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Chocolate and Vanilla Bean Shake

A cool and refreshing dessert on hot summer days that uses frozen bananas instead of ice cream and is flavored with real vanilla bean and cocoa powder.

  • Author: Dr. Rosane Oliveira
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
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  • 2 bananas, frozen
  • 1 1/2 cup Homemade Nut Milk or store-bought plant-based milk
  • 4 dates
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder


  1. Place all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Sprinkle with cinnamon or your favorite spice and serve.

Notes: You may use 1/2 teaspoon of non-alcoholic vanilla extract in place of the vanilla bean. You may use carob powder instead of cocoa powder for a caffeine-free version of the shake.

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Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD

President & CEO, Plant-Based Life Foundation | Dr. Rosane Oliveira combines a lifelong passion for nutrition with 25 years of genetics research to create programs that help people develop healthy habits on their journey towards a more plant-based lifestyle. She is a Visiting Clinical Professor in Public Health Sciences and was the founding director of the first Integrative Medicine program at the UC Davis School of Medicine. She completed her postgraduate studies in Brazil and did her postdoctoral training in immunogenetics and functional genomics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.