Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Milkshake

When it comes to making milkshakes and smoothies, I’m not usually one to follow a recipe. I typically just toss-in ingredients as I go and hope for the best.

However, sometimes a shake turns out so well, it simply demands to be written down so that I can re-create it again and again, with the same spectacular results each time.

This is one of those milkshakes.

Made of frozen bananas, natural peanut butter, and cocoa powder, this rich, creamy treat is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth–> without the sluggish after-effects from a traditional ice cream shake.

As always, feel free to substitute your favorite nut butter for the peanut butter, or omit the cocoa for caffeine-free dessert.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Milkshake (vegan)
makes 24 oz (about 2 servings)


2 frozen bananas
3/4 cup almond milk (homemade or store-bought)
1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup (optional)
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
pinch of sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
7 ice cubes (about 2 handfuls)


Throw all the ingredients into a high-powered blender, and blend until smooth and creamy.

(I like to freeze my bananas whole, for easy measuring, then I break them in half when adding them to the blender.)

Results will definitely be best if you use a Vitamix, which breaks down ice effortlessly, but a traditional blender should also work– though, you may need to add a bit more almond milk to facilitate blending.

Pour into two glasses and serve immediately!

4.6 from 57 votes
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
Made of frozen bananas, natural peanut butter, cocoa and a splash of pure maple syrup, this rich, creamy treat is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth, without the sluggish after-effects of a traditional milkshake.
Servings: 1 -2
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 3/4 cup almond milk (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 7 ice cubes (about 2 handfuls)
  1. Throw all of the ingredients into a high-powered blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. (I like to freeze my bananas whole, for easy measuring, then I break them in half when adding them to the blender.)
  2. Pour into two glasses and serve immediately!
Recipe Notes
For best results, use a high-speed blender like the Vitamix, which breaks down ice effortlessly. A traditional blender should also work-- though, you may need to add a bit more almond milk to facilitate blending.

Happy sipping!

Reader Feedback: Do you ever follow recipes for smoothies or shakes? What’s your favorite flavor combo?

Meet Megan Gilmore

Hi, I’m Megan. A former fast food junkie turned certified nutritionist consultant, trying to make healthy living as easy as possible. I believe in eating delicious whole foods on a regular basis to help naturally support the body’s detox organsβ€” no juice fasting required. (Unless you want to!) If you make one of my healthy recipes, tag @detoxinista on Instagram or Facebook so I can see!

214 thoughts on “Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Milkshake

  1. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

    Yummm! I’m like you – I rarely follow recipes for smoothies, except when I’m making one for the blog, in which case I try really hard to remember to measure things! You’ve just triggered a hard core craving for nut butter! πŸ˜‰

  2. jeanne

    Yummy, what a great dessert!!! Are you sure you got the servings right… Looks like one delicious serving to me πŸ˜‰

  3. Taylor

    this looks so good! i usually just throw whatever in there for my smoothies! my current favorite: banana, pineapple, ice, orange juice, and a ton of spinach (like 2 cups!) sooo fresh and deliciously green!

  4. Lisa

    For smoothies, I don’t usually follow a recipe. Just use whatever I’m craving, but this looks absolutely delicious. I am so happy I splurged on the vitamix! I love it

  5. Caroline

    mmmm… this looks so delicious!
    I made a banana smoothie with greek yogurt about an hour ago!
    Definitely making this tomorrow though!

  6. becky

    Looks sooo yummy~ but how do you offset all of the carbs? We are trying to watch our intake of sugars~ ohhh it is sooo hard! πŸ™‚

    1. Christina

      Try vanilla stevia and omit the maple syrup. NuNaturals is the brand I use. By far the best flavor. Made this smoothie throughout my pregnancy but never thought of the peanut butter. Missed out!!

  7. jessica

    LOVE this so much, in fact if you want it to be EVEN healthier I make it with just frozen bananas, PB & almond milk-don’t need maple syrup or the cocoa

  8. Cristina

    This is SO delicious. I made it last night and I couldn’t believe how YUMMY it was. Thank you for posting this!

  9. Michelle

    Ummmm…. You did it again!!! Unreal!!! I didn’t have ice cubes so used frozen strawberries.
    Amazing!! Thank you!!!!

  10. Vicki

    I stumbled upon your site tonight and decided to try this recipe. Everyone loved it! Thanks so much for the great recipes.

  11. booturtle

    What brand of natural peanut butter do you buy and do you keep in it in the fridge. Yours looks so creamy. Mine is so thick from keeping in the fridge I struggle to measure or spread it easily. I love the flavor but can only really use it on warm Ezekiel bread the best. Always looking for other brands to try.

    1. Megan Post author

      The one pictured above is the organic brand from Whole Foods– it was freshly opened and stirred, which is why is looks so creamy. I do keep my peanut butter in the fridge, so it does get thick, but I think that actually helps the texture of the milkshake!

      When I’m making it on a regular basis, I’ll just use a normal spoon to measure (rather than a measuring cup), since it doesn’t have to be “exact” to turn out delicious! Hope you enjoy it!

  12. Sarah Gillis

    I just made this and it was delicious! I ran out of cocoa powder so I borrowed some of my husband’s chocolate protein powder and it was amazing! Thanks so much for sharing – I’m out to buy some ingredients to try some of your other recipes πŸ™‚

  13. Karen L K

    I finally made this and is very good!! My blender struggled with the ice a bit but I just kept turning it off and shaking it or stirred it.

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  15. pat

    i use a vitmix to blend ice milk shakess but have a hard time with it pushing everything above blades and having to stop and shake. how and what speeds do you recommend blending milk sahkes with ice?

    1. Megan Post author

      I always start my shakes on the “low” setting– and use my tamper to keep everything moving. You can always add a bit of extra liquid, if needed, too!

  16. Jennifer

    I have an allergy to bananas. Can you think of any replacements that would still give it the right texture and good flavor? I see one reader used squash. Maybe avocado would work, like your chococado recipe. πŸ™‚ thanks!

    1. Megan Post author

      I haven’t tried anything else with this particular recipe, so you’ll have to report back to us if you have any success! πŸ™‚

  17. Julie

    I’ve been craving a shake for weeks, finally Googled it and your site popped up. This is my first time on your site. I just made and had some of the Chocolate PB shake and it filled my craving. I’d probably ditch the PB next time and increase the syrup or add some dates soaked in coconut water for a bit more sweetness.

    Had a slight brain freeze :o) but it was worth it. Now on to make your Mac and cheese with broccoli and mushrooms.

  18. Amanda

    I make this using organic soy and i leave out the salt and serve it to my husband and I after working out. With the potasaium and protein it’s a great muscle rejuvenation and snack!!

  19. Kayla

    This milkshake is seriously amazing. I am trying to go sugar free (fruit OK)and I have been craving a chocolate milkshake. I made this without the maple syrup and with unsweetened coco powder. It was a single serving, so I used 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter and 1 tablespoon powdered peanut butter (bell plantation). To die for! I cannot believe I can have something that tastes this delicious on a sugar free diet! Thank you for posting!

  20. Abbie

    I make the same thing, but use a few dates for sweetness; I like it sith a little nutmeg in it, too. It’s a fave post-workout treat here!

  21. Michael

    Dec. 2012 – just made this, and it came out nice and smooth, with the right balance of chocolate and peanut butter. It was pretty darn close to the heavenly version I remember getting at the few places in NY City that offer a vegan chocolate peanut butter shake.

    I used some chocolate soy milk I already had open, rather than almond milk, and backed off the cocoa powder just a bit, since my milk was already chocolate flavored. I used an ordinary blender, and the ice rattled around a bit, but was eventually all broken up smoothly into the shake. I only had crunchy organic peanut butter around, but had no nut bits at all – nice and smooth. I let my bananas thaw a bit first, and blended the ice in last.

