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Any Nut Butter Chocolate Banana Protein Shake 

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This nut butter chocolate banana protein shake is a yummy way of getting in some extra protein. Nut free options included, Dairy free recipe! 

A delicious way to start the day, this chocolate banana protein shake tastes like dessert but is packed full of simple ingredients. Plus, it makes for a great post-workout smoothie to help you refuel. 

Cool, creamy, and chocolatey, this shake is refined sugar free, vegan friendly, and naturally gluten free. 

Free from: Wheat, gluten, dairy, casein, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, coconut, fish, shellfish, crustaceans, mollusks, celery, corn, sesame, mustard, lupin, sulfites, nightshades, tomatoes, and more 

A glass filled with chocolate protein shake with whipped cream and mini chocolate chips on top. More chips and a few straws are next to the glass. The bottle of protein powder is blurred in the background.

Want more protein ideas? Check out my double chocolate protein muffins, protein pancakes, and blueberry protein muffins

Why You’ll Love this Protein Shake 

  • Super customizable recipe: Use your favorite ingredients to make the perfect delicious smoothie recipes for you! 
  • Tastes like dessert for breakfast: Thanks to the creamy banana, this tastes a lot like ice cream, only without any added sugar! 
  • Dairy free, Egg free, Gluten free, Nut free, and more! 

Ingredients 

Here is a quick run down of the ingredients for this nut butter chocolate banana protein shake. Need an allergy substitution? See the next section for all my tips, tricks, and swaps! 

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  • Frozen Bananas: These are the key ingredients to making this protein smoothie! Use nice ripe bananas with lots of freckles on them to get the natural sweet flavor in this shake. 
  • Dairy Free Milk of Choice: This shake needs some liquid to help bring it all together. I typically reach for soy milk or oat milk but feel free to use your favorite milk of choice. 
  • Nut Butter of Choice: Peanut butter is a classic combo for a peanut butter banana protein smoothie. However, not everyone can have peanut butter. In that case, use your favorite safe nut butter of choice. Some options are almond butter, cashew butter, sunflower seed butter, or soy nut butter (my favorite!). 
  • Protein Powder: This gives the shake an extra oomph of protein power! Not sure about the right protein powder to use with food allergies? Make sure you read my Guide to Protein Powders with Food Allergies post! I would use a chocolate protein powder to get that chocolate flavor, however, you can use a vanilla protein powder if you prefer. 
  • Vanilla: A little dash of vanilla helps to make this shake taste cozy. 
  • Optional – Chia or Flax Seeds

Allergy Substitutions 

Need to avoid nut butters? No worries! You can make this with soy butter, sunflower seed butter, pumpkin seed butter, or your favorite nut/seed butter. 

If you are avoiding corn, make sure that you use a good corn free vanilla extract. Singing Dog Vanilla is always my go-to allergy friendly vanilla. 

You can find more allergy free products on my shop page

Variations 

  • To make it extra chocolatey: Add a tablespoon of cocoa powder. I recommend Dutch processed for a sweeter flavor. 

Instructions 

For the full instructions, complete with ingredient measurements, please see the recipe card below. 

First up,  you need to prep the ingredients. In this case, that means freezing the bananas at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight, the night before you want to enjoy this smoothie. 

Slice the peeled ripe bananas into ½ inch coins and pop them into the freezer on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. After a few hours, they will have frozen and you can transfer them to a freezer safe container for longer storage. 

Next up is blending it all together. Add all the ingredients into your blender, starting with the dairy free milk, then the frozen banana slices, and finally the remaining ingredients. 

Tip! Adding the wet ingredients first helps to keep the powder and nut butter from sticking to the sides of the blender. 

A blender filled with the blended protein shake on a wood tabletop.

Secure the lid and blend until the banana is fully blended and all the ingredients have incorporated – it should take about 60 seconds. 

Scrape down the sides if you need to get all the ingredients mixed together. If you need to add an extra splash of dairy free milk or water, add it a tablespoon at a time so that it doesn’t get too runny. Or, if you have too much liquid, add a few more chunks of frozen banana. 

