Peanut Butter Banana Chickpea Shake (5 Ingredients!)

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Jar of our Peanut Butter Chocolate Shake recipe made with chickpeas

Behold: the coolest new shake on the block, made with wholesome ingredients like bananas, dates, peanut butter, almond milk, cacao powder, and chickpeas. YES, chickpeas!

Let’s do this!

Bananas, chickpeas, dates, and other ingredients for making a Vegan Chocolate Chickpea Shake recipe

This shake is easy to make, requiring just 5 minutes, 1 blender, and 5 ingredients. (Cacao is optional, but recommended for chocolate lovers!)

Why Chickpeas?

Chickpeas are high in fiber, a plant-based source of protein, and you likely always have them on hand! Plus, they’re an affordable, whole-food alternative to protein powder with a nice boost of fiber.

They’re also a great source of folate, iron, and manganese (1). Not to mention, they make the shake SUPER thick and creamy!

Blender filled with ingredients for making our Creamy Peanut Butter Chocolate Shake recipe

Simply add ripe, previously peeled and frozen bananas, dates, peanut butter, dairy-free milk, and chickpeas to a blender and blend on high until creamy and smooth.

The Secret to a “Thickshake”

  • Add only as much dairy-free milk (or water) as needed, scraping down sides to encourage blending. This is the same technique I employ for my Go-To Smoothie Bowl!
  • Place your blender in the freezer once it’s blended to freeze for 10+ minutes, where it will thicken even more. Mind blown!
Cocoa powder in a blender for our Creamy Chocolate Chickpea Shake recipe

Add cacao powder if desired for a chocolate twist. If we’re being honest, we always want that twist ; )

Blender filled with a batch of our Creamy Chocolate Chickpea Shake recipe

We hope you LOVE this shake. It’s:

Quick & easy to make
Rich in fiber and protein
Naturally sweet
& Mega delicious

This would make the perfect healthier dessert to whip up during the week. Top with additional peanut butter and our Perfect Coconut Whipped Cream Every Time!

Healthier Shake Inspo

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Glass jar of our vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Shake recipe

Peanut Butter Banana Chickpea Shake (5 Ingredients!)

Creamy Peanut Butter Banana Chickpea Shake with just 5 ingredients, 5 minutes, and 1 blender required. A satisfying, plant-based treat with plenty of fiber and protein!
Author Minimalist Baker
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chickpea Shake topped with coconut whipped cream
4.85 from 58 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 (small shakes)
Course Dessert/Snack, Smoothie
Cuisine Dessert, Gluten-Free, Snack, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? Best when fresh



  • 2 ripe bananas (previously peeled, chopped, and frozen)
  • 1-2 pitted medjool dates (more or less depending on desired sweetness)
  • 1/3 cup cooked chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2-3 Tbsp peanut butter (sub powdered peanut butter for lower fat // or sub other nut or seed butter such as almond, cashew, sunflower, or tahini)
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cacao or cocoa powder (optional)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dairy-free milk, plus more as needed (we prefer almond, coconut, or cashew)
  • 1 pinch sea salt (optional)


  • To a high-speed blender add frozen bananas, dates, chickpeas, peanut butter (or powdered peanut butter / other nut butter), and cacao powder (optional). 
  • Add dairy-free milk a little at a time and blend on medium/low to keep the shake thick. Blend until creamy and smooth, scraping sides and adding more dairy-free milk as needed to facilitate blending. 
  • Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more dates for sweetness, banana for thickness, peanut butter for saltiness / nuttiness, or cacao / cocoa powder for more intense chocolate flavor. You can also add a pinch of salt at this point if your nut butter is unsalted (optional). Blend once more to combine.
  • Note: For a thicker shake, transfer the shake to the freezer to chill for 15-30 minutes!
  • Divide between serving glasses and enjoy. Top with extra peanut butter or coconut whipped cream to send this shake over the top (also optional).
  • Best when fresh. Freeze leftovers into ice cubes and store well sealed up to 1 month. Blend with additional dairy-free milk (or add to other smoothies) to enjoy.



*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with the lesser amount of peanut butter, with almond milk, and without optional ingredients.

