How to Make a Paleo Banana Chocolate Shake

By Jess

5 from 3 ratings

Guilt, out the window. Say goodbye. This Paleo-friendly chocolate and banana shake tastes sinfully delicious, but is actually healthy for you. What a bargain. And I don’t know about you, but I can have a shake around any meal. There’s your protein breakfast shake, your green monster lunch smoothie, an afternoon or post-workout snack, or an evening treat. You catch my drift. The banana and chocolate flavors in this particular shake make a wonderful combination for any time of day. It is full of natural flavor and sweetness, and is a perfectly healthy substitute for the classic milkshake.

chocolate banana shake

Banana Chocolate Shake- I could drink one of these every morning! Love it.

This recipe can be ready in 5 minutes. How’s that for a quick pick-me-up? And you can easily double or even triple it to serve more. I highly recommend using frozen bananas (or berries, if you want to use those instead) instead of ice, because ice further dilutes the flavor.

When adding water to the shake, remember that you can always add more. Start slow – depending on your preferences, the shake can be thinned out or velvety smooth. You can use coconut or almond milk, whichever you have on hand. I love using up leftover canned coconut milk from other recipes this way. Keep in mind that coconut milk adds its own flavor, while almond milk blends into the other flavors of the shake more.

shake ingredients
protein shake

You simply combine all of the ingredients in a blender – or large glass if you are using an immersion blender – until smooth. Then taste it to see if you want to add more almond butter, chocolate, etc. I garnished mine with some shredded dark chocolate bits as well.

chocolate banana shake

This is a super fast and guilt-free shake that leaves your chunky monkey ice cream craving completely satisfied!


  • Ingredients
    • 2 frozen bananas
    • 1.5 tsp dark chocolate cocoa powder
    • 1/2 cup coconut milk
    • 1/2 cup cold water
    • 1 tbsp almond butter
    • Pinch of cinnamon


  1. In a large cup (if using an immersion blender) or a blender, combine ingredients and blend until smooth. Add more water if necessary to reach desired consistency. Serve immediately.


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Total Time

5 minutes

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  1. This shake was awesome. I’ve been eating Paleo for 2 weeks now, and I was having some serious cravings for something chocolate-y and ice-cream-y. This fit the bill perfectly. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

  2. Thanks so much for this recipe – totally love it! It’s now the first entry in my list of paleo snacks to take to work…

    • Protein powders not that great for you in large amounts it can be dangerous stick to her recipe it’s all natural and can’t get you sick

  3. Delicious! When I made this the first time, I made the mistake of adding honey. It was too sweet. This time I omitted the honey and it was delicious!! Thanks for the recipe.

  4. There are a lot of recipes that list coconut mild as an ingredient. A few years ago, I would have assumed it was the canned coconut milk. Now, I never know if recipes are listing the coconut milk that is sold in the carton (like cow’s milk) or if it is the good, old-fashioned coconut milk that is found only in cans. Can you verify which you use? Thanks 🙂

      • A friend of mine just made it they use the coconut milk that’s in the carton and not the can

    • I have always wondered the same thing. But I went ahead and tried it with the carton of coconut-vanilla milk I have in the fridge and it was really good! Made mine with frozen bananas so it was very thick, more ice-creamy…forgot the cinnamon, will try next time but it was great the way it was. Hope this helps. 🙂

  5. This smoothie is delicious! Just made it because I was starving and had all the ingredients. I’ve been doing Paleo for several years but I thought bananas were on the do not eat list?

  6. Same question as Janie, canned coconut milk (full fat or light?) or carton coconut milk like the So Delicious brand?? Thanks!!

  7. the recipe is reading 15 tsp. of dark chocolate coca, is this correct? that is approx. 1/3 cup, well minus one tsp. that seems like a LOT in comparison/ratio to the other ingredients.

  8. Is the 15 tsp of cocoa correct? Mine is quite a bit darker than yours in the pictures. It was delicious, although a bit too chocolatey for my taste. I would think it’s ok to cut back on the cocoa. Your thoughts would be appreciated. 🙂 Thanks!

