Creamy Paleo Chocolate Milkshake (Sugar-Free and Banana-Free)

Happy Firefighter Friday everyone! What fireboy doesn’t like chocolate?…or milkshakes?…


If you’re raising your hand, you’re dead to me. Just kidding, but seriously.

….and if you can drink one and have no guilt?…


….could you ask for more? I think not. My daughter is sensitive to bananas, so this was actually my creation when she asked me for a chocolate smoothie…..but it fits right in with all you firefighters who swing paleo….


….and it just happens to be one of the best tasting shakes I’ve ever made.

Creamy Paleo Chocolate Milkshake (Banana and Sugar-Free)
Prep time
Total time
Recipe type: Smoothie/Shake
Serves: 1
  • 1 c. dairy-free milk
  • ½ avocado, frozen works really well! (Hass work the best)
  • 1 T. cocoa powder
  • 4 large, soft dates
  • dash cinnamon
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1 T. raw nut butter (I like walnut), optional
  • pinch sea salt
  • 5 ice cubes
  • cacao nibs, for topping
  1. Blend everything together until smooth and creamy.
  2. Garnish with cacao nibs.
  3. Serve!
This recipe is based on using unsweetened almond milk, and no nut butter or cacao nibs. Weight Watchers points (using the new system): 10
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 257 Fat: 23 g Saturated fat: 4.5 g Unsaturated fat: 18.5 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 39 g Sugar: 22.3 g Sodium: 422 mg Fiber: 12.6 g Protein: 4.8 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

I was recently contacted by Crio Bru to try this delicious product….


It’s basically a healthy cocoa drink that brews like coffee! Genius, right?….


This smells and tastes just like cacao nibs, and is easily substituted in recipes in place of cocoa powder, such as in the above recipe! You can grind it finer in a coffee grinder, if you like, but I actually enjoy tasting the texture in smoothies, hot chocolate, etc.

While I don’t drink coffee, this is a perfect substitute for those that do, and it has NO additives! I’ve been wanting to wean my husband off of coffee because of the highs and lows he experiences from the caffeine, and this may be the way to do it. Crio Bru contains a natural stimulant called theobromine, which helps you to feel focused and energized without the negative effects of stimulants.

For more information, go to

I’ve received no compensation for writing this review. I just tried the product and really enjoyed it! :-)

What’s the best shake you’ve ever made/tasted?

Shared with: Natural Living Monday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Allergy Free Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Whole Foods Wednesday, Healthy 2day, Wheat-Free Wednesday

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Comments: 16

  1. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance January 11, 2013 at 7:45 am Reply

    I’m intrigued by the Crio Bru that I’ve seen a couple of times online now. Hmmm . . . healthy chocolate is always something worth trying! :)
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    • Lauren January 11, 2013 at 8:50 am Reply

      It really is delicious!…and such a cool idea for a coffee alternative.

  2. Gabby @ the veggie nook January 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm Reply

    This looks fantastic! I’ve recently been experimenting with removing bananas from my diet and been adding avocado to smoothies- so decadent and creamy!
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  3. Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) January 17, 2013 at 7:19 pm Reply

    This looks so good! Can’t wait to see what you link up at Gluten Free Fridays this week!
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  4. Anne @Authentic Simplicity January 19, 2013 at 8:55 am Reply

    Wow, this sounds delicious.. It’s similar to a smoothie I like to make, so I will definitely try it. Thanks for linking up to Healthy 2day Wednesday; see you next week.
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  5. Katie @Mexican Wildflower January 20, 2013 at 4:43 pm Reply

    MUST MAKE!!! Oh my! This looks amazing! I love that you didn’t use bananas! Thanks for sharing with Natural Living Monday!
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    • Lauren January 20, 2013 at 4:58 pm Reply

      Thank you Katie! :-)

  6. Carole February 25, 2013 at 11:20 am Reply

    Hi there. The current Food on Friday on Carole’s Chatter is collecting links to posts about shakes and smoothies. I do hope you link this lovely one in. This is the link . Please do pop back to check out some of the other links – there are a lot of good ones already. Have a great week.

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  9. Pat December 21, 2013 at 10:13 pm Reply

    Lauren, Thank you ever so much for posting this “new to me” product. I ordered the variety Pack and added you to my list of wonderful web sites! Pat

    • Lauren December 22, 2013 at 8:36 am Reply

      Thank you so much Pat! :-D

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