As soon as the first leaf falls, my Halloween senses are awake!—and so are my pumpkin desires!! And in my head, all things pumpkin are usually desserts…well not anymore people. My goal this season is to come up with pumpkin things that are NOT only dessert. Maybe dessert like but a tad bit healthier. Once you make this you will be thinking…wait. This is a milkshake! And then you’ll be slapped silly when you realize its made with UNSWEETENED ALMOND MILK and sweetened with DATES! no processed sugar involved. The consistency can be made to LOOK like a milkshake or to be more milky like. your choice. Depending on the ratio of almond milk cubes to milk. Yes, my milkshake has a few tricks and treats. And I’m so happy to share them with you because I swear by them. And even have my ice cream husband fooled.
Trick #1: Frozen Unsweetened Almond milk cubes
Freezing my unsweetened almond milk in my ice cube trays makes a smoothie the perfect creaminess. I, at all times, have one ice cube tray full of unsweetened almond milk and one tray with ice. That way, when my cravings for a “milkshake” hit? I’m ready. I usually fill up my blender with the frozen almond milk cubes and then fill in with the milk to the cup measurement I need. Make sense?
The tricky part of my trick and treat is, however…is that if you use TOO many frozen unsweetened almond milk ice cubes, it wont blend. You. need a little liquid for it to blend. You will find your right ratio.
Trick #2: Puree the dates BEFORE adding
Pureeing your dates is key to the smoothness of your shake. If you don’t pre-puree, you run the risk of blending so much that your frozen drink becomes thin like water. And you still might have grainy texture. Because I make my own nut butters using this twister jar, I add my pitted dates WITH my whole nuts prior to blending. (1/4 cup whole almonds + 3 dates = perfect large cookie scoop of almond butter) It sounds like you are blending rocks but I promise it is worth it to blend the dates BEFORE adding it to your other ingredients. If you purchase your nut butter….you can still puree your dates before. Just add the right amount of nut butter to the blender and blend your dates with your nut butter. It comes out smoother than you would ever guess when you hear those rocks bouncing around in the blender.
Trick #3: Don’t add too many frozen almond milk cubes
The right ratio of frozen cubes to liquid is crucial. Depending on your blender dictates this. If your blender is not Blentec. quality (j/k, but seriously) then you might have to stop the blender multiple times to stir the milkshake. Add more liquid SLOWLY and continue to blend. You MUST have liquid to blend sooooo don’t shy away from adding it so you can have your smoothie.
Pumpkin Spiced Protein Smoothie made with Almond Butter
Serving size: 16 oz.
Prep time: 10 min.
1 cookie scoop almond butter
2-3 pitted dates
2 cups unsweetened almond milk (I use half frozen almond milk cubes and half liquid form)
1 frozen banana
1 tsp pumpkin spice
1 tsp vanilla
sprinkle of Himalayan salt
**1 scoop Vanilla protein powder, (optional)
- blend dates with nut butter for a creamier smoothie
- Add all other ingredients and blend.
*If difficult to blend, add more unsweetened almond milk slowly until right consistency is reached. Top with sprinkle of cinnamon if your feeling fancy.
Phew, its really not that hard. And once you make it you will literally be shocked like your at a spook alley of how AWESOMELY impressed you are that this smoothie is made with unsweetened almond milk and NOT ice cream!
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