Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Four Yummy Shake Recipes

Cocoa Nutty Monkey
*A quick and easy protein boost. Our kids love this one best.*

2 ripe bananas (I always peel and freeze over ripe ones so that I've always got a stash on hand)
4 cups unsweetened almond milk (make your own or use 1 900ml box)
2 heaping Tbsp 'just peanuts' smooth organic peanut butter, almond butter or roasted sunflower seed butter
2 heaping Tbsp of cocoa powder or finely ground raw chocolate powder
1 Tbsp maple syrup, agave or raw honey

Blend it up!

Avocado Dream
*Many years ago when we lived in Hamilton, I used to get an avocado shake from a Thai and Vietnamese restaurant we went to quite often. This one tastes just like it but without all the sugar*

2 ripe avocados
1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or to your desired consistency)
1 frozen bananas
3 Tbsp maple syrup (or to your taste)
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract (optional)

Blend it all up until it's smooth and creamy.

Deep Purple
*This shake is a truly delicious and antioxidant rich delight. It's my hubby's favorite.*

2 cups frozen wild blueberries
2 frozen ripe bananas
unsweetened almond milk (to your desired consistency)
1 Tbsp maple syrup, agave or raw honey (optional)

Blend well and serve.

Pina Colada
*Young coconuts recently became available at my local grocery store for a great price. They are so delicious and nutritious but not always easy to come by in Canada. They have gained in popularity over the past few years due to the promotion of their health benefits by athletes and celebrities. So perhaps even if you live in the north, you'll be able to get your hands on them too.*

1/4 fresh pineapple
1 cup pineapple juice
3 pitted and soaked medjool dates
3 fresh or frozen ripe bananas
meat from 1 or 2 young coconuts
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
maple syrup to taste

Blend it up!

Pour the shake though a sieve or cheese cloth before serving if chunks or stringy bits bother you.

I hope you enjoy our shake recipes!

♥ Andrea ♥

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