Frozen Monkey Chocolate Banana Smoothie

This chocolate banana smoothie — a serious regular in our smoothie rotation — is inspired by Hoboken, New Jersey's now long-defunct Frozen Monkey cafe, which used to make a similar milkshake with Tasti D Lite as a base.

Their version fit perfectly into my urban 20-something lifestyle, in which, for better or worse, coffee and Tasti D were each a featured food group. These days I prefer to whiz up my own with a combination of frozen bananas and homemade almond milk standing in for the frozen dessert. 

Psst...Looking for the beet juice recipe that used to share a spot in this post? Here you go.

Tip

Use your favorite dairy or nondairy milk for this smoothie. We love it with our homemade cashew or almond milk!

Frozen Monkey Chocolate Banana Smoothie

This smoothie is inspired by Hoboken NJ's now long-defunct Frozen Monkey cafe, which used to make a similar shake with Tasti D Lite as a base. Their version fit perfectly into my urban 20-something lifestyle, in which, for better or worse, coffee and Tasti D were each a featured food group. These days I prefer to whiz up my own with a combination of frozen bananas and homemade almond milk standing in for the frozen dessert.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 2 frozen bananas, sliced
  • 4 shots espresso, cooled
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (see note)
  • 2 teaspoons raw cacao powder or regular cocoa powder
  • 2 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter or PB2 powder, optional

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in the jar of a blender and blend on high speed until perfectly smooth, about 30 seconds.
  2. Divide between two glasses and serve immediately.

Notes

You can use any milk of your choice. I usually use soy milk or homemade almond or cashew milk for mine.

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Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving:

Calories:: 262 Total Fat:: 2.4g Carbohydrates:: 57.1g Fiber:: 6.2g Protein:: 8.9g