    I selected this over other recipes on the net, some of which called for dates, and am very pleased with it. Thanks for sharing this. I am curious as to what difference the one tsp of vanilla makes, and may try this without it sometime.

    1. Megan Post author

      Glad you enjoyed it, Michael! I added the vanilla extract hoping it would mimic the flavor of vanilla ice cream, which I love in my milkshakes. I’m sure it will taste delicious without it, too!

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  24. Tatiana

    I just made this and it was delicious! This will be my go to guilt-free milkshake for those days I can’t help but give in to my cravings. Thank you.

  25. Justine

    Hi there

    This looks delicious, as do all your recipes, but I am a little confused in relation to food combining – my understanding is that fruit should never be combined? Are bananas an exception? Or is it dependent on you? I am new to food combinig as its my last resort to deal with stomach bloating.

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  28. Laura

    I’ve been making a version of this smoothie for a while now, definitely one of my favorites. I also add ground flaxseed for the omega-3 fatty acids and lignans, the extra fiber doesn’t hurt either. πŸ™‚

  29. Chef Rachel

    Wow! This looks fantastic! I’ve made something similar adding vanilla egg white protein or whey protein. I hadn’t used almond milk though. I plan to try it. Readers could replace the maple syrup with several drops of clear stevia liquid, added to taste. I love adding cinnamon or pie spice to banana smoothies!

    You do a fantastic job of showcasing so many fabulous fruity and healthy recipes. I love your site!

    Chef Rachel

    1. Megan Post author

      I have heard that milk does cancel-out the benefits in coffee, so I imagine that it may have some effect on the benefits of cocoa as well. However, there are no conclusive studies that prove this theory either way at the moment.

      Luckily, all of my recipes are milk-free, so that’s not an issue for us!

  30. Elissa B

    Just made this to test out my brand-new Vitamix. It tastes great… a dessert without the guilt! Thanks for posting!

  31. Anneli

    Oh my word! Just tried this recipe this morning and it is delicious! New favourite combination. I usually don’t follow recipes but had to try this one. Glad I did! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  32. Michelle

    For those of you who don’t own a Vita Mixer, I have a Waring Pro blender that is much stronger than many conventional blenders. I’ve had mine for 12 years or more and had good success (though it’s nothing like a Vita Mix). I think I paid about $60 for it.

    1. Tiffany

      I don’t have a Vita Mixer either, I just used my Hamilton Beach food processor and it worked fine!! Creamy and smooth.

  33. DonnaRocks

    This was so freakin good and I did NOT use the maple syrup! I served in a frosted glass. Thank you Detoxinista!

  34. Joe

    I laid on the couch with my head tilted back for what felt like 5 minutes…just waiting for the last drop of this shake! It was thick, delicious, and rich. While I wouldn’t begin replacing meals with it, this chocolate peanut butter banana milkshake makes for a tasty treat you don’t have to feel guilty about. I’m about to go throw a couple more bananas in the freezer for round two, maybe a small pinch of cinnamon on the next one? Thanks for the recipe!

  35. Angela

    All I can say is DELICIOUS!!!! I have no guilt when I drink this shake and I actually feel a little more energized afterwards. I can’t get enough thanks so much for posting it!

  36. Christine

    Are you kidding me? W-O-W

    I just made this and I cannot believe how amazingly delicious it is. I almost feel guilty eating it while my kids are sleeping upstairs. I substituted for light soy milk and skipped the syrup. This is definitely a new favorite.

  37. Renee

    I am SO happy to have found your webpage here! You have some awesome tips for people that are beginning like my family, to eat a more healthy way!
    I will for sure be visiting this site!

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  40. Tiffany

    OMG So good!!!
    Made a few changes to suit what we had –
    1 banana only (not frozen)
    some chocolate AND regular almond milk
    and used raw honey because I ran out of maple syrup last week lol

    It was delicious, sweet but not overpowering. Will be pinning and making again for sure!

  41. Wendy kent

    I actually made this for my kids and they didn’t like it. However, I had some too and I thought it tasted just like a chocolate milkshake with a hint of banana. I have no idea what is wrong with my kids. :). I used more ice and raw honey instead of syrup but holy bomb. It was good. And I don’t even like peanut butter!

