Thursday, 12 September 2013

Happy chocolate milk(shake) day ~

Another celebration-worthy day is upon us - technically it is chocolate milkshake day but last night when I came home, extremely tired, the only things I could think about were ripping my jeans off my body* and then eating. So when it came to recipe creation time, I totally cheated.

After satisfying both those needs, I searched for a recipe I liked. Fast Paleo's Chocolate Almond Milk came out a winner - mainly because it is called "Fast Paleo" and the sooner I was finsihed, the sooner I could crawl into bed. And because it is extremely similar to the recipe I use to make my normal almond milk so I was already halfway done (having had almonds soaking in my fridge for 24 hours).

Starting the same way, you soak one cup of almonds in water for 24 hours. Then, this recipe calls for only three cups of  water to be blended with the soaked (and drained) almonds (rather than 4 cups like the original), as well as 2 pitted medjool dates, 1/4 cup of cocoa, a dash of Himalayan sea salt (I used regular sea salt), and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract (which I forgot, as usual).

Note: these paleo recipes usually call for filtered water, organic cocoa, pure extract, etc., etc. I just use regular versions of all these things. I do get pure cocoa though - regular cocoa "may contain milk ingredients" which I don't like - I feel like they are just hiding out in there, making you think you're having something pure but then BAM. Milk ingredients.

all the ingredients - minus the vanilla. dammit.
Blend them all together for several minutes (I did about two and a half) and then strain in a nut bag or with cheese cloth over a bowl.

when it got this smooth looking, i figured it was ready

straining out the almond meal, just like with the regular almond milk

I left the almond meal out to dry (so excited to make something with chocolate almond flour!!!!) and enjoyed a glass of chocolate almond milk. It. Is. SO. Good.

plus points for the bendy straw - but minus points for all the crap in the background. I SAID I WAS TIRED. but it really was delicious.

Today I did a quick bit of research to find some proper paleo milkshake recipes and found this one from Ultimate Diet Recipe - which is a very sketchy looking website and normally I wouldn't even bother but it looks so easy and SO DELICIOUS (a 1/4 cup of almond butter? YES PLEASE.) And now I'm really irked because I actually had all those ingredients at home and could have made this instead.

Upon some thought, it would be easy to turn your chocolate almond milk into a milkshake, keeping the Ultimate Diet Recipe in mind:
Note: this is off the top of my head and it should come out well but I haven't made it yet so continue at your own risk ~~

1 cup chocolate almond milk
2 frozen bananas
2 tbsp almond butter

Blend all together and consume! Would serve two.

But I digress. If you are looking for a phenomenal full-frontal tastebud assault with little-to-no nutritional benefits - go to Harvey's for a chocolate milkshake. Literally the best I've ever had - better than McDonald's, Dairy Queen, and Laura Secord. And you can upgrade your drink if you are getting a meal to a milkshake for a nominal charge. You can also upgrade your fries to poutine. I only every did both at the same time once. And it was amazing.

Happy chocolate milkshake day <3

*Let me explain - this was my first new pair of jeans in approximately 7 years. I hate them. It was an extremely last minute necessity purchase which left me with few options: a pair with glitter on the butt, or a pair so tight on the legs they may as well have been a second layer of skin. To the joy of my co-workers, I got the glittery pair. By the end of the evening, after struggling between keeping them pulled up (WHY do jeans stretch out after you wear them? Why?) and walking like a normal person (I feel very restrained in jeans), I was so ready to peel them off and so positive they had stained my skin blue - the last thing I wanted to do was walk even further to a grocery store to get anything that may be required for a paleo chocolate milkshake. 

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