Peanut Butter Protein Shake

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Flavor-packed, thick and creamy Peanut Butter Protein Shake is made with peanut butter, chocolate protein powder, cocoa powder, a frozen banana, and milk. This protein shake is good enough to pass for a healthy peanut butter cup milkshake.

Enjoy this protein shake as a healthy snack to quell sugar cravings, pre- or post-workout drink, or even for breakfast! Try this chocolate protein shake or pumpkin protein shake next.

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Peanut Butter Protein Shake

Peanut butter and chocolate are one of the best flavor combinations! And it doesn’t get much better than the two combined into a drink delicious enough to pass for a healthy milkshake. Peanut Butter Protein Shake is thick with bold flavors and filled with healthful ingredients.

Process shot-- image of the bananas being coined and then put in a bag to freeze.

Peanut Butter Protein Shake FAQs

It really comes down to the ingredients you use. My number one tip? Use a delicious chocolate protein powder.

  • Good chocolate protein powder: I’ve tried my fair share of protein powders and I recommend a Whey, stevia-sweetened protein powder for this shake. The protein powder can make or break the shake — leaving you with a great taste or a strange, powdery aftertaste. Here’s a list of the top rated protein powders. My personal favorite: optimum nutrition gold standard 100% whey protein powder (double rich chocolate) (not sponsored, affiliate link).
  • Banana: We want the banana flavor to be virtually nonexistent, but for it to add nutrition and create a creamy texture. Make sure to freeze a fully ripe banana before adding into this shake. Don’t use more than 1/2 cup or it will contain too much banana flavor.
  • Peanut butter: I recommend real peanut butter, but powdered peanut butter works. Read above for how to substitute powdered peanut butter for real.
  • Unsweetened vanilla almond milk: Any milk works, but this is the milk I recommend. I particularly like the vanilla flavor.
  • Ice: Ice gives us a thick milkshake consistency without all the calories! I use eight regular ice cubes, or about 1 cup of ice.
  • Cocoa powder: The cocoa balances the protein and really amps up the chocolate-y flavor. I recommend a Dutch process cocoa powder. Special Dark® cocoa powder (made by Hershey’s) is great in this shake.

Quick tips

  • I like to freeze bananas right after the grocery store so I don’t forget. Remove the peel, slice the banana into coins, place in freezer-safe containers or bags, and freeze overnight before using in this shake.
  • Use a high-powered blender: This protein shake is very thick. You may need to blend it a couple times or be patient as it blends; it’s worth it for how thick and creamy this shake ends up! If you are looking for a great blender, here’s the one I use.

Overhead image of Peanut Butter Protein Shake showing the shake with a banana slice and chocolate chips on top with a spoon.

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Peanut Butter Protein Shake

5 from 2 votes
Thick and creamy, flavor-packed Peanut Butter Protein Shake is full of peanut butter, chocolate protein powder, cocoa powder, banana, and milk. This protein shake is good enough to pass for a healthy peanut butter cup milkshake.
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Peanut Butter Protein Shake

5 from 2 votes
Thick and creamy, flavor-packed Peanut Butter Protein Shake is full of peanut butter, chocolate protein powder, cocoa powder, banana, and milk. This protein shake is good enough to pass for a healthy peanut butter cup milkshake.
Course Breakfast, lunch, Protein Shake, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword peanut butter protein shake
Prep Time 5 minutes
Blending Time 2 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 1 protein shake
Calories 393kcal
Cost $2.14

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup frozen banana coined and then frozen
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or use chocolate almond milk for a more chocolate-y shake!)
  • 1 tablespoon Special Dark (or Dutch process) cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter Note 1
  • 1 scoop (1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon (32g)) chocolate protein powder Note 2
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 8 ice cubes

Instructions

  • NIGHT BEFORE: Remove the peel from the banana, slice into large coins, and place in a plastic bag in the freezer.
  • DAY OF: When the banana is completely frozen, measure out 1/2 cup and add it to a blender, along with the following ingredients in this order: the milk, cocoa powder, peanut butter, protein powder, honey, and then ice.
  • BLEND: Blend until smooth. Pour into a large glass and drizzle with extra peanut butter if desired. Enjoy immediately.

Recipe Notes

Note 1: To use powered peanut butter in this shake: use 2 tablespoons powdered peanut butter and 1/2 tablespoon real peanut butter.
Note 2: The protein powder you use makes a huge difference in the taste of the shake. I recommend a whey protein powder that has some kind of sweetener added, such as stevia. If the protein doesn't have stevia, I recommend adding a few drops of vanilla stevia to this shake.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1protein shake | Calories: 393kcal | Carbohydrates: 34.8g | Protein: 26.4g | Fat: 19.8g | Cholesterol: 3.4mg | Sodium: 384.2mg | Fiber: 4.3g | Sugar: 14.6g

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  1. 5 stars
    Love this recipe, had been trying to get my protein shakes creamier and finally realized thanks to your recipe I was adding too much almond milk and too much ice. Thanks!

    1. I am so happy you loved this protein shake and you were able to figure the consistency out! Thanks for your comment Sara! 🙂

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