A Chocolate Chunk Banana Shake for Good Digestive Health

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This thick chocolate chunk banana shake tastes like a decadent milkshake! Except this shake is super simple and made with all natural wholesome ingredients. Plus, if you use the Attune Probiotic Chocolate for the chocolatey chunks – it also packs in a healthy dose of probiotics.

Probiotic + Prebiotic Banana Chocolate Chunk Shake - Vegan + Gluten-Free + Sugar-Free

Let’s face it; we all need damage control sometimes, which is why I’ve been reading up on beneficial foods for healing the gut. Probiotics are all the rage these days, and for good reason … according to World’s Healthiest Foods, “These beneficial bacteria produce vitamins and digestive enzymes that improve our ability to absorb nutrients, plus compounds that protect us against unfriendly microorganisms.” But behind every star, there’s an amazing support network, and in this case, it’s prebiotics.

Prebiotics feed probiotics, helping them to expand their beneficial population. But beyond aiding probiotics, prebiotics tackle some duties on their own, including reducing gastrointestinal transit time (and subsequently lowering the risk of colon cancer) and … here’s the kicker for you dairy-free dieters like me … they increase the body’s ability to absorb calcium!

So where does one get these unsung heroes? Food, good quality food. Some foods are power providers of prebiotics, including one of my favorites, bananas. They are “an exceptionally rich source of fructooligosaccharide” (aka an awesome type of prebiotic). Just seconds after discovering this juicy tidbit, my gut led me to the kitchen, and a simply delicious recipe was created …

Special Diet Notes: Chocolate Chunk Banana Shake

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian. Optionally soy-free, depending on the chocolate.

A Chocolate Chunk Banana Shake for Good Digestive Health
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 medium to large ripe frozen banana, broken into chunks (1 to 1-1/2 cups of frozen chunks)
  • ½ to ¾ cup milk alternative (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  • Sweetener of choice, optional*
  • ½ of one Attune Probiotic Dark Chocolate Bar (or 0.35 ounce dark chocolate)
Instructions
  1. Add the banana and milk alternative (I start with ½ cup and add more as needed) to your blender and puree until smooth. You want the mixture to be thick, like a shake. This isn’t a problem for high powered blenders, but if you have a wimpy one like mine, it helps to pulse the mixture first, to break up the bananas, before trying to puree.
  2. If desired, blend in sweetener to taste.
  3. Now add the chocolate and pulse chop or lightly blend to break it up. I like it with flecks of chocolate throughout and some small chunks. Eat with a spoon or thin it to a drinkable texture.
Notes
*The banana sweetens this drink nicely on its own, but if your banana is under ripe, I recommend using a regular vanilla milk alternative (which is usually lightly sweetened – as opposed to the unsweetened version), adding a few drops of stevia (use a light hand! This stuff can overpower), or sweetening with something that dissolves well in cold liquids. Maple syrup, agave, and finely granulated sugars work well, but honey and larger crystals really need heat to dissolve.
 

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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