As I mentioned a few days ago, it's birthday week! Do you do that too? It seems like when our kids celebrate a birthday, the festivities last all week long. It's kind of funny how even as they get older, you still want to spoil them like crazy! So my son is a sucker for chocolate. He gets that from me :) And for the past, oh I would say decade or so, his birthday cake has been one of my homemade chocolate cake recipes. Revisions have been made over the years, but it's still his go-to cake which we did in fact indulge in once again.
But this year, in an effort to add a little flair, I decided to create something different, something new, that would surely be a show stopper. After all, birthdays only come once a year so why not go all out!
Incredible, right? Yes, these milkshakes are as good as they look! You can totally indulge in one of these and consume healthful ingredients at the same time.
Have you seen all of those monster milkshakes taking Instagram and Pinterest by storm? They are crazy! Candy flying everywhere, oozing with caramel, fudge, and who knows what else. I mean these creations are over the top! And they call out my name every time I see them! But my stomach says don't do it- gut ache waiting to happen from all of the processed sugar and artifcial ingredients.
So in an effort to feed my craving for these over the top milkshakes, I decided to create my own. You won't find any refined sugars, dyes, dairy, or GMO's in these bad boys. Only goodness and deliciousness!
These monster milkshakes are fun to make and an even bigger treat to eat! I'm sure you will agree. Whether celebrating a birthday or another special occasion, these will undoubtedly be a hit!
For the shake:
2 frozen bananas
1/4 cup coconut butter, softened
2 Tbs chia seeds
3 Tbs raw cacao powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup ice, optional (for extra thick shake)
1. Make a batch of brownies, some coconut whip, and toasted coconut prior to making the shake. You can use my brownie recipe or whatever your favorite is. For toasting coconut, preheat oven to 400°F. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper. In a single layer, spread 1/2 cup coconut chips or flakes and toast for 3-5 minutes. They cook fast so check on the coconut after 2 minutes to stir.
2. Now that all of your additional ingredients are prepped, you can make your milkshakes. Put all of the ingredients into your high speed blender in the order listed. Adding ice is optional if you are wanting an even thicker shake.
3. Pour the milkshake into two glasses, mason jars, or whatever you are using. Top it with some coconut whip, brownies, toasted coconut, and cacao nibs. Enjoy this healthier version of the trendy monster milkshakes! Serves 2.
Happy Birthday Son!