I’ve been obsessed with breakfast bowls lately! They are such a simple way to combine so many flavours into one delicious bowl – and then you have the best excuse to load up on all your favourite toppings. I’ve been eating tons of oatmeal bowls and rice pudding bowls sprinkled with my favourite fresh fruits, crunchy granola, chopped nuts, drizzles of homemade jam… the toppings are the best part, really 😉
But for this recipe, the toppings definitely come second. This Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl tastes like DESSERT in a bowl. The first time I made this recipe and dunked a spoon in my blender to give it a taste, I actually audibly breathed, “OHMYGOD” and forced a spoonful into J’s mouth so he could taste it too.
The very best part about this Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl is that it tastes like a treat, but is so HEALTHY! The base is frozen bananas, mixed with a little almond milk, peanut butter, cocoa powder, dates for sweetness, and chia seeds for thickness. And all those healthy, whole ingredients really make me smile.
Everything gets popped into your blender, blended until smooth, poured (or scooped if yours is really thick!) into bowls, and topped with more crunchy peanuts, banana slices, and chocolate chips if you’re feeling naughty.
I mean, who wouldn’t want to start their day with chocolate?!
And if you’re looking for a healthy dessert alternative – this smoothie bowl has got your back! It’s going to get some heavy rotation in my house when it’s summer and I want a healthy dessert alternative to ice cream – because I love ice cream.
Oh summer, you’re so close, I can [literally] almost taste it!
This Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl is tastes like a treat, but is so healthy! Recipe yields 1 very large or 2 smaller bowls.
- 2 frozen bananas (see note)
- 1/3 - 1/2 cup milk of choice (I prefer almond or cashew milk)
- 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (cacao powder also works!)
- 2 Medjool dates pitted
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- chopped peanuts, for garnish
- extra chia seeds, for garnish
- semi-sweet chocolate chips, for garnish
Add frozen bananas, almond milk, peanut butter, cocoa powder, dates, and chia seeds to a blender. Start with 1/3 cup of milk and blend on high until smooth. You may need to add additional milk (up to 1/2 cup), depending on how large your bananas are, and how powerful your blender is.
When ingredients are smooth and desired thickness is reached, pour or scoop out smoothie into a bowl. Top with chopped peanuts, additional chia seeds, and chocolate chips.
Bananas may be frozen whole, but if your blender is not very powerful, I recommend slicing bananas before freezing them. If you freeze whole bananas,let them thaw for 5 minutes before attempting to peel them.
KarlaMay 1, 2018 at 10:54 am
Super delicious! Definitely have to make it 2 servings though because the entire recipe has over 800 calories.
breakfastfordinnerMay 1, 2018 at 2:34 pm
Thanks for your feedback, Karla! I agree this recipe is better suited to 2 servings (which is why I photographed it that way), so I’ve updated the recipe to specify that. I’m calculating the base recipe (without toppings) at approx 330 calories per serving.
HayleyMay 12, 2020 at 9:56 am
I love this recipe, it’s super tasty!! What is the secret to getting the consistency so thick? Every time I make my smoothie bowls, the consistency is always way too liquidy!
breakfastfordinnerMay 12, 2020 at 10:09 am
The trick is the less liquid ingredients the better! That’s the only thing that differentiates a smoothie bowl from a smoothie. Try using 1/3 cup of milk – or even less, if you can still blend the ingredients. Basically you want just enough liquid that the ingredients blend, but not enough that it turns into a smoothie! It’s a fine balance 😉