Sometimes (like every day), I find myself craving a sweet treat. My sweet of choice is chocolate but I know that it won’t work for me to have a lot of sweet treats in the house…I need something quick and easy to make but healthy and light. For a a long time, I’ve been utilizing this simple Vegan Chocolate Banana Shake Treat so I thought I’d share it here with you today in case this is something that may help your sweet tooth as well. If you love chocolate like I do, I think you’ll find this an easy and delicious option. And it provides a nice balance of protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fat – perfect for a snack, for breakfast or to grab on the way to the gym.
To make this super simple Vegan Chocolate Banana Shake Treat, just blend a frozen banana, milk (of your choice – I use soy because it’s higher in protein than other types of plant-based milks), some cocoa powder and ice. The soy milk boosts protein content while balancing it with satiating healthy fat. The banana adds natural sweetness plus fiber, vitamins minerals and antioxidants. Cocoa powder on its own is bitter and not sweet so pairing it with a flavor like banana allows it to express it’s chocolaty self when I’m craving that flavor.
Feel free to toss in some vanilla or almond extract, cinnamon, regular or powdered peanut butter or protein powder for an extra boost. Using ice cubes makes the Vegan Chocolate Banana Shake Treat frosty and more like a milkshake. This snack/dessert feels very decadent even though it’s a relatively light treat. I drink it after a meal as a dessert, as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, or for pre or post-workout fuel.
See me demo this chocolatey, frosty, naturally sweet Vegan Chocolate Banana Shake Treat on New Day NW, and check out my other whole-foods based smoothies for more on-the-go ideas: