Chocolate Banana Shake

Provider blog by  Monica Bernard-Thompson, RDN, CDN, CLC

Often we buy ingredients for one recipe and don’t have another use for them. Many times these items go to waste by being stored in a cabinet, forgotten about for months or even years. Have you ever cleaned out your cabinet and were surprised by items that you “found?” You may buy cocoa powder to make homemade hot chocolate during the winter, but may not use that recipe over the summer because it is just too hot. Why not transform the cocoa powder, meant for hot chocolate in the winter, into a Chocolate Banana Shake for the summer? All you need is four ingredients and you have a delicious and healthy snack.

Sometimes we want to whip up a quick snack without having to go out grocery shopping. Instead of getting a pizza delivered, there are online tools that allow you to input ingredients that you already have at home and will show you recipes based on what you already have. Try searching recipes by ingredients and see what you can make with what you already have.

Monica Bernard-Thompson RDN, CDN, CLC is the WIC Program Director. Monica is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, NYS Certified Dietitian Nutrition and Certified Lactation Counselor. Two of the many services that WIC provides is cooking classes and nutrition counseling. To find out more about WIC, please click here.

In recognition of March being National Nutrition Month, we will be posting a healthy recipe with the help of our nutritionists.


Chocolate Banana Shake


1 Cup Milk
1/2 Ripe Banana
2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
3 Ice Cubes


1. Combine all ingredients in the blender.

2. Cover blender tightly and blend until smooth.

3. Pour into cup and serve immediately.