The ‘Almost’ Chocolate Shake Recipe
I know what you’re thinking. The ‘Almost’ Chocolate Shake? What’s wrong with good old-fashioned chocolate? Never had a problem with it before! Well, for starters, while dark chocolate can definitely have its health benefits, a chocolate shake is – shocker alert – not really known for being the healthiest drink out there. It might be delicious, but as it’s usually loaded with things like sugary chocolate syrup, milk chocolate (which doesn’t have the same benefits as pure dark chocolate) and plenty of ice cream and whipped cream – it’s far from the best thing for your health or weight.
Health Benefits Of Avocado Explained
For a healthy alternative to a traditional chocolate shake, this shake wins first prize. The addition of avocado to the recipe gives it a thicker, heavier texture like a traditional chocolate treat. It also provides potassium, folate and omega-3 fatty acids.
Health Benefits Of Cocoa Explained
Organic cocoa powder is the real deal – it makes this a chocolate shake but doesn’t have all that sugar like milk chocolate does. Cocoa powder helps ease your blood flow, lower your blood pressure and may even lower LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol levels. Trust me, chocolate syrup won’t do that for you. The cacao nibs, as well, provide you with fiber, antioxidants, potassium and iron.
The coconut water, banana, vanilla extract and agave nectar give this shake a leg-up in taste and nutrition, while providing natural sweetness at the same time. And all it takes is a blender and a few minutes for this perfect summer treat!
Prep time: 0-5 min
What You’ll Need
- 1 tsp raw cacao nibs
- 1 tbsp organic cocoa powder
- 6-7 raw cashews
- 2 tsp blue agave nectar
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 scoop organic dairy-free vanilla gelato
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1/3 ripe banana
- 1/3 cup rice milk
- 1/2 cup coconut water
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 or 3 ice cubes
- In a blender, combine all ingredients, including ice, and blend until smooth.
- It’s best served immediately but can be kept up to two days in the fridge.
This shake is a delicious addition to any meal. It’s vegan-friendly and lactose-free, so you can bring it along to a party or get together and have all your friends enjoy it. A word of caution though – make sure to bring along plenty. One jug just might not be enough! Happy summer!