… With Coconut!
This morning I was feeling in real need of some good protein after working out at the gym last night. I had a relentless sweet tooth, but didn’t want to sabotage my healthy efforts. As I was opening every cupboard looking for something to satisfy me, I came up with this super simple, super delicious, and super healthy “treat”. Abundant with protein from almond milk and almond butter, it also has a healthy serving of fresh fruit potassium, and just the right amount of chocolatey sweetness. I must say, I enjoyed every last drop of my shake and came away feeling energized, smart in my decision, and my sweet tooth has been curbed – at least temporarily. And it’s a gluten-free and dairy-free recipe, so all is good. This may even make me want to work out again tonight … just for the reward.
Mocha Almond Shake
Makes: about 2 8-10 ounce servings – depending on the number of ice cubes you use
1 cup almond milk (or any non-dairy milk substitute)* – I use Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Milk – Original flavor
2 Tablespoons almond butter (or any nut butter) – I use Justin’s All-Natural Maple Almond Butter
1/4 cup sweetened, shredded coconut, optional – I use Trader Joe’s brand
1 medium banana, peeled
1 teaspoon instant decaf coffee – I use Maxwell House brand**
8-10 ice cubes
Combine all ingredients in blender and process on low initially to break up the ice cubes, then on high until all ingredients are smooth. Adjust milk accordingly, if applicable.
Note: I don’t usually include calorie counts on my recipes, but I didn’t want you thinking this one was off limits because it sounds so decadent. So here’s the good news: each serving (assuming you divide it equally in half) is 280 calories. Not bad, right? Want togo for broke? Enjoy the whole darn thing yourself!
*If you prefer a really thick shake texture, reduce the amount of milk to 1/2 cup, then increase according to your preference.
**Maxwell House is a Kraft product and Kraft states that they will always state any gluten-containing ingredients clearly on their labels.
Safe food is a journey … Thrive!™