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This chocolate banana shake is a throwback to the “shakes” my mom used to make me when I was a child.
It wasn't often that I got to have sweets growing up. My mom never kept junk food in the home and kept my sugar consumption pretty low. I would always get excited when she'd make this and each time I make it as an adult, I am transported back to being a child and hanging out with my mother.
If you're not eating chocolate, you can substitute carob and it is equally delicious. My mom used to make it with carob quite often, so I actually prefer the taste of the carob over the chocolate, just because it reminds me of childhood.
This shake is so rich, creamy, and full of flavor as it is, but if you're extra adventurous you can toss a couple spoonfuls of nut butter in it for an extra tasty treat!
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Important Note On Gelatin Types
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Shout out to my friend Suzanne from Strands of My Life for shooting the photo for this recipe!
- 1 cup coconut milk or coconut cream - I love Aroy-D brand for both (OR learn how make your own here)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 6 drops stevia
- 1 tbsp. cold-soluble grass-fed gelatin (see note above)
- 1 large ripe banana
- 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (learn how to make your own vanilla here)
- 1 tablespoon high quality cocoa powder or toasted carob powder
- Throw all the ingredients in a high-powered blender (I LOVE my Blendtec!) and blend until you reach your desired consistency.
- Add more ice for a thick, ice cream-like shake, or less ice for a thinner version.
- Serves 1-2 (depending on if you want to share!).