This Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie has an ice-cream-like texture, while being dairy-free and naturally sweetened. It’s a healthy vegan “milkshake” you can enjoy anytime!
When it comes to making milkshakes and smoothies, I’m not usually one to follow a recipe. I typically just toss-in ingredients and taste as I go.
However, sometimes a shake turns out so well that 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 with frozen bananas, natural peanut butter, and rich cacao powder, this 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 cacao powder for non-chocolate dessert. (You can use carob powder as a cacao substitute, if you like the flavor.)
One tip before you get started:
Be sure to peel your bananas before freezing them.
I like to store them whole in an airtight container in the freezer, for easy measuring, but you can also slice them into coins to help them break down in the blender easier. (If you use a high-speed blender like the Vitamix, you won’t can simply break the whole banana in half– it will break it down effortlessly.)
This Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie has an ice-cream-like texture, while being dairy-free and naturally sweetened. It's a healthy vegan milkshake!
Combine all of the ingredients in a high-powered blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. Add a little more almond milk or water if needed to facilitate blending. (If the shake isn't sweet enough for you, add a tablespoon of maple syrup and blend again.)
Pour into two glasses and serve immediately.
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.
- If you don’t want to use peanut butter, you can substitute sunflower butter or tahini as a nut-free option.
- If you’re looking for a slightly sweeter shake, feel free to add a tablespoon of maple syrup.
As always, if you make any modifications to this recipe, please leave a comment below letting us know what you tried so we can all benefit from your experience!
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