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The Chocolate Cake-Batter Milkshake

Recently, I met a new friend, named Erika. This girl did not believe healthy food can taste naughty.

She hadn’t yet heard of the CC Diet philosophy.

Naturally, I felt it was my duty to introduce her. But for Erika’s grave situation, a plain cake-batter shake just wouldn’t suffice. I needed to bring out the big guns. Or rather, the chocolate.

Chocolate Cake-Batter Shake

(It’s healthy and sugar-free!)

  • 1 frozen, large banana, as ripe as possible
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tbsp coconut butter
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup milk of choice (I used 200g almond milk) (For an extremely rich, “ice cream”-like shake, try coconut milk. Also, use more or less, depending on desired thickness.)
  • 1-2 tbsp cocoa powder (or protein powder)
  • For a more cake-like flavor, you can add a very scant 1/8 tsp butter extract. But I opted to leave this out of the recipe, as butter extract isn’t exactly raw! (It is, however, vegan. I emailed Wilton.) Or maybe even use a little melted vegan butter?
  • Optional: handfuls of sprinkles

Blend everything together in your Vita-Mix or blender. Add some sprinkles, pre-blending, and throw some more on top! If, like me, you prefer smoothies in a bowl, just reduce the milk.

Or add a little xantham/guar gum, like with the Mint-Chocolate Milkshake.


If you want to un-rawify it, throw in some of the mix for Healthy Chocolate Cake.

(Well, technically you’ve already un-rawified it with the sprinkles. But you can easily choose to leave them out if you want a 100%-raw shake.)

chocolate cake batter shake

Erika loved the milkshake!
So of course, I invited her over tomorrow, for…

mint ice cream

Spinach Ice Cream

Just kidding! I won’t push my luck. She might not be ready for that yet.

Know someone who hates healthy food?
Have you ever tried to prove to him/her that it can taste good?

How did it go? I’ve had a lot of success getting people on board with the whole “healthy is naughty” thing. Fudge Baby recipes work especially well, like the Raw Thin Mint Brownies.

But sometimes (especially with guys) a person is subconsciously biased against the food before even tasting it. (This is why I often won’t tell someone a food is healthy until after he/she admits to liking it!)

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Published on March 24, 2011

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  1. Katie EA says

    I must have done something very wrong because mine did not turn out well at all.
    I liked the consistency but my try just tasted like banana and I was expecting chocolate so I was very disappointed. That being said this was my first try at making anything raw or vegan so I will be trying again!

  2. runnergirl129 says

    This is soooooo good!

    I made my own coconut butter with it, thanks to your post on coconut butter. I thought it was supposed to go in the fridge and it turned ROCK SOLID just 20 minutes after storing it in their. I researched and coconut butter is very temperamental but you can also microwave to make it liquid-y. It doesn’t have to be stored in the fridge, it can be stored outside. 🙂

  3. Anonymous says

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE cake batter! I cannot wait to try this but is there anything that can be used to substitue the coconut oil? Thanks!

  4. Sabrina says

    Have you ever tried adding spinach to this one? I LOVE your shamrock shake and love the fact that it has spinach even more! I wanted to see if I could add spinach to this one without getting the spinach taste or if I would still be able to taste it due to the lack of the strong peppermint extract. Any thoughts?

  5. Anonymous says

    i ised this recipie as a base to make my chocate milkshake! i used 1 frozen banana, 1/3 cup milk, and 2 tbsp cocoa powder. it was delicious and tasted EXACTLY like a milkshake!!! mmmm milkshakes for breakfast

  6. Chocoholic says

    Yet another impeccable recipe. I configured the name just a touch when I added it to my binder of recipes to Coco Banana.

  7. Alyssa says

    I made this for breakfast this morning – minus the sprinkles & whipped cream. I added the 2 TBS of cocoa + I added 1/2 a scoop of Growing Naturals Brown Rice Chocolate Protein Powder. I also added 2 ice cubs and a handful of baby spinach. Dessert for breakfast! 🙂

    This afternoon I’m making Christmas cookies with a friend & on the top of my list is your recipe for Chocolate Lace Cookies. Can’t wait to try one!

  8. sauce says

    Was craving chocolate real bad (ttom) and I just made this with a few changes as I didn’t have ingredients…I used cacao coconut butter (Artisan), 5 macadamia nuts, with 1/4 cup water (to act like the nut milk in the recipe), 1 banana (not frozen as I needed it NOW), and a few drops of stevia…OMG! Delish! I can’t wait to try the recipe exactly as you suggested. I’m having this for breakfast tomorrow.

  9. sarah says

    Hey Katie,
    It isn’t really sugar-free since there contains sugar from the banana, right? Otherwise, it’s sugar free. That is what you mean, right?
    Can’t wait to make this!
    Also, I have made AT LEAST one of your chocolate desserts every single day for the last few weeks!! It has really helped me with weight loss since it is giving me healthier dessert alternatives (: I’m loving it!

  10. KES says

    This. Is. Delicious.

    I made it this morning for the second time. I was hooked the first when I realized how I could unashamedly eat a chocolate milkshake for breakfast. And when I realized that you can drink sprinkles through a straw! 🙂 It was so deliciously chocolatey that I almost didn’t crave chocolate the whole rest of the day. Almost.

    Anyhow, after not being able to choose to make this or your Starbuck Frapp this morning, I decided to throw in some instant coffee granules into this recipe. SO GLAD I did. It elevated the chocolate flavor to a whole ‘nother level, and it helped tone-down some of the banana flavor. YUM. This is quickly becoming a breakfast staple in my house. Thank you!!

  11. Lisa says

    <3 It's the second time I make this and this time I decided I decided to up the protein profile a little: subbed the milk for 150 g "fresh cheese"/quark(sorry, not vegan) and used a whole scoop (30 g) of my ON rocky road flavored whey. I also added about a tbsp of speculaas spice, pretty similar to your pumpkin spice ( Hmm, so thick and creamy!

  12. Jen says

    Just made this, yummy!! My 3 year old was requesting it because of the sprinkles 🙂 I don’t think she took a breath as she drank it down! May seem like a silly question but is there a trick to peeling frozen bananas or should I have peeled them before I froze them?

  13. Erika says

    Ironically, my name is also Erika and I am new to this whole thing as well 🙂 I just tried this shake though and it was divine!

  14. Jen says

    This was so amazing! I added a little bit of peanut butter because I needed a pb chocolate mix, and it was incredible. Thanks!!!

    • Jen says

      Really addictive too :O Just finished it and need more lol! Guess I have something to look forward to in the morning 😉

  15. Missy says

    Hi Katie,
    I love your blog! Just tried this recipe tonight. LOVE! Instead of the coconut butter I used 1/4 of an avocado and I topped it with coconut shreds and cacao nibs. So yummy! Thank you for the inspiration. It was fantastic since I was craving something chocolatey but it’s just me, so I wanted something fast and small. This was perfect! Chocolatey goodness without the guilt. 🙂

  16. Fionna says

    Why, yes I know someone who hates healthy food: Me! Or rather, “former me”? I used to shoo away everything that was proclaimed as healthy and preferred to eat whatever I labeled as”tasty”, it wasn’t necessarily the unhealthiest choice, but not really healthy either. When I graduated from school, I changed my lifestyle and eating habits and now I feel 100% heathier, happier and I noticed I have much more energy as well. No need to say, I’m all after healthy foods now =)

  17. Chelsea says

    So I have discovered that you can use this recipe to maje fudgesicles!!!! My life is complete! I have used this recipe exclusively to make my chocolate milkshakes at home, but didn’t have any frozen bananas on hand last time. Instead, I used an overripe room temperature banana and then poured the mixture into a popsicle mold and popped ’em in the freezer. Voila!! Fudgesicles….only better! And I don’t need to feel guilty about giving them to my toddler, either! 🙂

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