10 Apr 2013

avocado banana chocolate milkshakes with vanilla bean coconut cream

I assure you, these WILL bring all the health-conscious and morally compassionate boys to the yard. What other kind would you want running around on your lawn anyway? The recipe is a rich, creamy, chocolate milkshake made with bananas, avocado and dates. I topped it off with whipped vanilla bean coconut cream and cacao nibs. It is actually perfection, and I don't take any credit - as per usual, this is all thanks to Momma Nature. 

If you don't like or have avocado, you can use this "milkshake" recipe instead. It basically just has more bananas and is equally delicious, in my humble opinion. 

I guess sometimes you just need to drink a giant whole food milkshake, not stopping to breathe, and fighting anyone who tries to steal a sip, then of course lick the glass clean afterwards... right!? I mean, it contributes to a healthy mind and body! Necessary pleasures are... necessary.

I WILL say that this recipe has a proud amount of fat - but don't run and hide from me just because I said that, okay? They are super healthy fats that your gorgeous bod needs to thrive. Just keep your other fat intake low on the day you eat this and you ain't got nuttin' to worry about. In fact - expect to see your skin and hair look a bit shinier. Coconut milk is mega awesome for you, and so is the mean, lean, green avocado.

avocado banana chocolate milkshakes with vanilla bean coconut cream: serves 3 or 4

Chocolate millshake or use this recipe:
1 avocado
1 banana
1 cup dates
1 large scoop Vega chocolate protein powder (or 2 tablespoons cacao powder + 1/4 teaspoon stevia)
1-2 cups vegan milk 
1-2 cups ice

Whipped coconut cream:
1 can coconut milk, left in the fridge or freezer overnight
Bean from 1/2 vanilla pod
1/8 teaspoon stevia 

To make the milkshake: blend all the ingredients until smooth, adding as much vegan milk and ice as needed to make it thick, creamy and cold. Adjust according to taste, then fill up 3 or 4 glasses.

To make the whipped cream: take the can out of the fridge - DON'T SHAKE IT! Open it gently and scoop off the solid fat that has settled on the top. Put it in your mixer bowl (I have a Kitchen Aid), or a normal bowl if you have a handheld mixer. Add the stevia and vanilla beans and whisk until stiff peaks form. Top off your glasses with it and enjoy the heck out of what you just made. 


Unknown said...

This is unreal. Really. <3


Krissy said...

Oh god this looks amazing!! Pinning it now...to make on the weekend!

Em von Euw said...

=) thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

This really looks amazing, can't wait to try this :)

Em von Euw said...

Woohoo! Hopefully you can enjoy it in the sun with friends =D

Em von Euw said...

Thanks! Let me know how it works out.

Jen said...

any possible substition for the dates? We've never tried dates in my son diet ...& allergic to almost anything. (we are really vegan- just allergic to corn, gluten, & lots of other things so vegan recipes tend to work.)

vanessa said...

I have been on a banana "milkshake" kick for the past week or so! Great minds think alike ;) Banana, avocado, almond milk, hemp seeds, raw cacao, a ton of vanilla powder, some kale for good measure...and topped with raw cookie dough. ORGASMIC.

Marie said...

Namnam :) I agree, this is perfection! I love your blog :)

The Vegan Cookie Fairy said...

I'm coming over for breakfast lunch tea time and dinner ok cool thanks.

But seriously. Come un-cook for me, please.

Actually, I'm curious to see what a typical day is like for you, eating-wise? Do you live by the 80/10/10 diet?

Anonymous said...

YUMM YUMM YUMMMMMMM!!!! Looks divine. Perfect idea!!!! Sounds almost too good to be true ;) And the pics are Amazing!!!!

Catherine said...

Although I'd use bananas instead of avocado and carob powder instead of cacao powder, this looks SO YUMMY!!! :)

Ragnhild said...

Oh Lord!! I love your messy and delicious-looking photos! Raw milkshakes with avocado is soo good, Im a fat-lover at heart, and I really believe it has helped my skin + hair a lot. Love it, and love your blog! <3

Unknown said...

Oh... my.... gosh. *faints*

Anonymous said...

These look so amazing! I have a few questions: does someone help you make these desserts? Do you have a little station in your kitchen where you take photos? Do you blog on a Mac laptop? How do you come up with these recipes? I'm just really curious ;) great photos!!!!

Anonymous said...

The calorie count is 2419 for this recipe, based on what was entered below. That's including the 662% RDI of saturated fat (from the coconut milk and avocados). I feel like this should come with a warning label!

(per serving) Cals Gr.

1 avocado
322 B+

1 banana
105 A

1 cup dates
502 A

1 scoop Whey Protein Powder
110 C-

1 1/2 cups almond milk
828 C+

1 cup coconut milk
552 C+


(2 g) (2 g) Stevia (packet) (packet)

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1127 g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2,419Calories from Fat 1576
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 175.1g269%
Saturated Fat 132.3g662%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 164mg7%
Total Carbohydrates 211.9g71%
Dietary Fiber 44.0g176%
Sugars 149.6g
Protein 46.4g
Vitamin A 8% • Vitamin C 80%
Calcium 35% • Iron 73%
Nutrition Grade B-
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Anonymous said...

Are you kidding? This is raw vegan meaning its 100% guilt free and no need to count calories. This shouldn't come with a warning. Okay maybe a warning because it's so healthy for you. This isn't your traditional McDonald's latte or frappe. Emily did say that to make sure not to eat so much fat the day you drink this. Counting calories on the raw vegan diet is pointless.

Em von Euw said...

Well, you divide it up between 4 people, you use only about 1/4 of the coconut milk (whose fats are good for you in any case), I use a lower calories protein powder, and are the numbers calories? Because my almond milk has like 40 calories in a cup, not 500 lol...

