Chunky Monkey Smoothie

Chunky Monkey Smoothie {Beard and Bonnet} #gfree #vegan
Chunky Monkey Smoothie

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I am officially riding the smoothie wave! Took me a while, but I think I get it; fast, easy, portable, loaded with protein, and packed full of flavor. When my family gave me the best blender EVER for Mother’s Day to replace my broken down blender that was so old it couldn’t even break down ice anymore I was over the moon. I had been saving my spare change and entering every food contest I could find to try and win one of these bad boys. I am pretty sure I hinted towards a blender for every holiday for about 2 years, so when I opened that box on Mother’s Day I almost passed out.

Since then, I have been blending any and everything I can possibly think of just to see how it turns out. I use my blender probably 4-5 times a day and smoothies have rapidly become our favorite weekday breakfast and afternoon snack. Since I have always had a soft spot for Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey Ice cream I knew that creating a smoothie using similar ingredients without the guilt associated with downing a pint of ice cream in a single sitting was a priority. Bananas, cocoa, and peanut butter are a perfect smoothie combo and when you add in a few dates for sweetness and homemade almond milk to bring it all together it’s like a healthy party in a glass! 

Chunky Monkey Smoothie {Beard and Bonnet} #gfree #vegan
Chunky Monkey Smoothie

Chunky Monkey Smoothie

This protein packed smoothie mimics the flavors of my favorite ice cream without the guilt. Bananas, peanut butter, and cocoa marry together for a perfect smoothie combination.

  • Author: Beard and Bonnet
  • Total Time: 5


  • 1 1/4 cups homemade almond milk, or store bought
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 45 large fresh Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp. peanut butter


  1. Place all of the ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth.


  • Serving Size: 1
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  1. Beth @ Tasty Yummies August 15, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Yum this is my favorite kind of smoothie, I make it way too often. It always feels so wrong too 😉 Actually drinking one very similar right now, no joke. I went with almond butter instead of PB though and added some spinach and ground flaxseed. Mmmmm extra fiber! haha

    1. Meg August 15, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      Mmmm…I may have to try and sneak some spinach into mine next time!

  2. The Vegan Cookie Fairy August 15, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    *Sigh* I wish I had a Vitamix. Every once in a while I come close to blowing all of my carefully saved, precious holiday money on one, then I think better of it. But someday, someday… until then, my Kenwood will have to do.

    1. Meg August 15, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      I have requested no other gifts for a full year due to the Vitamix purchase. I simply wore our other blender out, it couldn’t make one more batch of almond milk.

  3. Heidi @ Food Doodles August 17, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Yum! This is like my favorite smoothie 🙂 Except I don’t usually put dates in mine. Must try that next time!

    1. Meg August 17, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      I like the subtle sweetness from the dates, I hope you enjoy it!

  4. Dana August 19, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Meg, this is totally my kind of smoothie! Only with almond butter 🙂 oh how I wish I had a vitamix! Homemade almond milk sounds divine.

    1. Meg August 19, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      Dana, mmm almond butter would be yummy too! I used to make my homemade almond milk in my old kitchen aid blender and it did really well. I just had to process it more like 7-8 minutes instead of 3-4. You should try it!

  5. Joy April 28, 2014 at 9:37 am

    This has become an obsession in my household. Seriously : ) We have a massive zip lock bag of frozen bananas in our freezer! I buy the bananas for like 6lbs for a dollar, cut them all up and wrap two cut bananas in plastic wrap and them put them all into one big massive zip lock bag in the freezer. Ready for when we want one!!! SO delicious!!! I’ve always loved the combo of banana, chocolate and pb, but was always unsure of the measurmements. This recipe is the perfect porportions!!

    1. Meg April 28, 2014 at 11:01 am

      Yay Joy I am so happy that you love it!!! I do the same thing with our bananas so that they are always ready to go when the smoothie urge strikes:)

  6. Brittany May 12, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Frozen bananas and peanut butter or almond butter are my favorite smoothie ingredients. I’ll have to try adding dates to my next smoothie.

    PS – I love your blue mason jar. We collected a bunch to use as centerpieces for our wedding so I have way too many but I can’t part with them. They work perfectly as flower vases or cups. 🙂

    1. Meg May 13, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      You will love the little extra punch of sweetness from the dates! I am such a sucker for mason jars. They are my go-to smoothie glass for sure. I guess it’s true what they say…You can take the girl out of the South, but you can’t take the South out of the girl. I remember my grandparents ONLY using mason jars in their homes to drink from.


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