Chocolate Banana Shake that’s Thick, Creamy & Healthy


This ultra-thick, nutritious, and dairy-free chocolate banana shake recipe was shared with us by the Vegan Chef, Beverly Lynn Bennett many years ago. It was a sample from her book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Living. Today, we’re updating this recipe and post with several flavor options, from carob to “Cherry Garcia!”

Thick & Creamy Chocolate Banana Shake Recipe - vegan, paleo, and allergy-friendly

Dairy-Free Chocolate Banana Shake with Various Flavor Options

Enjoy this rich, creamy, plant-based shake recipe as is, or mix it up with one of these flavorful options. They are all plant-based and optionally paleo-friendly.

  • Carob Banana Shake: Substitute carob powder for the cocoa powder.
  • Chocolate Banana Frosty: Add crushed ice for a frostier style shake
  • Chocolate Mint Shake: Add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract, to taste.
  • Rich & Nutty Chocolate Shake: Add 2 tablespoons peanut butter, nut butter, or seed butter to up the creamy factor and flavor.
  • Cherry Garcia Shake: Blend or pulse in chopped pitted cherries and dairy-free chocolate chunks or chips.
  • Chocolate Caramel Shake: Swirl in a spoonful of dairy-free caramel sauce for some extra decadence.

Thick & Creamy Chocolate Banana Shake Recipe - vegan, paleo, and allergy-friendly

Special Diet Notes: Chocolate Banana Shake

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, vegetarian, and paleo.

Dairy-Free Chocolate Banana Shake
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I never tire of simple banana shakes like this one. The maple compliments and smooths out the cocoa powder. See the post above for various flavor options!
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2 servings
  • 4 cups frozen bananas, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 cup plain dairy-free milk beverage
  • 3 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Let the bananas thaw for 5 minutes to soften slightly.
  2. Place the banana chunks, milk beverage, cocoa powder, maple, and vanilla in your blender. Process for 2 to 3 minutes, or until smooth and creamy.
  3. If the mixture is too thick for your blender, you can add more milk beverage as needed.

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Alisa is the founder of, Food 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, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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