Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies



One of my last posts seemed to really resonate with some of you.  Which makes me incredibly happy and grateful and gives me all sorts of warm fuzzies.  One of the reasons why I started this blog in the first place was to make it a safe, happy place…not just for food, photos, writing, etc, but mostly to make some sorts of connections in the great world outside my geographic locale.

I’m a little amazed at how many personal emails (and phone calls from guy and girl friends alike) I’ve gotten from some of you regarding your thoughts on not settling.  And, ladies (since most of you are ladies who read this), I want to tell you something:

You deserve the absolute best.  Yes, you.

In the grand scheme of this universe, as menial as this may sound, your conscious existence probably doesn’t even qualify as a blip on a radar.  But that’s why it’s up to you to live your life to the absolute fullest.  The choices are yours to make.  There is absolutely no reason why you can’t have (or shouldn’t have) what you want.  There’s an infinite capacity of love in this world…so you finding and reveling in what you love doesn’t take anything away from me finding what I love/want to revel in.  In fact, if you find what you love/revel in, it only helps me find what I love/revel in.  Ever heard of Einstein’s theory of relativity? I believe it.

Growing up in the Midwest (and not to knock the Midwest), I was modeled to go to college, find a husband, and be married by age 25. Because that’s what the mold is.  That’s what your peers do.  That’s just how it is.  Get the degree, get the ring, get the house/fence/dog/job, have two children by age 30.  This works for so many people, and I see the joy/wonderment of so many of my friends who have experienced the miracle of pregnancy/raising a child; this all makes me happy.  I see my nephews growing and learning, and it makes me happy, too.

But my path, as I have found, is actually a different one.  For a long time, I thought it was a bad thing.  I felt like I was trying to fit a square where only a circle went.  And for a long time, when my friends back home would look at me cock-eyed and ask, “Is there a Mr. Shanon yet?”, it would really hurt.  A bit shaming, in a way.  Honestly, what I wanted to say was, “No, but there’s a Dr/Ms/food blogging/vegetarian/space-loving/documentary-watching/non-fiction-reading/spiritual/music addict/animal loving Shanon.  And that’s pretty much all I need.”

Listen, you don’t need a man or woman to define/complete you.  I’ve been through a lot in my life (we all have), but one of the most important things I have learned is that there is only one person that you can 100% rely on in your life.  And that person is you.   All things are temporary; things change, even you.  But through it all, the only person you can totally trust is yourself.  So eat the damn cake, drink the champagne “just because”, and go travel if you get an opportunity.  If you feel like dancing in your kitchen with your pajamas on, do it.  Talk to yourself.  Buy the lipstick and wear it proudly.  Spread your joy.  And don’t worry about not having someone there with you if you don’t (that’s shifting your awareness to the negative-don’t go there-you don’t need to.)  Be happy because you are having the experience.  And only you can have that.


Again, this is one of those situations where I feel I have kind of bared my soul a little (sheepish grin), and now I have to talk about a smoothie.  It’s a little awkward.

But you get it.

Who doesn’t love the whole chocolate/peanut butter combination?  And add in a banana?  Ok.  Mix it all in a blender, push the “on” button, and you have a protein-packed smoothie in less than 5 minutes.  I played around here with the proportions of the ingredients, so add/remove them as you see fit.  Use a whey-free protein powder if you are looking for a vegan option.







Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies

Servings: Two 8-ounce servings



1 banana

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tablespoon vanilla-flavored protein powder

1/4 cup chunky peanut butter (if you prefer smooth, go for it.  I like chunky.)

1 and 1/2 cups vanilla-flavored milk alternative (use almond, soy, etc-or milk)

Handful ice cubes



1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender, and puree until smooth.  Enjoy.**How do you like that?  One step instructions (*win*).


Source:  A Curvy Carrot original.


September 9, 2013 - 6:21 am

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - I need more smoothies in my life. Love this!

September 9, 2013 - 6:33 pm

Joanne - I wish I could tell my 20-year-old self this! I was so preoccupied with the thought of getting everything in my life “done” by 25…how ridiculous! There is no right time for anything…just a lot of good moments, if you make them your life.

And i hope a lot of my moments are filled with this smoothie. Because, yes.

September 14, 2013 - 6:10 pm

Sarah - I love this post. Not because of the smoothie (though that looks AMAZINGLY delicious!), but because of your contentedness with where you are in life, and your willingness to share with those of us who can relate. Thank you.

September 18, 2013 - 10:05 am

Jenny - Wow! Nice little breakfast on the run- I got nearly half my required protein, which is always a concern. I used vanilla almond milk and had to forgo ice cubes as they were freezer burnt, but it was still thick and dreamy and filling. And I love how easy it was!

September 24, 2013 - 7:58 am

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October 26, 2013 - 12:31 am

Chris - Tried the recipe loved it. Second time I added just a couple drops of vanilla. Made it even better.

January 4, 2014 - 4:06 pm

Cori - I like this recipe! It is definitely not for the sweet tooth, for it is rather bland… but it is filling and delicious. Instead of vanilla protein powder, I used 1/4 tsp. of imitation vanilla. I also used 2% milk. Still tasted pretty amazing to me!

January 4, 2014 - 4:09 pm

Cori - Oh! I also added a few spoonfuls of sugar in addition to the vanilla.

February 9, 2014 - 10:14 am

April - I loved your chocolate peanut butter smoothie recipe!! It looks so good and I am very eager to try it! However, I loved how you put “yourself” into it. Like you, there are certain things I’ve done and haven’t done in my life. Things I want but don’t feel like I can rightfully have. And than I always wonder “why not?” I have every right to get what I want too out of life. Your story is very inspiring to me. You’ll find that sometimes living outside of the norm turns out to be better, thank you!!

February 10, 2014 - 12:34 am

David - Just had this smoothie at a restaurant. So good. Great breakfast smoothie. This is a good recipe without the protein powder.

Love the comment about “freezer burnt ice”. ??? I guess that’s possible, right?

February 24, 2014 - 5:02 pm

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March 14, 2014 - 4:53 pm

Ms Einstein - I was in the mood for something yummy so I googled “banana chocolate peanut butter smoothie” and came across this page. I made the smoothie and then sat down in front of my computer with it. As enjoyed my delicious smoothie, great recipe btw 😉 , I read through your post. Your honesty and insight was lovely and warming to read. It was the perfect complement to how happy my taste buds were. Thank you for sharing, and I look forward to trying more of your recipes, and reading more of your posts.

March 21, 2014 - 9:04 am

Nisha - This is very delicious, thank you!!

April 2, 2014 - 11:31 pm

VJK Travels - I’m researching recipes to amp up my green smoothies and to try with a new weight-loss shake. And here I come across another Mid-Westener baring her soul in a way I can relate to. Gurl, I thought you had read a page from my journal! “Be happy because you are having the experience.” I couldn’t have said it better myself!

Thank you for sharing a piece of yourself. Oh, and thank you for the recipe!

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May 28, 2014 - 4:46 pm

Jessica - I googled “Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie” and your recipe was the first to pop up. While I haven’t tried out your recipe yet (I will for sure!), I did want to thank you for “baring your soul”. I don’t believe anything happens by chance, so while I was just looking for a smoothie recipe-the Universe had another message and experience to share. Thank you!

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