Category Archives: Drinks

Almond Milkshake with Peanut Butter, Banana & Oats

 Almond Peanut Banana Oat Shake

If you are thinking of drinking a plant-based milk to replace cow's milk, try Almond Milk!  It's full of calcium and other nutrients, and even the unsweetened version tastes like a very thin milkshake.

Tastes great on Frosted Mini Wheats.  I know!

But it's also great as the base for a healthy breakfast shake. A healthy shake might have milk, a fruit or two, a little sweetener, wheat germ, an herb or spice …. but I had not heard of putting rolled oats in a shake.  But I guess it makes sense.  If wheat germ is ok, why not oats?

I got the oats idea from a recipe in my new cookbook that Alyssa bought me for my birthday, Big Vegan by Robin Asbell


Almond Milkshake with Peanut Butter, Banana & Oats
Compliments of JennaDish


1 to 1 1/2 cups almond milk (or whatever milk you prefer)
1 frozen banana
1 Tablespoon natural peanut butter (I used chunky)
1/8 cup rolled oats
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or almond extract (optional)

Put all ingredients in a blender.  Puree for a minute or so.  Serve immediately.


Strawberry Coconut Shake or Healthy Popsicle: A Raw Food Treat


True to my cookbook form, I bought Ani Phyo's book, Ani's Raw Food Kitchen: Easy Delectable Living Foods Recipes, about a year ago.  And I'm just now making something from it.  

Ani's Raw Food_Strawberry Coconut Shake
I'm starting small.  A shake, of which all ingredients are in my kitchen. No extra shopping required.

The theory behind raw food, is that you are eating food in it's most natural and nutritious form.  Food is not heated more than 104 degrees because the thought is that heat removes nutrients.

Raw_Frozen Strawberry Coconut Shake
The shake tastes great.  And you could opt to freeze it …

… in a paper cup.

Raw_Strawberry Coconut Popsicle
It holds up pretty well.  Even with laying around a bit. I don't like it when it all falls off the stick. This one doesn't.

Raw Food_Strawberry Coconut Shake Ingredients
The recipe (from Ani Phyo):  2 cups filtered water, 2 Tbsp virgin coconut oil, 1/2 cup raw cashews, 1/2 cup pitted dates, 3 cups strawberries (hulled), 1/2 vanilla bean (I just scraped the bean).

Put all in blender according to your blender directions (mine says put liquid in first).  Blend until smooth. Drink it or freeze in molds.  MAKES 4 TO 6 SERVINGS.

I drank about 8 ounces.  Then there was enough to make 4 popsicles in about 6 to 8 ounce paper cups.


Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican Hot Chocolate
Well, this isn't a recipe, but more of a plug for Mexican Hot Chocolate.  I just discovered Abuelita's a few months ago. 

This disk makes 4 mugs of hot chocolate.  It's definitely not like baking chocolate, it's more like a mix of chocolate, spices and sugar pressed together.  You put milk in a pan on the stove on medium to medium low heat, put the disk in the milk and stir until it dissolves.  It smells like it has crushed cinnamon hots in the mix.  It tastes a little sugary spicy.  Love it.

Have some while you're watchin your favorite Disney movie.  Mine is Sleeping Beauty.