Nutrition (1 of 2 servings)

Serving: 1 shakes Calories: 312 Carbohydrates: 54.5 g Protein: 7.4 g Fat: 10.1 g Saturated Fat: 1.9 g Sodium: 100 mg Potassium: 747 mg Fiber: 7.1 g Sugar: 33.1 g

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  1. Dayna says

    Really tasty! I wanted more without adding too many extra calories so I added a handful of fresh spinach and a couple ice cubes which did the trick. Gonna be my new go to when I have an awkward amount of leftover chickpeas

  2. Jes says

    Thank you so much for making a more affordable alternative to all of the protein smoothies out there! I don’t even taste the garbanzo beans, they just add a bit of creaminess. And they are far cheaper than fancy vegan protein powders! I swapped out the peanut butter for almond and it tastes delicious.

  3. Daphne says

    I just made this with soy milk and it was amazing! I also didn’t use a freezed banana because it’s chilly today and I didn’t feel like it. The refrigerated soy milk made it cool enough for me.

    I love that it’s made with chickpeas, and no worries, it doesn’t taste like them, I’m just always trying to eat more legumes as well as find more filling breakfast recipes. It’s got a rich taste and it’s definitely satiating. 😻

  4. Jennifer says

    I haven’t made this in quite a while. I only used 1\2 banana for 1 serving I switched it up and used maple syrup and added Greek yogurt (1/4 cup) WOW!! Delicious. Might be my new go to…..👍🏻👍🏻

  5. Jamie says

    I was looking for a yummy smoothie recipe as an after dinner snack instead of our usual ice cream or Oreos. This was a fantastic option! Added some whip cream on top and it made a perfect dessert for my husband and I :D

  6. Sarah says

    This is my family’s favorite shake. Breakfast or dessert, it’s a hit. I add extra chickpeas and handfuls and handfuls of spinach – it tastes the same and my three kids get extra nutrition. I do extra milk so it’s more smoothie, and I use maple syrup instead of dates because I never have them on hand. It’s a dream!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Amazing! We’re so glad it’s a hit with the whole family! Thank you for sharing, Sarah! xo

  7. Jennifer says

    Absolutely delicious 😋
    I made 1 serving and it was quite small. But dang delicious!
    How could I make into a smoothie size?
    I usually have a smoothie for lunch e everyday.

  8. Lizzy says

    I made this because I love peanut butter cups and wondered if it was really as good as the comments say it is. Wow!! The first time I made it, I didn’t peel the chickpeas and it was great. I just made a second batch and I took the time to peel them. There is no difference in flavor or texture. I divided the mixture into four containers and put them in the freezer. I think I have an ice cream substitute that has actual nutritional value. I really love it. I am wondering if I can use other beans and still keep the flavor.

  9. Susan Roman says

    I made these into popsicles for my daycare children. I don’t always snack with them, but today I did. Every single one was devoured and the parents were impressed with the recipe.

  10. Kim Y Jackson says

    My mind is blown. Chickpeas!! I didn’t have dates so I subbed 1/2 tsp maple syrup. I only had 1 frozen banana so I added 1 fresh. Delicious!!

      • Jacklyn says

        This recipe was great! I only had room temp bananas, so I tossed in two handfuls of ice cubes and it turned out wonderfully. Thank you!

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          Great! We’re so glad it turned out well with that trick! Thank you for sharing, Jacklyn! xo

  11. Monika says

    Amazing! Was looking for a high-protein smoothie and this was better than I was even expected. It looks so caramelly in the photos and I tried to convince my eyes that it was the colours deceiving me because there’s nothing in the ingredients that would make it taste like that. However, after making it, it somehow managed to taste and smell like chocolate-caramel-peanut butter dessert. And this is from somebody who usually doesn’t like peanut butter at all but I sometimes don’t mind it with chocolate. Knowing me, I like this so much that I will probably it every day until I’m sick of it.

    I don’t understand how somebody is saying it came out salty. I used low-sodium chickpeas (not even salt-free) and added a pinch of salt and it came out great and not too salty at all. My peanut butter was salt-free though, maybe they needed to use salt-free peanut butter.

