rice milk
Just please note, these milks may change how creamy the smoothie turns out, especially something like rice milk.
Mejdool dates are best. These are the bigger, stickier dates (like these ones) and they will give your smoothie a nice caramel undertone.
You will find them in little containers or big boxes in the fruit and veggie section of most supermarkets.
If you can’t find them you can always sub in some neglet or noor dates, although you will have to soak them in warm water for 5 mins, drain and then use them in the recipe to ensure they blend properly without warming up the smoothie from too much blending.
This is one ingredient that can tend to have a lot of added sugar, so be sure to check the ingredient list if this is something you are avoiding.
Although it can be more expensive, raw cacao powder is also a great option, and one that I usually use.
Chia and Hemp Seeds
These are not absolutely necessary for the smoothie, they simply add a little bit more goodness.
Please note that chia seeds thicken the smoothie so be sure to drink once made.
If you do not drink it straight away you may find that it thickens up considerably.
If this is the case, simply add some more water, or nut milk of choice and give the smoothie (with the lid on) a good shake until it reaches the desired consistency.
How To Serve and What To Do With Leftovers
Drink this Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie as is straight away so that it is icy cold and delicious.
This also works wonderfully as a dessert!
More ways to serve up your smoothie or any leftovers:
- mix with extra chia seeds and leave for at least 5 minutes to thicken up and you have a peanut butter cup smoothie chia pudding
- mix leftovers with some oats and some extra almond milk and pop into the fridge overnight. The next day you will have a great Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie Oat Bowl without any effort on your part.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie
- 2 small frozen bananas
- ¾ cup almond milk
- 1 large pitted mejdool date diced
- 2 tbsps cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- ¼ cup natural peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 8 ice cubes
- Pop everything into a high speed blender and process until smooth and creamy
- Serve and enjoy