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Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

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This rich and creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Breakfast Smoothie is made with only 5 simple ingredients and tastes incredible! Easy to make and even easier to customize with your favorite mix-ins. A great breakfast, snack or even dessert!

This smoothie is filling all on it’s own, but also is great served with other breakfast favorites like scrambled eggs, waffles, and egg sandwiches!

close up of a glass filled with chocolate smoothie and topped with sliced banana


  • Quick and Easy: Within minutes you have a filling and delicious smoothie.
  • Minimal Ingredients: 5-ingredients is all you need.
  • Kid Approved: Our kid LOVES this simple smoothie.

Full disclosure, this recipe started out, years and years ago, as a sponsored post. Carnation reached out and asked me to use their powdered mix in a recipe, and I willingly obliged. My husband grew up on the chocolate breakfast drink and is a big fan. It was a no-brainer.

Turns out, Carnation instant breakfast adds the PERFECT chocolate flavor to a smoothie with the filling bonus of added protein. With all of the added ingredients you can end up with up to 20 grams of protein in one smoothie. That means it keeps you full until lunchtime, no problem! Pair that with creamy peanut butter and a ripe banana for a dreamy flavor combination.


This recipe is simple. It has minimal ingredients and packs a bold flavor punch. Chocolate, banana, and peanut butter are a flavor combination made in heaven. Here is what you need to whip up this peanut butter breakfast smoothie:

  • Milk: Pick your favorite. We make this with almond, coconut, or dairy milk with great success.
  • Peanut Butter: Creamy peanut butter will blend the easiest with all of the ingredients. It adds a lovely Reese’s flavor finish that is out of this world!
  • Carnation Instant Breakfast: Here is the skinny, we use Carnation because that is what we have on hand. You can definitely swap this for chocolate protein powder. Use whatever works best for you.
  • Banana: I like to freeze my bananas when they get nice and ripe. Frozen bananas add a creamy texture and slight sweetness that cannot be beat!
  • Ice: Just a touch to give this smoothie a milkshake consistency.
top down image of a chocolate peanut butter smoothie with banana slices on top


Smoothies are by far one of the easiest recipes to make. I have just a few tips to make the process easier so be sure to read through!

  • PREP: Measure your ingredients and read through the recipe.
  • BLEND: Add the ingredients, liquid first, into the blender. Pulse until smooth and creamy.
  • ENJOY: Divide between two glasses and enjoy!


  • Blender: I really love my Belndtec (affiliate) but lately lean more towards my Magic Bullet (affiliate).
  • Straws: These wider straws (affiliate) are a game changer in the smoothie game. No more thick smoothie stuck halfway up the straw!
  • Reusable Smoothie Cups: Can you really have too many cups? This set of mason jar cups (affiliate) is our new favorite. Not only do they come with lids and straws, but they are the perfect cup holder size.
chocolate peanut butter breakfast smoothie in a glass with a stripe straw and sliced bananas


  • Layer the wet ingredients into the blender first and the frozen last. This helps use the power of the blender to fully blend the ingredients without the potential for it to seize.
  • No carnation? No problem! Use a scoop of your favorite chocolate protein powder in its place.
  • Try adding a spoonful of hemp hearts or chia seeds for a little boost of goodness.


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Chocolate Peanut Butter Breakfast Smoothie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Breakfast Smoothie

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This rich and creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Breakfast Smoothie is made with only 5 simple ingredients and tastes incredible! Easy to make and even easier to customize with your favorite mix-ins. A great breakfast, snack or even dessert!


  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3/4 cup soy milk, or regular
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 packet Carnation Breakfast Essentials Rich Milk Chocolate Powder


  1. Place all of the ingredients into your blender. Blend until smooth and enjoy!

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Monday 20th of July 2015

Great Idea. Love your page and can't wait to try this. I have an I'd like to share though. How about the Carnation instant breakfast chocolate no sugar added instead for Diabetics, and instead of Peanut butter, try Soybean butter instead for those who have peanut allergies. pretty sure it would taste just as good!


Monday 3rd of August 2015

This recipe is so adaptable. I think that's a great idea!


Friday 27th of March 2015

This sounds amazing! I'm totally going to try it this week!


Monday 19th of May 2014

We buy the Carnation breakfasts sometimes but I never thought to add things to it to make it even healthier! So clever! Thank you for linking up to The Creative Exchange. We hope you will link up again this Thursday!


Sunday 18th of May 2014

I'm pretty sure that I would be drinking this at times other than just breakfast!!!! Looks delicious! (Pinning!)

- Brooke -

Amy Anderson

Saturday 17th of May 2014

This has everything I love!

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