  42. Cindy

    I LOVE your blog & this recipe rocks! I didn’t have almond milk so I used a little water instead & it still turned out great. I also added a handful of kale & substituted almond butter, soooo good! Thank you for all the great recipes & tips.

  43. Bill MacKnight


    I have to watch my sugar intake and have now incorporated almond milk and brown rice powdered
    meal replacement for my lunches.
    So when looking for a variety of recipies that incorporates almond milk I came across your peanut butter cocoa drink.

    Tried it tonight WOW!!! That’s all i can say. First of all I love thick malts but no can do anymore.
    This is off the charts. I used Rapunzel organic coca. Going to add coconut to my next one THANKS!!!

  44. cathryn morgan

    Way too rich for me. Was it because I didn’t add any ice because we disnt have any. Tasted like i was drinking straight chocolate.

  45. Patrick

    I’m using a ninja, so I blended the ice into a “snowy” texture in the mini processor first. It solved the problem of the rogue ice chunks and made it exactly the consistency of a frosty! Also, I used frozen coconut water for the ice cubes and didn’t add any sweetener. SO GOOD!!!!

  46. Michelle

    THANK YOU for this recipe! This has become a total staple for me! I love it for breakfast and also for a late night snack when I need something sweet and I don’t feel guilt! I love this!!

  47. Mary

    My husband suggested going out for ice cream treats at our favorite local dairy and I said no… I wanted to make this instead! I made 1 serving using 3 ice cubes, 1.5 tablespoons of peanut butter, 1.5 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder (for a richer chocolate taste), roughly 3/8 cup of almond milk, few grains of salt, & 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. Delightful! I skipped the maple syrup since a) I didn’t want the extra sugar and b) I noticed that you responded to another commenter that the maple syrup was not necessary. I know you’re not into counting calories, but for me this was probably slightly fewer calories than a similar sized ice cream shake and definitely way less sugar, too.

  48. Lisa

    This was absolutely AMAZING! I’m not really a favor of peanut butter, but it looked so yummy in the picture I had to give it a try! Can not believe how delicious! Can’t wait to pass this recipe on to my clients! Thanks for a winner!

  49. Lisa

    OOPS! *not really a “fan” of peanut butter! – Guess I was so excited after trying this I was completely confused! Yummy brain freeze!

  50. Sandy

    made the shake but it was not thick .what did I not do right .tasted good but just like a drink not a shake.

  51. faith

    Thanks for this recipe, I pinned it a few weeks ago and decided to try it this week! We have had it twice already and the kiddos LOVE it.. They only thing I did different was use coconut milk instead of almond since that’s what I buy.. Delicious!!!

  52. Nic Nakk

    I just made this but made it with PB, Frozen Bananas, Silk Dark Chocolate Almond Milk, Kale, Flax seeds and it is to die for! No need for ice since the frozen bananas made it icy cold. πŸ™‚ It tastes more like a dessert or a treat though.

  53. Nic Nakk

    I just made this but made it with PB, Frozen Bananas, Silk Dark Chocolate Almond Milk, Kale, Flax seeds and it is to die for! No need for ice since the frozen bananas made it icy cold. It tastes more like a dessert or a treat though. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  54. Donna

    Two words…HAZELNUT BUTTER….

    As a sub for the PB….Result? An unctuous Nutella “Frosty” = Sheer nirvana!

  55. Jess @ Crunchy Hot Mama

    Oh man, this was heavenly! I used almond butter, and coconut milk (to get more fat), and tossed in a few blueberries, then topped it with cocoa nibs. It is definitely a treat and not to be consumed daily πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for the yummy recipe!

  56. Ruthie

    Just made this (halved the recipe), used water instead of almond milk, and added a piece of 80% dark chocolate. Fabulous!!! Thank you!

