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.

almond joy milkshake in a glass with straws

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.

almond joy milkshake in a glass with straws

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. 

almond joy milkshake in a glass with straws

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…

bottle of 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…

almond joy milkshake in a glass with a straw

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.

chopped Almond Joy candy bars

Pure chocolatey, coconutty, almondy goodness.

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almond joy milkshake in a glass with straws

Skinny Almond Joy Milkshakes

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: serves 2
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: American


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


  • 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 extract*
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • optional toppings: 1 Tablespoon shredded coconut & a few almonds


  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.


  1. Coconut Extract: 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.

Keywords: skinny almond joy milkshake, healthy almond joy milkshake


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  1. Ari @ Ari's Menu says:

    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. Maggie @ Sunnyside Up Smile says:

    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!

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

  3. 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!

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

  4. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says:

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

  5. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain says:

    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! 😉

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

  6. 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.

  7. Trish - Mom On Timeout says:

    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!!

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

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

  9. Nutmeg Nanny says:

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

  10. Michelle Dieringer says:

    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!!

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

  11. 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

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

  12. 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!

  13. I got it from Home Goods.

  14. 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.

    1. 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 says:

    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. 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!

  17. 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!

    1. How about some vanilla frozen yogurt?

      1. Ok. Thanks I’ll try that.

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

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