Vanilla-Almond Coconut Nib Chip Shake
This vanilla-almond coconut nib chip shake stutter steps between dessert, breakfast, and snack territory depending on how it's prepared. It's thick, rich, and creamy at its core, yet it can be thinned out to an icy delight with a few handfuls of frosty ice cubes. It packs a surprisingly generous amount of plant-based protein for a dessert (i.e., 10 grams) thanks to the addition of SILK's Protein Nutmilk, young Thai coconut meat, and almond butter. It also boasts 45% recommended daily value of calcium. With the addition of a modest amount of Medjool dates, it's only subtly sweet (read: breakfast- and snack-appropriate). Yet with the addition of just a couple more, its blissful sweetness shimmies gracefully into dessert territory.
Servings: 2 (10-ounce) shakes
- 3/4 to 1 cup fresh young Thai coconut meat* (from one small young Thai coconut)
- 1 cup SILK Protein Nutmilk
- 1 to 2 cups ice or more, to taste (to thin and cool)**
- 4 to 6 soft, sticky Medjool dates, pitted (to taste)***
- 1 tablespoon natural almond butter
- 1 tablespoon cacao nibs, plus more for garnishing
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, to taste
- Pinch sea salt
Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender, and blend on high until smooth.
Taste and adjust, adding more ice, Medjool dates, etc. and blend again until desired flavor and consistency is reached.
Pour into two glasses.
Top with cacao nibs, if desired.
*Use less for a slightly thinner shake, use up to 1 cup for a rich, thick, and creamy shake. For an extra-cool and frosty shake, freeze the coconut meat overnight. SUBSTITUTION NOTE: Although I haven't tried it myself yet, I have a feeling that full-fat coconut milk could be substituted for the young Thai coconut meat. Just be sure to cut back on the amount to accommodate for the much richer coconut milk. I'd start with 1/2 cup of full-fat coconut milk and work your way up from there, to taste.
**Use less ice for a super rich, thick, and creamy shake; use more ice for a thinner, frostier shake. Just keep in mind that the more ice you add, the more Medjool dates you'll need to add to maintain the same level of sweetness.
***For a subtly sweet shake, use 4 Medjool dates. For a more dessert-like shake, use 6 or more Medjool dates. I recommend starting with 4 and working your way up from there, tasting as you go.
Calories: 410kcal | Protein: 10g | Fat: 12g | Fiber: 7g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 3.3mg | Calcium: 450mg | Iron: 3.4mg