Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Smoothie Recipe

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chocolate peanut butter banana oatmeal smoothie by Pamela Salzman

Most of the time we just call this the Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie.  Mr. Picky says it’s his new favorite and he is usually the one to make it.  You should see how many bananas I have to buy to keep up with the acai bowls, banana “ice cream” and the new favorite CPBBO Smoothie.  Most cashiers at the grocery store either look at me funny or can’t resist asking me what I am going to do with 6 bunches of bananas.

Banana mania

I was going to wait a while before I posted another banana recipe, but Mr. Picky asked if I would put up this smoothie so his friends’ moms could have it, too.  Cute.  Smoothies and acai bowls are his favorite after-school snack.  I taught him how to safely work the blender and the Vitamix and as long as I’m in close proximity, he’s welcome to give it a go.  As opposed to his teenage sisters, who think making a smoothie is too much work.  Yawn.  I told my daughter who is a junior in high school that she needs to change her attitude that spending 5 minutes to make a snack is hard labor.  What is she going to do when she’s (we hope) living away from home in college?  And then I said those awful words that made me sound like my parents.  C’mon, all together now, “when I was your age…”  Yeah, anything that comes after that is going to get the big old eye roll.  But really, wouldn’t you have DIED to have a Vitamix when you were a teenager??  Or frozen acai puree??  Or an iPad which pulled up thousands of recipes AND videos?  Can we just talk about smart phones for a second?  What about the fact that I went to college with a typewriter.  A typewriter.

frozen bananas

Yep, and that’s why it’s usually just Mr. Picky and myself in the kitchen making smoothies and acai bowls.  Which is fine, because I’m soooooo annoying.  OMG.

raw cacao powder

What’s cool about smoothies is that you really don’t need a recipe.  We completely eyeball it every time.  And Mr. Picky has no idea that I am so on to him that he uses chocolate syrup instead of cacao powder in this smoothie when he thinks I’m not looking.  I’m annoying and flexible at the same time.  I really don’t care if he squirts a little chocolate syrup in his smoothie if it’s for an after school snack, although we all know that the same antioxidants in raw chocolate don’t apply to Hershey bars or chocolate syrup.  Just saying.

everything into the blender, ice on top

But if you did want this for breakfast, I think it’s a perfectly good way to start the day, provided that it’s not the middle of winter.  I have a thing about not giving the kids or me really cold stuff first thing in the morning, especially if the weather is cold.  It’s just too hard on the digestive system and kids have weaker digestion than adults.  But back to nutrients, there’s great protein, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates in this smoothie so you could use this as a meal replacement.  Feel free to adjust the flavors to your liking or add protein powder or spinach or ground flax seeds.  This is just a guideline.  Normally, Mr. Picky and I taste whatever is in the blender and then add a little extra peanut butter or sweetener or chocolate.

chocolate peanut butter banana oatmeal smoothie by Pamela Salzmanchocolate peanut butter banana oatmeal smoothie by Pamela Salzman

Also awesome if you like to plan ahead, make this smoothie the night before and you’ll be sitting pretty come morning!


Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Smoothie
Serves: makes 1 large or 2 medium smoothies
  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled, cut into large chunks and frozen (click here for how to freeze fruit)
  • ½ cup almond milk or milk of choice*
  • 3 Tablespoons creamy, natural peanut butter (or raw almond butter for a more neutral flavor)
  • ¼ cup old fashioned rolled oats (use oats labeled “gluten-free” for a gluten-free smoothie)
  • 2 Tablespoons raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder or chocolate syrup
  • Sweetener: add your preferred sweetener to taste, such as honey, dates or coconut palm sugar. With unsweetened almond milk and natural cacao powder, 3 pitted dates seems to be perfect for us.
  • ½ cup - 1 cup ice, depending on how icy you want it
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender with the ice on top. Blend until very smooth. Smoothie may be refrigerated overnight or frozen.
*If you use sweetened almond milk, you may not need additional sweetener.

If it's not too obvious, omit the chocolate for a Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie.  Omit the peanut butter or substitute raw almond butter for a Chocolate Banana Smoothie.  Omit the banana for a Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie.


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  1. Julie says

    Wow, this is amazing! I have not ever really made anything but fruit smoothies, but I am converted now! Could be a little thicker for my taste, but I may just add a few more oats. Delicious, thank you!

