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Chocolate Peanut Butter Green Protein Smoothie {Recipe}

Recently I had the opportunity to combine two of the things that I love the most…


Green smoothies…


And peanut butter. Not just any peanut butter but the new Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter from Smart Balance. I received an email asking if I would be interested in sampling their new Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter and developing a recipe with it. Of course I responded yes to that!


I developed two recipes using the dark chocolate peanut butter and the team at Smart Balance chose this smoothie for me to share with you. It’s perfect timing because I’ve been receiving tons of requests lately for a “base” green smoothie recipe.


I kept this recipe very simple to highlight the chocolate peanut butter flavor and to keep the color green. If you’d like to mix it up you could definitely add berries or other fruits like and switch out the chocolate peanut butter for another variety of  nut butter.


This smoothie is perfect for breakfast, an afternoon snack or post-workout recovery. Enjoy!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Green Smoothie 


1 banana
1 tablespoon Smart Balance Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter
1 cup spinach
1 cup non-dairy or organic milk (almond, coconut, soy, skim, etc)
1 scoop protein powder
1 cup ice


Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth and spinach is incorporated.

Yield: 1 smoothie

*Disclaimer: Smart Balance provided me with the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter but I received no compensation for this post. Recipe and thoughts are all mine! 

{ 14 comments… add one }
  • Tamara January 20, 2014, 2:00 pm

    I love green smoothies!! I haven’t made them in a while, but this sounds so good. I might have to pick up some of that Smart Balance!

  • Melanie Allen January 20, 2014, 2:12 pm

    This looks great and interesting with the peanut butter combo! Thank you for posting this Jen.

  • Holly January 20, 2014, 2:13 pm

    Looks so good! What do you recommend using instead of spinach that would have as many health benefits as spinach…..kale? My stomach, for some odd reason, cannot handle spinach.

    • Jen January 20, 2014, 2:18 pm

      any green…kale, chard, baby kale can be nice…or omit the green all together. kale can have a pretty strong taste which is why i prefer the baby kale sometimes.

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun January 20, 2014, 2:41 pm

    This looks so delicious! I am going to have to try this out sometime this week. I don’t have the dark chocolate version, but regular PB seems like it would be just as delicious!

  • Jordan Lynn // Life Between Lattes January 20, 2014, 2:53 pm

    Yum chocolate and peanut butter smoothies are the best – even if they are green!

  • Amanda Bee January 20, 2014, 3:31 pm

    Yum! I make almost this exact same smoothie for post-workout fuel sometimes, except with regular peanut butter. Adding chocolate is genius 🙂

  • Lauren @ ihadabiglunch January 20, 2014, 5:43 pm

    That looks awesome! I’m not a fan of nutella but this looks like my cup of tea!

    • Jen January 20, 2014, 8:13 pm

      lauren – it’s actually totally different than nutella. nutella is made with hazelnuts and this is made from peanuts and tastes like chocolate peanut butter. it’s yummy!

  • heidi January 20, 2014, 6:39 pm

    Delish!! 🙂

  • She Rocks Fitness January 20, 2014, 7:54 pm

    I love simple ingredient smoothies and this one is fabulous. I’ve been on a smoothie tear as well. They’ve been so refreshing on these warm Texas days. 🙂

  • Tara | Treble in the Kitchen January 22, 2014, 5:29 am

    YUM! After the Whole30 I cannot WAIT to bring smoothies back into my life.

  • Meredith February 17, 2014, 10:46 am

    Do you have any preferences when it comes to protein powders for your smoothies? There are so many….

    • Jen February 17, 2014, 10:47 am

      i have been using raw organic whey for the last year or so.

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