  12. Amy Moreno says

    Impressive. No bean taste. Tasted like a chocolate shake. I was having a lazy day and so it was lunch for me and the kids along with french fries. They asked for more and it was filling because of the beans and I felt like I gave them something with fiber. Thank you!

  13. Nikki says

    Omg I’m in love with this recipe! I am a sugar addict and this takes care of all my cravings but in a healthier way. Thank you so much!

  14. Sabrina says

    I made this. It’s a big O.M.G. I used soy milk and dark chocolate chips. It’s so thick and sweet. Definitely making this again 🤤

  15. Becky says

    Definitely didn’t love this one, even though most of the other Minimalist Baker smoothie recipes are a hit! Mine came out tasting salty, even though my chickpeas were 100% salt-free (I know, since I had some I cooked from scratch), I only buy low-sodium peanut butter, and I left out the optional sea salt. I ended up blending more banana and date to counteract the saltiness…that made it drinkable but meant that I didn’t really taste the peanut butter or chocolate. I’ll stick to some of the other smoothie recipes that are tried and true.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Becky, we’re sorry to hear that! It definitely shouldn’t taste salty. We’re not sure what else could be causing that?

  16. N.Miller says

    I really enjoyed this recipe! Its supeeeer creamy and delicious and a great start to the day! Would recommend :)

  17. Kristen says

    This is absolutely delicious and filling! It satisfies every craving and replaces my lunch when working from home.

    Any suggestions for banana substitute (other than avocado)?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoy it, Kristen! Hmm, might be a little tricky in terms of texture. Perhaps steamed, frozen cauliflower + dates? Let us know if you do some experimenting!

  18. Megan says

    Creamy, delicious and easy to make! I made mine with chocolate protein powder instead of cocoa powder and it tasted great.

  19. Sara says

    This shake was sooo good! I was a little unsure that it would taste good with the addition of chickpeas, but I was pleasantly surprised. The shake was nice and thick. I used a combination of almond butter and peanut butter. It is definitely rich and makes a wonderful after dinner treat!

  20. Jeanie says

    I made this for after workout dinner and it hit the spot. I didn’t add the dates because my banana was very ripe, substituted PB with PB Fit, used 1 banana, used more almond milk, and a sprinkle of nutmeg. It definitely helped with the post workout leg cramps and exhaustion. It will be my go to for a healthy guilty pleasure and definitely a PMS fix. I’m going to sneak in some baby kale next time.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed this shake and that it helped with your exercise recovery! Thanks so much for sharing, Jeanie!

  21. Dani D says

    When I first made it following the recipe exactly it was too rich and creamy for me. I threw it back in the blender with some leftover coffee and some icecubes. Perfect!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      This is definitely a more rich and thick shake. Coffee sounds like an amazing addition for thinning it out!

  22. Magic says

    LOVE. THIS. Made it twice already, the second time I slipped in a heaping Tbsp of peanut butter protein power (Amazing Grass) in place of half the PB for a little extra protein. Amazing in a bowl topped with blueberries, chia seeds, and shredded coconut.


  23. Kylie says

    Made this pot post-workout breakfast.. felt like I was eating a chocolate peanut butter milkshake! Made as is but added a few ice cubes for more volume. Absolutely delicious. Will prob save this as a dessert in the future because it is SO GOOD!

  24. Melissa says

    This is my new favorite smoothie/milkshake recipe. I used it as a post run snack. It tastes great with carob for people who like carob (if you don’t like carob you probably wouldn’t like it). And with refined sugar free aquafaba whipped cream.

  25. Missy says

    Just had this milkshake for breakfast and it was outstanding! I didn’t have dates so I subbed a bit of agave. Chickpeas in shakes for life now! Tomorrow will be trying another version by omitting peanut butter and adding in cocoa. Thanks for another winning recipe!

  26. Lauren Seidl says

    I just made this, and it is sooo good! I love that the chickpeas make it filling and thick, and if I didn’t see the recipe, I’d have no idea that it isn’t ice cream in here! I’m so excited to make it again!

