Friday, July 12, 2013

Almond Milkshake [Dairy & Sugar Free]

Summer begs for us to satiate our sweet tooth with a cold treat. This milkshake is easy to make, full of flavor and filling. The vitamins, minerals and other nutrients come from their root source which allows the synergistic effects to help your body absorb and embrace the benefits.

I don’t follow a diet but rather make choices in what I eat to best support my mind, body and spirit. Sounds like it could be called a holistic diet then. Anyway for me, eating foods free from dairy, gluten, sugar, chicken and rice keeps me strong and full of life. I’m hoping you’ll love this treat too!

Almond Milkshake

Makes 2 servings

  • 1 cup almonds (soaked)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup (wet measure) medjool dates [about 15 medium sized dates]
  • 3 Tbs. almond butter 
  • 3 Tbs. raw cacao powder
  • 2-3 tsp. vanilla extract 
  • 1 Tbs. coconut butter
  • Pinch sea salt
  1. Make almond milk by blending 1 cup soaked almonds with 3 cups of water and a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  2. Pour 1 cup of the almond milk in ice cube tray.  2 cups of almond milk should remain.
  3. Add 1/2 cup medjool dates as a wet measure.  To do a wet measure add the dates into the milk and measure by how much the liquid rises. With 2 cups of almond milk, you will add the dates until the milk rises to 2 1/2 cups. Make sure the dates are fully immersed in the liquid.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients (almond butter, cacao powder, vanilla, coconut butter & sea salt) to the blender of milk and dates.  
  5. Blend well to emulsify the dates.
  6. Chill the milkshake.
  7. Add 1 tray of the creamy almond milk ice cubes 
  8. Blend on low to break up ice cubes.
  9. Pour & enjoy =)

Recipe inspired by Chaya-Ryvka.