  9. How is the sugar content in this? I’m new to paleo and I know we don’t track sugars just eat natural foods, but I’m wondering if eating the 2 bananas was ok?

    • There is no sugar whatsoever in this unless you have sweetened coconut milk and I would use low fat coconut milk in the carton not the can

  10. I know I’m not Rebecca but I think the recipe calls for 1.5 tsp of cocoa powder. The period between the numbers is a bit small. hth

  11. I haven’t made this recipe yet, but am replying about the comment on Cocoa amount.
    It says 1.5 (1 1/2) tsp.
    Hope this helps!

  12. Just made this! Super tasty! I used light coconut milk from a carton and it came out perfect. I like using full fat canned coconut milk – but for things like soups and such.

    I thought it was 15tsp at first too! haha! It’s definitely 1.5 tsp. 🙂

  13. simple and amazing! I have made it two days in a row. Today I ran out of frozen bananas, I only had 1 left. So I dug around my freezer and found some frozen pumpkin (from the one I carved last year…umm..) and threw some frozen pumpkin in there in place of the 2nd banana…still amazing and a good little fall twist! Thanks for sharing the recipe! It will become a regular around here 🙂

  14. Made this tonight for the first time. So good! Not sweet but totally satisfies the sweet tooth craving – if that makes sense. I used the last of my coconut milk for this recipe, so I only drank 1/2 of the shake. I wanted to enjoy it again tomorrow

    • I peel mine and put in ziplock bags. I’ve had several bags in the freezer for probably a year, and they’re still good. So, if you don’t mind using plastic, give it a try. I used some today, in the banana muffins, and they were still good.

  15. This recipe was GREAT! I added two eggs to give it some extra protein and it was delicious! If you’re on paleo and need some Gains this shake is perfect!

  16. Is the coconut milk from the carton or can? Light or non-light.
    Thanks…I appreciate your response.

    With gratitude

  17. I needed something to fix that was sweet and quick and I was able to fix this with what I had. I made do with 2 frozen bananas, baking cocoa and Silk. I used about 1 1/2 cups of the silk and added about 4 ice cubes to the blender. It came out slushy and my husband really liked this. I’ll make this again with the right chocolate and with coconut milk.

  18. I made this with Hersheys natural unsweetened cocoa and it seemed like it needed to be sweeter. Would the Hersheys dark chocolate cocoa solve the problem and is that even ok to use under paleo rules?



    • OMGosh, not ghee! Almond butter is just pure almonds blended to a puree like peanut butter. Sometimes a little oil or sea salt is added to the recipe depending on who’s brand you buy. I would think ghee would taste awful in a shake. Great for cooking though.

  19. Hi there. Looks great. Only thing is your banana is not ripe enough. There must be some brown spots on them to indicate that they are ripe and the carb content has been processed. Thanks for the lovey recipes!

  20. Just made this! Amazing! Had some brown bananas that I had to use and they added the perfect sweetness. I used one cup of unsweetened almond milk in lieu of the coconut milk and water. Delicious!

  21. ok. 2 thoughts…
    I ran across this site while i was researching another health issue. I found this recipe and gave it a try. at first i was wondering about the cacao powder being bitter..but i gave it a try! WOW!!!
    1. I have a raging sweet tooth and this is a perfect alternative to the sugar and will help me cut down tremendously!!
    2. as i was sipping away on this cocao banana deliciousness,i did some research on the Paleo Diet. I always poo-poo’d it because i hate fads..But the Paleo Diet really makes sense!! Im divin’ in!

  22. Love the recipe and taste, I always crave for chocolates but can’t have it since I am diabetic. My concern her is the banana, I have observed that I have a bad spike in my blood sugar even if I eat half a banana. Is there something I can do to make it more diabetic friendly.

  23. Very good. I added a few raisins to add a little sweet taste to it. I’m doing the whole 30 and this is delicious.

  24. Wow … this is one deluxe shake that definitely wipes out any sugar craving. Even my 12 yr old loves it! ?

    Rating: 5
  25. Followed the recipe to the letter and this was so delicious. Exactly what I needed because I had really been missing my sweets.

    Rating: 5

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