Tall mug of our Banana Split Smoothie topped with coconut whip, cacao nibs, and a cherry
4.95 from 19 votes

Banana Split Smoothie

Decadent but healthy 9-ingredient banana split smoothie with frozen banana, cacao powder, and almond butter! Creamy, rich, so satisfying.
Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings: 2 (smoothies)
Category: Beverage, Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 2 Days
Does it keep? No



  • 2 medium-large bananas (ripe, peeled, sliced and frozen)
  • 2 Tbsp cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • 1 Tbsp salted almond butter (if unsalted, add pinch sea salt)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (more depending on preferred thickness)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 pitted dates (optional // for extra sweetness)



  1. Add frozen banana, cacao powder, almond butter, and almond milk to a blender and blend on low until thick and creamy (see photo), scraping down sides as needed. You are looking for a soft serve consistency.
  2. Add vanilla extract, dates (optional), and a bit more almond milk and blend once more until thick and creamy and well blended. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more almond butter for nuttiness, vanilla extract for vanilla flavor, salt for flavor balance, or cacao powder for more intense chocolate flavor. Set blender in freezer or refrigerator while preparing serving glasses.
  3. Cut a banana in half lengthwise and peel. Then slice in half lengthwise again (so you have four pieces). Slide banana wedges down into two serving glasses (or 1 large serving glass, as pictured // amounts as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size), and press with a spoon to “adhere” to the sides.

  4. Add smoothie and top with desired toppings, such as coconut whipped cream, cherries, shredded coconut, and cacao nibs (I highly recommend all!).
  5. Best when fresh but can be covered and frozen up to 2 days. Let thaw before enjoying.


*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with toppings but no dates.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 2 smoothies)