Creamy Chocolate Breakfast Shake

Late one night last week while John was getting ready for bed I was scouring Pinterest on my iPhone. Some days I barely pin anything at all on Pinterest and others I’m an absolute maniac, re-pinning everything I see. Cute puppies, strange tattoos, 18-layer cakes, you name it. This particular night I found something that really caught my eye, so much so that I was determined to make it the very next morning.

The recipe I’m sharing is inspired by the one I found, which was featured on Babble. Kathy’s version was raw and mine’s not, so if you’re on a raw diet by all means stick with her version. But for those of you not on a raw diet, this is probably about the creamiest dreamiest chocolate shakes you’ll have that just happens to be vegan and totally healthy enough to call breakfast.

Since making this for the first time a week or so back it’s been my go-to breakfast nearly every morning – so freaking delicious. You can taste the bananas only slightly, so if they’re not your thing try it anyway.

You can easily add more cocoa powder to make the chocolate flavor even more prominent. Also, if you can’t have or absolutely despise bananas, you could probably just sub all frozen strawberries or blueberries for a similar result. I also highly recommend sneaking in some flaxseed and spinach for added nutrition without any affect on the flavor. Bottoms up!

4.9 from 10 reviews
Creamy Chocolate Breakfast Shake
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A creamy vegan chocolate shake with tons of fruit, protein and rich chocolate flavor. Makes the perfect breakfast, snack or late-night dessert.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 2
  • 2 frozen ripe bananas, chopped prior to freezing
  • 1/3 cup frozen strawberries (or blueberries)
  • 2-3 heaping Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp salted almond butter (find my recipe below)
  • 1 Tbsp flaxseed meal (optional)
  • 1.5-2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk (sub soy or coconut)
  • dash of stevia or agave nectar (depending on sweetness of bananas)
  • 1/3 cup ice
  • big handful of spinach (not pictured here and optional)
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. If you prefer a more chocolatey shake, add more cocoa powder. If you prefer it sweeter, add more stevia or agave. If you prefer it thinner, add less ice OR more almond milk.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 shakes; per shake: Calories: 312 Fat: 14 g Saturated fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 48 g Sugar: 27 g Fiber: 7.5 g Protein: 6.2 g

danaHi, I'm Dana! I am a food stylist, photographer, and author of the Food Photography School and the 31 Meals Cookbook.

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  1. says

    These look good! You must have finished it pretty quickly considering how big those straws are ;)
    I already have most of the ingredients on hand, so I see myself making it in the very near future !

  2. says

    This looks really yummy. My granddaughter is coming to visit for Thanksgiving weekend and is a smoothie fan. I would love to make this for her but she has a nut allergy. Any suggestions on a substitute for the almond butter?

  3. says

    This shake is so good! I’ve had it three times in the past week, and will probably make it again soon :) It was nice to discover another use for flaxseed meal (I usually use chia seeds in smoothies and flaxseed meal just for my ‘flax eggs’

  4. Jennifer M says

    I have been making these for some time now! LOVE them! Mine are very green as I use quite a bit of spinach!!! I love subbing in different frozen fruits, whatever I might have on hand. I also like to put in a dash of cinnamon!!!

  5. Lillie says

    Woke up 5 minutes early this morning to blend up this deliciousness and I’m not regretting it!! Such a good idea. I think next time I’ll use more berries and less banana per my taste bud’s liking. This will go in my breakfast (or snack) arsenal. Thank you Friend!

  6. Sunshine says

    Try substituting chocolate protien powder for the cocoa and sunflower sead butter for the almond butter plus a little bit of vanilla protien powder w no banana … Tastes similar to pea it butter mood at Jamba Juice and makes a great high protien shake . I have learned this from a class call BEST classes in AZ . It’s a series of free seminars to help change the face of America . Anyway the guy who started them is named Richard and you c. Get on his email , each ofhia recipes I have tryed are killer good ! Your smoothly sounded very tummy and similar ! His makes.a Good workout shake ! Thanks for sharring ! He introduces me to sunflower seed butter … It’s amazing !

  7. Talli says

    Try adding in some cooked, pureed (in blender), and cooled oatmeal. After pureeing and cooling, oatmeal takes on a consistency that’s a bit like flax/water, and a bit like heavy cream. Ie it binds well and thickens well. It makes for a very creamy consistency to any smoothie.

  8. Barbara says

    Made it, loved it! I have crohn’s disease and always on the lookout for ‘healthy’ yummy bowel friendly recipes:)

  9. Allie says

    My husband and I are a little bit obsessed with these breakfast shakes. Thanks so much for the recipe! It’s been a great pregnancy staple for me.

  10. Lauren says

    I make this almost every morning! Sometimes i also add in greek yogurt (vanilla or with fruit) instead of the chocolate. Also, instead of the sweeteners above i use a bit of local wildflower honey :)

  11. Rebecca says

    I just made this for a post-workout snack, and it is so tasty!! Thanks for all of your wonderful recipes :)

  12. Kristen says

    This is a super fancy version of my milk shake. Just frozen bananas, cocoa powder and milk, usually coconut.

  13. says

    I just made this using your DIY chocolate almond milk recipe (which I made with cocoa powder only) and omitting the berries and additional cocoa powder – it was delicious! Just the right amount of chocolatey for me. :)

  14. BexkyL says

    I made this as close to your version as I possibly could. I’m kind of new to shakes so I’m about OD’d on the ‘heaping’ tbsp’s of cocoa. Lol! Which by the way seem to bring out the 2 tbsp’s of PB2 that I used instead of almond butter. I managed to get it down but I most definitely will have to play with it to make it (for lack of a better word) more customized. I’m not a huge chocolate fan but your pics looked awesome & mine came out real grainy. I’m also working with an individual serving smoothie blender & not a traditional sized one. My oh my! Wish me luck!

  15. Sarah says

    I found this recipe on Pinterest and it is SO amazing!! Tastes like an actual chocolate milkshake -I’m hooked. Thank you so much for posting this! Your whole website is so lovely :)

  16. Jane H. says

    I was desperate to try this but knew I only had 3/4 of one banana.I used everything else except the other banana and loved it!I also used a mix of spinach and kale.Can’t wait to try it with two bananas!

  17. says

    I just made this smoothie and I have to say it turned out amazing! I subbed in regular milk (since I am not vegan and don’t have any other milk on hand haha) and cookie butter for almond butter. It was amazing! Definitely adding to my favorite smoothies :)

  18. DeLM says

    I cannot tell you how much I love this recipe. You reignited my undying love for smoothies by giving me what is essentially a chocolate milkshake for breakfast. Every day. Thank goodness I didn’t know about this when I was pregnant, goodness knows how many bananas would have been consumed per day! I have been playing with this recipe – different nut butters, different berries, a spoonful of no sugar jam, a bit of toasted coconut. Amazing. A gorgeous blog – I’m not vegan, but your recipes have definitely inspired to try it out! Thank you and cheers from Australia :)

  19. says

    I love this shake! I have it an awful lot. I hope you don’t mind that I have used this recipe in one of my blog posts. I have referenced you and left your website address, but do say if you want me to remove the post.

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