Vegan banana mocha pick-me-up shake

This fruity, chocolatey, caffeinated vegan drink will give you a healthy boost whenever you need one! Try a reviving banana mocha shake for breakfast, or as a delicious pick-me-up any time.

I bought this cute milk bottle for serving shakes and smoothies while I was on holiday in America, so when I made this delicious banana mocha shake, I poured it into the bottle to serve.  I photographed it,  drank the shake (yum!), washed the bottle, and promptly dropped it on the floor and smashed it. Nnnngh. Next time it’ll just come in a glass ๐Ÿ™

I must admit, I cursed and expleted and was generally unladylike in my response. Fortunately, I’d just drunk my delicious banana mocha smoothie shake though, and was feeling sufficiently uplifted to shrug off the accident as just-one-of-those-things. At least it happened AFTER I’d taken the pictures. Phew.

I have been making versions of this pick-me-up shake for years and years, and it’s based on a drink I used to get in a vegan cafe in Manchester about 15 years ago. I think I must have first ordered it for a dare, because the three main ingredients – banana, chocolate & black coffee – really don’t sound to me like they’re going to work together. But they do! Oh boy they do…

I’m not much of a coffee person, but sometimes you need that jolt of caffeine to get you through the next few hours, and this is my preferred way to get it. The shake is sweet, fruity, chocolatey, smooth and rich, with just a hint of after-burn from the chilli. Mmmm. This version of the recipe is vegan, but I’ve made it with cow’s milk before and it works just fine. You can add a dollop of nut butter, a drop of vanilla, different spices… just as long as you have the banana, cocoa & coffee, all will be well. It’s good for breakfast, elevenses, as a reviving tonic around lunchtime or a caffeinated treat mid-afternoon. You can’t go wrong, really.

Unless, like me, you have a low tolerance for caffeine. In that case, don’t drink it after about 4pm. Oh, and don’t serve it to children! Unless you use decaf coffee of course.

This makes a single, smallish serving – just enough to pick you up. Scale up if you’re feeling really in need of a boost.

This creamy, chocolatey, caffeinated vegan drink will give you a healthy boost whenever you need one! Try a banana mocha shake for breakfast, or as a delicious pick-me-up any time.

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Banana mocha pick-me-up shake
Yields 1
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
163 calories
38 g
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2 g
3 g
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316 g
154 g
23 g
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 163
Calories from Fat 7
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 154mg
Total Carbohydrates 38g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 23g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 ripe banana
  2. 2 tbsp espresso or strong black coffee
  3. 0.5 tbsp cocoa powder
  4. 0.5 tbsp honey
  5. pinch chilli powder (optional)
  6. pinch salt
  7. 150ml almond milk (or milk or milk substitute of your choice)
  1. Place all the ingredients into the blender and process until smooth. Pour into a glass and serve!
I’m linking up this recipe to CookBlogShare and Recipe of the Week.



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  4. YUM!!! The added espresso… Absolutely brilliant ๐Ÿ˜€
    Just my kind of shake!

    Thanks for linking with #CookBlogShare

  5. This sounds so yummy, I make a similar one but I use raw cacao. I’ll have to try adding the chilli next time x #CookBlogShare

  6. mmmm i may have to try this. What a shame you dropped it though

  7. Oooh yummy, this looks and sounds pretty delicious! Will have to give it a go sometime ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Love banana, love coffee, love almond milk! This sounds delicious. Gutted to hear about your bottle though, I did the same with a taller smoothie jar recently – gutting!

  9. Oh no! What a shame! I managed to throw a whole bottle of white vinegar all over the floor after using a tablespoon. That similarly felt painful!

    Almond milk is one of those ingredients I keep meaning to try. This has all my favourite things in it so maybe it is time.

    • Almond milk is a funny thing. I quite like it in smoothies and shakes but it’s grim in tea and I’m not sure I’d want to drink a glass of it neat, either. Let me know what you think of it if you try it ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Wow, this sounds great. I would definitely add the pinch of chilli powder ๐Ÿ™‚

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