  57. JLa

    OMG this is soooooo deelish!!! I just made this for my husband & he loved it. I added an extra scoop of cocoa powder. Definitely 5 stars!!!!

  58. Michelle Baker

    This is SO good and my new go-to snack when I have a craving for something sweet and a green smoothie won’t cut it (I replaced the maple syrup with stevia).

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  60. Megan

    This recipe looks so good! I absolutely HATE bananas..Is there anything can can be substituted in place of the bananas?

  61. Rosemary

    Yummers! I just finished having a variation of this for BREAKFAST! My version combined almond milk, frozen banana, frozen spinach, crunchy peanut butter, chia seeds, a stray date that was hanging around needing a purpose, vanilla, and maca powder. No ice, no salt (my peanut butter was already salted), no maple syrup. So, so delicious, and I felt I could rationalize drinking it for breakfast by calling it a green smoothie! πŸ˜‰

  62. Rosemary

    Mmmmmmmm, made another variation of this milkshake this morning for my breakfast and it turned out possibly even better than my first version. Almond milk, goat milk yogurt, frozen banana, frozen spinach, peanut butter, cocoa powder, hemp protein powder, vitamineral green powder, maca powder, chia seeds, and vanilla. Yummy!

  63. ivana

    I just made it….it is delicious….the thing is this is so fullfilling and sweet that i dont think ill be able to finish my serving!
    I hope its ok if i save it in my fridge in order to finish it tomorrow!

  64. Charlene

    OMG! I’ve just this second finished making this milkshake and let me tell you how delicious it tastes. I shall be incorporating this drink into my healthier lifestyle diet.

  65. Valerie

    You are a genius. This milkshake was non- stop sippingly good. How do you know exactly how many ice cubes to use to get it to taste so great? I think I would’ve added too many (which would’ve compromised the flavor ) if I didn’t have a guideline from your recipe. Thanks Detoxinista!

  66. Katie

    I have tried to kick my awful sugar cravings and within the last 3 weeks I haven’t had any sugar! I attribute that to this recipe! Many MANY thanks πŸ™‚

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  69. Ebony

    I made this with chocolate Soymilk, minus the cocoa powder. It’s really delicious!! I will be making this again. Thanks!

  70. Jenn

    I have been trying different smoothie recipes and couldn’t make it “just right”…until I tried your recipe!! I eliminated the cocoa powder and it was still perfect. Thank you for sharing, it was super yummy!!

  71. Isa

    Hi,I want to tell you that your recipes are the best I have ever seen and tried. I was looking so long for good, healthy, cellulite-reducing(it works!!) and most important sooo tasty recipes.Unfortunately I don’t get all the ingredients in Europe but there are more and more health food shops and if I don’t get an ingredient your recipe is a great inspiration. Just tried this shake-it’s fantastic!!Greeetings from Austria!

    1. Noodle-berry

      Hi Isa
      Can I ask what recipes you’ve been using to combat (the dreaded) cellulite????
      Thanks in advance – N πŸ™‚

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  73. Anu

    Hey there, I love your blog, and love trying your recipes. They are awesome! Quick question on this one: is there a reason that the bananas should be frozen? Or can I just use regular bananas? I don’t have much experience with smoothies, so I was wondering! Thanks!

    1. Megan Post author

      The frozen bananas provide an “ice cream” texture. If they aren’t frozen, it will be more like a smoothie and not as cold and creamy.

  74. Marie

    Best shake ever!
    I subbed the cocoa for a little chocolate whey protein.
    I am in love!
    Not only did it taste amazing, it kept me full all morning! MUST MAKE THIS

  75. [email protected]

    This sounds so delicious that I ‘m going to hav it for breakfast tomorrow but with almod butter.

  76. Noodle-berry

    Just made this shake; I’ve been back and forth for almost an hour as to whether or not I should make it this late (It’s after 11pm); but I saw in the comments section one of your followers has this when her kids are in bed & she doesn’t feel the slightest bit guilty as it’s so healthy; so I thought, who am I to argue???? πŸ™‚
    So glad I did, absolutely delish! Again Megan, you’ve outdone yourself πŸ˜‰

  77. Mia

    I’ve had this recipe for a while now but just made it after receiving your reminder-post of sweet treats. Thank you for the reminder–it is delicious and just what I was looking for this afternoon!

