This rich and creamy chocolate milkshake is made without bananas! Avocado makes it thick, while dates provide all the sweetness.
This recipe is actually from the way way back...circa 2013-ish?
It was in desperate need of an update, so here it is all brand spanking new for your enjoyment!
Because of our rampant banana allergies over here, avocado has been a God send! When added to smoothies and shakes, it makes them very thick, which is the ideal texture for yours truly.
Combined with a sweetener of some kind, in this case dates, you sort of replicate what bananas do without the banana taste. Ya feel me?
The cinnamon and vanilla both add depth to the flavor, and the dash of salt balances out the sweetness. I always add a dash of sea salt when I make any type of avocado smoothie!
The original recipe called for one tablespoon of nut or seed butter, but over the years, I've found two tablespoons of nuts or seeds to be a better replacement. I always have loose walnuts or hemp seeds on hand, but rarely walnut or hemp seed butter. You can also try peanut butter, though I haven't done this myself yet!
Can I also brag and tell you that I shared a version of this on a local Tucson morning show? Eye roll for the shameless plug, but here's the video in case anyone is interested!
This version is made with honey, if you prefer to use that as your sweetener. 🙂
However you make it, I hope you enjoy this creamy chocolate 'milkshake'!
Creamy Paleo Chocolate Milkshake (Banana-Free)
- 1 cup milk of your choice
- ½ avocado
- 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 4 dates
- dash cinnamon
- ½ tsp . vanilla
- 2 Tbsp raw walnuts or hemp seeds can also use 1 Tbsp nut butter
- dash sea salt
- 1 cup ice
- Blend everything together until smooth and creamy (see Notes).