Joanna Goddard’s Favorite Milkshake for Kids (and Grownups Too)

updated May 17, 2022
Chocolate Banana Milkshake
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Who cooks and eats here: Joanna Goddard of Cup of Jo, Alex Williams, and their two kids, Anton and Toby
Where: Brooklyn, New York
Rent or Own? Rent

We toured Joanna’s Streamlined Brooklyn Kitchen yesterday, and now she’s sharing a refreshing recipe! This simple “milkshake” is in regular rotation in the Goddard/Williams household. It’s a healthy twist on a classic, but the kids feel like they’re getting a major treat, and the adults sometimes partake too. After trying it myself, I can attest it’s a great afternoon pick-me-up.

(Image credit: Leela Cyd)

Chocolate-Banana Shake from Pretend Soup

This simple recipe comes from Mollie Katzen and Ann Henderson’s kids cookbook, Pretend Soup, an adorable, illustrated cookbook that this family uses all the time. It’s also full of healthy vegetarian recipes — great for small toddlers up to more older and sophisticated kids learning their way around the kitchen. It looked so lively and cheerful, I just bought a copy — and I don’t even have children!

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Chocolate Banana Milkshake

Serves 2

Nutritional Info


  • 1 cup

    whole milk

  • 1

    medium banana

  • Handful of ice cubes

  • 1 teaspoon

    cocoa powder


  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Mollie Katzen and Ann Henderson's Pretend Soup

Anton with his milkshake mustache. (Image credit: Leela Cyd)

Thank you so much, Joanna and Alex, for letting us peek into your kitchen!
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