  27. Claire says

    Yum! My blender is cheap, so I didn’t want to risk using a date (plus my frozen banana was super ripe anyway). I let the banana thaw for a little bit, then added dairy milk to the blender first before the other ingredients. Cacao powder was the perfect chocolatey touch, and don’t skip the extra freezing time. It really makes it thick, just how I like my shakes!

  28. Laura Reffner says

    We’ve made this recipe several times already! We’ve done it with chick peas and with great northern beans. We all love it!! Thanks for a delicious, healthy recipe we all enjoy!!

  29. Melissa says

    I made this today for my kids & I. Followed the directions exactly as you listed & it turned out amazing! Super rich & creamy! I will definitely make again ?

  30. Lydia says

    This sounds amazing! I would like to make this but I was wondering freezing the chickpeas would make it creamier or if it would be the same as using them without freezing? Thanks!

      • Lydia Liu says

        ok, so I finally tried it and I loved it! I ended up not freezing the chickpeas because I felt like it wouldn’t make that much of a difference. I did mix the recipe up a bit and sort of combined it with your immune booster orange smoothie from 2014 by adding sweet potato and that was really good. I also added cauliflower for some extra veggies and I heard adding them frozen (which is what I did) can make the smoothie creamier but I feel like it made the consistency gritty/crumbly, do you know what I’m talking about? It was my first time using cauliflower in a smoothie so I was wondering if there was something people normally do to the cauliflower that I didn’t know of to make the texture smoother? Unless that’s just how the texture is or I didn’t blend it enough. Thanks!

    • Melissa Moore says

      You can freeze the chickpeas first. I don’t know if I made it creamer because I did not make it without freezing the chickpeas but it worked pretty well.

  31. Jessie says

    Maybe you addressed this in the 10 pages of words pre-recipe, but that’s clearly 6 ingredients not 5.
    Either way, this sounds awesome and I’m excited to make it.

  32. Maria Cristina Pascual says

    This is my dinner tonight and its so good.done it many times.shared this recipe to my sister.a lot of your recipes are so delicious and easy to follow.

  33. Jenn says

    When I saw this recipe, I was so excited to make it (I am a huge fan of everything chickpea!). It did not disappoint! Delicious! Tasted like such a treat, but oh so wholesome. I used some plain soaked dates since I don’t have medjool ones right now, but it worked fantastic. I don’t even have a good blender!

  34. Sophie says

    This was so thick and delicious! I used 1 tbsp chocolate collagen peptides w/ reishi and 1 tbsp cocoa powder as well as powdered pb. Will definitely make again!

  35. Danielle Boule says

    This was delicious! I only had one banana so added some frozen strawberries. Also added a little flax for healthy omegas. :) Will make again!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Danielle. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Oooh, yum! We haven’t tried it, but we think it might work! Though it could be a little more icy and less creamy. Let us know how it goes!

  36. Zoe says

    Just made this to satisfy a sweet craving. It is absolutely delicious, and a great shake up from regular vegan smoothie combos that I do. I misread the recipe and only added one banana, other than that I added in everything else (including one Tbs of cacao and a small pinch of salt), it was super thick and super delicious. An absolute smoothing game changer!!

  37. Jillian says

    10 out of 10 Goldblums, would make again. This contented my sweet-tooth and nutbutter addiction.
    And as someone who likes them shakes THICK, this was the most satisfying one I’ve had. The chickpeas and frozen bananas even gave a little bit of soft crunch which for me was amazing.
    Sunflower butter concoction (added turmeric, a dab of maple syrup, and a squeeze of this caramel flavored Stevia stuff I also highly recommend)
    1 coconut date roll
    3 Tablespoons of almond milk
    Didn’t even need the chocolate :-0
    A million thanks for this recipe.

  38. Nicole H. says

    My husband and I attend a local gym where a company called Impulse Smoothy resides. Maybe once a week we splurge on shakes, and my favorite was the Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein shake. I hate spending the money, but they were ohh soo good. You can imagine, when I stumbled upon this recipe, how excited I was to try this out! I not only get to save money, but I also can guarantee my ingredients! I made this recipe precisely as suggested and it came out simply amazing! It is now a household staple for my husband and I and it makes the perfect recommended size, for nutritional purposes ; )….would I want more….oh Yes! But, I will remain modest with my consumption. haha. We prefer ours a little less thick, but adding the almond milk and ice cubes helps a ton. Amazing! Well Done and thank you so much!!!

