'Frozen Monkey' Coffee Chocolate Banana Smoothie Recipe

'Frozen Monkey' Coffee Chocolate Banana Smoothie Recipe

[Photograph: Carolyn Cope]

This smoothie is inspired by Hoboken NJ's now long-defunct Frozen Monkey cafe, which used to make a similar shake with Tasti D Lite as a base. Their version fit perfectly into my urban 20-something lifestyle, in which, for better or worse, coffee and Tasti D were each a featured food group. These days I prefer to whiz up my own with a combination of frozen bananas and homemade almond milk standing in for the frozen dessert.

Note: You can use any milk of your choice. I use homemade almond milk for mine.

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  • Yield:Serves 2
  • Active time: 5 minutes
  • Total time:5 minutes


  • 2 frozen bananas, sliced
  • 4 shots espresso, cooled
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (see note)
  • 2 teaspoons raw cacao powder or regular cocoa powder
  • 2 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds


  1. 1.

    Combine all ingredients in the jar of a blender and blend on high speed until perfectly smooth, about 30 seconds. Divide between two glasses and serve immediately.