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Energizing Almond Joy Shake

Posted in on 2014-04-15
Energizing Almond Joy Shake
Difficulty 5 minutes Serves 2 mason jar sized shakes or 1 extra large shake
Brandi Doming of The Vegan 8 has masterfully created a raw vegan fusion of almond joy candy bars and milkshakes! This perfectly sippable dessert recipe is decadent and truly delicious.

Garnish with shredded coconut, melted chocolate and almonds slivers for the ultimate Almond Joy experience! Enjoy!

Ingredients

2 cups fresh almond milk
3 heaping tablespoons almond butter
3 heaping tablespoons softened coconut butter
2 1/2 tablespoons agave or maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon ground espresso, adjust to how strong you want it (optional or use an espresso substitute)
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt (don't omit, it really brings out the other flavors)
3-4 tablespoons melted raw chocolate bar or make your own by melting 2 tbsp cocoa butter, 1 tbsp raw cacao, 1/2 tbsp agave, plus extra to drizzle on top

Garnish: shredded coconut, sliced almonds, espresso powder and more drizzled chocolate



Directions

1) Finely chop your chocolate and melt it gently (or whatever chocolate you're using) over a double boiler or your preferred method. Set aside.

2) Add the almond milk, almond butter and coconut butter to your blender. If your coconut butter is hard, you will need to slightly melt it so it is soft and scoopable, but not totally melted. You want nice thick, creamy scoops to add to the shake, as this it what helps to thicken it.

3) Blend until smooth right after adding the coconut butter, because the cold almond milk can make it harden quickly.

4) Add the agave, vanilla, espresso (if using), salt and melted chocolate (3-4 tablespoons). Blend until smooth. Taste and add any more sweetener or espresso, if desired.

5) Pour in a large cup or container and place in the freezer for about 4 hours, until it is forms clumps of ice, but still some liquid, not totally frozen. You only want it partially freezing.

6) Add back to your blender and blend until smooth and slush-like. I found around 4 hours to be good. If you want to freeze it overnight, you will need to let it thaw out until it is soft chunks and can be blended. I much prefer this method over adding ice, because ice will dilute the flavor.


7) Garnish with shredded coconut, sliced almonds, espresso powder and extra melted chocolate.