Copyright: Alicia Sparks

Copyright: Alicia Sparks

Looking for a sweet little morning or mid-afternoon pick-me-up without the guilt of a ton of sugar or calories and some serious brain boosting?

I highly recommend this chocolate banana milkshake!

Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for this deliciousness. I picked up the recipe from AARP’s Recipes for Better Brain Health, which picked it up from

So, basically, kudos AARP and Laurel!

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Anyway, you can find the entire recipe over at Recipes for Better Brain Health: Chocolate Banana Milkshake (just scroll a little down the page), but I’ll sum it up for you here:


You only need 5 super simple ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup of raw almonds.
  • 1 ripe banana.
  • 1 tbsp of dark cocoa powder.
  • 1 tsp of honey.
  • 10 ice cubes.


Now, you only need 5 super simple steps!

  1. Soak the almonds in a bowl of water for at least 6 hours; overnight if you prefer.
  2. Drain the almonds and place them in a blender with 1 cup of water.
  3. Blend the almonds until they’re finely chopped.
  4. Add the honey, banana, cocoa powder, and ice cubes.
  5. Blend until smooth and enjoy!

My Notes

  • I soaked my almonds for 7 hours and they were soft enough to be easily finely chopped.
  • I didn’t use quite an entire cup of water in the blender. I felt like that’d be too much water, with the ice cubes. Because the milkshake came out so thick, I maaaaaaaaaaaybe should’ve used the entire cup.
  • I added an extra teaspoon of honey for my own personal taste.

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So, go give it a try! Obviously, it’s extremely easy and, aside from having to wait 6 hours for the almonds to soak, extremely quick, too.

Be sure to come back and let me know what you think!