Hot Chocolate Smoothie

Hot Chocolate Smoothie

During a recent cold snap I was in the mood for hot chocolate, but I wanted something a little more substantial.  This hot chocolate smoothie combines several of my favorite flavors—chocolate, peanut butter, and banana.

The result is thick, creamy, and delicious.  If you use stevia like I did, you don’t have to worry about blowing your diet with this treat.  It will warm you and fill you on a cold day.

The recipe is for one serving.  Simply increase for the amount of servings you need, and feel free to play around with the ingredients!

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Hot Chocolate Smoothie
Recipe type: Beverage
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 5 drops liquid stevia or 2 teaspoons sweetener of choice
  • 1 Tablespoon natural peanut butter
  • ½ of a banana, sliced
  • pinch of salt (if peanut butter is unsalted)
  • cinnamon
  1. Whisk together the milk, cocoa, and sweetener in a small saucepan and heat until not quite boiling.
  2. Transfer to a 2 cup glass measuring cup, if you have a hand blender. Otherwise, transfer to a quart size canning jar that fits the blade of your blender.
  3. Add the peanut butter, salt, and banana. Process until smooth. Be careful of the hot liquid!
  4. Pour into a mug and sprinkle with cinnamon. Mixture will thicken as it cools.


About Linda Etherton

Linda has been gluten free since 2000 when I was diagnosed with celiac disease which propelled me into the world of gluten-free cooking and baking. I am convinced that gluten-free food can and should be delicious, and I never apologize for serving it.
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  1. Linda, that looks and sounds perfect to me! I am all about hot chocolate this time of year, but want something that is going to “fortify” me at the same time. 😉


    • Shirley, I’m really enjoying this hot smoothie idea. I need to try more flavor combinations. I think pumpkin would go well, and Jill just said she was out of banana and used avocado with good results.

  2. That looks wonderful! Definitely putting this one on my “to try” list. Thanks!

  3. Thanks, Linda! I needed that! 😉 I got all excited and put the first 4 ingredients in my Vitamix, then I realized I was out of bananas. 😮 I substituted a third of an avocado instead and upped my sweetener (agave nectar) a bit. YUM!

    • Oh good! I’m glad you were able to improvise and enjoy it. It’s very versatile, like any smoothie, but I know sometimes I get stuck in a rut and need inspiration to try something different. Your avocado idea has inspired me!

  4. I am a chocoholic! I also make breakfast or lunch smoothies almost daily and add cocoa. One night I wanted a hot chocolate, but it was when the temperature outside was over 100 degrees! I got some ice cubes and my cocoa mix and my stick blender and pulsed away! It hit the spot!
    Baked sweet potatoes are also good in smoothies. I have added avocado too. Since I am trying to get as much C during this flu season, I am throwing an orange in my morning smoothies too.
    Most of my fruits are frozen, buy frozen or freeze your own…

  5. Love this recipe! Its so yummy! Thanks Linda!

  6. Johnna says:

    This is perfect for a snow day! Can’t wait to make this soon!!

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