Chocolate Banana Shake: Thick, Creamy & Healthy


This ultra-thick, healthy chocolate banana shake recipe was shared with us by the Vegan Chef, Beverly Lynn Bennett. It is a sample from her book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Living. The recipe includes lots of delicious options, including swapping in carob!

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

Beverly released a second edition to The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Living. It includes both recipes and lifestyle information, like:

  • Tips for transitioning your diet, body, and belongings to veganism in small steps.
  • Easy ways to get the protein, calcium, and other nutrients the body needs.
  • The benefits of raw foods and how to get more of them into the diet.
  • Vegan nutrition for expectant mothers.
  • How to peacefully coexist with non-vegan family members at mealtimes and  holidays.
  • How to stock a vegan pantry and substitute vegan ingredients in favorite recipes.
  • How to be a conscious vegan consumer of food, clothing, and personal care products.

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 optionally paleo.

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.
Serves: 4 cups
  • 4 cups frozen bananas, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 cup dairy-free milk beverage
  • 3 tablespoon cocoa or carob 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 or carob powder, maple, and vanilla in your blender. Process for 2 to 3 minutes, or until smooth and creamy. If the mixture is too thick for your blender, you can add more milk beverage as needed.
Add crushed ice if you want a thicker, "frostier" shake.
Use almond or peppermint extract, instead of the vanilla, to vary the flavor.
Add a little nut butter or seed butter for richness.
Add in chopped cherries and chocolate chunks for a Cherry Garcia like shake
Swirl in a spoonful of caramel for some extra decadence.

Key Pantry Supplies: Chocolate Banana Shake

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About Author

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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