This chocolate banana milkshake is the ultimate treat during a hot summer day. And without the guilt! Packed with oats and naturally sweetened with bananas and dates, this frozen drink is a healthy version of the classic one. Vegan and kids love it!
What's your favorite milkshake flavor? Strawberry vs Coconut vs Chocolate? Chocolate by far wins this battle in our house. So deep in chocolate flavor with a rich silky texture, it's liquid dessert at its best!
We make chai latte smoothie or blackberry zucchini smoothie often to cool us down when it's really hot outside. But when we feel like treating ourselves, we definitively go for this vegan milkshake.
It feels like indulging when drinking it, but it is actually super healthy! Also dairy-free, free of refined sugar and super quick to make. What is not to love about it?
What is in this Chocolate banana milkshake to make it healthier
This vegan frozen drink is a much healthier option compared to the classic one containing ice cream.
- Frozen bananas are what make this milkshake so creamy, thick and deliciously sweet, even without all the dairy and processed white sugar. There is just something so special about frozen bananas. They can create an ice cream like texture and carry enough natural sugar to turn anything so divine!
- To help reach a thicker texture, I added raw oats into the mixture. They also bring lots of extra nutrients to the drink!
- Regular chocolate milkshakes usually are made with processed chocolate syrup. Not here! Simply add a fair amount of cacao powder to frozen bananas and the flavor combination is surprisingly very rich and deep.
To make it more decadent, try to use melted dark chocolate in place of chocolate syrup to drizzle on top.
Tips when making this milkshake
- You will need frozen bananas ready to go. This requires a little planning. Just throw in the freezer your too-old-to-eat bananas and use them for banana ice cream, smoothies, chocolate pudding or milkshakes! If you want to use fresh and overripe bananas, then check out this almond flour muffin recipe.
Try to get more bananas than you need when grocery shopping and let them ripen on the counter for a while before peeling them and freezing them.
- To get that really cold refreshing feeling, you might need to add a few ice cubes to the mix. I recommend to first blend everything else and then add the ice cubes before blending a few more seconds.
- Depending on how ripe your bananas were before freezing them, you might need to adjust the sweetness level of your milkshake. To do this, simply add one or two extra medjool dates (or maple syrup).
How can I make this vegan chocolate banana milkshake higher in protein
There are a few additions you can make to the recipe to boost the protein content. This shake can then be a more filling option for a healthy breakfast or snack.
- Add one or two tablespoons of hemp seeds.
- Add more raw oats, simply adjust the liquid amount if needed.
- Add a scoop of protein powder, vanilla or chocolate will work.
- Add a tablespoon of almond or peanut butter.
Other refreshing summer drinks you might like
- Chia seed tea
- Dragon fruit lemonade
- Oolong peach iced tea
- Coconut milkshake
- Virgin strawberry mojito
- Pineapple slush
I hope you will love this milkshake as much as I do! If you try it, please leave a comment to let me know how it was.
Chocolate banana milkshake - Vegan and Healthy
- 3 large FROZEN bananas
- ½ cup oats
- 4-5 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 ½ cup unsweetened non dairy milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 medjool dates - pitted
- Few ice cubes - optional
- Combine all the ingredients together in a blender, except for the ice cubes if using. Blend until you reach a very smooth texture.
- If you want a thicker milkshake, then add more oats. Also, if you blended for a while to get the smooth texture (which you might need to do if you don't have a high speed blender), then your milkshake might not be as cold as desired. In this case, just add few ice cubes and blend again for about 20 seconds to cool it down. Enjoy!