This peanut butter cup tropical smoothie recipe tastes like peanut butter cups and is made with 5 simple, wholesome ingredients. This delicious peanut butter chocolate smoothie is incredibly creamy and packed with protein + fiber and makes a satisfying breakfast and snack.
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What is peanut butter cup tropical smoothie?
The peanut butter cup smoothie from Tropical Café is a delicious drink that consists of peanut butter, banana, cacao powder, water, turbinado sugar, and ice. I’ve also seen chocolate protein powder added to it.
Who doesn’t love peanut butter cups? Whether you are eating them straight from the package or baking them into cookies, the peanut butter chocolate combo makes everything better!
After sharing a recipe for peanut paradise smoothie, I also wanted to try my hand at their other peanut butter smoothie and created a peanut butter cup Tropical Smoothie Café recipe.
This peanut butter cup drink is so, so good! Not only does it taste exactly like peanut butter cups, but it’s also one of the best ways to get your protein in for the day.
The smoothie is wonderful for a quick breakfast, a mid-day snack, or even a post-workout energizer. When my family or I get a craving for something sweet and cold, I whip up one of these smoothies, and all are satisfied. If you have not tried one yet yourself, the time is now!
You can’t go wrong with a delicious homemade smoothie for breakfast. This strawberry banana smoothie, angel food smoothie, and blueberry bliss smoothie are some of our other favorites you must try next!
Why you’ll love this peanut butter cup smoothie recipe
- Insanely delicious: Thanks to peanut butter and cocoa powder, the drink tastes like peanut butter cups just in liquid form.
- Filling breakfast + dessert: You can enjoy this peanut butter cup tropical smoothie as breakfast or dessert! The ingredients are healthy and nutritious, so you won’t feel bad having it for breakfast or snacking.
- Customizable: You can play with the ingredients and toppings to make this peanut butter chocolate smoothie recipe your own.
With just 5 easy ingredients, you will be slurping decadent peanut butter cup tropical smoothie in no time. The peanut butter chocolate smoothie recipe is so easy to make that you will be tempted to mix one each day!
- Peanut butter: Thick and rich, peanut butter not only adds flavor and protein but texture too. Peanut butter is full of nutrients (protein, vitamin E, biotin, magnesium, folate, and zinc) that keep you full for longer. A natural, unsweetened brand of peanut butter works best for this smoothie recipe.
- Cocoa powder pairs perfectly with peanut butter in this smoothie and adds a delicious chocolate flavor. Additionally, cocoa powder is an excellent source of polyphenols and flavonols, natural antioxidants that may reduce inflammation and improve brain function.
- Banana: Frozen banana gives this peanut butter cup smoothie recipe an incredibly thick and creamy consistency. It also keeps the smoothie cold. Plus, bananas offer so much nutritional value as they are rich in fiber, potassium, folate, niacin, and antioxidants.
- Milk: A cup of milk gets the blender going and helps the ingredients blend super smoothly. Feel free to use any type of milk you have and like. Cow milk works just as well as dairy-free options such as almond, oat, or soy milk.
- Honey: A tablespoon of honey provides natural sweetness, inflammation-reducing antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
How to make peanut butter cup tropical smoothie
So, how do you make a peanut butter cup tropical smoothie? Literally so quick and easy! And it tastes so good that you may want to ensure extra ingredients are ready to make another. You are going to love how this chocolate peanut butter smoothie tastes!
- Layer ingredients. Put the milk, honey, peanut butter, cocoa powder, and frozen banana slices into your blender. Add the ingredients in this order because smoothies blend better if you start with the liquids and add the solid and frozen items last.
- Blend it up. Run your blender until everything is well combined and looks completely smooth and creamy. Depending on your blender, you may have to pulse a couple of times to get a smooth texture and ensure the frozen banana is well incorporated.
- Adjust the texture (only if needed). If your smoothie is too thin, add more frozen bananas to help thicken the smoothie right up. And if the consistency is too thick, add some more milk to thin it out. Your peanut butter cup tropical smoothie is ready!
- Serve smoothie. Pour the smoothie into glasses. If desired, garnish your smoothie with a drizzle of peanut butter, melted chocolate, and crushed peanut butter cups. Enjoy and drink up!
Tips for success
With smoothies, there isn’t much that can go wrong. Create the best peanut butter cup tropical smoothie with these helpful tips and tricks!
- Blender: Having a good quality, high-powered blender makes a huge difference in the texture of your smoothies. But no worries in case you have an older blender or one that isn’t very powerful. Simply let the bananas thaw for 10 minutes before blending, and your smoothie will taste great and indulgent.
- Play with peanut butter and cocoa powder ratios. Feel free to add less or more peanut butter and cocoa powder according to your taste.
- Freeze banana: Frozen bananas create great flavor + consistency and help make a cold smoothie. Peel overripe bananas, cut them into thick slices, and place them in a freezer-safe bag. They will store for up to 2 months.
- Fresh bananas: If you don’t have frozen bananas, add a handful of ice cubes to make the peanut butter smoothie cold and creamy.
Variations & toppings
One of the best things about homemade smoothies is how customizable they are. That is why you are going to love this peanut butter cup tropical smoothie! Make the recipe your own by trying some of these mix-ins:
- Protein powder: Add a scoop of peanut butter, vanilla, or chocolate-flavored protein powder.
- Flaxseed meal: Up the protein content by adding a scoop of flaxseed meal.
- Berries: Add 1/4 cup frozen raspberries, and the smoothie will taste like peanut butter and jelly smoothie.
- Greens: Sneak in handful of spinach to boost the nutrients and iron. Spinach doesn’t add flavor but will change the color.
- Topping ideas: Garnish your peanut butter cup smoothie with a drizzle of peanut butter, melted chocolate, peanuts, banana slices, or a sprinkle of cocoa powder. For an extra decadent treat, break a peanut butter cup into pieces and put it on top of your smoothie.
Peanut butter cup smoothie bowl
To turn this smoothie into an ice-cream-like peanut butter cup smoothie bowl, use the same ingredients but add 2 frozen bananas, 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, and 2 tablespoons oats. Blend everything until thick and creamy, and then pour into a bowl. Garnish with your desired toppings and enjoy!
- Refrigerator: Store leftover peanut butter smoothie in a lidded jar or airtight container and refrigerate for 1 to 2 days.
- Freezer: Freeze peanut butter cup smoothie in freezer-safe mason jars or ice cube trays for up to 2 months. Let smoothie jars defrost in the fridge overnight before serving. Frozen smoothie ice cubes can be used from frozen. Just toss them in your blender and process them until smooth and creamy.
Is peanut butter good for smoothies?
Yes, peanut butter is good for smoothies. Not only does it taste insanely delicious and creates an incredibly creamy texture, but peanut butter also boasts many nutrients. Adding peanut butter to a smoothie will increase the protein and fat content, which are essential to keep you full and satisfied.
What is the best peanut butter for smoothies?
Natural unsweetened peanut butter is the best option for smoothies because it doesn’t contain any added sugar and hydrogenated oils that the more processed types of peanut butter have. Ideally, you want to use peanut butter with the least ingredients.
Is peanut butter cup smoothie healthy?
I would book this chocolate peanut butter smoothie in the healthy-ish category. Chocolate PB smoothie is definitely dessert-adjacent. It contains more fat and sugar compared to, say a green smoothie with kale or a light fruit smoothie. Then again, it’s healthier than ice cream and other frozen treats.
More smoothie recipes
If you love smoothies as much as I do, freeze a bunch of fruit so you can make any smoothie, any time! Here are a few more delicious smoothie recipes that you can try. They are all so yummy and easy to whip up!