Smoothies could possibly be one of my favorite snacks. They can be very filling, and healthy, but taste so sweet! Today’s smoothie is dairy free too!
The ‘dairy free’ journey started when my husband, after about 30 years of eating all the milk and cheese he could, realized that dairy was the source of his discomfort. So for about 2 years now he has been dairy free, and subsequentially, our whole family has too. I mean, granted, we still buy a small jug about once every two weeks for coffee and cereal (almond or soy milk just doesn’t taste right in those), but we have mostly weined ourself off it too.
Most fruit shakes include milk, yogurt, or ice cream to create thickness. Well obviously we can’t do that in our shakes, so these are the alternatives: Almond milk. Seriously, the stuff is very thick (so it makes a good replacement for yogurt), and when using it as a replacement for regular milk, add a little more than the recipe asks for, because it is a little thicker than milk. Second helpful tip: add ice and frozen fruits! When your fruit is frozen it blends in to a thicker substance.
This shake is one that I have been trying to perfect for ages, it typically came out too thick, not sweet enough, etc., but I finally got it! So here’s the recipe
2 frozen bananas
2 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 cups of almond milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of dark chocolate syrup (or milk chocolate, it’s up to you, but the dark has less dairy)
And that’s the secret recipe! I have also heard of using chocolate chips instead of syrup, but if you do be sure to blend the shake completely then add the chips and blend on low for only a minute or so. If not the chips will blend too much- not fulling mixing in, but too small to chew.
Enjoy being dairy free! Even if you are not allergic, or being forced to eat like you are, occasionally replacing milk with almond or soy, or occasionally leaving the cheese of a meal, is a great way to stay healthy!