Banana Almond Mocha Shake + The Ninja Ultima Blender

This crazy good Banana Almond Mocha Shake is made with creamy almond butter, cocoa powder, fresh brewed coffee, lactaid milk (hooray for lactose free!) and a frozen banana. Add a little sugar free caramel syrup for an extra boost of flavor!

Banana Almond Mocha Shake on This Gal Cooks

Funny story about blenders: they can make epic messes when in the hands of teenagers.

The year was was oh, 1993 or 1994. My younger brother and I were home alone. We were dying for milkshakes and since neither one of us were old enough to drive, we decided to drag out the blender and make our own. Chocolate milkshakes. The perfect afternoon snack on a hot summer afternoon. Chocolate milkshakes. The perfect substance to make the perfect epic mess.

Banana Almond Mocha Shake on This Gal Cooks

One of us decided it would be a good idea to stick a spoon into the blender while it was in full force blend mode. I’m going to point all fingers towards my brother on this one. Although, I could have easily been the mastermind of spoon meets blender. I’m not really sure what my his intention was. Who sticks a spoon into a blender that’s hard at work, blending up delicious chocolate shakes?

Teenagers. Bored teenagers.

The moment that spoon hit the blade of the blender, our walls, and even some of the ceiling, turned the chocolatey shade of milkshake brown. No joke, there was milkshake sludge everywhere. We were laughing our butts off. Seriously rolling on the floor, dying of laughter pains. Until we realized that mom and dad would be home soon. Then we went into full cleanup mode. O.M.G. We cannot let mom and dad know about this. If they find out, we’ll never be able to make milkshakes again. Oh the horror.

Enough of this talk of epic messes. Blenders don’t always create messes. They happen to create great soups and smoothies too.

Banana Almond Mocha Shake on This Gal Cooks

I’ve always had a weird issue with blenders. No expensive blenders. And no plastic jars allowed. BUT, I think my new Ninja Ultima may have changed my mind.

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to score a free Ninja Ultima Blender, courtesy of Ninja Kitchen. I was pretty excited to try it out. I had never used a fancy blender before. All of my previous blenders were bargain bin blenders, costing less than $30. I was a cheapo when it came to blenders. Heck, I’m a cheapo when it comes to other things too. Dishes, clothes, sheets, other house hold appliances. But not food. And probably not blenders anymore either.

The Ninja Ultima is kick ass! I hope they don’t mind that I said kick ass. But seriously, that’s what I said after I made the first drink with it. That’s one kick ass smoothie makin’ machine right there. I love that it makes smoothie shop quality smoothies. And I love that it comes with individual blending cups as well. Grab and drink on the go.

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I decided to make one of the Ninja recipes to share with you today. I made the Bright Side Mocha Shake, with a few changes. More coffee. Frozen Banana. No agave. Sugar free caramel coffee syrup. Lactaid milk instead of almond milk. I love almond milk but the almond milk in my fridge is a bit questionable so I didn’t want to use it. True story – that questionable almond milk is still sitting in my fridge. I may be a little lazy from time to time.

Since I made a few changes to the Ninja recipe, I renamed the recipe to Banana Almond Mocha Shake. The almond butter flavor really shines in this shake. But it’s good! The consistency of this shake reminds me of the Starbucks Frappuccinos. And that’s a huge win right there. Enjoy the recipe.

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Banana Almond Mocha Shake
 
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Recipe type: Smoothies and Shakes
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 C of your favorite brewed coffee, cooled
  • 1 frozen banana, peeled
  • 3 tbsp creamy almond butter
  • 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ C milk (I used Lactaid)
  • 2 C ice cubes
  • 1-2 tbsp sugar free caramel syrup
Instructions
  1. Place all of the ingredients into your blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. If using the Ninja blender, Pulse a few times and then gradually increase the speed to speed 6 and blend until smooth. The consistency should be similar to a frappuccino.
Notes
Serving size is approximate

Recipe adapted from Ninja Kitchen Recipes
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 10oz

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Oh and in case you were wondering, things went ok with mom and dad. We were able to make milkshakes again.

I received a super cool, free Ninja Blender from Ninja Kitchens. This product was free and was mine to keep in exchange for a fun little review. With that being said, please note, all opinions are my own. 

Comments

  1. says

    Ha, yeah I don’t think you have to be a teenager to make a mess with a blender. But I wouldn’t know from experience ;) I’m still looking for a new blender so I definitely need to check out the ninja blenders and then make a batch of these shakes!

    • says

      I was surprised at how good this blender is. I really like it a lot. And they have pretty good drink/smoothie/soup/food recipes on the Ninja site too. I’m pretty impressed!

      Heh, and I am sure I could get into a mess with blenders, even being in my 30s. Sometimes messes are fun, right? ;)

    • says

      Haha, it’s ok! I do stuff like that all the time. I like to blame my phone or my iPad. But it’s really just me being lazy and not proof reading until after the fact. :)

  2. says

    It does look like a kick ass machine!! Can’t wait to get my hands on one…been on my wish list for a while. As for this shake man…super delish!!! Banana almond and mocha sound so delicious together.

  3. says

    I’ve heard great things about the Ninja, and it would be perfect for whipping up this delicious shake! I always have almond butter in the house, so this is happening!

  4. says

    Julie, this milkshake sounds so good and I’m really happy to hear about this blender, because I really need a new one. However, I am in tears laughing over the blender story!!! Hilarious and I can absolutely picture it! Too, too funny! Thanks for sharing such a great story, the recipe and the blender! :)

    • says

      I’m glad you enjoyed the story, Cindy! I still think about that little event quite often. It was a very funny time when that happened!

      Thank you so much for stopping by. Hope you have a great week! Yay, the weekend is getting here super fast this week!

  5. says

    Spoon in a blender? That is too funny! I have heard awesome things about these blenders, and need to get my hands on one. My current blender is 14 years old and needs to be put out of it’s margarita making misery. ;) Your shake looks delicious, maybe I could substitute the questionable coconut milk that is currently hanging out in my fridge!!

    • says

      Yep, you read it right – spoon in blender! Whoa, your blender must be a warrior. 14 years? That’s excellent!

      And I think coconut milk would be great…but not questionable coconut milk. It could make for one un-fun aftermath. ;)

  6. says

    Don’t you love the Ninja? We got one for our wedding and I will never go back to cheap blenders again. Your milkshake looks delicious – I have been making something similar but without the almond butter. I’ll definitely have to try adding some.

    • says

      I sure do, Vicky! I’m still impressed at how great it blends. I’ve only had it for a few weeks so I’ll have to see if it stands the test of time but I sure am enjoying it right now! My next experiment will be soups. I usually purée my soups in a blender because I cannot stand immersion blenders!

      Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you have a great week!

  7. says

    Haha, I have friends who have told me similar stories – its all fun until clean up begins! ;) I love my blender and smoothies. And I recently tried coffee and banana together and ohmygosh, it was amazing. I can’t wait to get home and try this, its so easy and dairy free! Pinned!

  8. says

    That is a funny story Julie! And now we know what happens when a spoon is inserted in a blender!! This is a fabulous shake! Love the almond butter and LOVE the coffee!

  9. says

    Haha such a funny story – I’ve totally had blender fails even as an adult ;) Love this refreshing shake – it sounds perfect to cool down with on these hot days we’ve been having lately. Love the almond butter in here and the Ninja sounds like an awesome blender :)

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