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Healthy Chocolate Shake – Tastes Like a Frosty

Healthy Chocolate Shake – Tastes Like a Frosty

healthy chocolate shake frosty banana chia seed cocoa frozenI found this recipe at RabbitFoodformyBunnyTeeth.com and wanted to test it out for myself. It was really good but I made a couple minor adjustments for my taste.

TIPS:

  • The recipe calls for a frozen banana right? Well I put a whole banana, peel and all in the freezer. When I took the banana out of the freezer, it was so frozen solid that I couldn’t get the peel off. Oops. Learn from me and pre-peel and slice the banana before freezing. They freeze up faster this way too, it doesn’t take long at all. Maybe a couple of hours or so. I’ve got a couple separate baggies of bananas in my freezer so I have them on hand for when I’m craving these.

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  • The frozen banana really adds to the “frostiness” of the shake making it thicker so I absolutely recommend it although you can use a room temperature banana. The shake will just be more liquid but still super chocolaty good.
  • healthy chocolate shake chia seed frosty banana almond milk vanillaI also used a whole teaspoon of chia seeds to thicken it up even more. The chia seeds get blended up entirely that you can’t even tell they are. Any time I can incorporate more chia into my diet, I do it. 
  • I added 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. It made the shake even richer.
  • I also added a packet of organic stevia to my husband’s shake because he likes very sweet things but mine was sweet enough for me without it. It’s your preference.

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YUM-EEE is all I can say about this shake. It’s chocolaty AND healthy AND filling AND chocolaty! Did I say chocolaty?

The kiddies will LOVE these too and never suspect they are healthy. I have a feeling I will be making a LOT of these this summer.

{ I suppose you could experiment with some ‘adult spirits’ like Baileys in place of the almond milk and have yourself a deliciously intoxicating shake on a warm summer night. }

Healthy Chocolate Shake - Tastes Like a Frosty
 
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Healthy Chocolate Shake - Tastes Like a Frosty
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Recipe type: Shake, Paleo, Vegan
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup original unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana (see tip for the frozen banana)
  • 1½ tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon chia seeds (I used a whole teaspoon)
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (I used 2 for more richness)
  • 10 - 15 ice cubes (The more ice, the thicker it is. I used 15 and it was thick like a frosty)
  • **Optional: 1 packet of stevia**
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in your blender or Nutribullet until all the ice is blended and smooth.
  2. If your shake isn't sweet enough for your taste, you can always add a packet of stevia but mine was very chocolaty and frosty-like without it.

 

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Fresh Pineapple Chia Seed Jam

Fresh Pineapple Chia Seed Jam

After trying and loving my Blueberry Chia Seed Jam the hubby put in a request for pineapple chia seed jam, he loves pineapple and I love when hubby makes requests. Plus it gave me the perfect reason to try out my new food processor. I sprinted to the closet and whipped that baby out!

Let’s make Fresh Pineapple Chia Seed Jam

(this delicious jam is also paleo and gluten-free which makes it even more awesome)

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I FINALLY got to put the food processor to work. After pulsing the pineapple, I pulsed some Peppadew peppers to make a small batch of pineapple pepper jam all for myself.

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I only used about a cup of pineapple because I don’t make my chia jam batches too large as they don’t contain preservatives and aren’t canned in the traditional method. They will keep in the fridge for a week or two. Plus it’s so easy to make that if I run out it’s no big deal to whip up another batch but if you eat a lot of jam, you can certainly double the recipe.

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If you would like to add Peppadew peppers to your pineapple jam, just add the peppers in the last few minutes of cooking the pineapple, before adding the chia seed gel. I put the details in the recipe below.

I love spooning the pepper jelly or blueberry jelly on top of some cream cheese and dipping with sea salt quinoa chips. Dee-licious!

Now don’t crinkle your nose but the hubby likes to top a scoop of vanilla ice cream with blueberry chia jam or pineapple jam. I swear it’s good. Taste just like a sundae.

Fresh Pineapple Chia Seed Jam
 
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Fresh Pineapple Chia Seed Jam
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple (chopped small)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1½ tablespoons chia seeds + 3 tablespoons water
  • **Optional - 3 or 4 Peppadew peppers or jalapenos if making the pepper jelly variation**
Instructions
  1. Soak chia seeds in the 3 tablespoons of water and set aside to gel, stirring after 10 minutes.
  2. Put chopped pineapple in food processor just for a few pulses to get rid of the big chunks.
  3. Place pulsed pineapple, honey and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  4. Once boiling, reduce the heat to very low. Continue to cook for about 30 minutes until the liquid has almost completely evaporated and the pineapple is soft. Add water as necessary, based on how juicy your pineapple is to start with. The pineapple will be broken down and should look like it's starting to gel.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in your chia seed gel stirring constantly for a few minutes. The chia seeds will try to crawl up the sides of the pan so stirring helps keep them incorporated into the pineapple.
  6. **Optional: To make pineapple PEPPER jelly, simply add 3 or 4 finely chopped Pepperdew peppers or jalapenos to the pineapple in the last few minutes of cooking, before adding the chia seed. I love pepper jelly spooned on top of cream cheese with some quinoa chips. So good.**

 

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Blueberry Chia Seed Jam

Blueberry Chia Seed Jam

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I don’t think I will ever in my lifetime purchase jam or jelly from the store again. Not after making this super easy, incredibly good, ubber nutritious jam. Anyone, even people that aren’t really into the whole “eating right” thing will love this jam. It’s THAT good!

This jam makes me giddy for several reasons:

  • Only 3 ingredients
  • Gluten-free
  • Loads of antioxidants
  • No sugar added
  • Fiber, protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin C
  • Can be made with so many different fruit options depending on what you love
  • No one will know how healthy this is unless you tell them
  • Another great way to sneak in your chia seeds. Did someone say almond butter and chia seed jam sandwich?

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Because this recipe doesn’t call for the traditional canning method, it will only keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks. For that reason I only make small batches at a time. I find that 1 cup of fruit combined with the honey and chia seeds fits in a half pint Ball jar.

I made a couple of thin small coconut flour flat breads and rolled them up into little crepes. You could even add a little ricotta. I’m absolutely doing that next time.

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Blueberry Chia Seed Jam
 
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Recipe type: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Ingredients
  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds + 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine chia seeds and water. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
  2. While the chia is sitting, heat up the blueberries in a small saucepan over low heat.
  3. Soften the blueberries and mash with a potato masher.
  4. After the chia seeds have absorbed the water for 10 minutes, add the chia seeds and honey to the blueberries and continue heating on low.
  5. Once everything is combined, mash the mixture as much as you like.
  6. Pour jam into Ball jar and put in fridge.
  7. The jam will thicken up as it cools.
  8. **if you don't like all of the seeds, you can run the mixture though a Nutriblender once it has cooled down a little bit**

 

Love those chia seeds!

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