chocolate milkshake
Food: Paleo Recipes and Gut Health

Chocolate banana ‘milkshake’ with hidden goodness

Technically there isn’t any chocolate or milk in here but the kids aren’t to know that. The great thing about ripe bananas is that they hide other flavours really well, and it’s a fab opportunity to sneak some goodness into them. My 2yo absolutely loves these shakes, as did her sister until she became intolerant of banana.

This recipe is loaded with vitamins and minerals – iron from the spinach and cocoa, magnesium and zinc from the cashews, potassium from the banana and a list of health benefits as long as your arm from the coconut oil. When being healthy tastes this good, why not make it a regular feature?

Ingredients (for one big person & one little one):
200ml cold water
6 ice cubes
Handful of spinach
Large ripe banana
40g cashew nuts (1/4 cup)
Tbsp cocoa or cacao
Tbsp coconut oil

– whiz everything together in your blender on the highest setting until there are no lumps and serve immediately

*instead of ice cubes and fresh spinach 5 cubes of frozen spinach also works really well

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  1. They are such a winner 🙂

  2. Oh, this is a lovely combination. I hadn’t thought of this one though the ingredients are all things I use all the time. Thanks!

  3. […] thickening up. So I chucked in a small avocado and voila, perfection. I sneak them into smoothies when the girls aren’t looking, and have been playing around with an ice cream recipe lately […]

  4. Thanks Emily! Ripe bananas plus cocoa pretty much disguise the taste of anything 🙂

  5. Spinach hidden in a kid’s milkshake? Genius! Thanks for linking up to #recipeoftheweek – I have pinned and tweeted this post and there’s a fresh linky live at 6pm 🙂

  6. The sales pitch, so true – also not letting them see the ingredients helps!

  7. Sneaky but all good hon 🙂

  8. Fab way to get some many nutritious food into your little one! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

  9. Well done for getting them to eat all of those healthy things, it’s all about the sales pitch with kids 😉 #recipeoftheweek

  10. thanks so much for sharing Karen!

  11. tee hee, you’ve got to use all the tricks available!

  12. Thanks so much for sharing Kate, really appreciate it! Let me know what you think if you give it a go

  13. It’s a really good one as between the banana and cocoa you could pretty much chuck any goodness in and they kids wouldn’t have a clue 😉

  14. As long as they don’t see you put the spinach in, they’ll never know xx

  15. I’m sure any blender would be fine, especially if you’re using fresh spinach 🙂

  16. ooh sounds interesting, must try it, mind you I don’t have one of those amazing blenders either.

  17. I don’t know if my kids would fall for it but I would probably enjoy it!! X

  18. Wow, it does sound super healthy. It’s great to hear how much your children enjoy it.

  19. Yum – looks fab! I have a swanky new food processor so I am definitely up for trying this:) Have shared it too #recipeoftheweek

  20. Sneaky calling it a chocolate milkshake so the kids drink it ! 😉 #recipeoftheweek

  21. Le Coin de Mel says:

    I will 😉

  22. You need a Vitamix my lovely! Email them and find out if they need any more bloggy ambassadors. I reckon your fab blog would be a catch for them xx

  23. Le Coin de Mel says:

    Yum! I am not sure I would manage to blend the ice cubes or cashews with my old soup blender, but the rest seems feasible 🙂 x Mel

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