Vegan Raw Cacao Milkshakes
I know some of you are still getting pounded by snow but we’re currently experiencing a drought here in California. I desperately miss the gorgeous blooms that should be popping up everywhere right about now but I must say that the tradeoff hasn’t been too tortuous. Seventy degrees, close to zero humidity and not a cloud in the sky? It’s kind of hard to complain.
But the bad thing about the sunny weather is that it makes me want to drop everything I’m doing and go hiking or sit outside and drink wine at a vineyard. It’s just too pretty to be inside!
Unfortunately there’s little time for play right now so instead I’m reminiscing with a milkshake that we had after a long hike at one of my favorite restaurants in Berkeley, Café Gratitude.
Brandon almost always orders a milkshake when we eat at vegan restaurants and I’m almost always happy to help him polish it off. Every kind we’ve tried has been delicious but there was one that really stuck out and I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind since. The ingredient list is actually fairly simple; almond milk, dates, vanilla bean and raw cacao powder.
I’ve never bought raw cacao powder before and it turns out that it is a bit on the pricey side but trust me when I say that it makes for an incredible milkshake…or smoothie, whatever you want to call it.
The pure chocolate flavor paired with natural sweetness from dates and a touch of creaminess from almond milk…in the words of Juan Pablo…ay, yai yai.
I’m sorry, I can’t help it. Two episodes in one week! It’s taking over my brain.
For those of you that don’t watch that show, I won’t torture you with my blabbing but if you do, can you believe what happened with Andie?! Then the scenes from the finale? Oh, the drama. I”m already trying to figure out who the next bachelorette will be.
Anyway, I know a milkshake might seem ill-fitting for this time of year but even if you save the recipe for later, I highly recommend giving this vegan version a try. It’s sure to satisfy your craving!
12 ounces unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/4 cup pitted dates (5-6)
1 and 1/2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 vanilla bean, scraped (or sub another 1/4 t vanilla extract)
4 ice cubes
- Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Serve cold!