    • Pamela says

      A staple in my house! Definitely play around with the recipe and get it to what’s perfect for you. Adding more oats will help thicken it, so would a bit of chia seed. :)

  2. Jeff says

    Interesting. Many years ago, I independently came up with almost exactly the same recipe! I’ve been using it as my power morning smoothie ever since. I add a little more milk, and sometimes I add a tablespoon of flax seed. I’ll have to look into spinach. I don’t use any sweetener anymore as bananas are really sweet. I do add a 1/4 teaspoon of salt (1/2 table and 1/2 potassium salt –“no salt” brand) for flavor and extra electrolytes. I also just add whole roasted peanuts–the vitamix makes peanut butter out of them, of course, and it’s usually cheaper and less messy than peanut butter. I also just discovered Valrhona cocoa powder as the most delicious, and just bought 3 kilos of it off Amazon.

  3. Elaine says

    I love this smoothie!!! This is my go to drink every morning. I added the spinach as someone else suggested. It’s just delish!!!!

  4. azie says

    hi Pamela…thank you for a great recipe.I will try it tomorrow morning. Since tomorrow is my first trial do my own smoothie,hope it will taste yummy like you did..hihihi.I never thought to have smoothie as my breakfast until my coach suggest it yesterday and I feel lucky when i found your recipe..hihi

  5. Amy says

    Loved this recipe! Just made it this morning and for sweetener, I used approximately a tablespoon and a half of brown rice syrup. Turned out just right since I used unsweetened almond coconut milk. Looking forward to making this for my kids as I know they’ll enjoy too…thank you! :)

    • Pamela says

      The banana helps to sweeten and thicken the smoothie, so yogurt and a date or a little honey would work fine. Or ground chia and a few dates. Quarter of a ripe avocado and honey or maple syrup….

    • Pamela says

      I don’t see why not! But here’s what I’m thinking — Ovaltine is less “chocolaty” than cocoa powder and is sweetened, so taste the smoothie before you add any sweetener. You may not need it. And depending on your tastes, perhaps a little more Ovaltine to get the right chocolatiness. Just guessing.

  6. Nicole says

    This recipe is so good! As I do with all my smoothies, I just added spinach…it makes it even more healthy and you can’t taste it at all! :)

    • Pamela says

      Absolutely! I personally use raw cacao powder, but my son is the one who sneaks in the chocolate syrup when he thinks I’m not looking. I don’t know how your favorite chocolate protein powder compares in chocolatey-ness to cacao powder, so you’ll have to taste the smoothie and adjust accordingly. Enjoy!

  7. Kelly says

    Omg this was soooo good!!! My 2 yr old and I thoroughly enjoyed it for breakfast this morning. She looked at me a little skeptically after her first sip as if I had made some sort of mistake. Not the usual green smoothie she was expecting. Ha! Thank you, Pamela.

    • Pamela says

      Sorry for the confusion, Suzanne. I used raw, old-fashioned rolled oats in this recipe. But I have added cooked oats to smoothies before and that turns out great too.

  8. says

    I am crazy for my vitamix and can’t believe I waited so long to buy one! I forgot about this traditional smoothie – I am so busy mixing up green smoothies these days. I am making this tomorrow for breakfast, my kids will think I am so cool for putting “chocolate” in it (i won’t tell them it is unsweetened cacao powder!).
    This is my first time on your blog – I think your writing is great! I laughed through that whole post, I can more than relate!

  9. Joann says

    Sounds delicious!! Can’t wait to try this for breakfast. If you are preparing it for breakfast the night before, do you do anything different so that it keeps overnight…do you add ice? do you prefer to freeze it or refrigerate it? Thank you for another great recipe.

    • Pamela says

      I do nothing differently when preparing the night before. The blended oats keep it nice and thick. If you want it to stay icy, I suppose you can blend everything except the ice the night before and then reblend with ice in the morning. I store it in the fridge.

  10. Allison says

    Have you ever tried Organic powdered peanut butter. Still the great benefits and flavor but with a fraction of the fat. We make this same smoothie and use 2-3 tablespoons of powdered peanut butter. Its fantastic. 2 tablespoons of powdered peanut butter is only 45 calories and very little fat.

    • Pamela says

      I haven’t, Allison, but it’s funny you bring that up. A few of my students were debating powdered peanut butter the other day. Some don’t like it because it has added sugar and I guess not all the brands are organic. I think the concept sounds ok, as long as you use organic because conventionally grown peanuts are so heavily sprayed! Also, I like the idea of having some fat to make me feel full, otherwise I get hungry before my next meal. I’m intrigued by the idea, though. :) What brand do you use?


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