Date & Nut Spice Protein Shake

Date & Nut Spice Protein Shake

Can a protein shake be cold and warm at the same time? Well, this is close. It has the warming qualities and spices that envoke fall, but its obviously frozen. I am anything but traditional with my protein shakes, so this flavor will  be the first of many fall shakes. Enjoy!

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Ingredients:

  • 4-5 ice cubes
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 6-8 oz unsweetened flax milk (or your preferred alternative milk)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use vega sport performance)
  • 1 tbsp unsalted almond butter (I used my homemade cinnamon vanilla almond butter)
  • 2 medjool dates (chopped)
  • Cinnamon, nutmeg & clove to taste
  • Optional toppings: granola & dried apricots

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Instructions:

  1. Blend the ice, banana and flaxmilk together a bit before adding other ingredients. This lets the blender focus on the hard stuff and will make your shake smoother in the end.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and serve!
  3. Additional toppings that taste great: dried apricots, vanilla granola, coconut, more cinnamon and definitely more almond butter.

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Nutritional Facts:

Not including granola or dried apricots

Calories: 394

Carbs: 58g

Protein: 30.5g

Fat: 11.5g

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*This recipe contains 7.5g of fiber and is high in potassium, calcium & Vitamin A. The cinnamon is great for metabolism, stabilizing blood sugar and is a great source of antioxidants.

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Cinnamon Vanilla Almond Butter

Homemade Cinnamon Vanilla Almond Butter

Nut butters are hands down, the easiest, most fun things to make. Many people I talk to like to refer to me as some sort of Susie-Homemaker for making my own almond butter, but I just think it tastes the best when you make it yourself!

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Now, normally, I take the time to buy the raw almonds and roast them myself (at 350 for about 8 minutes), but this time the already roasted almonds were on sale, so I skipped a step. But always, always, always buy unsalted. YOU DON’T NEED THE SALT.

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Once your almonds are roasted (or purchased), throw them in the food processor, turn it on, and wait for it to look like this. Almost done…just add 2 very simple ingredients. A few shakes of cinnamon and about a teaspoon of vanilla. Take the almond butter for a whirl to incorporate and add more if you feel the need.

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Simple. Delicious. Perfect.

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Store in an airtight container in the fridge and hide all your spoons.

Nutritional Facts:

Serving = 2 tbsp

Calories: 190

Carbs: 6g

Protein: 8g

Fat: 18g

This recipe contains no added sugar, no added salt, and 2 tbsp of almond butter contains 3g of fiber. Not to mention the combination of cinnamon and vanilla is oh so wonderful.