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Frozen Monkey Coffee 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.


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


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

  • You can use any milk of your choice. I use homemade almond milk for mine.
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