As the weather has been heating up, and I have no longer been on my no sugar candida cleanse, I have been CRAVING a thick, rich, creamy, c-c-cold milkshake like the ones you can get from Cafe Gratitude or other raw-vegan restaurants and cafes. Sadly many of those locations use ice cream made with agave nectar (which has been shown to have a glycemic impact similar to high fructose corn syrup). Not to mention a raw milkshake or smoothie can, and normally runs nearly $9 or $10 for a 16 oz. shake. On top of that there’s often just a little something I would do differently to make it PERFECT! For instance I LOVE cafe Gratitude’s “I am Luscious”. A chocolate smoothie with figs, dates, vanilla, nut milk, cacao powder and ice, or something like that. Only thing for me is, I would prefer nibs over powder, I usually want it icier/thicker than they make it, and a tsp. of maca powder puts it over the top (and also makes it $10). Don’t get me wrong, I still go and splurge, and am all for supporting the local organic, vegan and ideally raw or with some raw optioned spots. But, knowing how to make my “Dream Shake” in the comfort of my own home, is a luxury so luscious I NEED TO SHARE!!!!
There’s been a lurking craving in the back of my mind for about a month now…. a little voice whispering “mulberries, cacao nibs, almond butter oh my!” The vision continued to form, and MACA became an important element. I believe our bodies know what we need, so when I start craving maca I am pretty sure I need those minerals and hormone balancers. Finally between the 90+ degree weather we were having, Living Tree Community Foods requesting a video with their HEAVENLY Almond Butter, and my mulberry, maca-chip dreams still lingering I was motivated to make this recipe happen. The outcome was and is utter BLISS!!!! I didn’t skimp on any ingredient. I went all out, giving you the decadent, indulgent, thick, sweet, creamy recipe I was dreaming of. Think chocolate chocolate chip milkshake with a bit of malt – old school style – and you’re getting pretty close to forming a sense of what this milkshake is all about.
Go through the recipe to make sure you have all your ingredients. Once you do, making the shake is easy breezy…. it’s enough for 2 large or 3 small to medium sized servings, so make sure you have friends around to share with or be prepared with a pocket-full of will-power – once you start – it is hard to stop. Lucky for me, my husband has a big appetite, so I got my mini cup (about a half cup size) the perfect little indulgence, my hubby had a large glass and we saved the remaining 8 or so ounces in a glass jar, sealed and frozen. We took it out later in the day, let it thaw for a good 30 minutes, and my husband and son shared the soft serve like ice cream.
Here’s your recipe, try it out and let me know what you think!
- 1/2 Cup Dried Mulberries
- 1/4 Cup Raw Almond Butter
- 3 Tbs. Coconut Nectar
- 2 tsp. Maca Powder
- 2 Tbs. Cacao Powder
- 1/4 tsp. Vanilla Powder
- 1/8 tsp. Sea Salt
- 1 Cup Purified or Spring Water
- 1 tray Ice Cubes
- 6 Tbs. Cacao Nibs
- Separate into three glasses, stick some glass straws in them (or not) and most importantly ENJOY and feel the good vibes!!!! If it's just you or two and you want to save some for later we successfully froze some of ours and after allowing it to thaw for 20-30 minutes had a thick soft serve style ice cream....Yum!
- All of the ingredients above are available from Living Tree Community Foods, a local bay area all organic producer and provider of the highest quality nut butters, oils, sweeteners and bulk dry ingredients. Check them out at http://www.LivingTreeCommunity.com