Anyways - I personally don't count calories because I am happy eating all these foods =) Thank you for sharing your opinions + info though!

Anonymous said...

LOVE this receipe!! I have really missed finding a replacement for really tasty fat-suger-bombs with cream, and this one seem to suit all my needs, and also gives me a loud of good food inspiration as well. ;D When having food like this only a seldom time, it is perfectly allright! :)

Thess said...

Wow, this looks so incredible good! I made a shocolate shake a few days ago, and it feels so amazing to start of the day with a splurge that is good for you! I will definitely try this one :)

Anonymous said...

Wow.. Imagine the day when this is what they're serving in diners instead of god knows what they put in the chocolate milkshakes

Em von Euw said...

Oh! What a sweet thing to say - I am hoping with you =) It will come!

Anonymous said...

This look so dirty ! Like heavenly dirty but still, I feel like I took few pounds while reading the recipe :) Looks amazing ! :)

Anonymous said...

Does this actually taste chocolatey?

Em von Euw said...

I thought so - but if it isn't chocolately enough, just add more cacao =)

Anonymous said...

You are blessed with a talent that's irresistible & soooo delicious! Thanks for sharing that talent with us! I am just blown away by your recipes!

Em von Euw said...

Wow thanks SO MUCH =D You made my day.

Emily Warfield said...

Emily! So, I discovered your website a few months back when I decided to try eating a raw vegan diet, and I wanted to thank you for the first time for all of these great recipes:] I've made a few, and tonight I made this one for my roommates and I. IT WAS SO GREAT:] Thanks for sharing your passion with us.

-Emily Warfield

Benjamin Beeler said...

That must be some REALLY good almond milk!

Anonymous said...

I've never had coconut or almond milk that exceeded 60 calories a cup so your numbers are way off! More like 1100/1200 calories for this recipe and when you divide that by 4 it's even better 250/300 calories per serving!

Emily this looks and sounds amazing! Going to make this asap!

Em von Euw said...

Haha thank you! I was like "am I the only one who thought those numbers were too high?"

:) xo

Anonymous said...

Hi Emily, I am a new reader and I just tried out this recipe! The milkshake itself was realllllly good! The avocado makes it so creamy! Unfortunately, I totally failed in making the whipped cream... After a night in the fridge there was no solid layer of fat on top of the milk, so I just used the whole can... but it didn't turn into whipped cream after whipping. Should I use coconut cream instead of coconut milk? Thanks!

Em von Euw said...

Hey! Woops sorry yes use coconut "Cream", as in the white creamy stuff sold in cans, used in curry, etc.

Unknown said...

Hey! This is a delicious recipe, thanks Em!

I usually use Thai Kitchen Organic Coconut Milk. Sometimes though no or very little cream actually develops so I like to put a couple cans in the fridge in case this happens. Then I just use the leftover liquid portion in curries or soups or smoothies. Nothing goes to waste this way :)

Kelly Peloza said...

Wow, this looks amazing! I've never used vanilla beans in coconut whipped cream...must be dreamy.

Anonymous said...

Years ago I quit this insanity of counting calories or carbs or fat grams and committed to only putting living nutrients into my body. Some days I ingest lots of good fats, some days not. Over time, I dropped a hundred pounds without weighing or measuring anything, including my weight. All the obsession with calories misses the point -- your body needs real nutrients, period. Once it gets those, it heals itself and figures the rest out without our obsessive interference.

Anonymous said...

Hmm.. Is it ok to want to have sex with the whipped cream? No, not using it with your partner, but just WITH this succulence you have created!

Em von Euw said...

That is officially my favourite comment ever. Get naughty.

Anonymous said...

Not to mention they added whey protein powder and that's not vegan!

Sunnie@ModernGirlNutrition said...

Can I just swim in this?? ;) ;)

Unknown said...

I love the presentation. I tried this today and my goodness it was delicious. It was fun eating something so damn beautiful esthetically and healthy for me. Thanx♡♥

Anonymous said...

I just made the banana with dates and coco milkshake , it was so dam good, love your blog will be making more stuff from your website. Keep up the good work.

GraceVP said...

Please can you open a world wide chain so that I can come and eat your food all day, every day! Alternatively come and live in my kitchen please! ;)

Gina Andrews said...

I Love this soo much. Just made three servings, and ate one of them (other two in a pint glass in the fridge), question is can I save the other servings for another day... testing my will power :D

Anonymous said...

OMG!!!! This was fantastic - I decided to leave adding dates until the end and it was already sweet enough so just left them out. Thanks for another amazing recipe Emily :-)

Anonymous said...

I use Trade Aid Organic Coconut milk - delicious and fair-trade -double bonus!!

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Unknown said...

Hi! can i replace the stevia with something else? Is it really necessary to use?

Plus: what's the minimum time the coconut milk should be refrigerated before using?

Thanks! <3

Em von Euw said...

@Magda - nah you don't need to use stevia. preferably overnight!

Christina Flynn said...

Do you try to avoid guar gum? I noticed that it is in every can of coconut milk that I try to buy? What are your thoughts on it? And if you avoid it, what brand of coconut milk in the can do you use?

Em von Euw said...

@Christina Flynn - I almost never consume canned coconut milk (except when making whipped coco cream!) so the amount of guar gum I'm getting is nominal, thus I don't worry about it. If you really want to avoid it, just make your own coconut cream by blending coconut meat with water and strain. Although keep in mind this will not be able to be turned into whipped coco cream :( I don't think guar gum is so bad though.

Unknown said...

I made this as a dessert for my family at an early Easter gathering, and they absolutely loved it! I think they were all amazed that something raw and vegan could be so delicious! Thanks for the recipe Emily, I love reading and looking at the beautiful photos on your blog, you're an inspiration to me <3