I enjoy having a smoothie everyday if only because it is extremely convenient to throw something into the blender and rush out the door. On days like these, I am grateful for my blender which can be turned into a bottle just by replacing the bottom half.
So why am I talking about smoothies when the title of this article says 'shake'? Well, to me they are interchangeable. In other words, I cannot, for the life of me, tell the difference!
If you research it then you'll find articles explaining that smoothies are more fruity while shakes are well, more milkshake-y. Either way, it is a fast and simple way to get your protein-packed breakfast on-the-go. I do not care what I (or anyone else) call(s) it as long as it fills me up.
My curiosity was piqued when I found this recipe. I usually prefer using milk as my liquid base instead of water but for this, I have to agree that it is creamy enough without milk. I've tried using coconut water as a substitute and loved it!
I wouldn't go so far as to call it a milkshake (I love my vanilla milkshakes and to me these are nowhere near the same) but it is full of natural plant-based protein. I mean, why splurge on protein powders when you can get protein from Mother Nature? This drink alone will give you more than 10 grams of protein.
I used raw cashew pieces for this only because they blend so much easier than whole pieces. You don't even need to soak them in water. The creaminess of this shake is mainly thanks to these nuts.
I don't like using ice cubes in my smoothies/shakes but if you'd like a colder version then full steam ahead with them! 6-8 ice cubes should do the trick. You might need to halve the amount of water if you do use ice cubes, though.
My go-to ice cube replacement is a frozen banana. It just adds to the creamy factor of the shake! But the banana doesn't need to be frozen for this recipe.
Ingredients: 1 banana
1/2 cup raw cashew pieces
1 cup water (or chilled coconut water)
2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons chia seeds (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
A pinch of salt
1. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until fully incorporated.