Coconutty chocolicious thickshake

Vegan chocolate smoothie

If you’d dropped into my house this week, you would have found me head first in the blender, chocolate smeared from one side of my face to the other, tongue wrapped around a wooden spoon. You see, I decided I’d take all my favourite wholefood treats, throw them in a blender and see what happens.

Turns out there is no such thing as too much of a good thing.

This vegan chocolate smoothie, or what I have coined the coconutty chocolicious thickshake (try saying that three times fast), is like cake batter. You will want to lick up every single sweet drop (Just keep your tongue away from sharp objects, like the blender blade for example. Don’t say I didn’t warn you).

Vegan chocolate smoothie

♥ What goes in:

Serves 1

1 frozen banana
1 medjool date, pitted
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder
1/2 cup of coconut milk, chilled
1/2 cup of filtered water
1 teaspoon of nut butter (I used peanut butter)
1 teaspoon of coconut oil, melted (optional – for a thicker, creamier thickshake that keeps you full for longer and stops sugar cravings in their tracks)
1/4 cup of shredded coconut
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
A dash of salt

♥ The doing:

If you have a high powered blender, place all ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth.

If you are using a lower powered blender, place all ingredients except the coconut oil into the blender and blend until smooth. While continuing to blend, add the coconut oil. This will prevent the oil from hardening as it combines with the shake.

If you’re thinking, why the heck does Alana add salt to this recipe? That’s a very good question. One I asked only just recently too. Turns out, salt enhances the sweet flavours, especially the vanilla. So make sure you include this guy – he’s important.

Alana

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18 Responses to Coconutty chocolicious thickshake

  1. * Vegan Sparkles * April 15, 2014 at 12:04 pm #

    Ohhh my thick, creamy, gorgeousness! I love it!

    • Alana April 15, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

      Aw thanks Bex! xx

  2. homelifesimplified April 15, 2014 at 3:53 pm #

    Looks awesome. Will try when we get back from tassie. Yum- deb xx

    • Alana April 15, 2014 at 7:59 pm #

      You’re off to Tassie? Lucky you! That is my favourite place on the whole planet. Have a fabulous holiday Deb x

  3. Deb @ Vegie Project April 15, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

    Yum! I make a similar smoothie for breakfast most mornings. I’ll try adding a bit of salt next time though, I’ve never tried that before.

  4. Katie @ Pick Any Two April 15, 2014 at 10:24 pm #

    Looks and sounds absolutely delicious! The salt thing makes a lot of sense to me actually. I always add a bit of salt to my oatmeal along with traditional sweeteners like fruit and maple syrup. The result isn’t salty at all!

    • Alana April 16, 2014 at 8:58 am #

      Hi Katie, adding salt to oatmeal… I would have never thought of that but of course it makes sense! I will definitely give this a go. Thanks for the tip x

  5. Jess April 18, 2014 at 12:29 am #

    WOW This looks amazing! I love coconut and chocolate combinations. But I have no coconut syrup… is there something (like maple syrup?) I could sub in instead?

    • Alana April 18, 2014 at 7:37 am #

      Hi Jess, so glad you like the recipe. Coconut syrup is a low GI sweetener that gives a toffee-like flavour to recipes. You could definitely substitute this with either maple syrup or another medjool date would work too. Depending on how sweet you like your foods, you may even find that the original one medjool date is enough. Let me know if you try this. I’d love to hear what you think xx

  6. Lori Mauger April 19, 2014 at 11:19 pm #

    I recently tried a similar recipe, but it was too thick and rich for me. I’ll give yours a whirl next time I’m craving chocolate!

    • Alana April 20, 2014 at 8:23 pm #

      Fabulous. I would love to hear what you think Lori. If you find it too sweet you can always leave out the syrup and even the date. The banana on it’s own can be sweet enough. Happy Easter x

  7. jnnfrnln April 22, 2014 at 4:30 pm #

    This looks ridiculously good! I will definitely be making this in the very near future. Thank you for sharing!

    • Alana April 22, 2014 at 6:04 pm #

      Our pleasure Jennifer. Enjoy! xx

  8. Sabriga April 24, 2014 at 5:32 am #

    oh, my hips will thank you if you don’t tempt me with any version of healthy chocolate! chocolate AND dates? the stuff dreams are made of. and i totally agree with adding salt to enhance flavor – i actually put a little salt on my fresh salad bcz it makes all the flavors pop.

    • Alana April 26, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

      Sabriga I think you’re right – cocao, medjool dates and coconut are food of the vegan gods I like to say. x

  9. bakeplaysmile April 10, 2015 at 6:09 pm #

    I’m definitely making this for breakfast tomorrow! It’s like dessert for breaky!

    • Alana April 10, 2015 at 8:01 pm #

      Totally! Smoothies are the BEST like that, aren’t they? x