  78. Kate Milan

    I made this with cacao powder ….and a little stevia powder instead of maple syrup…it was a very nice alternative to chocolate shakes, and so much better for you. Thank you I will be making this again…

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  80. kunji rey

    Hello there. Me and my niece are about to make one of your recipes and we are so excited. My niece wanted to send you a little note and it as follows πŸ™‚ Shes 6…


    From and thank you,


  81. Linsey

    This sucker is delicious! I have made it at least 10 times and every time I am in love. I have started subbing molasses for some of the syrup and adding cinnamon to regulate the impact on glucose levels (and because its delicious. This recipe is totally milkshake quality and will curb the worst chocolate/sweet cravings for sure.

  82. J

    wow! this is so good! Tastes like I ordered a chocolate peanut butter shake from an old fashioned ice cream shoppe!

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  84. RunningBetty

    Do you let the frozen bananas sit out of the freezer for a little while first? I like them “sorta” frozen. I usually freeze and then defrost for about 15 mins.

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  86. Colleen

    I always throw a handful of spinach in the mix! You don’t even notice it. Thanks for this awesome website!

  87. Anna

    Wow. This is so amazing!!! I love the creamy and smooth texture of it… It really hits the spot:)
    Thank you SO MUCH!!!

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  89. JoAnne

    This shake is delicious! I made it exactly as the recipe says and I love it. Thank you so much for all of your dairy free recipe’s πŸ™‚

    1. Megan Post author

      Dates would add a nice sweetness, but I can’t think of anything else that is quite as creamy as bananas.

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  93. Craig Glenister

    Wow! I have to give this a try! I’m trying hard to shed the weight and get into shape but I’m so bad with my own temptations, I think with this it could help stave off my choco and peanut butter cravings for a while.
    My fav smoothie at the moment is diced up and frozen mango, frozen raspeberries blitzed with some fresh orange juice no ice needed and all blitzed with a hand blitzer so no need for lengthy clean ups of larger mixers! What could be better? Comes out really thick and lush! And this wonderful recipe from a big fat bloke haha

  94. Patti

    Wow! I made this for me and my husband one night as an after dinner treat. This was delicious! Now I keep frozen bananas and ice cubes in the freezer at all times. Thanks for sharing!

  95. Dana

    This is literally the best banana milkshake recipe ever!! I’m so happy to have this as an option this summer, as i recently found out I need to stay away from dairy. I made this for others who had no idea it was made with bananas, and it was a huge hit! THANK YOU

  96. Lindsey

    My Vitamix came in a week ago and I’ve made this shake 3-4 times since then. Tonight, I tried out a different recipe that called for dairy and a LOT more sugar. It tasted about the same as this one and it completely melted within 5 minutes. I’ll be sticking with this shake! Thanks for the recipe!

  97. Tira Montgomery

    You have changed my life! Your recipes are amazing. I usually do one of your shakes in the morning, a soup in the afternoon, and some of your quick frozen dinners in the evening. Plus I make your cookies, cakes and snacks. I haven’t had one I didn’t like. I’m dairy free and don’t really care for meat. I’ve past along your website to several of my friends, family and co-workers. They all rave about your stuff.

    Thanks Again!

  98. Niki

    This is the lower fat healthier cooler cousin to Jamba Juice’s “peanut butter mood”.
    They taste almost the same! What a wonderful treat! My husband goes “bananas” for this…hehehe πŸ˜‰
    So do I πŸ˜€

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  102. Brandy

    I I just found this today and had to try it. I fallowed it as faithfully as I could with what I had on hand! I was so incredibly good! Maybe the best thing to ever come out of my Vitamix! Thank you for sharing this! Brandy

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  104. Nina

    I was going to make this for dessert last night and realized too late that I forgot to buy peanut butter. So I made it without and it makes a very tasty chocolate shake (or chocolate milk if you leave out the icecubes).

