happy hour + raw chocolate raspberry shake

raw chocolate raspberry shake - The First Messpin it!
I lied in the last post when I said I wouldn’t make anything Valentines-y! It’s two smoothies for the price of one and it looks so pretty all layered up in the glass. I aaaaaalmost called it a two timin’ chocolate raspberry shake, but it sort of felt like the v-day version of bah humbug. I’ll keep the focus on endless, all encompassing love and happy feelings as much as I can. I’m hoping to squeeze a little work in this weekend, along with all the sweet red + pink treats and chill times. I’ve got a box of doughnuts on my kitchen counter right now and I’m fixing up this post while a full-fledged snow storm is happening outside. Does it get any cozier? *reaches for sweatpants* Cue the links and reads to peruse while you’re snugglin’ up and relaxing this weekend <3

Turn off. Turn on. Just like new.

The seven types of emailers. Striving for #7, but probably more of a #1.

Coconut oil for president. “Can you believe that I got this stuff at Trader Joe’s?”

If Ina Garten tells me to complicate my professional life and to stop setting goals, I may just be all in (What Would Ina Do?–or WWID–is my guiding mantra after all).

If you’re not following Chill Wildlife on Instagram, you might need to check yourself.

Headaches ugh!

“We live in a post-seasonal world.” + some instruction on making delicious Winter tomatoes. Not a typo! I’m kind of on board with this–especially love the note on giving up and opting for junk when faced with your grocery store’s inferior-seeming produce selection. The obligation to local can seem cult-like/mind control-ish at times. I buy cherry or grape tomatoes all year, so there’s that.

It’s a lot of fun and it’s certainly not a joke: 80’s aerobics for the win.

I could not be more excited for this book. Bruuuuuuuuce!

Did you read the food diary of Moon Juice founder Amanda Chantal Bacon? And the following uproar? THIS is my favourite response so far. It reminds me of Amy Poehler‘s life-expanding motto: “Good for her! Not for me.”

I’m already an early riser because my ability to get things done pre-noon feels like pure magic when I get in the zone. I’m thinking about taking that commitment a step further once we get back from our Hawaii trip.

An entire restaurant group is going vegan? Incredible.

Eating alone = feasting on your life.

This game rules because it’s cute, doesn’t consume my life, is seriously relaxing, and mostly just focuses on cats being cats.

Haaaaaaii taco salad.

Print the recipe here!
Serves: 2
Notes: I used raw cacao powder, but obviously cocoa powder is just as good. The raspberry half of this is noticeably thicker because it forms a strong base to pour the next layer on top. I used cashew butter in the chocolate half, but any nut/seed butter you like is fine.

1/2 frozen banana
3/4 cup frozen raspberries
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup (or use stevia or other sweetener of your choice)
1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
1/8 teaspoon vanilla powder
1 1/4 cups unsweetened plant-based milk

1 frozen banana
1 1/2 tablespoons raw cacao (or cocoa) powder
1 tablespoon cashew butter
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup (or use stevia or other sweetener of choice)
1 teaspoon mesquite powder (optional)
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon vanilla powder
1 1/4 cups unsweetened plant-based milk

Combine all of the ingredients for the raspberry layer in a blender. Whizz the mixture on high until smooth. Divide the raspberry layer between 2 glasses.

Rinse out the blender pitcher. Then, combine all of the ingredients for the chocolate layer in the blender. Whizz the mixture on high until smooth. Divide the chocolate layer between the 2 glasses.

Garnish the tops of the shakes with cacao nibs, shredded coconut, chia seeds, bashed up frozen raspberries, or anything else you like. Enjoy immediately.


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  • Aubrey13/02/2016 - 7:16 am

    Yummy! I am yet to try a layered smoothie. I need to get on that!:)ReplyCancel

  • Cheese and Chinese13/02/2016 - 8:01 am

    Oh what a nice idea! It looks super cute and tasty!ReplyCancel

  • TUULIA13/02/2016 - 8:33 am

    Love this new series of yours! And a big yes to layered smoothies, they’re my favorites. xxReplyCancel

  • Lisa Bryan | Downshiftology13/02/2016 - 9:52 am

    This layered smoothie looks delish! Though I kinda liked the two-timin’ name…it made me laugh! ;) xReplyCancel

  • Lily | Kale & Caramel13/02/2016 - 11:42 am

    These links are gold!! Especially the one from Amanda Cohen—I’ve been fantasizing about going to Dirt Candy but never have. And this shake. Gimme. Does it count as breakfast if I add greens powder to it ;)?ReplyCancel