  39. Alex says

    Made this twice now – my blender isn’t the greatest, so I added in a lot more milk than called for, but I have no complaints :) You definitely get the flavour of banana, so could I say it’s almost like having nice cream? The second time I added in a quarter cup of protein powder for even extra protein and it still turned out great. Thank you!

  40. Giovonne says

    This was so good! Using chickpeas was such a nice alternative to protein powder. Thanks for such a good idea. I added some frozen cauliflower rice to make it extra creamy!

  41. Joshua Howard says

    Made it woth coconut milk and cocoa butter. It was perfect and really yummy! Thank you for the healthy vegan recipe!

  42. Becki says

    OMG! I made this exactly per your recipe and it was incredible. I had never had chickpeas in the form of a drink before so it surprised my by how good it tasted. My son even loved the taste. A special thanks to Minimalist Baker for helping me change my lifestyle in recent months. Now if only my husband would get on board:)

  43. Jen says

    Fabulous loved the flavour made to recipe just added more water as needed for my blender and yes with extra water made 2 small shakes, but I enjoyed the flavour I decided not to share??

  44. Sarah says

    Super easy, super yum! Made this with ‘normal dates’, (a few of the dried kind zapped with a touch of water). And cows milk. Kiddies & I loved it for breakfast! Pretty grainy for us, as our blender is just a cheapie, but no complaints!

  45. Cassie Thuvan Tran says

    Oh yummy! Would you say another type of white bean would work with this recipe? I have dry Northern beans that I’ve been soaking for 24 hours, plan on cooking until very soft as well–not sure if it would lend a more bitter flavor but I would love to know your thoughts!

  46. Carolyn Englar says

    Wow – this is my new favorite shake! Tastes like a totally indulgent desert, but I think is pretty healthy overall. It was really thick and creamy, and not too sweet but the mix of flavors between the peanut butter, cocoa and banana is just heaven. Excited to play around with chickpeas in other smoothie recipes!

  47. Emmy says

    Do you think this would work with something like fava beans too (maybe it’d be totally weird, I just wondered!)?

  48. Rachel >> Strangers on a Plain says

    Planning to try this with my kids. They are chick pea obsessed. I’m a little scared that it might be gritty though.

  49. Patricia says

    The recipe doesn’t make two shakes. I followed the recipe exactly and I only ended up with one shake. Did I do something wrong? It’s really high in calories if it’s only one shake. Thank you for the recipe though. I like that I couldn’t taste the chickpeas.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Patricia! I reworded the serving size to say two small shakes. It can be one large shake or two small. For nutrition sake, we found that dividing it into two servings was more accurate / helpful. Glad you enjoyed the flavor!

  50. Dough says

    Because I’m an extremely lazy cook I made this with Banana Almond Milk rather than using frozen bananas. After I whipped it all up I put the canister in the freezer, as suggested, and I ended up with a YUMBO shake!
    Thanks for an easy, killer recipe!

  51. LUCI says

    I made this today- very easy recipe. I used fresh made cashew milk and 1/4 cup chickpeas.
    I did not taste the chickpeas but it created a very smooth consistency.

  52. viven says

    So, it’s nighttime here … i had some chickpeas cooked for dinner. Was a bit dazed after a long day of work, as to what I should make of it. Tada ! your mail show up … & I ended up blending ’em chickpeas for a thicc and yummy night shake. Thank you !

  53. Sarah N. says

    This recipe says it makes two smoothies, but when I made it there was only enough for one. I followed the recipe exactly, not sure if I missed something or if the serving size was wrong.

  54. Jillian says

    Wow, I cannot wait to make this! Looks delicious! Would you recommend cooked chickpeas (as specified) over canned? I know canned can have a bit of a weird flavour, but wondering if it’s worth it to cook dried ones. Thank you! <3