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  106. Jenny

    Megan, I found your recipe on facebook and have to tell you thank you for posting it. The shake is awesome. What I am really amazed though is by how good I feel after drinking it. I have a little insulin resistance going on and am pregnant on top of that. This shake keeps me from crashing in the afternoon. What do you think it is about the shake and what other recipes would you recommend? So grateful! πŸ™‚

  107. Dana

    I’ve made this recipe many times using either maple syrup or honey but tonight I made it for the first time with 3 medjool dates to replace the sweetener and sweetness from the frozen banana and extra ice cubes. I did not need to add the salt. It tasted almost exactly like the original! Delicious!!!

  108. Nab

    Best smoothie I’ve had in a long time! Sometimes I add a handful of spinach or frozen carrots to smoothie for variety.

  109. Ron

    I like peanut butter in my smoothies also. I’ll have to try this one.

    One of the versions of peanut butter smoothie I like is a Blueberry Peanut Butter Smoothie.
    Recipe for 2 servings
    2 cups of almond milk
    1 frozen banana
    1 to 1.5 cups of frozen blueberries
    4 tablespoons of peanut butter
    handful of spinach
    optional: cocoa powder, or chocolate protein powder, kale

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  111. Jennifer Duhon

    I made my husband the shake again today, but unfortunately we did not have any ice, so I substituted water. Since I do not like bananas much with chocolate and peanut butter I opted again for the frozen avocado in mine (I used two larges avocados – note: I don’t even like the taste of avocados or eat them at all otherwise). Because I didn’t have ice I used about 6 cupfuls (from the small plastic inlet cover of my vitamix) of water as it was really thick and creamy. To no avail the recipe just got creamier and began to whip up even more, so I gave into it being more like ice cream or a mousse. I used two small stevia scoops (in place of maple syrup since I am eliminating all sugar from my diet for a few weeks) from the container of dried stevia extract from Trader Joe’s (note: pure stevia leaf is bitter and grainy, so I am not sure how if would fare in this recipe) and added another 1/8 cup of peanut butter and another tablespoon of cocoa, so you will need to increase your maple syrup accordingly (add 1/2 Tbs more). This is the most awesome and creamy dessert ever!!! I am wondering now if I can make whipped cream with avocados, vanilla, and maple syrup? I’ll be experimenting with this soon. But I dare say my little 11 month old is a huge fan of my new concoction of your recipe which really just a super thick version of the shake making more like a frozen mousse! Yes, she is able to have a little chocolate here and there with no reaction. With 4 younger brothers and sisters that is a God-send. Of course all her siblings love the concoction as well. Thanks for your insights and recipes. I downloadable your new recipe book and look forward to using it soon. Blessings, Jennifer

  112. Helen

    OMG. I never write reviews. But this was beyond amazing (and easy). I got a Vitamix for Christmas, so I’ve been on a smoothie/nut milk making kick recently. I wanted to recreate my favorite chocolate-peanut butter-banana milkshake from my local ice cream shop, but healthier. Not only is this recipe much healthier, but it honestly tastes as delicious and creamy as the dairy version made with ice cream and milk. Better, actually, since it doesn’t have that cloying commercial sweetness from corn syrup-laden chocolate syrup. Plus, I’m saving a lot of money by making it myself and not spending $6 on each shake :). Thank you so much!!

  113. Dana

    This shake is SOOO much better than any other shake I’ve ever had! Number one it tastes better. Number 2, it doesn’t make me feel like crap and make my stomach explode at 2 am. Lol…I’m lactose intolerant. I’m new to your blog and I’m totally obsessed! Thank you for this recipe and all the others who help a sugarholic such as myself get her fix yet still be healthy! Whoever could have imagined? Certainly not me!

