Chocolate Peanut Butter Green Smoothie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Green Smoothie |

In my twenties, I always used to say that weddings came in waves.

For a year or so, I might have just one or two friends’ weddings to attend.  Then all of a sudden the next summer, there would be eight in a row.  (I should also note that these would be on top of the twenty or so weddings I attended each year working as a wedding singer, covering every awesome and horrible wedding song ever written.  So.  Many.  Weddings.)

In my thirties, I have decided that babies also come in waves.

Right now, I have six good friends who are all pregnant, and another handful of friends with newborns at home.  And while this stage of life thankfully doesn’t require belting out awkward renditions of “Endless Love”, it does involve lots of baby showers and gift-giving.  Thankfully, my friends happen to be the coolest, and do awesome things like throw baby shower cocktail parties, and invite people to bring unwrapped gifts so that we don’t have to do that awkward ooh-and-ahh thing for an hour as the baby wipe warmer is unwrapped, or host a shower where girlfriends show up in their yoga clothes for a laid-back afternoon of “ultimate comfort” together.  So I actually look forward to attending the sixth baby shower of the season!

Still, I’ve been surprised to realize that one of the most valuable things I might be able to offer some friends — yes, perhaps even more than a baby wipe warmer — is a list of resources and recipes for cooking after the baby arrives.  I actually had a long talk at book club this month with my friend and new mom, Natalie, who was sharing that one of her greatest struggles right now is trying to get any sort of fresh and healthy meals on the table.  And once again, the lightbulb went off in my head.  I may not be able to relate as a mom, or give any sort of parenting advice.  But I do know a little something about cooking!  :)

The wheels in my head instantly started churning and I began throwing out recipe idea after recipe idea that she might be able to try.  And then after book club, I started thinking of more and more.  And I began to realize that this weird little specialty of mine — quick and easy meals — might actually be one of the best gifts I could give my friends who are new moms!

So last week when I received a baby shower invite for another friend, I knew what I wanted to make her — a book of recipes that are perfect for life with a new baby.  And the first recipe in that book?  One of my favorite quick and easy (and surprisingly healthy) recipes that you can whip up for breakfast, lunch, snack time, or even dessert — this Peanut Butter Chocolate Green Smoothie.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Green Smoothie |

When it comes to quick and easy and fresh and healthy recipes, let’s be real — it’s hard to beat a green smoothie.  Especially when peanut butter and chocolate are involved.  This one also happens to be naturally sweetened with honey, and it’s packed with protein to get my new mom friends through long days (and even longer nights).  Or you know, to get someone like me through long days in Blogland.  :)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Green Smoothie |

To make this smoothie, simply add all of your ingredients to a blender…Chocolate Peanut Butter Green Smoothie |

…blend it all up until the mixture is smooth….Chocolate Peanut Butter Green Smoothie |

…and then if you’re feeling like a treat, sprinkle a few extra chocolate chips or cacao nibs on top.  Because…chocolate.  :)

To get the recipe, hop over to Hallmark’s new Think.Make.Share blog, where I’m sharing more about the story behind this smoothie, and creating a recipe gift book for my friend, and my inspiration behind all of this recipe gift-giving — my thoughtful mom.  As many of you know, I used to do some food styling at the Hallmark headquarters in Kansas City, and think the world of the talented and thoughtful people I know who work there.  They’ve taught me so much over the years about taking time to tell and show people how much they mean to you, and even popped over to Gimme Some Oven to share some tips last month on note-writing.  So today we’re swapping blogs and I’m sharing this recipe over on Think.Make.Share.

Here’s the link for the Chocolate Peanut Butter Green Smoothie recipe.  Hope you enjoy it!  (Especially all of you new moms out there — big cheers to you!)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Green Smoothie |

This post is in partnership with Hallmark Cards, but is not a sponsored post.  I’m inspired daily by the cool things happening on the Think.Make.Share blog (and Instagram feed), and was happy to share a recipe and have them come over here to share some note-writing tips.  Bloggers in Kansas City…unite!  :)

Leave a Comment:


  1. Rob — April 10, 2015 @ 6:02 am (#)

    I often make a very similar version of this recipe using chocolate whey protein (or soy protein for the vegans).  Delicious!

  2. Meg Bollenback — April 10, 2015 @ 7:11 am (#)

    Such a great idea! I am in my late 20s and for the first time since my 20s started, the number of weddings I’m invited to is slowing down tremendously…I totally hear you on the eight weddings in a row! Though I am not a singer, so I can just imagine how over weddings you were by doing that, too! The babies are coming now, as you mention, and this is an awesome, AWESOME idea. I love it, and will definitely be using your inspiration for future shower gifts. PS – this smoothie is what my dreams are made of. Have a great Friday and weekend!

    • Ali — April 11th, 2015 @ 11:56 am

      Thanks for all the sweet words Meg, I hope you have a fantastic weekend! : )

  3. Jen @ Baked by an Introvert — April 10, 2015 @ 10:08 am (#)

    I can get my daily spinach this way. I mean, why not mix it with chocolate and peanut butter! Love this!

    • Ali — April 11th, 2015 @ 11:55 am

      Thank you Jen, I hope you enjoy it, it definitely helps me get in more greens (I enjoy trying to find new and tasty ways of sneaking them in)! ; )

  4. S Lauren | Modern Granola — April 10, 2015 @ 10:18 am (#)

    YUM! This sounds so crazy good! Must make!

