It’s been insanely hot these past few days, so my diet has pretty much consisted of milkshakes, smoothie bowls, cold brew, and anything that will give me some relief from this heat! Now, you can certainly make this recipe without the greens. I know people are weird about that, especially if you are just beginning to try out healthy recipes and working vegetables into your diet. As with all of my “milkshakes” and “ice cream” bowls, this can be made into a bowl, or a milk shake, depending on how much liquid you use. On hot days like this, I prefer to just sip on it while I go on a coffee run (think of it as portable air conditioning) I hope everyone enjoys as much as I do!!
Vegan Vanilla Bean Super Greens “Milkshake”
Serves 2 (or 1 if your appetite is anything like mine)
1 1/2 very ripe frozen bananas
1 cup frozen zucchini (skinned chopped into 1/4 inch pieces and frozen)
1 cup frozen butternut squash (I purchase a bag from in the frozen vegetable section, they come in 1/4 in cubes from Wegmans, Whole Foods, Roots, or any health food grocer)
3/4 cup frozen pineapple (any grocery store in their frozen fruit section)
1 handful of a super greens mix (I buy an organic pre made mix of baby kale, spinach, chard and wash it and then freeze it, but you can also use whatever you have in the fridge, spinach, kale etc.)
1 scoop of vanilla plant protein (I use vega protein)
1 tsp of ground vanilla beans (not a necessary additive, just adds more delicious vanilla flavor, you can also use vanilla extract for this)
1 1/4 cup almond milk- or any other plant based milk, unsweetened (Depending on blender and desired consistency, you may need more)
Note: You can sub almond milk for 1 1/4 cup of full fat coconut cream, this will give it a much creamier consistency, more like an ice cream.
- Add ingredients to any high powered blender, scraping the sides as you go. (Depending on the blender, this may take longer than 3-5 minutes)
- Stir mixture in blender as necessary, making sure everything is blended and has a creamy, milk shake like consistency
- Add more almond milk (or any plant based milk) until you reach your desired consistency (be sure to add it slowly as a little liquid goes a long way)
- Spoon out into your favorite tall glass or bowl, and enjoy!!!
Add any of your favorite plant based toppings (I always make sure to not use anything with refined sugar, but we’ll get into that later) 🙂