This chunky monkey smoothie is rich, creamy, and healthy! Kickstart your day with this chocolate peanut butter smoothie full of plant-based protein, fiber, and antioxidants.
Why you’ll love it:
This chunky monkey smoothie is so creamy and delicious! It has 12 grams of plant-based protein from the peanut butter, but you could easily transform it into a chunky monkey protein shake with a scoop of chocolate protein powder.
It’s ultra chocolatey with notes of peanut butter and bananas! It’s hard to go wrong with those flavors. Frozen bananas give it a silky smooth and creamy texture.
It’s easy to customize and super filling. This smoothie actually keeps me full until lunch! It’s a must-try!
You only need 4 ingredients to make a chocolate monkey smoothie!
Milk – Feel free to use any kind of milk – plant-based or regular. I used whole milk this time, because I love the creaminess it imparts. You could easily use almond or cashew milk too! Just be sure to use a plant-based milk you like the flavor of.
Frozen bananas – This is the key to it’s super creamy texture! Just slice a banana into chunks, place them in a freezer bag, and freeze overnight. If they stick together, carefully use a knife to cut them apart. Or you can freeze bananas whole and cut them frozen. There are TOO many ways to freeze bananas!
Peanut butter – Chocolate and PB are truly a match made in heaven. I used creamy Peter Pan peanut butter. If you can’t have peanut butter, you can swap it for almond butter.
Cocoa powder – I use Dutch processed or dark cocoa powder because it’s super intense and chocolatey!
How to Make a Chunky Monkey Smoothie:
I highly recommend a high-speed blender with a powerful motor. It will give you the smoothest blend! And it works great for smoothie bowls too! I’ve had a Ninja for 10+ years and it’s still working great.
Combine ingredients: In the pitcher of a high-speed blender, combine the milk, peanut butter, frozen bananas, and cocoa powder.
Blend: Blend until thick, creamy, and smooth. I prefer my smoothies on the thicker side. If you prefer it a bit thinner, add a splash more milk and blend for a couple seconds to incorporate.
Serve: Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately! I like to top mine with cacao nibs and mini chocolate chips.
- Freeze bananas ahead of time. Whenever my bananas look ripe, I freeze two or three! This way I’m never wasting bananas and I’m prepared for all kinds of smoothies.
- Adjust the consistency as desired. I always blend my smoothies thick so they get creamy and smooth, then I add liquid at the end if needed. To me a smoothie tastes best when it’s thick but drinkable. Thin smoothies melt too fast.
- If possible, use a high-speed blender. High-speed blenders have powerful motors and super sharp blades to give you a super creamy blend! If you’re on a budget, older models tend to be more affordable.
This chunky monkey drink is super easy to customize! Try one of these simple variations:
- Protein: Add a scoop of chocolate protein powder for a boost of extra protein! Or you could add a scoop of Greek yogurt instead.
- Milk: Any kind of milk works great!
- Ice: If you prefer the texture ice gives, that’s fine too! Add a scoop of ice. You may need a splash more liquid to achieve the right consistency.
- Nut butter: If you can’t have peanuts, swap the peanut butter with your favorite nut butter instead.
- Oats: Oats add a slight oatey flavor and texture. Add 1/4 cup of rolled oats. They’re a good source of whole grains, complex carbohydrates, and antioxidants.
Toppings are always a good idea! I love to add toppings and eat this monkey smoothie with a spoon.
- Walnuts, pecans, or almonds (or any crunchy nut!)
- Cacao nibs
- Sliced bananas
- Chocolate syrup
- Chocolate shavings or mini chocolate chips
- Shredded coconut
Smoothies are best enjoyed fresh and cold!
I don’t recommend storing this smoothie as the frozen bananas defrost and lose their delightful texture.
Nope, the frozen bananas make it thick, creamy and smooth! If you like the texture better with ice, you can defenitely add some. Add 3/4 cup of ice and increase the liquid by 1/4 cup. Blend until smooth.
If you don’t have frozen bananas, you can use a fresh banana and add ice as a thickener. You may need to adjust the liquid as needed. If the smoothie’s too thick, add a splash more liquid. If it’s too thin, add more ice.
Chocolate Smoothie Recipes
Chunky Monkey Smoothie
- high-speed blender
- ¾ cup milk of choice plant-based or dairy
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon dark cocoa powder
- 1½ cups frozen banana chunks (about 1 1/2 frozen bananas)
- In the pitcher of a high-speed blender, combine the milk, peanut butter, frozen bananas, and cocoa powder.
- Blend until thick, creamy, and smooth. Adjust the consistency as desired. I like my smoothies on the thick side. If you like it thinner, add a splash more milk and blend for a few seconds to incorporate.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately!