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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. Stefanie says

    It is funny how people think healthy food has to taste bad. Fruit is healthy but it tastes good. When I first started to bake vegan for my family, I could not tell them it was vegan until after it was all gone. They thought it was healthy and not worth indulging in. Now they do not care if it is vegan because it is good. I think I have to try this cake batter recipe. 🙂

  2. krickit6 says

    Katie, I like the chocolatey-ness of this milkshake (duh! 🙂 ) especially because of the color. I have taken to adding spinach to ALL of my shakes and smoothies because I love your idea of getting a healthy dose of the greens without realizing it. The unfortunate part is that all of my milkshakes look kind of gross with the random assortment of ingredients. If I make this one, though, the green spinach probably won’t affect its delicious-looking appeal, right? 🙂 Thank you, again, for yet ANOTHER tasty treat that I cannot wait to try! 🙂

  3. Freya says

    BUTTER extract is a thing? Wow, never knew that!
    My sister hates healthy food, my stepdad hates healthy food <- he once refused to eat a meal (full of legumes) cos it was 'too vegan' and ate some All-Bran instead….

  4. Emily says

    Favorite post ever! Making this today! Considering how much I love the plain Cake Batter milkshake of yours, I KNOW I’ll love this too!

  5. Lindsey in CO says

    I’m struggling with this issue with my husband right now! It is so hard to watch him eat unhealthy, knowing what it is doing to him. I’m about ready to break out the big guilt guns: if he doesn’t change the way that he eats, he’s not going to be around to walk our daughter down the aisle. Or sit in rocking chairs with me on the front porch complaining that the neighbor’s kids play their music too loud. Or remind me to put my teeth in before we leave the house. I’m thinking maybe I can guilt him in to at least trying to eat healthy….

  6. Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) says

    WAHOO! id be VERY upset if Erika didnt like it– she would then be what i like to call ‘CRAY CRAY!’ (crazy- but a cooler way of saying it)
    my parents definitely dnt like all the food i make BUT the other night when i made that vegan meal for them- they RAVED about it!! it felt SO DANG GOOD
    my brother on the other hand, will never be persuaded.. he doesnt even like FRUIT OR VEG!!!!!!

  7. Ari @ ThE DiVa DiSh says

    The first thing I saw wasthe picture.YUUUMM! You take such beautiful pictures and looks amazing! My in laws side of the family don’t understand how I eat. They tend to make jokes about it and cringe when I offer them food. They don’t want to even try it 🙂 oh well…I’m happy with my food and that’s all that matters!

  8. Jennifer JCD says

    Ooooh, the cake batter milkshake looks so FUN!!

    As for healthy is tasty, I simply ‘forget’ to tell them it’s healthy until they’ve finished their first serving and are asking for seconds. Haha. The trick works on my husband too. Mr. I don’t like things I haven’t tried before. Now he loves broccoli, black beans, all-fruit ice cream, and more. Once they realise just how irresistably yummy something is I don’t think they’ll care much about what it’s made of. 🙂

  9. Sam says

    Have you ever tried making your own nut butter? It’s super easy! Just get some raw macademia nuts, soak or roast them, them puree them in a food processor or your magic bullet! This works for all kinds of nuts/seeds.

      • Sam says

        Absolutely! It definitely saves you money, plus you can totally customize them: adding cocoa powder for chocolate-nut butter… Adding coconut for coconut-nut butter… The possibilities are really endless (and delicious!)

  10. Veronica says

    Chocolate cake batter?! Great variation!! Sorry I never compliment you in your pics, I always assume you know you’re hot and then I also get distracted by your food porn-LOL! Hopefully you’re well assured by now about how pretty you are, but I’ll add my input as well. You’re hot stuff, chica! I envy girls like you who are so willowy thin, with thick gorgeous hair and a pretty face. Yup, some girls get it all, and you’re one of them. 🙂 I know what you mean about guys being biased to food before trying it, my hubby is that way sometimes. And it helps to trick him too. 🙂

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Awwww Veronica, thank you!!! But seriously, I do NOT have it all. I feel like some people have it all together… heck, my mom was married and in her own house by the time she was my age! I’m not ready to be a grownup lol!

