In July, I started drinking a new protein shake for breakfast and I’m love with it. In the three years since I’ve had Crohn’s, I’ve never had something that I knew I could have for breakfast every morning no matter how I’m feeling that’s also delicious and healthy. That is, not until I discovered chocolate Shakeology. Now, I actually look forward to breakfast in the morning instead of trying to invent ways to avoid eating breakfast except at special occasions.
But I do love special occasions, too. And holidays. Like Halloween. So I’ve been experimenting with shakes inspired by Halloween candy all throughout this month. These three are my favorites.
Chocolate Pumpkin Pie
I love making a stop at Gertrude Hawk in October because they have the perfect Pumpkin Pie Smidgens out all month. Jack-o-lantern shaped chocolate wrapped around a dreamy pumpkin pie filling. What better inspiration for a shake than a treat I rarely get these days? (Mostly because I hate going to the mall.) Make your own healthy version at home for breakfast, avoid the mall and all the extra sugar. Yum!
1 cup milk (regular or unsweetened nut milk)
1 cup ice
2 Tbsp. pumpkin puree (pumpkin only, not pumpkin pie filling)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
Blend until smooth. If you like your pumpkin drinks with a little more spice, go ahead and double all the spices.
The Almond Joy is an overlooked candy bar these days, but it’s really delicious. And this shake is satisfying in all the same ways that candy bar is – almond, coconut, and chocolate all swirled up together with a little bit of texture from the coconut.
2 Tbsp. almonds (crushed, flaked, whatever as long as they are not roasted, salted, or sweetened)
2 Tbsp. unsweetened coconut
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
3/4 cup ice
Put all the ingredients in the blender and let it go for about 2 minutes until smooth.
Peanut Butter Cup
1 cup unsweetened almond or cashew milk
3/4 cup ice
1 Tbsp. peanut butter (with no added sugar)
Blend the nut milk, chocolate powder, and ice until smooth. Add the peanut butter and pulse several times to incorporate.