Rich and Creamy Chocolate Shake – Vegan
Sweet Chocolate-y Shake, Thick, Creamy AND Healthy
You know when you go by an ice cream shop and you miss the creamy lusciousness that is ice cream? You may not miss the negatives that go along with it, I know I don’t, but the cold, thick, creamy sweetness… that sounds good sometimes. Can we get the good without the bad? Read on!
It’s February and I’ve committed myself to sharing a good handful of chocolate recipes the are truly healthy. No sugar, no gluten, no refined flours, no dairy, PLUS, actually good for you. Desserts you can eat with zero guilt. This was a big hurdle for the non-dessert maker that is me, but I got help.
My Director of New Patients, Jenny, who is also a foodie, shared a website with me that opened up a new dessert world. This recipe gratefully acknowledges the brilliance that is Emily von Euw, the author of the blog, This Rawsome Vegan Life. She is “all” about desserts, not my forte I must admit, and she has a way of taking a handful of healthy ingredients and making a huge variety of raw desserts with them.
Can you make a chocolate shake that truly is sweet, thick, creamy and chocolatey without dairy or sugar? Yes you can! And you can even eat it for breakfast if you’re so inclined. I would encourage a small handful of spinach if it was for breakfast, but that’s just the doctor in me coming out… Let’s ignore that and get back to this luscious shake.
This shake serves 2.
3 organic bananas, frozen
1/4 cup pitted organic dates, soaked for at least 20 minutes in hot water
2 Tablespoons organic cacao powder
1 Tablespoon raw organic almond butter
1 Tablespoon organic pure maple syrup (optional – taste the shake without it first and then add as you desire)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Ground cinnamon or cayenne pepper to taste (optional)
1 teaspoon organic cacao nibs (optional) – these are bitter but very healthy. Probably a better idea for an adult vs. a child.
2-4 Tablespoons coconut whipped cream (optional) – this makes it truly an evening or party dessert with some whipped cream piled on top.
A shake of ground cinnamon for aesthetic purposes, if you’re not using the cacao nibs.
Dr. Vikki Petersen DC, CCN
IFM Certified Practitioner
Founder of HealthNOW Medical Center
Author of “The Gluten Effect”
Author of eBook: “Gluten Intolerance – What You Don’t Know May Be Killing You!”