Skinny Almond Joy Milkshakes

Creamy, decadent tasting chocolate milkshake flavored with almond and coconut. Sweetened with bananas, protein-packed from Greek yogurt, and undeniably refreshing.

Skinny Almond Joy Milkshakes made from yogurt, bananas, and unsweetened cocoa powder. Delicious! Easy recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Step aside Mounds Bar Cookies, I’ve got a new candy bar love in town. (But don’t go too far because your chewy dark chocolate goodness is simply irresistible.)

My new love comes in skinny form. Using nothing but healthful, good for the body & soul ingredients. Plus it tastes like a candy bar in thick, creamy milkshake form.

This milkshake is so-very-yum. It’s my Saturday treat.

Skinny Almond Joy Milkshakes made from yogurt, bananas, and unsweetened cocoa powder. Delicious! Easy recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

If you’re anything like me, you make milkshakes and smoothies often. My dearest friend Erin and I used to fight over who would get the blender first after our runs. (Hi Erin!)

More recently, there was a 2 week stint last month where I practically lived on nothing but protein smoothies and Trader Joe’s guacamole & chips. Perfect meal in my eyes.

I enjoy making cool, creamy, healthy drinks all the time because they are easy, require hardly any effort or time, and the possibilities for flavor combinations are endless. My recent favorite tastes like an Almond Joy chocolate bar, without actually using an Almond Joy chocolate bar in the recipe.

Chocolate, coconut, and almond. Three of my favorite flavors in one. 

Skinny Almond Joy Milkshakes made from yogurt, bananas, and unsweetened cocoa powder. Delicious! Easy recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Like most of my smoothie and milkshake recipes, you’re going to start with some frozen bananas. Frozen bananas are a wonderful base for these drinks because they blend up into a beautifully creamy texture. In fact, I like to eat pure frozen bananas – blended – straight up by themselves. It’s called a “banana whip” and it tastes like vanilla soft serve.

This recipe begins with two ripe bananas that have been peeled, sliced, and frozen. And no, the milkshake does not taste like bananas! Add them to your blender first and layer with 1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, 2/3 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1/2 teaspoon of coconut extract, and 1/4 teaspoon of almond extract. That’s it!

You’ll notice that the only sweetener in this milkshake is banana. There are no added sugars, just the sweetness from pure fruit.  Make sure your bananas are super ripe before freezing. Frozen ripe bananas taste the best in my smoothies and milkshakes.

Let’s discuss the coconut extract…

Coconut Extract

This is an ingredient I picked up at Walmart. I haven’t been able to find pure coconut extract (I believe it’s sold at Whole Foods though?), so the imitation will do for now. I’ve also seen this coconut extract at Target and most grocery stores.  If you can’t find it, add 2 Tablespoons of shredded coconut to your blender instead. The coconut may be sweetened or unsweetened.

Blend the ingredients together into creamy oblivion. Have I gotten the point across yet that this milkshake is… creamy?

I like to top my Almond Joy milkshakes with shredded coconut and almonds. When I get close to the bottom, I stir them into the milkshake and they get all frozen and crunchy. It’s a texture lover’s dream.

The toppings are completely optional. 🙂

The adorably decorative straws are also optional, but I never pass up the opportunity to drink out of a pink polka dotted straw…

Skinny Almond Joy Milkshakes made from yogurt, bananas, and unsweetened cocoa powder. Delicious! Easy recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

If you’re feeling extra adventurous after your Almond Joy milkshake, you can just splurge on the real thing. Which is exactly what I did yesterday when I desperately needed a chocolate bar after I locked myself out of our apartment.

Yes, that happened.

I love Almond Joy Bars!

Pure chocolatey, coconutty, almondy goodness.

 I got the glass chalkboard mug (hey, how cute is it?!) used in this photoshoot from Home Goods in the summer. I got the straws from Sweet & Treats Boutique.

