Chocolate-Banana Shake

  • Active Time 5m
  • Total Time 5m

1 generous serving (easy to make more)

To the Grown-ups: Once you've made this with your child, you may find yourself making it frequently for yourself as well - it's really good! It tastes like it has ice cream in it - which it doesn't - even when it's made with low-fat milk.


  • For the Shake:
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 2 tablespoons sweetened cocoa
  • 3 ice cubes
  • Tools: Blender, tablespoon, 1-cup measure and a tall drinking glass.


There's very little that could go wrong with this recipe. In fact, it's hard to think of anything that could go wrong, unless someone spills the whole thing. Make this on a hot day for a snack, or at lunchtime to wash down peanut butter sandwiches. The main attraction to a small child - in addition to the ritual and delight of consuming the shake - is the process of blending various ingredients into a uniform consistency. Children will be interested to observe how the ice and banana seem to disappear when blended, and how the resulting concoction becomes all bubbly, cold and thick.

Cooking Hints and Safety Tips:

  • If your preschooler is struggling with the banana peel, here's a way to make it easy. Cut the banana in half crosswise and make a one-inch slit down the side of the skin. Repeat on the other side. Give the peel a little tug to start, and your child can do the rest.
    • Closely supervise your child around the blender and be sure to explain that the blades inside it are very sharp. Don't forget to close the blender tightly before turning it on, and unplug it when it's not in use. An adult should always be the one to empty the blender.

    Recipe reprinted by permission of Ten Speed Press. All rights reserved.

RecID 5484

nutrition information per serving

380 calories; 7g total fat; 21mg cholesterol; 410mg sodium; 70g carbohydrates; 2g fiber; 15g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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