Healthy Chocolate Milkshake Recipe
There’s no denying that I have a sweet tooth. Since eating healthier and leading a more active lifestyle I have noticed that my cravings for sweet things have reduced. They haven’t gone for good though, and I still often yearn for chocolate or sugary things! When that time hits me (and let’s face it, it’s usually that time of the month!) I try to find healthier alternatives to my old favourites.
That’s how I came up with the Healthy Chocolate Milkshake. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t totally come up with this recipe in my head, I did have to do some research to find out what blends well and what tastes sweet enough but still natural and healthy. It’s all down to trial and error – and believe me they didn’t all taste this good at the beginning!
When I finally made this recipe, I couldn’t believe how delicious it tasted. It honestly tastes better than any chocolate milkshake I’ve ever had and I promise I’m not exaggerating! I had to make Marcus one as soon as I finished mine so I could share how incredible it tasted with someone else!
The best thing about it is that you feel like you’re treating yourself having a naughty chocolate milkshake but there are zero, I repeat ZERO, bad ingredients in there! In actual fact, every single ingredient is incredibly good for you.
1 Frozen Banana
1 tbsp Maca Powder
1 tbsp Raw Cacao Powder
1 tbsp Almond Butter or Cashew Butter
1 tbsp Protein Powder (this is optional but I love the taste of my chocolate protein powder)
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
2-3 Medjool Dates
2 Ice Cubes
What’s So Good About These Ingredients?
Banana – High in potassium, which is good news for your heart and bones, high in fibre to aid digestion and it’ll give you an energy boost.
Maca Powder – A superfood loaded with vitamins, proteins and fibre. I usually add a tablespoon to my smoothies in the mornings.
Raw Cacao Powder – Also a superfood, this is the healthiest, most natural form of chocolate. It’s straight from the cacao plant and ground to a powder unlike it’s evil twin, cocoa powder, which has been processed. It has one of the highest antioxidant counts in the world!
Cashew Butter – You can get many different types of nut butters including peanut, almond and cashew. My favourite (and the healthiest) is almond butter but cashew butter is just as good. It’s full of protein and healthy fats. The brand I use called Meridian has one ingredient – nuts! Avoid brands that pump it full of salt and sugar. It really doesn’t need it. This recipe works well with almond or cashew butter.
Protein Powder – Trying out the plant-based diet means that I may not be getting as much protein as I should. That’s why I occasionally like to take a protein powder, which is still plant-based, but jam-packs plant proteins into a super spoonful of powder! I love the chocolate flavour.
Cinnamon – It regulates blood sugar, reduces cholesterol, and contains many nutrients. I’ve also heard that it can increase your metabolism!
Almond Milk – In my opinion almond milk is so much tastier (and healthier) than it’s dairy alternative. It includes most of the health benefits of cows milk, but none of the negative side effects. I use the brand Rude Health, because it contains the least amount of ingredients. There are many supermarket brands that are full of preservatives and unnecessary chemicals.
Medjool Dates – These wonder fruits can be used as a natural sweetener in replacement of sugar. Not only do they taste incredible, they are also full of fibre, nutrients and antioxidants.
There’s only one step to making this milkshake:
Add everything to a blender or nutribullet and blend! Add almond milk a glug at a time until you get your preferred consistency. I like mine thick and creamy so I find 1 cup is perfect.
If you make my healthy chocolate milkshake I’d love to know what you think!
I’m positive you’ll love it just as much as I do!
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