Enlightened Ape Banana Chocolate Shake

Frozen banana, chocolate, peanut butter and ginger make a lovely combination.


I almost decided not to share this recipe.  I wanted to be a selfish prick and keep it all to myself, because that’s just how much I love it. But then that wouldn’t be so admirable… I’ve been making and ingesting this shake for literally years now and I’ve become a little territorial about it.
But allow me to break down why I worship this shake so:

  1. The taste, the taste, the taste!  It’s rich and thick but won’t get stuck traveling half way up your straw. It’s sweet, but not sickly sweet.  The ginger lends a subtle spiciness and the texture and crunchiness of the nibs really makes this shake shine.  And who doesn’t like chocolate!?
  2. The health benefits.  I like to run and it contains just about everything I need to recover after sporting hard. Potassium from the bananas, protein from the peanut butter, carbs and liquid from the rice milk and as an added bonus, ginger contains anti-inflammatory compounds and aids in digestion.  Plus cacao nibs are a good source of magnesium, calcium, iron, copper, zinc and potassium. And finally, the frostiness of the shake helps cool my body temperature down after an intense work out.
  3. The convenience.  This shake can be made in a matter of minutes and devoured even quicker if you’re not careful!  Or pour it into a to go cup and slowly sip away while commuting to work. This is hands down my favorite breakfast shake or just when I want to treat myself to something delicious and at the same time highly nutritious.

There, you have it.

Yield: Approximately 1.75 cups
Music Pairing: The Pixies- Levitate Me


  • 1.5 ripe, frozen bananas
  • 1 cup rice milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon cacao nibs
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled
  • Dash of sea salt

Enlightened Ape Banana Shake Ingredients


  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and then blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into your favorite glass and then reap the rewards!

Helpful Tips:

  • This is an ideal way to use up those really ripe bananas that you were contemplating on tossing away.  In fact, for this recipe, the riper the better!  They will add more sweetness to your shake.
  • Peel and cut your bananas in half before placing them in the freezer in an airtight container.  Ever tried to peel a frozen banana?  Believe me, you don’t want to embark on that path.
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2 thoughts on “Enlightened Ape Banana Chocolate Shake

  1. Poteet Douglas

    I gave this one a whirl (cheesy pun intended…) and it was SO amazing!!! I would have never put the ginger in there, but that is like the secret weapon!! I’m glad you decided to share! :)

    • Jezus

      I’m so glad you tried it, cheesy pun and all! I am really addicted to this shake, but tend to drink less of it during the colder months. In the winter I just use fresh bananas and don’t bother freezing them- it’s still just as good. Thanks for leaving a comment!

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