Chocolate Heart Shakes /
Chocolate Heart Shakes /
Chocolate Heart Shakes /

This week, living with Tim, in Nashville, in our third year of marriage, was:

Cold days with no snow (it just barely missed us!).

Cuddled up mornings, side by side on the sofa on our laptops.

The demise of a succulent plant.

Recipe testing.


And, on two different mornings, these frothy dessert shakes made with bananas, peanut butter, and Carrie Vitt’s four-ingredient recipe for homemade chocolate syrup, all so I could add (my best attempt at) hearts on top.

It is not necessary to have an extravagant food budget in order to serve things with variety and tastefully cooked. It is not necessary to have expensive food on the plates before they can enter the dining room as things of beauty in colour and texture. Food should be served with real care as to the colour and texture on the plates, as well as with imaginative taste. This is where artistic talent and aesthetic expression and fulfillment come in.” Edith Schaeffer

Chocolate Heart Shakes with Carrie Vitt’s Homemade Chocolate Syrup


Serving Size: 32 ounces (946 ml)

Chocolate Heart Shakes with Carrie Vitt’s Homemade Chocolate Syrup

If the New Year's pear stacks taught us anything, it was that I'm a sucker for pretty food--and that's why it's probably no surprise that the peanut butter banana shakes in the February 2014 issue of Better Homes & Gardens caught my eye. Whoever dragged the hearts in that magazine picture's shakes is an artist! Gorgeous! And I liked the idea so much, in fact, that I earmarked the page, made homemade chocolate syrup, and tried it twice this week. Rich, creamy, frothy, and chocolately, it's a dessert-like drink to put a pep in your step.


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 medium ripe bananas, cut up
  • 1/4 cup creamy organic peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup homemade chocolate syrup (below)
  • 1 cup whole-milk yogurt
  • Extra syrup, for drizzling


Blend milk, bananas, peanut butter, chocolate syrup, and yogurt in a blender or high-powered Vitamix until smooth. Pour into glasses and drip a little extra chocolate syrup on the top. Use a toothpick to drag hearts through the syrup drops. Enjoy!


We like making this recipe for the two of us, with a large 16-ounce portion each, but you could also divvy it up into typical 8-ounce glasses and have four servings.

Carrie Vitt’s Homemade Chocolate Syrup


Serving Size: 20 ounces

Recipe and method taken from Carrie Vitt at Deliciously Organic. I know I've mentioned Carrie here a number of times, but if you aren't already familiar with her site, it's worth a visit. Every recipe of hers I've ever tried has been excellent, not to mention filled with wholesome ingredients. ps bonus Carrie's a total sweetheart, too.


  • 1 cup (235 ml) maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups (355 ml) water
  • 1 3/4 cups (116 g) cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla


In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring maple syrup and water to a simmer. Whisk in cocoa powder until fully combined; remove pan from heat; stir in vanilla extract. Pour mixture through a fine mesh sieve and store in a glass jar or BPA-free plastic containers like these. When removing from fridge, shake or stir before pouring. Carrie says the sauce keeps, refrigerated, for up to 3 weeks.

Shanna Mallon

Shanna Mallon started Food Loves Writing back in 2008, as a way to remember her grandma and write about her life through food. Since then it's become a place leading her to a lifestyle of eating whole foods, a new home in Nashville and the love of her life, Tim. Follow Shanna on Twitter @foodloves, keep up with Food Loves Writing on Facebook and stay inspired with the monthly newsletter.

This Post Has 15 Comments

  1. Kathryn

    ‘food with hearts on it is always fun’ – Yes! These are adorable; the perfect way to power through a day of cookbooking!

    1. Shanna Mallon

      haha true. and bonus fact: after you make a batch of chocolate syrup, you find yourself putting it on eeeeeeverything.

  2. Marie @ Little Kitchie

    Too cute!

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Aw, thanks, Marie!

  3. Sara @ Cake Over Steak

    Those hearts are so cute! This shake sounds delicious – healthy but also just enough naughtiness with the chocolate.

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Exactly! Well put, Sara!

  4. Laura

    I do love my mid-afternoon high-vibe chocolate shake break. I use bananas and PB as well–so good. But this chocolate syrup sounds unreal. I love that it’s maple based. Also! Wanted to add how much I’ve been loving your photos lately :)

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Laura, I know! I was so psyched by the simple ingredients and then by the killer taste. I literally want it on everything. And thanks for your super generous words. It means a lot from you because we are huge fans of your photography, like mega a lot.

  5. thelittleloaf

    This chocolate syrup is perfect, so much nicer than the stuff you can buy :-)

    1. Shanna Mallon

      It is! Thanks!

  6. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health

    delicious combination :)

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Indeed! Thanks, Dixya!

  7. Ananda Rajashekar

    Gorgeous pictures and lovely combination, which i haven’t tried…but I must!

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Thank you so much!

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