And that’s it! Pour into glasses and serve. 

A glass filled with the chocolate protein shake and with a dollop of whipped cream on top that is artfully overflowing in the glass. Tiny chocolate chips are sprinkled on top. A white and orange stripe straw is in the glass.

FAQs

Can I use a different liquid for the base? 

Of course! Use your favorite dairy free milk or even just water. If you aren’t avoiding dairy, you can add cow’s milk. 

Can I add greens? 

You bet! Add in a good handful of spinach to up the nutrient value of this shake. Just be aware that it might turn the color a bit on the green side. However, this is the best way of adding more dark, leafy greens into your daily routine. 

Can I make this sweeter? 

Of course! Add a few pitted dates or a splash of maple syrup to make this sweeter to taste. 

What other fruit tastes good in a chocolate banana protein shake? 

So many other fruits taste amazing! Dark sweet cherries, raspberries, blueberries, acai berries are typically in my freezer and taste great.

How to Store + Make Ahead Instructions 

Fridge: Store any leftover smoothie in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Note, it will get a bit runnier in texture since the ingredients will melt in the fridge a bit. 

Freezer: Pour any leftover smoothie into an ice cube tray or other freezer mold and let freeze solid. You can eat it frozen or let it thaw in the fridge for an hour the next time you want a smoothie. Frozen smoothies will keep for about 1 month. 

Make Ahead: Pop all the ingredients except for the non-dairy milk and vanilla into a freezer safe container. The next time you want a protein shake, just add the non-dairy milk and vanilla into the blender with the pre-measured ingredients and in 30 seconds you have a smoothie! 

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Nut Butter Chocolate Banana Protein Shake

This nut butter chocolate banana protein shake is a yummy way of getting in some extra protein. Nut free options included, Dairy free recipe!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Healthy
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: allergy friendly, easy recipe
Allergen: Celery Free, coconut free, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Fish / Shellfish Free, Nightshade Free, Peanut Free, Sesame Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Wheat Free
Yield: 1 servings
Calories: 464kcal

Equipment

  • Blender
  • measuring cup
  • measuring spoon
  • Cup

Ingredients

  • 1 bananas frozen
  • 1/2 cup soymilk or milk of choice
  • 2 tablespoons soy nut butter
  • 1/4 cup protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseeds optional

Instructions

  • Prep the bananas. Peel very ripe bananas and slice into coins about ½-inch thick. Freeze on a parchment paper lined baking sheet for a few hours before transferring into a freezer safe container.
  • Blend. Add the dairy free milk first before adding the remaining ingredients of the frozen banana, nut butter, protein powder, vanilla, and flax/chia seeds (if using). Blend until very smooth, scraping down the sides of the blender as needed. Add a tablespoon of water or more dairy free milk as needed until you get the thickness you prefer. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • How to Store + Make Ahead Instructions 
    • Fridge: Store any leftover smoothie in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Note, it will get a bit runnier in texture since the ingredients will melt in the fridge a bit. 
    • Freezer: Pour any leftover smoothie into an ice cube tray or other freezer mold and let freeze solid. You can eat it frozen or let it thaw in the fridge for an hour the next time you want a smoothie. Frozen smoothies will keep for about 1 month. 
    • Make Ahead: Pop all the ingredients except for the non-dairy milk and vanilla into a freezer safe container. The next time you want a protein shake, just add the non-dairy milk and vanilla into the blender with the pre-measured ingredients and in 30 seconds you have a smoothie!
  • Allergy Substitutions 
    • Need to avoid nut butters? No worries! You can make this with soy butter, sunflower seed butter, pumpkin seed butter, or your favorite nut/seed butter. 
    • If you are avoiding corn, make sure that you use a good corn free vanilla extract. Singing Dog Vanilla is always my go-to allergy free vanilla.

Nutrition

Calories: 464kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 199mg | Potassium: 676mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 611IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 317mg | Iron: 3mg

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