  11. Molly says

    I’m going to make the fudge babies for my boyfriend this weekend. And as you mentioned, like many boys he is unnaturally biased against anything that sounds remotely healthy, so of course, mums the word…wish me luck 🙂

      • Molly says

        So I decided to make only half the fudge baby recipe…BIG mistake. after one bite I was hooked and now only a mere 4 little babies remain. Needless to say I will be making more. Is it wrong to have a small part of me hope my boyfriend doesn’t like them so that there will be more for me? haha.
        One question for you though…I noticed you use coconut oil in a lot of your recipes…can I substitute olive oil for that? Or is the coconut oil essential? I must admit I’m kind of a coconut oil virgin but I’d be willing to give it a shot if I could find it.

  12. Alaina Rose @ Sweetness Of Life says

    YUM! That looks so good. I’ve encountered tons of people in life who think they don’t like healthy food. But all I have to do is bust out some of my tricks and show them that healthy food can (and SHOULD!) taste good. It’s a wonderful feeling when you turn someone on to healthy foods!

  13. Bianca- Vegan Crunk says

    Yum! I know the regular cake batter milkshake is amazing, so I’m sure this is even better. 🙂 My boyfriend actually hates most healthy food. But I’m sure that will change when he starts developing health problems from the way he eats….

  14. Debra says

    These look so good! My inlaws freaked out when we went vegan. They didn’t want anything to do with us for over a year. When they finally come over and ate a meal I had made they loved it and talked about it for a long while.
    Blessings, Debra
    Raw Vegan Diet

  15. A.Cook says

    My omnivore fiance is not a fan of the healthy (his favorite foods are chicken parm and buffalo wings…uck) and, back before we were dating, he actually had expressed to me his opinion that “nothing vegan is tasty.” The first thing I ever made for him, however, was an Oreo cake (using the Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World cookies n’ cream cupcake recipe) which caused him eat (pun intended) his words! While I wouldn’t say he was “converted,” it definitely helped. Now, he’ll try anything vegan that I make or order when we’re out, and while not everything in my diet is something he’d want for his own meal, he’s definitely come around to eating healthier and more veg-friendly.

  16. Mara says

    This looks very yummy!!! I will be making it this weekend for sure, with the addition of coconut butter (mmmmmm) because my coconut oil is not virgin (it’s been a little naughty, hehe).

    Of course, in order for this shake to be completely raw, cacao powder is needed instead of cocoa powder, cause the latter is roasted. But it’s too pricey, so I’m going with the cocoa version – still healthy, though!

  17. Lauren says

    I always wait until after a friend says they love it to tell them it’s vegan or has healthy ingredients in it! Or I don’t tell them at all.

    • Kate says

      My dad hates healthy food.But I fooled him with your cookie dough dip AND your avocado ice cream! It.’s so fun to trick people into healthy desserts..

  18. [email protected] of Sugar Free says

    HA! I always wait to tell people it is healthy until they say they like it. Just about everyone I’ve met has been pretty darn biased. Especially my little brother! I have to wait until after he is finished with the food to tell him. Once I made the mistake of telling him halfway through….he liked it at first, but once I told him…all of a sudden he didn’t like it 😛

  19. Holly @ The Runny Egg says

    I have plenty of family members who don’t like healthy foods — they think you have to eat lettuce and “rabbit food” to be healthy. When we have them over for dinner (or if we go over there) — we bring something healthy to share. I can’t change them, but I can try to lead by good example.

  20. faith @ lovelyascharged says

    You know what I love about your milkshake recipes? They don’t call for a ton of weird ingredients tha nobody ever has on hand. I think for all but one of them I’ve had everything in my pantry!

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