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

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

If you’re anything like me, you make milkshakes and smoothies often. My dearest friendย 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 butย protein smoothiesย 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.ย 

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

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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.

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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 thisย Ninjaย or thisย 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

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


  1. I’m definitely a mounds bar lover for the fact it has dark chocolate over milk. They need to make the Almond Joys in dark chocolate, too!

    1. Lauren, I 100% agree with you! I was just saying that the other day. I wish Almond Joy’s were dark chocolate. For now, let’s just eat an almond and a Mounds Bar at the same time…!

      1. Jody Mauldin says:

        They did make them with dark chocolate for a very short time. They were really good. I love a Mounds, just sometimes I feel like a nut!

      2. They were available in dark choc? I missed out on them Jody!

  2. Oh my goodness. Is this real life? Only sweetener is banana?! Oh my, I am in loooove. I am such a fan of chocolate coconut. Although, I am a mounds girl just for the dark chocolate factor. No almond but ya know, I think can sacrifice for the dark chocolate. Also, the fact that your best friend/old roommate’s name s Erin (who liked to run) makes me laugh. Too bad it wasn’t me! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Happy Saturday, Miss Sally!

    1. Happy Saturday Erin! And yes, Erin is one of my very good friends. She got me into running! And she loves coconut and dark chocolate as much as I do (and you too, I’m sure!). I would love if Almond Joys came in dark chocolate. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. You ladies crack me up. I too love the chocolate, coconut, creamy mixture. My solution…shove almonds into my Mounds bars. ๐Ÿ™‚ Problem solved. LOL

      2. Exactly! That’s what I do too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Becca @Heaven in a Dish says:

    I LOVE almond joys, they’re my favorite candy bar ever! I love the idea of turning something totally unhealthy into a skinny shake!

  4. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says:

    I always love your milkshake photos Sally, they make me want to throw a fairy tale themed milkshake party! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. holly waterfall says:

    Almond joys are my absolute favorite so there’s no doubt that this smoothie will be happening soon. Possibly this morning even!

    1. Hi Holly! Did you get a chance to make the almond joy milkshake yesterday? Hope you enjoyed it!

  6. [email protected] Plaid and Paisley Kitchen says:

    Almond Joy’s are one of my fave candy bars!!! This looks amazing!

    1. One of my favorites as well. Thanks Chandra!

  7. Ali | Gimme Some Oven says:

    Such a fun idea! These look yummy!!

    1. Thanks Ali! I hope you bloggers are having fun at your retreat in Park City. It looks beautiful there! My fiance used to live there. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Javi Trulove @ T3treats says:

    I have a couple of chocolates who are Tempting me since a hour ago.. Almonds, chocolate and bananas.. what could go wrong right?

    1. The combination of the three is so good, Javi! Hope you try this milkshake sometime.

  9. Liz @Life Made Sweet says:

    You just made my Saturday morning!!!! This sounds AHHHHMAZING! And I totally hear you on the Trader Joes Guilt Free Gaucโ€ฆ.so yummy! Have you tried their guilt free Spinach and Kale yogurt dip?โ€ฆ.equally as yummy!

    1. The guacamole is just my favorite. I had some again last night. I haven’t tried the spinach and kale yogurt dip though. I’ll keep my eyes peeled from it. Having a TJs less than 1 mile from my apartment is dangerous! And amazing.

  10. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes says:

    This looks awesome! I want this AND that chalkboard mug!

    1. The mug is my latest obsession. I had friends over the other night and we had TOO much fun writing all sorts of stuff on our sangria mugs haha. They were cheap too – only $6.99 at Home Goods for 4.

  11. Julia | says:

    Love that you named your mug “Sally”. How cute is that? ๐Ÿ™‚ I am always looking for recipes that use lots of bananas, so this is one of them! Lovely combination of ingredients in this one, including my favorite Greek yogurt!

    1. Haha! I have too much fun with that chalkboard mug. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker says:

    These milkshakes sound delcious

  13. Averie @ Averie Cooks says:

    I love Almond Joys and Mounds Bars – the rare candy bars with nuts that I enjoy – okay I do work around the big nut sometimes though. Lol. But the chocolate, coconut, the texture – so yummy. And this smoothie, great to keep it on the skinny side. Sometimes these smoothies I see on blogs, while delicious, they are packing some serious heft. I’d rather go have a brownie or two with those stats. And bananas are the best smoothie base ever!

    Hope you’re have a very chill weekend ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

    1. Thanks Averie! I know what you mean – I was searching for a good smoothie recipe to make using some ginger I had but only found a few loaded with sugar, fat, and some even had full fat ice cream. Just wanted something light! So I juiced with it instead. Anyway I hope you had a chill weekend too!

