Banana & Cacao Milkshake

Banana & Cacao Milkshake

Having felt completely run down with chronic hay fever lately (I think this is the worst year I can remember) my get up and go has been somewhat flagging. So yesterday I looked around the kitchen for something to pick me up and spotted a bag of organic Cacao Powder I’d been sent. I have never used cacao powder before but in a nutshell it’s a less processed form of cocoa powder and is great source of antioxidants and minerals, notably magnesium.

Banana & Cacao Milkshake

After a rake around my cupboards I decided to keep things dead simple and start my foray into the world of cacao powder with Banana & Cacao Milkshake. We seem to have gone milkshake mad lately in our house since my Strawberry & Coconut Milkshakeย which we’ll often have as a dessert. I whizzed up the ingredients and I have to say I loved the cacao flavour which was intensely chocolatey but somehow fresher tasting and the bitterness was offset by the sweetness of the banana and the vanilla ice cream. After sharing this milkshake with hubby I had the energy to pick up my daughter from school, do a quick shop, put a quick tea on the table and go back out to daughter’s school fair! So as a pick me up I think my Banana & Cacoa Milkshake ticked all the boxes and I’ll definitely be making this again!


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Banana & Cacao Milkshake
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Need a snack and a pick me up? Well this delicious Banana & Cacao Milkshake should perk you up!
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: British
Serves: 1 - 2
  • 1 Banana
  • 130 mls Semi-skimmed milk
  • 2 tbsp Organic cacao powder
  • 90 g Premium quality vanilla ice cream
  • Cacao nibs for decoration (optional)
  1. Break up the banana and put all the ingredients into a blender (or use a stick blender and beaker) and whiz up until smooth. If you prefer a thinner shake just add a little more milk.
  2. Pour into 1 large or 2 small glasses and decorate with cacao nibs if desired.

Banana & Cacao Milkshake - a delicious pick-me-up! Fab Food 4 All

For more ideas of how to use Cacao you might like to check out these recipes:

Vegan Chocolate Silken Tofu Pudding
Raw Chocolate Cashew Spread
Spirulina Energy Ball
Cacoa Nib Cookies
Roasted Beetroot & Raw Cacao Nib Cupcakes
The Ultimate Chocolate Green Smoothie



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  1. Amy Fidler

    Great milkshake recipe x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Amy:-)

  2. Lisa Williams

    such a perfect pick me up ๐Ÿ™‚ you should try adding dates too they have such a great toffee taste ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Camilla

      Funnily enough I was just reading a similar recipe this morning that had banana, dates and espresso coffee in!

  3. Martina Evans

    Could do with one of these right now, looks so good!

    1. Camilla

      It really is Martina, thanks:-)

  4. Paul Wilson

    That looks great.

  5. Maya Russell

    Looks fantastic. Cacao and cocoa come from the same cacao plant but apparently cocoa is roasted which is why raw cacao may be much better for you. I have never tried cacao.

    1. Camilla

      Yes but my Cacoa wasn’t raw and was roasted see link to picture so I got very confused as to why this would be any better for you!

  6. William Gould

    This sounds fantastic! I presume a good way to use over-ripe bananas as well?

    1. Camilla

      Haven’t tried it with those!

  7. Kathryn Bewick - Yost

    This looks so goooooood!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, daughter has this all the time now:-)

  8. Alexandra Dixon-Mersh

    This looks gorgeous! Could do with one of these right now!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Alexandra, it is really good:-)

  9. Ursula Hunt

    You have inspired me to try a number of different flavour combinations, I like Raspberry and cacao

    1. Camilla

      Ooh that sounds lush:-)

  10. iain mclay

    I love this! So tasty

  11. Anthony Harrington

    this looks very yummy indeed!

  12. Nora Saab

    I love that you added Cacao nibs on top. Will be trying this recipe. thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Emily Leary

    Mmm, this sounds and looks awesome. I am suddenly craving something very chocolatey.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks you Emily, it’s become daughter’s latest favourite after school treat:-)

  14. Nadia

    Ooo did I read ‘ice cream’??? Sounds amazing and I bet it tastes insanely delicious! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Nadia, yes we’re hooked on milkshakes at the moment and often have them for dessert:-)

  15. Lena Farell

    This looks really tasty. Will definitely be giving it a try ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Lena:-)

  16. Diana

    Omg banana and cacao milkshake with icecream sounds amazing!! My husband is gonna love this!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Diana, hope he does:-)

  17. Maggie

    I like many of the others have never used cacao and so i’ll have to look this up on the internet. I cut up very ripe bananas into slices and freeze them ready to use in my milkshakes. Great recipe and milkshake!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Claire:-) That’s an idea I have seen too and knew that those that like to freeze their bananas would pop those in:-)

  18. Lucy @ BakingQueen74

    yummy! Will have to try to get my hands on some cacao powder now, my kids would love this (and me too obviously)!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Lucy, you could always use cocoa powder instead although I haven’t tried that yet!

