Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie (superfoods + vegan)

For the love of chocolate and peanut butter, let’s sip on a Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie for breakfast.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie. Made with superfoods. Dairy free. Vegan. 285 calories per 8oz serving! | This Gal Cooks

Considering the amount of smoothies I drink, I’m shocked that I haven’t shared a smoothie recipe on this blog yet. But alas, I can let the lack of smoothie recipes slide this time. After all, I’ve only had this blog up and running for 3 short weeks. Could there be a better way to introduce the inaugural smoothie recipe to this blog than to introduce it with a Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie that’s both vegan and made with superfoods?

I think not.

Before I share the Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie recipe with you, do you mind if I tell you a funny story? Of course you don’t. ♥︎

I’m a girl who doesn’t like to fly. It’s something that completely terrifies me. Oddly enough, I’m slightly fascinated with airplanes. My mom said that I have been since before the times I could remember anything for very long. She said I used to point at anything in the sky and say “bird.” Not airplane but I think “bird” was the beginnings of my airplane fascination. Whenever we would drive to my grandparents house, we would drive past Orlando International Airport. Every time we drove past, I scoured the sky for incoming or outgoing flights. To this day, anytime I’m driving past an airport, I look for incoming or outgoing planes.

I don’t understand my fear of flying, given my fascination with airplanes. Maybe it’s the lack of control. If this airplane does something I don’t like, I can’t tell the pilot to stop so I can get off it. With this fear comes my urge to avoid air travel as much as possible. I’ve only flown twice since 2001. I’ve never been on a small turbo prop plane, only large commercial flights.

Which brings me to the point of my slightly humorous story.

Last week, Ken traveled to South Carolina. He flew from West Palm Beach to Charlotte and then from Charlotte to Greenville. I was nervous and anxious. Anytime someone I am close to flies, I go into sort of a panic mode. He sent me a pic of his connecting flight to Greenville (which was delayed due to MECHANICAL issues), a small turbo prop plane. To which I responded that I would just rent a car and drive four hours rather than flying on that. After he boarded, he sent a text to me and said they gave everyone parachutes.

I believed it.

Then he said parachutes depolyed mid-flight.

I believed it.

Told some friends. Said I would never fly on a plane that does that.

After Ken got home, I told him it was insane the parachutes deployed mid-flight. Then he laughed and was completely amused. He said he was being silly. Commercial flights would never expect people to parachute out of a plane. Then I broke down laughing. I couldn’t believe that I bought into the joke. But as a girl who rarely flies, how was I supposed to know?!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie. Made with superfoods. Dairy free. Vegan. 285 calories per 8oz serving! | This Gal Cooks

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

I’m in love with this Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie and as of today, I’ve made this it three times. It’s smooth. It’s creamy. It’s thick. It’s delicious., This smoothie gets its superfood boost from cacao and hemp seed. You can purchase both from Vitacost or Amazon. A little goes a long way. If you don’t have cacao powder, you may replace it with cocoa powder. However, it will lose some of it’s superfood benefits. Don’t have hemp seed? No worries, you can leave it out. I’ve made this smoothie with and without it. Leaving it out won’t affect the flavor.

Regarding the dates, make sure they’re pitted. And I don’t mean assuming a package of pitted dates is pitted. Because that isn’t always the case. I’ve found pits in pitted dates. And when a date pit ends up in a smoothie, 1. your blender will screech. 2. Your smoothie will have hard, non-chewable chunks in it. It’s no fun, my friends.

What is fun is this Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie. It’s delicious. It’s vegan. It’s full of protein. It contains superfoods. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie (superfoods + vegan)
Prep time
Total time
Recipe type: Smoothie
Serves: 32 oz
  • 1½ c unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 4 pitted medjool dates
  • 3 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • ½ C old fashioned oats
  • 2 tbsp hemp seed
  • 1¼ C ice
  1. Place all ingredients except for the ice into a blender and blend until smooth. Add the ice and blend until smooth and frosty.
Makes four 8oz servings or 2 large 16oz servings.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8oz Calories: 285 Fat: 11g Saturated fat: 2g Unsaturated fat: 1g Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 44g Sugar: 23g Sodium: 113mg Fiber: 6g Protein: 8g Cholesterol: 0

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie. Made with superfoods. Dairy free. Vegan. 285 calories per 8oz serving! | This Gal Cooks


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    • Julie Murkerson says

      Chocolate and peanut butter is amazing and one of the best combos ever! Hope you enjoy the recipe, Amy. Thank you so much for visiting! :)

    • says

      I have just made this smoothie and it is absolutely delicious. I didn’t have hemp seeds so I used organic sunflower seeds. Thank you for sharing this recipe! xx

      • Julie Murkerson says

        Hi TC! Thank you so much for stopping by to let me know you tried the smoothie. I’m so happy you enjoyed it. The sunflower seeds are a great substitution for the hemp seeds.

