The "Jumpin' Monkey"

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Author Notes: Back in high school I used to go to a bagel shop in our neighborhood and get this blended coffee drink they had called the jumpin' monkey that had espresso, chocolate, and banana. I suddenly remembered it the other day and decided I wanted to try to make my own homemade version.fiveandspice

Serves 2

  • 2 very ripe bananas, cut into chunks and frozen
  • Two 2-ounce shots of espresso (or 4 ounces strong coffee), cooled
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 6 ounces milk, plus more as needed
  • 1 tablespoon (heaped) cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and frothy – adding more milk if necessary – about one minute. Taste and blend in the honey if you’d like the drink to be sweeter. Divide between two glasses and serve.
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about 1 month ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Yum!!!

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3 months ago Megan

Used to work at Bixby's myself, and just saw this recipe now that I live on the East Coast! This is much more nutritious than the original Jumpin' Monkey, trust me. Looks great! Love to see some Duluth-inspired culinary delights.

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4 months ago cindy

Do you have any idea how many calories is in this? Trying to watch calorie intake, it looks great.

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4 months ago countykerry

i use chocolate soymilk and about 1/2 the cocoa powder. sometimes i'll throw in some flax seed for an extra treat!

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about 1 year ago LuLuLa

This has become my favorite breakfast. I always have frozen banana slices on hand now. Amaaaaaazing.

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about 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Glad you've been making good use of those bananas!

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about 1 month ago Smvk

I keep frozen bananas as well. I use them in bAnana bread. When they defrost they are almost liquefied so it mAkes the bread very moist. Yum:)

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about 1 year ago SFB

Awesome stuff. Just made with almond milk and 4 oz of Trader Joe's coffee concentrate. I added cinnamon this time, but might have to add some peanut butter next time.

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about 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Mmm.

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about 1 year ago Hailey7

So delicious! I've used both coconut and almond milk as a substitute for the milk and yogurt.

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about 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Oh good!

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4 months ago Knightcraft

Coconut milk?? Brilliant!!

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about 1 year ago Addie

I have been waiting to try this and finally came around to it today. It's as tasty as I imagined and hits the spot!

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about 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Oh good!

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about 1 year ago Erin

Made this today. It was AWESOME! Erin Approved.

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about 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Yay! Glad to hear it!

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about 1 year ago MorriB

Made this for breakfast...didn't fully read the recipe yesterday so made a couple changes...I used a caramel flavored coffee, used a full cup of vanilla yogurt, no milk, forgot to freeze my bananas, and added a spoon full of peanut butter at the end. It came out really well though!

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about 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Glad you liked it! PB is always a tasty addition if there's banana involved.

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about 1 year ago Lori

Can't wait to try this, neighbor! I may use almond milk instead of real, but definitely real greek yogurt. Thanks!

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about 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

I think that will work splendidly!

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about 1 year ago tastysweet

I think I would make this with the great refrigerator iced coffee recipe from yummy's blog. Then follow recipe but.....with a touch of cinnamon. For me,have to have cinnamon in my coffee.

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about 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Ooh, I like the cinnamon idea.

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about 1 year ago savorthis

We had something like this at a coffee shop we would frequent as moody teenagers. I can't recall how we got across town at 14, but that drink was the best. Kept our moody selves up all night! Thanks for reminder and the recipe~

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about 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Nice! :)

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about 1 year ago Jessica Scruggs

I went vegan with this and used coconut yogurt and milk!

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about 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Yum! I bet the coconut flavor was delicious.

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about 1 year ago em-i-lis

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Yummy, Em! I would like two right now please!

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about 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Haha, coming right up!

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about 1 year ago TheWimpyVegetarian

This looks fantastic!

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about 1 year ago fiveandspice

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Thanks!

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about 1 year ago Bonny

Instead of the cocoa powder and honey I made aversion with chocolate protein powder. Yummmmm

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about 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Mmm.