As an addict of Almond Breeze’s unsweetened almond milk, I was a bit perturbed when Trader Joe’s opted to only carry the unsweetened vanilla and chocolate rather than the more versatile original. After finally giving into their mis-guided buyers, I picked up a single package of the Unsweetened Chocolate. Yet, as expected, it sat on my shelf for a good month. Trying to give it some additional exposure, I upgraded the package to the fridge … where it chilled rather thoroughly… for another month. At last, today some chocolate cravings kicked in causing me to finally break the seal.
Now, I had heard many times that you could easily make a sugar-free “milk” shake that was delicious, but as a former ice cream addict, I wasn’t buying it. I grabbed my chocolate “milk” and set out to make a healthier sounding smoothie. To my own surprise, with nothing more than a frozen banana, some of this unsweetened almond milk, and a good dose of almond butter, an insanely indulgent beverage emerged. Seriously, it had a definite milkshake vibe. I was in heaven….for all of 30 seconds, when my spoon was scraping the bottom of my suddenly empty glass.
I was surprised by how un-chocolaty the whole experience was, with the almond and banana taking center stage, nonetheless, I think the chocolate essence added a nice indulgent touch.
Aside from the sugars in the banana (I did use a ripe one), not an ounce of sugar could be found in the entire drink if you use an unsweetened “milk”, yet it tasted fabulously sweet and creamy. Okay, I added ice for a thicker frosty like shake, but it appeared quite creamy before I did this, so I can only assume. So here is a rough approximation of my creation:
- ⅔ cup chocolate almond milk, sweetened or unsweetened
- 1 small, ripe, frozen banana
- 2 tablespoons almond butter (I loooove the creamy raw almond butter from trader joe’s)
- 1 tablespoon flax seeds (I can never resist throwing these in)
- 5 sizable ice cubes (optional)
- Add all to a blender, except the ice, and blend until smooth. If desired, add one cube at a time (I use that little opening in the top so that the motor keeps running) until your perfect consistency is reached.