Creamy Carob Banana Shake (Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free & Vegan)

Creamy Carob Banana Shake (Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free & Vegan)

My kids have endless energy. Endless I tell ya ūüôā So revving them up with caffeine is the last thing they need. But no worries, they are not deprived in the least. They get their share of chocolate. Fortunately, they also happen to love the flavor of carob. And so do I. Win, win for all of us!

This smooth shake is an awesome dessert drink or a great snack for anytime of day you just want to indulge a little minus any artificial ingredients and colors.

If you enjoy this beverage, you may also like my Carob Pudding recipe. ¬†Have a wonderful weekend and don’t forget to enter the Lean and Clean Giveaway which ends in 5 days!

This recipe was shared on Wellness Weekend, Fresh Bites Friday, Whole Food Fridays and Slightly Indulgent Tuesday.

Creamy Carob Banana Shake, dairy free, vegan, gluten free

Creamy Carob Banana Shake (Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free & Vegan)
Recipe type: Beverage, Dessert Snack
Cuisine: Dairy Free, Vegan
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 large bananas
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • ⅓ cup carob powder
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut sugar (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to Vitamix or Blender. Blend on high for 1 minute. Pour into glasses and serve.

Blueberry Bliss Smoothie! (Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free & Vegan)

Are you a fan of blueberries? If so, you are going to love this smoothie! It tastes out of this world.

My family slurped this drink down in seconds yesterday and begged me to make it again today. And truth be told, I didn’t mind a bit! This smoothie is perfect for a quick breakfast, fast snack or dessert beverage.

There is spinach and chia seeds in this “treat” and I promise you cannot tell by drinking it. Acai powder and blueberries are chocked full of antioxidants, vitamins and trace minerals.

 Add to Vitamix or Blender:

2 cups almond milk (unsweetened vanilla or homemade)

2 cups water

2 cups spinach

2 cups frozen blueberries

2 spoonfuls acai berry powder

4 Tbsp. pure maple syrup (or raw honey)

1/3 cup chia seeds

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Blend on high for 1 minute. Pour into glasses and enjoy!

Makes 6 servings.

This recipe was shared on¬†Whole Food Fridays,¬†Gluten-Free Wednesdays,¬†Monday Mania,¬†Fit and Fabulous Fridays,¬†Freaky Friday,¬†Fresh Bites Friday,¬†Wellness Weekend,¬†Tastetastic Thursday,¬†Full Plate Thursday, Keep It Real Thursdays,¬†Pennywise Platter,¬†Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways,¬†It’s a Keeper Thursday,¬†Allergy-Free Wednesdays,¬†Slightly Indulgent Tuesday and Fat Tuesday.

Raspberry Milkshake (Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free & Vegan)

This past weekend my family and I went to Bear Lake. We love it there. It is so beautiful and always gives us a much needed break from busy city life.

Bear Lake and the surrounding area is famous for its abundance of raspberries. In August they have an entire festival centered around raspberries. Everyone talks about Bear Lake’s raspberry milkshakes. I’ve been going up to the lake for years and never tried a milkshake. I just couldn’t give in to drinking a milkshake that I knew was full of less than stellar ingredients. But this year I caved.

I saw people drinking the shakes by the lake and my daughter begged me for one. Oh my…it was pure bliss! But besides raspberries, I’m pretty sure there was nothing else healthy in that shake. So I vowed to make my own dairy-free version at home this week. And thank goodness I did! This “milkshake” is sweet and creamy and can be enjoyed to one’s heart content without a doubt of what fake ingredients might be lurking in it.

Add to Vitamix or Blender:

2 cans coconut milk

1 cup coconut sugar

12 ounces fresh raspberries

2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1 tray ice cubes

Blend on high for 2 minutes. Pour into glasses and enjoy!

Makes 4 servings.

This was shared on Healthy Vegan Friday,¬†Simple Meals Friday,¬†Whole Food Fridays,¬†Fit and Fabulous Fridays,¬†Wellness Weekend,¬†Pennywise Platter,¬†Tastetastic Thursday,¬†Full Plate Thursday,¬†It’s a Keeper Thursday,¬†Fat Tuesday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday,¬†Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways,¬†Gluten-Free Wednesdays,¬†Whole Food Wednesdays,¬†Real Food Wednesday and¬†Allergy-Free Wednesdays.


Raspberry Lemonade (Refined Sugar Free)

This bright, tasty low-sugar lemonade gets its beautiful red color from raspberries-pure and simple. The drink is so easy to make and bursting with antioxidant Vitamin C from lemons and raspberries. I hope this beverage helps give you a break from the heat!

Add to a large glass container:

10 cups cold water

10 ounces raspberries (washed)

2 large lemons (sliced)

1 tray of ice cubes

1 cup coconut nectar

1/4 tsp. liquid lemon drop stevia (optional)

Use a large spoon to stir ingredients together well. Let container sit overnight (or at least 8 hours). Pour lemonade into glasses over ice. Enjoy!

This was shared on Wellness Weekend, Pennywise Platter, Full Plate Thursday, Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday and Fat Tuesday.

Vanilla Nut Coffee (Caffeine Free)

Teeccino is a wonderful coffee substitute that gives me an energy boost when I occasionally get the “afternoon slump.” It also hits the spot after dinner when I want¬†dessert.

This “coffee” is actually derived from dandelion root, carob and chicory¬†and is non acidic.¬† You can mix in ground coffee with Teecino if you do want some caffeine¬†to make a wonderful “half-caf” drink anytime of day.

I make Teccino in my French Press. I add 2 tablespoons to 3 cups of hot boiling water. I steep it for 5 minutes prior to pressing down  on the French Press. Afterwards pour into a mug for a delicious drink.

If you would like to enjoy this drink sugar-free, I recommend adding 6 drops of vanilla stevia per cup. If you would like it more sweet, you can replace the stevia with 1-2 teaspoons of coconut sugar. Another great addition is adding in a little bit of warm almond milk.

Stir and enjoy!