Peanut butter and coffee?! Promise it’s a thing! This smooth and creamy Peanut Butter Mocha Smoothie is a simple and delicious reason to get up in the morning!
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I have worked at a couple of coffee shops in my life–once before Starbucks was really a thing and a second time when coffee became the very coolest thing around. Two very different experiences but both connected to my true love of the little roasted beans.
I LOVE coffee shops. The connections, the chatting, and of course, the coffee! The time I spent working at each of the two shops holds so many great memories and friendships that I never anticipated along the way. Coffee is a way to connect, a way to unite, one sip at a time.
Nowadays, there can be a lot of snobbery around coffee–there are different schools of coffee enthusiasts, if you will. You have those who believe that nothing should ever taint the purity of the brewed goodness(no cream, no sugar, nothing) and coffee is to be savored like a fine wine. Then you have the coffee drinkers who just want to get the job done–they stick with quick and easy drip coffee, maybe some cream and sugar but no fluff. Another school includes those who want to drink coffee without actually tasting the coffee and so they stick with the caramely-ist, frothiest concoction that is chock full of everything in the kitchen with the coffee. And finally, you have those who get on every barista’s last nerves when they order “EX-spresso.”
Ok, enough chit-chat, let’s get to the elephant in the room. I know what you are thinking:
Peanut Butter and Coffee?? Seriously?!
Please stay with me, I promise it’s a thing.
I used to have a few customers that would order Peanut butter flavored syrup in their coffee drinks. And boy oh boy, in my mind, I stuck my nose up in the air and thought they were CRAZY. You guys know of my love of peanut butter but even I have to draw the line somewhere and coffee was definitely my line.
Notice I said, “Was.”
This recipe is a perfect reminder that you really shouldn’t knock it til you try it. I was floored by the combo and sip after sip, I kept thinking, why did I wait so long?! Somehow the sweetness of the chocolate, the saltiness of the peanut butter and then the coffee makes sense even though the thought of it just does not.
If you are like me, you go through smoothie phases. I get on a big kick and make a certain flavor consistently for a few weeks and then switch to something else. Aside from my Anti-Inflammatory Blueberry Smoothie, this smoothie now has one of my longest streaks and I have not tired of it one bit. I think the main reason for this the fact that it contains my morning cup of joe along with some fuel to start chasing after Sam right away in the morning–but also because it is delish, of course!
I also love that there is a lot of wiggle room when it comes to this smoothie. I use the recipe as a good base, but also when I am in the mood to shake it up, I toss in some other fun options. There was a day when I believed that spinach or something green had to be part of every smoothie, but that is no longer. But if you are wanting some greens added to yours, by all means, add it. Just know the color will not be the same in any way. Toss in protein powder, chia seeds, whatever your heart desires into the blender, to give the smoothie a boost. Just don’t skip on the coffee, peanut butter or chocolate, otherwise it won’t be a Peanut Butter Mocha Smoothie!
- 1 large frozen banana
- 1/3 c strong, cold brewed coffee*
- 1 - 1 1/2 T peanut butter
- 1 T cocoa powder
- 1/4 c vanilla yogurt
- 1/3 c milk of choice
- 1-2 medjool dates, pitted (optional to sweetness desired)**
Add all ingredients into a high powered blender.
Blend on high until smooth and serve immediately.
Optional add ins: cacao nibs, chia seeds, protein powder, and more!
*the stronger or more concentrated the coffee is, the better. Also as long as it's not hot, you are fine. You could use espresso shots but you will want to add a bit more liquid to balance it out.
**Any sweetener will work fine. I like that the dates add a little more thickness to the smoothie.