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Jump start your day – Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie {DIY recipe}

It’sย a Monday morning, and after a weekend of indulging, sometimes you just need that extra health boost to start your day, err week. ๐Ÿ˜‰

A fewย years ago, my husband had to take a nutrition courseย during his graduate work toward becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner. ย So, he comes home one day and tells me that a) we aren’t getting nearly enough fruit in our diet, and b) we need to start our day with a more protein-packed breakfast.

So, wanting to sound like aย totally clued-in wife, I said, “Um, I totally knew that… I was already on my way to the grocery store to get more fruit and protein stuff, obvs.” #wifefail

Secretly, I went through his notes that he brought home, and found some really great smoothie recipes that his professor gave to him. ย I started on a smoothie rampage, which began shortly after purchasing The Ninja blender (this version is only $49.99 at Target!). ย This thing makes the smoothie-making process incredibly easy and frustration-proof!

Here’s one of my favorite smoothie recipes, which I have adapted over a couple of years to taste as delicious as possible, while providing us with a great, protein and fruit packed breakfast. ย Plus, it keeps me full until lunch, which, if you know me, isย quite and accomplishment.

ย Chocolate + Peanut Butter + Banana Breakfast Smoothie


  • 2 cups frozen bananas, chopped into thirds (this helps them not stick together in a huge clump during freezing!)
  • 2 cups almond milk [or coconut milk, or coconut/almond milk blend]
  • Trader Joe’s Chocolate Whey Protein Powder (4 scoops, or 2 serving sizes of your favorite protein powder)
  • Almond butter [or natural peanut butter] – 1 Tbsp
  • Brown flax seeds (~3 Tbsp)



Place all ingredients in the blender, and blend until smooth.


This makes 2 smoothies, so I usually stick one in the freezer for my husband when he wakes up, and I take mine on the road. ย Or, just freeze it for yourself so you don’t have to make another one the next morning! ๐Ÿ™‚

{Psst… another variation I recently tried that gives me an extra caffeine boost, is substitute 2 cups of almond milk for 1 cup iced coffee + 1 cup almond milk… DELICIOUS!}


Enjoy! And, as always, spread the love ๐Ÿ™‚

xx, Nicole {LL805}

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