  5. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl — April 10, 2015 @ 12:32 pm (#)

    This has my name written alllll over it!  And I love that you threw in some greens :)

  6. The Kentucky Gent — April 10, 2015 @ 12:56 pm (#)

    Something that combines greens + peanut butter is a total god send IMO!

    Josh – The Kentucky Gent

  7. Senika @ Foodie Blog Stalker — April 10, 2015 @ 4:14 pm (#)

    Lovin’ this smoothie, Ali! Sounds like the perfect breakfast, snack, lunch, or dessert – PINNED!

  8. Anna — April 11, 2015 @ 8:15 am (#)

    looks absolutely delicious and nutritious yum

  9. Lovely Sharice — April 11, 2015 @ 5:18 pm (#)

    Wow…what a recipe. Gotta try it!

  10. Alison Murray — April 12, 2015 @ 1:07 am (#)

    This looks scrumptious, you wouldn’t know it had greens in it if you didn’t prepare the smoothie yourself :) It’s so true about the wedding/baby observation. I’m in my early 30’s now and it’s alllll baby fever around me! Thanks for the gift idea and this scrumptious smoothie :)

    • Ali — April 12th, 2015 @ 2:22 pm

      Thanks Alison, hope you enjoy the smoothie!

  11. Amy — April 12, 2015 @ 5:03 am (#)

    Yum! Recently rediscovered just how delicious peanut butter is in a smoothie – extra good with some coffee beans in there too! :)

    • Ali — April 12th, 2015 @ 2:22 pm

      Oooooh, now you’re talking! : D

  12. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — April 12, 2015 @ 10:08 am (#)

    Ahh I love this idea!!! Having babies is one of the main reasons I started making so many smoothies. It’s a lot less messy for a toddler to sip on a smoothie in a sippy cup than try to spoon cereal and milk, let me tell you. ;) PS: We are straw twins! Just used those birch straws yesterday for an orange blossom mojito recipe. Wish we were sipping together! 

  13. Devyn — April 12, 2015 @ 11:22 am (#)

    Do you use any liquid in this recipe to make it smooth?

  14. Joanna — April 13, 2015 @ 3:29 am (#)

    I’d ditch any drink for this one!

  15. Kirsty — April 13, 2015 @ 4:46 am (#)

    This sounds amazing, will definitely have to try it out :)


  16. Kim — April 13, 2015 @ 8:44 am (#)

    Hi, Ali!  I’m also wondering if this doesn’t call for some milk or water or some type of liquid.  I wondered, but tried the recipe as is and it was so dry and clumpy so I added milk but wanted to make it just the way you do because  your recipes are so delicious!  Really excited to go try this one.  Thanks for all of your awesome recipes and pictures!

  17. bob — May 22, 2015 @ 11:55 pm (#)


    • Ali — May 25th, 2015 @ 8:34 am


  18. Rainbow Zomby — July 8, 2015 @ 6:48 pm (#)

    I would not mind giving it a taste..

  19. Jessi — January 22, 2016 @ 6:50 pm (#)

    I made this and had to re look to make sure it was healthy! It’s so good that my 7 year old daughter even drank some:) thank you for sharing

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 22nd, 2016 @ 10:20 pm

      Awww, we’re so happy you and your daughter enjoyed this Jessi, thanks for commenting! :)

  20. Lorraine Barclay — April 1, 2016 @ 4:15 am (#)

    Do you know the calorie content of this smoothie?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 1st, 2016 @ 9:03 am

      Hi Lorraine! Unfortunately we aren’t sure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  21. Alaine — May 12, 2016 @ 3:30 pm (#)

    The link is broken! Where can I get the recipe?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 16th, 2016 @ 8:08 pm

      Hi Alaine! Maybe it was down earlier? It’s working fine for us! Let us know if you’re still not able to get to it.

  22. Cina — May 12, 2016 @ 3:42 pm (#)

    Can’t get recipe!When I click on link I get a “Be back soon” message! OMG!!!! I need this in my life!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 16th, 2016 @ 8:08 pm

      Hi Cina! That’s so strange, it works fine for us!

  23. Heidi — July 29, 2016 @ 2:03 am (#)

    Sounds great. Can you freeze it and defrost to eat later?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 29th, 2016 @ 8:14 am

      Hi Heidi! Yes, definitely! The best way to do this is to pour the smoothie into an ice cube tray and freeze it that way, then you can just dump the cubes in a glass and it will thaw quickly. We hope you enjoy!

  24. Kelsey Baker — September 14, 2016 @ 8:33 pm (#)

    Ugh, so yummy! Always looking for something quick and healthy on my way out the door to work! Plus, I had to comment on this because I’ve never seen a blogger on Pinterest from KC before, that’s where I live! Small world 😊

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 16th, 2016 @ 12:43 pm

      Thanks, Kelsey — we’re so glad you enjoyed this, and how cool that you live in KC! :D

  25. hannah — October 19, 2016 @ 3:16 pm (#)

    can I use kale instead?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 24th, 2016 @ 1:23 pm

      Yes, definitely! We hope you enjoy!