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Chocolate Coconut and Banana Smoothie Recipe

I am taking the Silk vs. Milk Challenge in which I replace my regular moo juice with Silk Soy, Coconut, or Almond Milk products. I’m feeling much better now that I’m off the moo so I guess my doctor was spot on about me being lactose intolerant.

I tried Silk Almond Milk in my Silk vs Milk Challenge - Day 1 post. I broke open a carton of Silk Coconut Milk and decided to make a smoothie with it.




Chocolate Coconut and Banana Smoothie

Ingredients
Chocolate milk powder or syrup
1 cup of coconut milk
1 banana

Make it.

  1. in a blender combine the coconut milk and a tablespoon (or more if you like it really chocolatly) of chocolate milk power of syrup.
  2. Slice the banana and add it to the bender.
  3. Blend it.
  4. Pour it in a glass and drink it up!


Disclaimer: Silk and Buzz Agent supplied me with free samples of Silk milk products for this challenge. All opinions are my own and I do not blog about anything I do not believe in.  Silk and Buzz Agent did not edit my post or direct my content in any way.

    Comments

    Yum!! Definitely going to try this!
    We love banana smoothies...ours are probably a little less healthy but it is fairly easy to substitute ingredients to make them healthier (frozen bananas will make the shake thicker instead of ice cream, etc).
    Lindsey Stipes said…
    yum...going to try this...we drink lots of coconut and almond milk in our house!! found you via the tip junkie!!
    Mary said…
    Sounds good! How'd you like it, Lisa? I'm a soy milk user, but I have to admit it took me a few tries to make the switch. Now regular milk tastes funny.
    Tammie said…
    I make something similar to this that we call Banana Milk. Very tasty! You can also use a heaping tbsp. cocoa powder and some agave to replace the sugar-laden chocolate syrup. Add some crushed ice to the blender and it tastes just like a chocolate milkshake. Yum!
    Mary - The coconut milk tasted good but didn't have much of a coconutty taste. It's a good option for someone who doesn't like the tangy after taste of soy milk.

    Tammie - Husband bought a reduced sugar chocolate milk syrup at Trader Joe's because I'm still experimenting with the amounts in making my own chocolate milk mix.
    Beloved Green said…
    I make most of my smoothies with Silk Almond milk. It is my favorite way to go now. Not to mention it's expiration date is a little longer then regular milk, so I don't have to worry about it going bad.
    Chaya said…
    Thanks for linking this to My Meatless Mondays, last week. We are featuring it, tomorrow.

    You can't imagine how much I want one of these and I do hope to make it later. I think it is a wonderful combination of flavors.
    Rivki Locker said…
    Just came across this recipe on Meatless Mondays. What a simple and healthy combination. Great way to sneak some nutrition into my kids' snacks!
    Can't wait to try this!! I love coconut!!
    Ginger said…
    yummo! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!
    sam said…
    I made one of these this morning, but I put some ice in the blender as well! Made the drink nice and chilly, and PERFECT for a hot summers day!
    I also substituted chocolate syrup with chocolate protein powder for a little bit of a health kick!