  14. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile says:

    Hi Sally,
    I am totally going to buy some almond milk right now so I can make this milkshake today! Yum! Love your healthy spin on your recipes! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks Lucy – and I hope you enjoyed the milkshake!

  15. Ok, because of those mounds bar cookies you posted a few weeks ago I went out and bought some. Oh my gosh, Sally they were terrible!!

    Ha, yeah right! I practically ate the whole bag I bought! Incredible and I am now addicted! Love the flavors so very much. I bet this milkshake is KILLER! You do make the best skinny milkshake is town (or the blogging world)!

    1. The best skinny shake in town – you are hilarious Tieghan! I want to make a snickers milkshake next. Not sure how I could do it. I have an idea in mind. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says:

    I would be all over this!! LOVE Almond Joy!

  17. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli says:

    Oh my gosh, I have been SERIOUSLY obsessed with Almond Joy everything lately…so far, I’ve made granola, breakfast cookies, waffles, and pancakes are in the near future! And too funny, I just posted Almond Joy yogurt on Instagram today…just added a spoonful of cocoa powder to Chobani’s creamy coconut yogurt and tossed in some almonds and crunchy granola! It was pure magic!

    Love this smoothie! And I swear by frozen bananas…use them in all my shakes!

    1. Almond joy pancakes sounds pretty amazing to me. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think you may love almond joys more than I do, Heather!

  18. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    I love Almond Joys! And I might just love this skinny milkshake even more!

  19. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    I love this skinny candy bar milkshake! I may just have to make this after my run as a victory treat!

  20. I was quickly scanning your photos to get to the recipe, and worried that these milkshakes were somehow going to include guacamole in the ingredient list! Oh so glad they don’t!

    1. Oh goodness! Can you imagine? Yuck! If you read the text of the post, you’d know that I eat the guacamole and drink the smoothies/milkshakes – separately lol!

      1. Oh yes … And I made the milkshake and I am in love … Giggled the whole time we drank them, thinking about guacamole! Thank you for your great recipes!

  21. stumbled upon you looking for a pumpkin recipe and now I’m following. Your pictures are the best. I work with someone with a eating disorder and we have to count calories. She loves smoothies. I was wondering if one day you could include calorie counts on your “skinny” ones.

  22. 3girls1apple. says:

    The tropical muffins look so good. Also, thanks for sharing the Almond Shake. Thanks for sharing from

  23. Becca @ Crumbs says:

    Mmm these look so good! Very refreshing and I bet they feel naughty but you know you don’t need to be guilty!

  24. Abbie @ Needs Salt says:

    I knew I’d be seeing more variations of your awesome Greek yogurt smoothie! this one looks phenomenal.
    I SO wish Almond Joys came in dark chocolate, too! it’s truly ridiculous that they don’t. *sigh* oh well. at least us bakers know how to make our own candy, right? haha.
    pinning this!

  25. Emily @ Life on Food says:

    Frozen bananas are a the miracle worker. I love using them to make healthier milkshakes. Almond Joys are a favorite. I know I would enjoy this little treat.

  26. awesome.lena says:

    Hello ๐Ÿ™‚

    I have only just discovered your blog and I am totally in love with it. All of your recipes are amazing and I want to try them all!
    I have discovered my passion for baking and cooking only a few days ago and I wish I have started a food blog instead of CaptainScrapbook.

    1. I’m so glad to be an inspiration to you and your blog! Let me know any recipes you try. I love hearing about it.

  27. Haha, so I’m kind of the opposite when it comes to Almond Joy/Mounds…I like milk chocolate much better than dark, and I’m not a big nut person, so I wish Mounds came in milk chocolate! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love almond milk, though, and all your soft-serve recipes always look so delicious. Maybe you should shave some dark chocolate onto the top of this to get your fix! ๐Ÿ˜€ I love those mugs; they would be so great for parties to keep everyone’s drinks straight.

    1. Haha! Something we don’t have in common. Usually we love all the same things Caley – like fruity summery desserts. ๐Ÿ™‚ And these mugs are great for a girl’s night!

  28. One of my favorite candy bars in a smoothie that’s healthy = dream come true!

  29. I haven’t tried coconut extract yet but seeing as I live coconut to pieces, I think it would be awesome. This looks delicious, it’s always nice to have a lot of smoothie variations when you have them almost everyday!

    1. I agree Katy – and I find myself making smoothies practically every day too!

  30. Cate @ Chez CateyLou says:

    I have always wished that they would make almond joys with dark chocolate!!! This smoothie looks so good!! What a delicious and healthy treat

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