Chocolate Banana Protein Shake (Vegan, Nut-free)


This combination is so simple, I hardly consider it a recipe, but I’ve been enjoying it far too often to keep it all to myself.

chocolate banana protein shake in a glass mug with chcocolate shavings on top

What I love most about this frosty chocolate shake is that it’s exclusively sweetened with fruit, and has a slushy texture reminiscent of an authentic milkshake. The key to this texture is using frozen banana, which is notorious for its ice-cream like qualities, and adding very little liquid, to keep the mixture nice and thick. Paired with cinnamon, which is thought to help balance blood sugar, and nutrient-rich hemp hearts, this shake packs over 10 grams of protein per serving, and will keep you satisfied far longer than a traditional milkshake!

For an even healthier spin, try adding a handful or two of fresh spinach to the mix. It adds a slightly green tint to this shake, but doesn’t affect its rich chocolate flavor.

The next time you need a post-workout snack, or just a tasty chocolate treat, I hope you give this shake a shot!

Chocolate Banana Protein Shake (Vegan, Nut-free)
Serves 1

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana*
3 tablespoons hemp hearts
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 tablespoons raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (alcohol-free, if desired)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3-4 ice cubes (optional)
2 handfuls fresh spinach (optional)

*Tip: Be sure to peel your bananas before freezing! If you have a high-speed blender, like the Vitamix, you can leave the banana whole, but otherwise, I recommend slicing the banana into small coins before freezing, for easier and more uniform blending.

Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender, and blend until thick and smooth. Adjust any flavors to taste, as desired, and serve immediately!

chcocolate banana protein milkshake

4.89 from 9 votes
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Chocolate Banana Protein Shake (Vegan, Nut-free)
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

This frosty chocolate shake tastes just like a milkshake, but is much healthier!

Course: Drinks
Servings: 1
Calories: 261 kcal
Author: Detoxinista.com
Ingredients
  • 1 frozen banana*
  • 3 tablespoons hemp hearts
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (alcohol-free, if desired)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3-4 ice cubes (optional)
  • 2 handfuls fresh spinach (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender, and blend until thick and smooth. Adjust any flavors to taste, as desired, and serve immediately!
Recipe Notes

*Tip: Be sure to peel your bananas before freezing! If you have a high-speed blender, like the Vitamix, you can leave the banana whole, but otherwise, I recommend slicing the banana into small coins before freezing, for easier and more uniform blending.

Enjoy!

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Comments

sabijo

Is frozen spinach ok in these smoothie recipes? They’re easier for me to buy b/c they won’t go bad as quickly. Thanks!

    Megan

    I haven’t tried using frozen spinach myself, but I don’t see why not! Let us know if it affects the flavor at all– you typically can’t taste the fresh spinach much.

      sabijo

      Its the only kind of spinach I ever have on hand. I use the ninja which doesn’t do such a great job blending it up, compared to the vitamix. There is definitely a slight, noticable spinach taste anytime I have used it. But I kind of expect that. 🙂

      I just asked b/c some veggies are better in certain forms. Like I’m hearing that cruciferous veggies need to be steamed to be properly digested, carrots and tomatoes are more nutritious cooked, etc…

Kiki

I love this shake! I add 1 tablespoon of Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate which means it’s not vegan but it adds 6 grams of protein.

Cadie

I love the chocolate banana combo, so I will definitely try this! I have some Nutiva Hemp Protein shake powder in chocolate flavor, so maybe I’ll try it with that. I always keep frozen bananas in the freezer, so I can make this today! Thanks, Megan!

samantha

Yum! I just made this (spinach included) and it was good! I decided to throw in a couple strawberries that were about to go bad and also added a tablespoon of coconut oil (i’m trying to eat more fats) and a splash of almond milk to thin it out a bit from there. so good!! thanks megan!

Tracey Cipriano

I am 3 days post dental surgery and trying to get as much nutrition in as possible. I just made this smoothie using chocolate hemp protein, pb2, cinnamon, and water. It was so
yummy! Thank you!

Anne

I made this using sunflower seeds in place of hemp b/c I didn’t have any, and cocoa powder. It was just the right amount of sweet! I might add more cinnamon next time. Thanks! I like the almond milk suggestion.

Beth

I have a Vitamix (which I swear would turn rocks into pea gravel!) and make a smoothie every morning for breakfast. It sounds crazy what I put in it but it turns out REALLY tasty and gets my morning off to a great start. Here’s the basics of what goes in (this makes two large cups of which I drink both):
Unsweetened Almond Milk
Greens (either spinach or a mix of kale/chard/spinach)
Greek Yogurt (non-fat, plain)
Mini carrots (maybe 3)
2 dates (for sweetness)
Whatever other veggies I have on hand, brussels sprouts, cauliflower asparagus, etc
An ice cube of pomegranate seeds
A quarter or third of a frozen banana
A cup of frozen blueberries
A scoop of chocolate whey protein power (90 cals, 18 gms protein)
A tsp each of: cinnamon, green tea leaves, turmeric, dried wheatgrass powder, chia seeds, nutritional yeast flakes
A tablespoon each of raw cacao powder and PB2 powder
3 drops liquid Stevia

I usually have it around 8am and it holds me a good 4-5 hours. I’ve been having this for breakfast for over a year now and not only have I lost weight (adding exercise, of course), but I feel with all the nutrients I’m getting each day is helping keep me healthy.

Lisa

I tried pineapple instead of the cacoa since bed time is an hour or so away. Turned out actually pretty decent. Also, didn’t have hemp hearts so used hulled hemp seed. I love the frothy texture that it has! I would maybe add another spice to suit the pineapple, maybe nutmeg?

I am definitely trying this recipe again with the cacao. Thank you so much for a delicious recipe and post-workout drink!

Gia

Could i use a scoop of chocolate protein powder- i love Vegas choc-a-lot flavor- instead of the raw cocoa powder (or in addition to it)?

Mara Hirtle

How much Protein is in this?

Carolina

can I do it with chocolate pieces instead of powder?

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