Oatmeal.  Eggs.  Smoothies.  Repeat.  This is the general breakfast routine in our home 90% of the time.  Occasionally we get crazy and make breakfast sandwiches or cinnamon rolls, but most of the time we need fast, easy, and relatively healthy.  We have smoothie staples, of course – the Andrew-dubbed “pink smoothie” and family favorite green monster, but sometimes I just want something a bit different.  Everyone and their brother seems to know that frozen bananas in the food processor = instant pseudo-ice cream, so I figured that a couple additions could make it into something worthy of being called breakfast.

I blended up frozen bananas with greek yogurt, espresso powder, chocolate syrup, and milk to thin it out.  We definitely felt as though we were drinking milkshakes for breakfast, but with far less guilt.  I’m sure this would be equally good with a bit of peanut butter instead of the chocolate syrup (or maybe in addition!)  I also tend to add ground flax seed to our smoothies for an extra boost of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.  This is definitely going into our smoothie repertoire, particularly for when we have extra bananas to use up.  Enjoy!


3 frozen bananas, peeled
2 tbsp. chocolate syrup
¾ cup plain greek yogurt
1 tsp. espresso powder (optional)
2 tbsp. flax seed (optional)
½ cup milk, plus more as needed


  • 01

    In a blender or food processor, combine all ingredients.  Process until completely smooth and well blended, adding additional splashes of milk as needed to achieve the desired consistency.

  • RikiTikiTembo

    ahhh now I know what to do with all those frozen bananas in my freezer!

  • Maria M

    I like to make my chocolate (pnb) banana smoothies with chocolate almond milk. I haven’t put greek yogurt in yet…that’s a great idea! I think that I will try that soon!

  • Kelsey

    I just happen to have a few more bananas than I’ll be able to eat in my lunches. Perfect timing!

  • Ksalter_13

    Should you peel the bananas before freezing them, or do they still come off pretty easily when frozen?

  • I just cursed out loud. With the genius addition of espresso powder, this is my perfect smoothie. Love!

  • Jaclynscookies

    Sounds so good, can’t wait to try it!

  • Amanda V

    This + peanut butter is my favorite, go to smoothie, especially after a run. I also add some oatmeal for a more filling smoothie.

  • alexis

    chocolate banana milkshakes are my favorite milkshakes… i never make them at home but this i will definitely make. and i agree, the addition of espresso powder is genius!

  • Jaclyn Liquori

    It is delicious with peanut butter! My husband and I drink this as our recovery snack everyday after the gym, our recipe is the same except we don’t use espresso powder and we add 2 Tbsp. of natural peanut butter.

  • Yes to this! I make a version with carob…reminds me of Reese’s pieces! lol

  • The combo of bananas and chocolate is so classic and delicious. This smoothie looks awesome! I love ground flax seed, too! I put it in my oatmeal :)

  • Lynna Huynh

    have to try this! :D thanks for sharing~

  • Have you ever made any cooking videos?

  • I´m stuck in a youghurt-oatmeal routine, here, and as much as I love both, it´s always nice to go a little crazy once in a while without turning to the old syrupy-pancake-extravaganza (as much as I love that too….) I need a blender asap!!!

  • Yummy! We eat lots of oatmeal and eggs around here too. I could use a good smoothie to mix it up!

  • annieseats

    Nope, way too self conscious for that :)

  • annieseats

    I usually peel before freezing, but I think you can do it either way.

  • Kellie

    Do you add cooked oatmeal or raw oats?

  • Themadscientistskitchen

    Sound yum. Must try it out. Thanks.

  • Rachel Willen@FoodFix

    We do smoothies every morning and I am a pro at freezing fruit by now. Do not freeze bananas with the peel. They will be impossible to get off! Best way to freeze is to cut up into chunks…spread out in one layer on a sheet pan and put in freezer. Once frozen you can dump them all into a ziplock and they won’t stick together at all. If you dump them all together while soft they will freeze like a solid mass…same with strawberries…I clean, trim and cut those and freeze on a sheet pan then dump into a bag when frozen. I do chocolate smoothies with a chocolate whey protein, frozen bananas…coco powder and stevia to avoid the sugar..(not as fun, I know…but a lot less calories) and my husband loves his with PB. Use Flax Oil for the nice Omegas…and the mouthfeel of the fat…

  • Brighteyedbaker

    I made a similar smoothie the other day, but with cocoa powder. Yours looks delicious; I love the bright yellows in the picture! Question for you: is the straw in the picture a paper one? I’ve been looking into getting some, but I hesitate because they aren’t reusable. I know you put a lot of emphasis on earth-friendliness, so that’s why I ask.

  • annieseats

    Flax oil doesn’t have the fiber though, so we prefer that benefit of the seeds. And we don’t count calories :)

  • Sounds wonderful!! Yum!!

  • Looks fantastic! I love a good chocolate smoothie and your one looks great. I would love to try some.

  • Your Banana Chocolate Smoothie could definitely fit into anyone’s smoothie repertoire. Using chocolate syrup and espresso would even allow one to skip the morning coffee :) Love the photo.

  • annieseats

    Yes, it’s paper. I had them left over from Caroline’s birthday party.

  • Stephanie

    I know you’re a doctor, and that could be why you’re so health-conscious, but you really are such a great mother! Nothing beats when your kids get well-rounded meals and the energy and nutrition they need, and they don’t even notice because it tastes so good! :) Delicious and healthy should go hand in hand more often!

  • Rachel

    We make something quite similar at the gym I work for – peanut butter, chocolate, banana, protein powder, milk, & ice. It’s affectionately called “The Elvis” and it’s such a hit. Mmm, now I want one :)

  • Geek+Nerd

    This looks insanely delicious. Bananas and chocolate?! Yes, please.

  • kelly@frugalfoodiefamily

    It’s KILLING me that my blender broke! This recipe looks so good! I’ll try my food processor.

  • Cat Madgett

    We tried this recipe for breakfast. It was a huge hit with the boys!

  • Stephanie Ko

    This looks so easy, and so good. Definitely adding it to my repetitive breakfast options list.. gotta start changing things up!

  • SandyB

    I’d love to try this recipe but for some reason, I’m unable to print it. I cannot right click at all! Please help if you can. Thank you.

  • annieseats

    Printer-friendly button is at the bottom of the post :)

  • Coby

    My 3 boys and I had this this morning for breakfast and we all loved it! I didn’t add any extra milk beyond the 1/2 c., so they were super thick…we’ve decided to call them “breakfast milkshakes,” which really gets my boys excited! I doubled it, and poured the leftovers into popsicle molds to freeze for a snack or dessert later.

  • Heather

    I also add oatmeal, about 1/4 cup raw oats.

  • Leslieseror

    I make this smoothie with peanut butter and absolutely loooove it! I actually crave this some mornings. Thanks for posting it.

  • Bonnie

    Oh my goodness, Annie. I think I’ve found my Step-1-studying breakfast!