Skinny Almond Joy Milkshakes

Creamy, decadent tasting chocolate milkshake flavored with almond and coconut. Sweetened with bananas, protein-packed from Greek yogurt, and undeniably refreshing.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium bananas, peeled, sliced, and frozen
  • 1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder (or 2 Tablespoons for a darker chocolate flavor)
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or your milk of choice)
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (any flavor)
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract1
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • optional toppings: 1 Tablespoon shredded coconut & a few almonds

Directions:

  1. Make sure you have a strong, powerful blender that will blend up the frozen banana. I like this Ninja or this Vitamix.
  2. Put all of the ingredients into the blender, in the order listed, except for the toppings. Blend on high until thick and smooth.  You may need to stop and stir/scrape down the sides of the blender a few times.

Recipe Notes:

  1. If you cannot find coconut extract (pictured above), you may blend 2 Tablespoons of shredded coconut into the milkshake and top with additional shredded coconut.

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Skinny Almond Joy Milkshakes made from yogurt, bananas, and unsweetened cocoa powder. Delicious! Easy recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com
Skinny Almond Joy Milkshakes made from yogurt, bananas, and unsweetened cocoa powder. Delicious! Easy recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

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  1. Ari @ Ari's Menu on October 7, 2013 at 9:54 am

    First of all, I love this–the ingredients and flavors are right up my alley! Also, I only half wish Almond Joy came in dark chocolate–of course it would be a million times better, but then I would be so tempted by them alllll the time! 😉

  2. [email protected] 'n' Cookies on October 7, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Yum yum YUM! Almond Joy has always been one of my favorite candy bars. So glad you shared this recipe so I can have a guilt-free way to enjoy all the same flavors, but while getting much more nutrition! And what did we ever do before Greek yogurt became readily available??! I feel like it has so many great uses.

    • Sally on October 7, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      Oh my gosh Jamie, I have no clue what I’d do without Greek yogurt. I use it ALL the time in my baking and in what I eat everyday. Love the stuff.

  3. Maggie @ Sunnyside Up Smile on October 7, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    So excited to try this one Sally! I’m obsessed with skinny smoothies and I agree with Averie up there when she said she’d rather have a brownie or two instead of some of those other smoothies out there 😉 I love the Greek yogurt in this and anything almond and coconut flavored is sure to be a winner. Almond Joys are still my favorite candy. I like to eat around the almond and save it for last!

    • Sally on October 7, 2013 at 7:27 pm

      Maggie, that’s how I eat Almond Joys too! I thought I was the only one. Saving the almond for last. haha!

  4. Heather R on October 7, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    I’ve never had an Almond Joy candy bar before but this is delicious! I had coconut greek yogurt on hand which was perfect for this. Now I know what to eat when I get my next ice cream craving. Thanks Sally!

    • Sally on October 7, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      I still need to try coconut greek yogurt! It sounds amazing. I’m happy you enjoyed this Heather!

  5. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) on October 7, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    OMG this looks SO easy and tasty and I cannot believe it’s actually a “skinny” drink! Amazingg

  6. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain on October 7, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Mmmm I don’t care how cold it may get – this will always be a milkshake I crave. Almond joys are my jam AND milkshakes are also my jam. What can I say besides I WANT TO DRINK IT ALL! 😉

    • Sally on October 7, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      I love drinking milkshakes any time of year. I’m the same way, Jess!

  7. Trish - Mom On Timeout on October 8, 2013 at 12:45 am

    This milkshake sounds absolutely perfect and I LOVE that it’s skinny! I am a total Almond Joy lover so this is definitely on my to-do list this week and I already have coconut extract on hand – yay! Must try that guac!!

    • Sally on October 8, 2013 at 5:53 am

      How perfect, Trish! Let me know how you like it. I love this milkshake too. And the guac- SO good. My favorite.

  8. [email protected] on October 8, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    UGH yes, why can’t they give us some dark choc almond joys?!?!?! must make these shakes, all my fave flavors!

  9. Nutmeg Nanny on October 8, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Wonderful! I bet this tastes so incredible 🙂 I am so excited to get a taste!!

  10. Michelle Dieringer on October 11, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Hi sally! I made this, this afternoon and its delicious!! I made it more into a smoothie and added kale to make it a little green! 🙂 Thanks!!

    • Sally on October 13, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      Certainly a great (and delicious) way to get your veggies in!

