Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Superfood Smoothie Bowl

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

Step One

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.


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  1. Literally all my favorite words in one recipe title! I am drooling and can’t wait to make this 😀 I’m also curious to know where the bowl you used is from ? xx

  2. Hi Andrew! After surviving stage four cancer in Bakersfield, not far from you geographically, I have moved into the deep jungle of the Big Island, Hawaii. The fruits and veggies here are of an amazing quality and vitality, and I drink rainwater each day because those of us in the jungle have catchment and solar systems instead of city water and power. There are many challenges, all of them worthwhile. I have much appreciated your passion for food and the clever and simple recipes that make your efforts and website so appealing. All the best as you climb high in the celestial firmament of chefs! ❤️

    • Hey David! Thanks for the kind words. I remember emailing with you a while ago, that is so cool! I’m so glad to hear that you’re doing well and Hawaii sounds amazing! I’m so jealous. 🙂

  3. This looks like a good post-workout recovery shake. I have no doubt it tastes great too. But I’m curious, are the oats uncooked? I believe that uncooked oats have a tendency to make people bloated/gassy.

    • Hi Kurt, regarding the uncooked oats, I don’t think that’s such an issue provided they’re in liquid. Eating dry oats would obviously be difficult because there’s just not enough moisture. But think of overnight oats, which aren’t cooked, but they’re soaked in liquid. It’s the same principle here except much faster because the blender breaks them up into tiny pieces and it should be fine.

      And, rolled oats aren’t raw anyways, they go through a steaming process when being rolled so it shouldn’t make much difference.

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