        Have a lovely weekend!

  1. says

    I’m not huge on flying either, but I mostly can’t stand the whole waiting in the airport, waiting in line, waiting for the plane to leave, waiting to get off…can you tell I’m not big on waiting. ;-) I love this smoothie! Chocolate and peanut butter together are the best!

    • Julie Murkerson says

      Waiting in the airport is pretty darn annoying, especially when waiting in between connecting flights! Yippee I get to do it again in December when I go to Minnesota for Christmas. Ken’s driving up a couple days before me (must be nice to have tons of vacation days!) and I’m flying up after work Christmas Eve. This could be for a hectic trip! Lol! Luckily, we are driving back. Road trip! Thank you for stopping by, Danae! Glad you like the smoothie. :)

  2. says

    You have only had your blog for THREE WEEKS? But…but…but…it’s so good already! My blog at three weeks had boring writing and horrible pictures. This smoothie sounds AMAZING! And I looove love love your pictures.

    • Julie Murkerson says

      Yes! Three weeks for this blog but I do have another blog that’s been around for a few years now. Trust me, my other blog was far from being stellar even after 6 months!

      I’m so happy you like this smoothie, Annie! Thank you so much for stopping by, for the compliments and your sweet comment. :)

    • Julie Murkerson says

      yes, at least he did find some humor! He is good about that, trying to make something that’s otherwise worrisome humorous! :) I think you will love the hemp seed, Ashley! Hope you enjoy the smoothie.

    • Julie Murkerson says

      Haha, I know, right! He does try to be silly with some things that otherwise bother me. I think it’s a way to ease things up. Now if I was on that plane with him, I would be telling a whole different story haha! Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comment, Lisa!

  3. says

    I do a lot of smoothies too but for some reason I never do sweet ones like this! I will have to try this because I love all the good things you have included in it!

    • Julie Murkerson says

      You’ve gotta try a smoothie like this, Zainab! You will love it and never go back to other smoothies. ;)

    • Julie Murkerson says

      You are right about that, Kelley! Peanut butter and chocolate make all things right. :)

  4. says

    I can totally see buying into his joke in the moment. I have anxiety with my boyfriend when he has to drive longish distances. It could be the three accidents he’s been in since we’ve been together that have done it. And in those anxiety packed moments, I’d believe anything he said, because I can’t think past the wall of… OMG why don’t we have a chauffeur so I don’t have to worry about you driving? But on the up-side it was just a joke, there were no parachutes used, and you can sit back and enjoy one of these beautiful and delicious smoothies. Because after all chocolate and peanut butter belong together, forever and ever.

    • Julie Murkerson says

      Oh goodness, Meg. I’d have anxiety with my boyfriend driving as well if I were in your situation. And you’re right, it was a joke. I will just have to forget about it whenever I fly again. Because talk about anxiety, it goes through the roof whenever I have to fly!

      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your story and your love for all things chocolate and peanut butter! :)

  5. Debi says

    donyou know of any substitution for the bananas. Our acupuncturist says no one should eat bananas so they are out of our diet. The smoothie looks delicious and I’m hoping we can find a substitution. Thank you for posting the recipe!

    • Julie Murkerson says

      Hi Debi!

      Thank you so much for stopping by! I did a little research and found the following options that may work for you:
      – frozen yogurt cubes. Freeze yogurt in ice cube trays and use them in place of bananas. I would say about 1/2 to 3/4 of the tray would be equivilent to 2 bananas. If you want to keep it vegan, you could use cashew or coconut yogurt.
      – avocados (avocados seem to be the most popular substitute) you could use 2-3 avocados in place of the bananas. To keep the smoothy frosty, you could try peeling and slicing the avocado and then freezing it.
      – strawberries. Strawberries and chocolate are great together! You could try using 2 C of frozen strawberries in place of the bananas. Maybe the smoothie could be called Chocolate covered PB&J smoothie! :)
      – silken tofu. Some people love using silken tofu in smoothies. I’m not a fan of it because I feel it gives the smoothie too much of a tofu taste. However, if you give it a try, let me know how it turns out!
      – frozen almond milk. You could freeze cubes of almond milk and use about 2 C in the smoothie.

      Subbing the banana with any of these will definitely change the flavor of the smoothie. I will definitely have to test this smoothie out with some other options to use in place of the banana. If you give any of these a try, please let me know how the smoothie turns out! Have a happy weekend. :)


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