  19. Del's cooking twist

    Beautiful pictures for a wonderful milkshake!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so much Delphine:-)

  20. Notmyyearoff

    I don’t think I’ve ever tried cacao as an ingredient before but this does look very yummy!!

    1. Camilla

      Glad I’m not the only newbie then:-)

  21. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    I’ve never used cacao before, but I do love a good banana milkshake so this looks right up my street! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Becca, I’m sure you’d love it:-)

  22. Jo of Jo's Kitchen

    Looks yummy and very healthy

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Jo:-)

  23. Joanne T Ferguson

    What a healthy and delicious combination! pinned and shared!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so much Joanne:-)

  24. Ursula Hunt

    I made this and it is delicious, great combination of flavours

    1. Camilla

      Brilliant Ursula, I love hearing when you’ve made and enjoyed one of my posts:-)

  25. Helen

    Looks luscious! I have been getting quite into milkshakes lately too – altogether more uplifting than a smoothie ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for linking to my cookies.
    H x.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Helen, I think my daughter has become hooked on these now and I’ve just never got into smoothies (yet)!

  26. Kate @ Veggie Desserts

    This sounds like such a lovely treat! Mmmm…. milkshakes ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Kate, daughter had another one after school today:-)

  27. Choclette

    Cacao and banana in smoothies I have quite a lot, but in a milkshake with ice-cream makes it sound super delicious. Hope you’re feeling better.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Choclette, not firing on all cyclinders but a lot better thanks:-)

  28. Cathy

    Looks and sounds delicious and easy to make vegan, too!

    1. Camilla

      Well vegetarian, there’s cow’s milk in it and ice cream:-)

  29. peter @feedyoursoultoo

    Banana and chocolate. a perfect combination.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Peter:-)

  30. Dan from Platter Talk

    Filing this one in the Double D category (dangerously delicious!) Looks wonderful!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Dan,that’s a new category to me:-)

  31. Ciara (My Fussy Eater)

    I love this so much. Chocolate and banana are the best flavour combinations, FACT! My kids would love this, especialy when they hear it contains ice cream! Have pinned!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so much Ciara! My daughter was at school when I made this but as soon as she got back yesterday I offered to make her a glass and she jumped at the offer and loved it so I think your kids will love it too:-)

  32. Rachel

    Ooh this is definitely one for me and ive printed this page off to try it out x

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Rachel, so glad you like it:-)

  33. Ursula Hunt

    This will be delicious, I love trying new flavoured shakes

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Ursula, enjoy:-)

  34. Joyce

    This look so delicious.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-)

  35. Heather Haigh

    That looks gorgeous. I’ll make mine with coconut milk and coconut milk ice-cream.

    1. Camilla

      I was thinking of coconut milk but I only use the powdered stuff and drinking that didn’t appeal. I do stil have some coconut paste so might try that next time like in my Strawberry & Coconut Milkshake!

  36. Paul Wilson

    Looks really great.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Paul:-)

  37. Jacqueline Meldrum

    That looks amazing!!!!! Pass me a straw Camilla! Oh my!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Jacqueline. My daughter got to try one after school today and she gave it a big thumbs up too:-)

  38. Nayna Kanabar

    This delicious glass of goodness would pick any one up and make them feel great.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Nayna:-)

  39. foodgloriousfoodx@yahoo.co.uk

    Would love for breakfast and dessert

    1. Camilla

      Yes you could have it any time:-)

  40. Gingey Bites

    Lovely summery post and great photos. I’ll definitely have to try this one ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-)

  41. Craig - The Usual Saucepans

    This looks delicious! I love a good milkshake – any excuse to pretend to be a 10 year old. Only one question – is it meant to be milk that you have in the ingredients where it says 130 mls milkshake? (Or is there a product I’ve not heard of?)

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Craig, have corrected now! Moral of the story, don’t write a post with a head ache LOL!

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