5 Ingredients: Chocolate-Peanut Butter Smoothie

My family is always in a rush—so for a quick on-the-go snack or meal I’ll whip up a smoothie. To satisfy my chocolate craving, I created this recipe using 5 simple ingredients that I always have on hand.
Related To:

My family is always in a rush, so I like to whip up smoothies for a quick on-the-go snack or meal. To satisfy my chocolate cravings (and hunger), I make this recipe with five simple ingredients I always have on hand.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Smoothies
Serves: 1

Ingredients:
1 medium banana, frozen
1/4 cup non fat milk
1/4 cup non fat plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon natural, creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
Banana

I always keep bananas on the counter for my kids to grab for a snack. When the bananas start to brown, I peel and store them in a plastic bag in the freezer. Frozen bananas add a frothy texture and loads of heart-healthy potassium.

Milk

Milk goes well with peanut butter and adds calcium and protein. To help cut artery clogging saturated fat, I recommend nonfat and low fat (1 percent) milk. If you’re intolerant or allergic to milk, read up on cow’s milk alternatives.

Plain Greek Yogurt

Creamy, tangy Greek yogurt has about double the protein of traditional yogurts, which will help keep you feeling full. If you’re feeling adventurous, try making your own.

Natural Peanut Butter

Packed with heart-healthy unsaturated fat, natural peanut butter is a staple in my fridge. Check the label to make sure yours isn’t packed with sugar and unhealthy hydrogenated fats. You can find out how several popular brands stacked up in our peanut butter taste test.

Chocolate Syrup

I often turn to chocolate syrup to satisfy  my sweet tooth. The secret is to control how much and how often you add the sweet stuff: A tablespoon added to a glass of milk, bowl of fresh berries or to a smoothie is all it takes. One tablespoon contains 50 calories and 10 grams of sugar.

Directions:

Combine ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour in a glass and serve.

Nutrition info per serving (8-ounces):
Calories: 311
Total Fat: 8 grams
Saturated Fat: 1 grams
Total Carbohydrate: 47 grams
Protein: 13 grams
Sodium: 116 milligrams
Cholesterol: 1 milligrams
Fiber:  4 grams
More simple smoothie recipes to try:

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby's full bio »

You Might Also Like:

Keep Reading

Next Up

5 Ingredients: Dark Chocolate Bark (2 Ways!)

Skip the sugary jellybeans, chocolate eggs and marshmallow chicks and make your own Easter candy with some healthy ingredients thrown in. Chocolate bark is the easiest sweets recipe ever!

Chocolate 5 Ways

Just a touch of chocolate is all you need to remind that special someone how you feel. This Valentine’s Day,scrumptious chocolate recipes morning, noon or night.

5 Secretly Healthy Chocolate Desserts

All of these Valentine's Day chocolate desserts are secretly healthy. They are also suspiciously delicious, so who's to know?

Best 5 Chocolate Pie Recipes

Whether you are serving guests or preparing an after-dinner treat for your family, Food Network's top five chocolate pie recipes impresses both crowds and kids.

Calling All Chocoholics: 5 Decadent Chocolate Desserts to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Treat your sweet tooth to Food Network's most-indulgent chocolate desserts, including gooey cakes, over-the-top brownies and next-level cookies.

5 Chocolatey Reasons to Stay in This Valentine's Day — Comfort Food Feast

Toast Cupid's handiwork with these light yet swoon-worthy chocolate desserts.

5 Chocolatey Treats Better Than a Box of Store-Bought Truffles — Comfort Food Feast

Give your valentine the gift of chocolate with homemade chocolate dessert recipes.

5 Ways to Eat Chocolate for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on Valentine's Day

Have an outside-the-candy-box Valentine's Day by incorporating chocolate into your breakfast, lunch and dinner.