Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Cinnamon-Vanilla Flax Milkshake

It's not really a secret that I have a wicked sweet teeth. I love cookie dough. Chocolate. 

Now, I could go the rest of my life without eating cheese. I'd be fine. I know. Sweets, however? Nope. I'd choose chocolate over cheese, any day, every day. 

To this day, my Mom still makes the most incredible, decadent, delicious desserts. Now, we all know, too much sugar, too much cheese, too much wine...not so good. But this life is unpredictable and lovely, so I'm of the camp that believes in treating yourself to some delicious wine, cheese, or dessert every now and then. 

Now, I see a lot of recipes for "healthy desserts." I don't really know how I feel about them, to be honest. I usually think, go big or go home with dessert. I don't even like to mix fruit with my dessert! However, the other day, I had some homemade cinnamon almond milk I needed to use up in the fridge, so I concocted a smoothie that tasted kind of like dessert. But it's pretty healthy. So yeah, I don't know where I stand on healthy desserts. But what I do know, is this smoothie is tasty! It tastes like a legit milkshake. 

Frozen banana + cinnamon almond milk + a date + sunflower seed butter + flax seeds = a cinnamon-y, vanilla-y, nutty, creamy milkshake, full of healthy fats. 

Cinnamon-Vanilla Flax Milkshake
gluten-free, whole-30 friendly, paleo-friendly, vegan 

1/2 to 3/4 of a frozen banana
1 cup almond milk or coconut milk (I used homemade cinnamon almond milk, but if not using homemade, canned light coconut milk would work great)
1 tablespoon flax seeds
1 heaping tablespoon sunflower seed butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 to 2 dates, based on your tastebuds for sweet 
Cocoa nibs, optional

Blend all ingredients and serve immediately; feel free to top with a spoonful of cocoa nibs. 

Some important notes to reiterate:
- Must use frozen banana 
- Must use cold milk of choice (coconut or almond)
- Highly recommend trying to make your own almond milk sometime. It's way easier and tastier than I thought it would be!

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