Literally four years after first posting my chocolate peanut butter cup oatmeal recipe, I still eat it almost every single morning. My infatuation with that flavor combo led to a whole raft of chocolate peanut butter recipes – from cakes to pancakes, to pies and even actual peanut butter cups (which are pretty amazing…). Some readers even threatened to brand me as the two ingredient chef… I eventually vowed never to post another chocolate peanut butter recipe, but quickly broke that promise and I’m doing it again.
After making that oatmeal so often, I thought it would be good to make something different while still avoiding the more extreme trauma of eating something other than peanut butter and chocolate for breakfast. How about a chocolate peanut butter smoothie bowl?! In the end, it’s a delicious smoothie with everything you’d expect – peanut butter, cocoa powder, cacao nibs, almond milk, chia seeds,a bit of oats, and even the optional protein and maca powders.
In addition to being just as delicious as the oatmeal, I have found that this bowl is even easier to make and keeps me full all morning. Who knows, maybe this will be my next 4-year obsession…
Makes: 1 big serving
- 1 banana
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1+ tablespoon natural peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon cacao nibs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 serving stevia
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Optional: 1/2+ scoop protein powder
- Optional: maca powder or any superfood add-ins you like
Literally just combine everything in the blender. I wish I could add a bunch more steps to make it sound cool, but that’s it! Here’s a few random notes that might help your smoothie bowl experience:
- Frozen banana works really well for a creamier, more ice cream-like texture.
- You can add an extra half tablespoon peanut butter if you’re okay with the extra fat and want a stronger PB flavor.
- You can adjust the consistency pretty easily. If you want a drinkable smoothie, just add more liquid. If you want it thicker, chia seeds and/or oats are your answer.
- Cacao nibs add a nice flavor that’s a little different from cocoa powder, but if you don’t have them, feel free to just add another 1/2 tablespoon of cocoa powder.
- I made that ridiculous peanut butter drizzle by stirring peanut butter and water and putting it through a squeeze bottle – it adds a nice style but doesn’t do much for the taste and probably isn’t worth the time unless you want to impress people on the Instagram.
- I used vanilla Vega protein powder which is awesome in this smoothie bowl. It adds a slight sweetness (it’s sweetened with stevia as well) and thickens the smoothie slightly. If you don’t use this, you might want to increase the rolled oats or chia seeds, and maybe another half serving of stevia.