    1. denise

      My preference is Silk coconut milk over whole milk( lactose intolerant) to reduce calories and fat, use PB2 powdered peanut butter plus some oatmeal, about 1/3 cup. Some sweet pitted cherries help you to sleep

  114. Isabella B.

    Thank you for this delicious and easy to prepare shake. I just made a gallon of almond milk and I was happy to use it today. I bought a great product I thought you all might be interested in. At Costco, Honeyville organic butter powder. Gluten free and made in the USA. It’s funny though – their website doesn’t have this one listed yet. Only their older peanut butter powder but this one has: peanuts, coconut sugar and sea salt. That’s it and it’s SO good. Only 1 gram of fat per serving too. I added it to your shake and it was fabulous! Thanks again.

      1. Isabella B.

        II was concerned about my almond milk going bad as I had it in the fridge for a few days, so I poured it into my muffin tins and mini muffin tins and froze them. Then popped them out into ziplock bags to store in the freezer. Worked beautifully today with this awesome shake. I just didn’t add the additional ice cubes, yet added a 1/2 cup of Zico coconut water. Delish! Thanks again.

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  116. Danielle

    What kind of cocoa powder do you use? I have both Valrohona Poudre De Cacao and Nativa Raw Cacao powder?!

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  118. Michele R.

    I loved this recipe so much, I made it for a girl scout troop for their healthy eating badge. No one could believe it wasn’t a chocolate ice cream shake! Great job!

  119. Ali

    I added a handful of baby spinach, cacao powder and no maple syrup (sweet enough with banana) and it was delicious! My 8 year old loved it & said it was the best way to drink his spinach. πŸ™‚

  120. Elaine

    I just wanted to point out an error in this delicious recipe.
    You say it serves two, but it’s a serving for one person! πŸ˜‰

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  122. Lishamarie

    I tried this taste amazing!! I like that I had everything on hand. No special purchased ingredients. Delicious

  123. melissa

    I just tried this today I ended up adding 2 more tsp of cocao powder, i used 2/4 coconut cream and 1/4 water, a cup of spinach oh and only 1 ice cube since my ice cubes are huge… came out wonderful πŸ™‚

  124. Meow

    First off, your blog is AMAZING. It’s the first place I go when looking for a healthy version of a recipe, or just browsing around. Second, I am not sure if you’ll get to read this since this is an older recipe on your site.. But, I absolutely love this shake! It seems to never fail, and everyone I’ve made it for– loves it too!
    I sometimes (to make it extra special dessert) pour your chocolate magic shell and swirl it and stir it in the shake, instant chocolate chips! I enjoy dark chocolate a lot, but I was wondering if you can have TOO MUCH cocao powder? I mean, it’s healthy, but if I were to use it.. Let’s say in a breakfast smoothie,, and then in a shake like this for later, and maybe have some other chocolaty things like truffles or brownies or avocado pudding.. That adds up to quite a few tablespoons of it. Would that be unhealthy? Thanks.

    1. Megan Gilmore Post author

      Oh my gosh, that sounds AMAZING. I think your body will tell you if you’re having too much cocoa powder. When I was pregnant I became very sensitive to caffeine and could barely tolerate a tablespoon of cacao before feeling jittery. Now, I can definitely get away with a few tablespoons each day. πŸ™‚

      1. Meow

        Haha, it definitely is. Okay, thank you for the quick reply! That’s interesting to know, but I feel great, so I guess I’m good with how much cocao I’ve been having. πŸ™‚ Yumm!

      2. Kathryn

        Just to let you know, cocoa (chocolate) doesn’t have caffeine, it has theobromine, which is in the same family as caffeine but theobromine doesn’t stimulate the central nervous system like caffeine does.

  125. Colleen

    Yes this is delicious and thanks for the recipe because I do have to write recipes down and look at them even with the desserts of yours that I have made many times. My husband is so picky he doesn’t like it because of the bananas. His loss because I think this shake is excellent. So I made him the almond milk slushie and that was too plain for him, but I liked that too.

  126. Dave

    Brilliant recipe, thanks for sharing!
    But it wasn’t as sweet as I expected.
    What’s a good substitute for maple syrup?


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