The summer after I graduated from college I was living in a one-bedroom apartment on the top floor in Boulder, Colorado. There was no air conditioning and it was HOT. Like so hot that my puppy was sleeping in the bathtub and I was sleeping in a wet t-shirt.

I had decided that the only logical way to cool down was with milkshakes (you know rather than buying a fan or something). I wasn’t picky, any milkshake would do. The only problem was that my jeans were starting to get a little tight. So I was faced with the treacherous decision of either buying bigger jeans or giving up my milkshakes. But I really like milkshakes and I also really like my jeans. So what’s a girl to do? Obviously find a milkshake that’s delicious and wont sabotage my waistline.

Now there are a lot of versions of this milkshake (even though at the time I thought I was the only one brilliant enough to have created it). So play with it and find what works best for you and your taste buds.

What’s better than a peanut butter banana chocolate combo?


  • 2 Frozen bananas*
  • 1 Cup milk choice (I’ve been really loving cashew milk lately, or the almond coconut milk blend)
  • 2 tbsp. Almond butter/Peanut butter
  • ½ tbsp. Cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. Chia seeds
  • Topping of your choice (cacao nibs, coconut, chocolate chips, almond slivers… be creative!)
  • Optional: protein powder if you want to beef it up


Let the Chia seeds soak in the milk for a few minutes. Place everything in the blender and whirl away! Top with your favorite toppings and voila! Bliss in a cup. Makes one large cups worth.

Let me know what other toppings you try in the comment section!

*Frozen bananas are a total staple in my freezer. I like to peel the banana and cut them into small slices before freezing so they are readily available. If you don’t have frozen bananas you can use fresh, it just wont be as creamy.