  • Maya | Spice + Sprout13/02/2016 - 1:27 pm

    Mmm! This looks so good. I love reading your links, I was especially inspired by the interview with Simran Sethi. So great. Also, I wrote you a note using the contact form on your site, just wondering if you received it! thanks :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah | Well and Full13/02/2016 - 4:55 pm

    I really enjoyed reading the link you shared about the whole Amanda Chantal Bacon uproar. I think it was a great response to the whole situation. Amanda isn’t trying to get everyone to eat the way she is – she’s just sharing what works for her, and there’s nothing wrong with that.ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany13/02/2016 - 5:41 pm

    My non-local, non-seasonal favourites at this time of year are bitter melon, radicchio, and citrus anything. I am also a huge fan of Pink Lady apples, which we don’t grow here. I refuse to feel guilty about it, though we’re lucky here in banana belt Niagara to get much local/seasonal stuff year-round. But I have to admit, I avoid tomatoes at this time of year because they’re mealy and blech. That link to winter tomatoes is convincing me to give them another shot.ReplyCancel

  • Clementine14/02/2016 - 8:37 am

    This looks so delicious and almost too pretty to eat! I love the idea of a layered smoothie, perfect for a cosy day xReplyCancel

  • danielle // rooting the sun14/02/2016 - 8:58 pm

    oh laura, the NYT-Cohen link about winter tomatoes fills me up in all good ways. “winter tomatoes exist” – yes, totally. we can embrace seasonality in different lights, and we shouldn’t snub our noses, as the article states, at what we feel is inferior due to the time and place. i’m not growing year round, and if something is beautiful, bountiful, and available, why not? happy v day lovely, hope the couples are well-mannered. ♥ReplyCancel

  • This smoothie looks too good to be healthy!

    I’ve also just checked out Chill Wildlife and it’s amazing! Thank you for ensuring that even more of my time is wasted online!ReplyCancel

  • krystal15/02/2016 - 12:51 pm

    I love this new series. I’m a sucker for a list of links and these drinks are just getting better and better. My breakfast life has been the pb greens smoothie and I had the blood orange lassi this morning. Keep ’em coming!ReplyCancel

  • Heather15/02/2016 - 1:06 pm

    I recently came across your site and I love it! Thanks for all of these links, its some good reading :)ReplyCancel

  • Alissa15/02/2016 - 1:34 pm

    Loved this from the Amanda Chantal Bacon article –

    As feminist writer Lindy West told Cosmopolitan, the internet doesn’t have to be a cruel place where women can assume they’ll be attacked. The internet is ours to make. “We are currently in the process of building it. It’s still a baby, and we have the opportunity to build it better.”

    YES! Let’s build a better internet togetherReplyCancel

  • genevieve @ gratitude & greens16/02/2016 - 4:22 pm

    Eeee I love anything involving berries + chocolate. I haven’t read Amanda Cohen’s piece yet but I’ve been so curious since she shared it and I can’t wait to dive in.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley17/02/2016 - 10:41 am

    I just clicked on EVERY single link you have up there. Goodbye 2hrs of my morning. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Jo18/02/2016 - 2:18 am

    I just have to say that I love love love everything about this series!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Deegan20/02/2016 - 6:34 pm

    I tried out this recipe with blueberry instead of raspberry and I am happy to announce it turned out delicious and just as pleasing to the eye as yours does.ReplyCancel

  • morning food – liebe familie26/02/2016 - 5:52 pm

    […] and now it is lunch time but you don’t have anything ready. The solution: you whip up this Chocolate Raspberry Shake/Smoothie from the first mess and call it lunch. (I skip the mesquite powder, use regular milk, and swap […]ReplyCancel

  • Katie29/02/2016 - 1:40 pm

    I just finished making this smoothie. My kids went nuts for it and I’m really enjoying it myself. I used some kefir in the raspberry mix instead of the nut milk (sorry vegans) and love the taste. Thanks for another fantastic recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Faith VanderMolen06/03/2016 - 11:29 pm

    This is stunning! And I love the addition of the cashew butter. Cashew butter makes everything taste better. So glad I found your blog! Beautiful photography!ReplyCancel

  • Breakfast | Ilex Quilts08/03/2016 - 11:52 am

    […] Part of my current attempt to reach this nirvana is that I’ve scheduled one breakfast a week as a “special” breakfast, where I can try something new. Breakfast is arguably my favorite meal of the day, so much so that if I get up early enough I do it twice. This week I made these beautiful double-layer smoothies. […]ReplyCancel

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