Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Thank you to Sprouts Farmers' Market for sponsoring this post.

After two weeks away, during which time I did very little cooking but plenty of eating, it’s satisfying to come home to restock the pantry and reboot healthy eating. I’m not talking about a post-holiday crash diet or a New Year’s Day detox. It’s more a matter of reconnecting to healthy habits, such as drinking less wine and eating more vegetables. For me, resetting a balanced plate has everything to do with how I start off my morning.  That first meal sets the tone for day, which is where this Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie comes in.

Honey and other ingredients for chocolate smoothies

Gather your Goods

I headed to my local Sprouts Farmers Market to gather the ingredients, which include unsweetened cocoa powder, milk, vanilla, honey, banana, spinach, and peanut powder. I opted for peanut powder here instead of peanut butter to minimize the calories while still delivering plenty of protein and peanut flavor. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of nut butters and the healthy fats they deliver, but appreciate that two tablespoons of peanut powder has just 45 calories instead of 190 in peanut butter.

Blend it Up

Run all these goodies through your blender with plenty of ice and what results is a creamy smoothie that packs a nutritious punch. When made with one percent cow’s milk, each glass has 16 grams of protein, calcium, folic acid, antioxidants, and all the nutrients that come along with fresh spinach. I like to start with 1/2 cup of spinach and scale up from there, packing in as much as suits your tastebuds. This healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie makes a satisfying light meal with about 300 calories per glass, or a tasty mid-morning or after school snack when divided into two servings.

For more smoothie inspiration, check out this Blueberry Superfood Smoothie or one of my all-time favorites, Creamy Dreamy Banana Date Shake. 

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Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Here's proof that healthy and tasty go hand-in-hand. When made with 1 percent milk, this creamy smoothie packs 16 grams of protein and one-half cup of spinach into every glass. Feel free to add more spinach, as desired, or try it with baby kale instead. Enjoy it all to yourself as a light meal for about 300 calories. Or divide it into two glasses to share as a wholesome snack that comes in at just 150 calories a serving.
Course Breakfast, Snack
Prep Time 3 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 325 kcal
Author katiemorford

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk (cow's milk or plant-based milk)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut powder (see notes)
  • 1 tablespoon Sprouts unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons Sprouts honey
  • 1 small frozen banana , sliced
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed baby spinach
  • 3 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Put all of the ingredients into a blender and run until frothy and smooth with no obvious flecks of spinach. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

You'll find peanut powder sold alongside peanut butter in Sprouts Farmers Markets and other stores.

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Comments

01.04.2017 at 9:58 AM #

Mandy Enright

You make me jealous we don’t have Sprouts on the east coast yet! This recipe is perfect – anything with chocolate & PB is an automatic winner!

01.04.2017 at 9:58 AM #

katiemorford

Hopefully they will be coming your way soon…it’s such a great market and super affordable.

01.04.2017 at 3:40 PM #

ADRIEN PACZOSA

This looks like a delicious way to start the day! Thank you for posting!

01.25.2017 at 9:29 PM #

Jen

Do you have the nutrition info on this recipe?

01.25.2017 at 9:29 PM #

katiemorford

Hi Jen, For one serving, it’s 302 calories, 16 grams protein, 5 grams fiber, 12 grams added sugar (from honey), 32 percent of daily calcium.

07.11.2017 at 12:21 AM #

Donna @ Healthy Food Tribe

Hi Katie, love this recipe, so much so that I’ve included it in my list of favorite protein smoothie recipes. Thanks for sharing!
Donna

03.06.2018 at 3:35 PM #

Alison

Looks yummy! Is there a difference between peanut powder and powdered peanut butter?

03.06.2018 at 3:35 PM #

katiemorford

Same thing!

04.09.2018 at 8:03 PM #

amabelle

i made this for little m this morning and she loved it! we’re trying the overnight oats for tomorrow morning! thanks, katie!

04.09.2018 at 8:03 PM #

katiemorford

Oh good! Hope little m likes the oats 🙂

09.03.2018 at 9:12 AM #

Jen

This was such a yummy alternative to my usual berry & banana smoothie that I make for myself and my teen!

10.18.2018 at 5:47 PM #

Loren Y.

This recipe is so delicious!!! Great way to get some greens and have it taste like a dessert. <3 Thank you!!! 🙂

10.18.2018 at 5:47 PM #

katiemorford

Thank you. I agree!

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