  11. Bridget on October 11, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Totally wish EVERY candy had a dark chocolate version! Will definitely be something to look forward to in the near future; I can’t wait until they come out with dark chocolate peanut m&ms, twix, and butterfingers! For the time being just enjoy a mounds (naturally made with dark chocolate) with a couple of unsalted almonds…always does the trick! @bridgetkwhelan

    • Sally on October 13, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      Dark chocolate butterfingers – that sounds incredible! Now you have me wishing for it too! Hope you enjoy this milkshake, thanks Bridget!

  12. Amy on October 12, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    I hate getting locked out of the apartment! A few years ago, I lived by myself, and I lost my keyring. HUGE panic attack, ran around retracing my steps for over an hour, and finally went back to the clubhouse and asked the manager for a temporary key. Not fun. You definitely deserve a king-sized almond joy after that!

    • Sally on October 13, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      It was seriously the worst. I’m surprised it hasn’t happened to me more often. I am always so forgetful with that stuff! In your case, I wouldn’t been really upset!

      • Amy on October 14, 2013 at 1:13 am

        I’m glad it hasn’t happened to you more often! And I think it’s better to forgot your key once or twice instead of forgetting sugar in your cookies or baking powder in your muffins. 😉



  13. Jacqui on November 28, 2013 at 9:32 am

    This looks so amazing I have to try it! Also, the cup/jar with handle is so adorable, where did you get it?!

    • Sally on November 28, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      I got it from Home Goods.

  14. Krissy on February 2, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Just found this recipe through pinterest-looks delicious, can’t wait to try it. I like the alternative of using extract- I have been obsessed with coconut greek yogurt lately but can’t find any without added sugar. Have you tried LorAnn products-they have great oils, extracts, and emulsions that I use in all of my cooking and baking. They have coconut-its great.

    • Sally on February 2, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      I love LorAnn emulsions! I have a few right now. Happy you found my blog through Pinterest. What would we do without it?!

  15. Mackenzie Poole on July 17, 2014 at 10:16 am

    I just experimented with this shake, subbing chocolate protein powder for cocoa powder, and it was FANTASTIC! I have done it with several other of your smoothie/shake recipes, and it is definitely still tasty. 🙂

  16. Jenny on February 5, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Hey sally. I always have dark chocolate almond milk on hand but not regular. Could i use that? Or should i just use regular milk instead?
    Jenny

    • Sally on February 5, 2015 at 2:35 pm

      You can use the chocolate flavor– really, use whatever you like best.

  17. Christine on April 9, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Because my husband’s tossing and turning was making me mental this morning, I ended up getting up to work out at 3am. So….was done in PLENTY of time to research and try a new smoothie recipe…and I tried this one. OMG…was licking my glass clean…SO SO SO good! The only change I made was instead of cocoa powder, I dumped a healthy does of Walden Farms Chocolate Sauce in it (have you tried? zero calories/fat/carbs…and no, it isn’t REAL chocolate but it tastes dang good to me when mixed with other stuff…like this smoothie!). I topped with some cocoa nibs and HOLY YUMTOWN. Totally can’t wait till I can have one again tomorrow!

  18. Linda on April 15, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Hi Sally. HELP!! I’m severely allergic to bananas! This looks soooo good. How can I made it without the bananas and not lose the flavor? Thanks!

    • Sally on April 16, 2015 at 11:33 am

      How about some vanilla frozen yogurt?

      • Linda on April 16, 2015 at 12:51 pm

        Ok. Thanks I’ll try that.



  19. Joanne on April 21, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Hi sally! Do you think I could replace the almond extract with sliced almonds (kinda the same idea as the coconut extract replaced with shredded coconut)? If so, how much would you recommend as a substitute? Thanks!

  20. kim on September 8, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Sally;
     Hi,I would love to make your skinny almond joy milkshake but I have a magic bullet blender for one person and can I use natrel lactose free milk in your recipe.
     Can I use unsweetened coconut with stevia in your recipe?I have to buy the ingredients to make your milkshake and I will let you know how much I love and enjoy drinking your skinny almond joy milkshake.
      My blender can’t fit the 2 bananas in it and the other ingredients should be OK and fit in my blender.
     Kim

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