How’s everyone’s new year’s resolutions so far? Mine are totally going because they were never really going anyway, ya know? My thing this year is just recalling/finding those moments where I’ve been so excited to just live and feel like my most optimal self, and then just hanging onto that elated goodness with everything I’ve got. That recollection process helps keep my priorities and choices for wellness in check. This app is helping me laser beam the focus too–consistent meditating was a more qualifiable goal I had in mind for 2015 and so far, so good.
But I know a lot of people are trying to eat better this time of year (captain obvious whoop) and maybe inspiration is just kind of meh around the third week of January. The cylinders are starting to cool a bit and the vibe is all “Oh another huge salad with lean protein” I find drinks, shakes, juices, loose leaf tea and the like really help with the more trying parts of transitioning to a healthier mode of living. They can fill in those spaces of the day when I’m feeling snack-ish. They can also outright replace a meal if stopping to chew is too much of a time commitment. They can even replace dessert and nourish your body all in one go. Refreshing glassfuls of fruit, veg, nuts, seeds and spice really help me to avoid hangry-ness when I’m trying to clean things up a bit. I say this all the time, but my juicer and high speed blender were some of the smarter investments I’ve made.
I think my pal Emily understands what a huge role juices, shakes, and little wholesome bites can play in personal wellness. Her newest book 100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks has so many vibrant and delicious ideas to keep anyone satisfied. Emily’s passion for inspiring others to feel their best shines through these pages of inspired combinations and clever observations. That contagious enthusiasm will speak to the experienced and newbie health warriors alike. Plus, anyone that mentions a Vitamix and gender equality in the same breath gets endless high fives from me.
I took her basic nut milk formula, using walnuts upon her recommendation, and I can tell you with certainty that it won’t be the last time I do that. I’ve made almond, cashew, macadamia, hemp, coconut, and brazil nut milk before, but this here is somethin’ special. As soon as I tasted that buttery and toasty milk, I knew I had to mix it with banana, cinnamon, vanilla, and cacao nibs for a creamy-sweet banana bread feel. Emily’s ratio of nuts to water for homemade non-dairy milk makes for a richer texture, and with this shake it was so decadent, nourishing and perfect. Other things from the book I’m excited to try: the grapefruit mango immune booster, hippie hemp hummus, the herb happiness juice, and the dark chocolate chip, oat and hemp cookies.
And the best part: Emily’s publisher is letting me give away one (1) copy of 100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks to one of you! You just have to be a resident of the USA or Canada. To enter, just leave a comment on this post telling me what dessert you’d love to see in drinkable form. Obviously my first choice was banana bread, but I think a close second would be German chocolate cake. Deadline for entries will be next Monday (January 26th) at midnight EST. I’ll choose a winner at random, so leave an email address that you check often. Good luck, all! Giveaway is closed! Thanks for participating. xoxo
raw banana bread shake recipe
walnut milk inspired by Emily Von Euw‘s 100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks
print the recipe here!
notes: You could definitely fill this out with a bit of protein powder (VEGA is my fave) and other superfood-y goodies to make this more breakfast-appropriate. It totally drinks like dessert :)
walnut milk ingredients:
1 cup raw walnuts, soaked for at least 4 hours
3 cups filtered water
raw banana bread shake ingredients:
3 cups walnut milk
2 scant cups sliced bananas (fresh or frozen)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of fresh grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp vanilla powder (or extract)
1 tbsp maple syrup (optional, but I enjoy it)
2 tbsp cacao nibs
+++ toppings of your choice (I used bee pollen–which is not vegan, chia seeds, sliced bananas, more cacao nibs and teeny sprinkles of pink Himalayan salt)
Make the walnut milk: strain the soaked walnuts and place them in an upright blender. Add the filtered water to the blender. Blend the mixture on high for about 2 minutes, or until you have a fluid, creamy “milk.” Strain the milk with a fine mesh strainer over a large bowl or pitcher. Push the walnut pulp in the strainer with the back of a spoon to get all of the milk out. Pour the strained milk into a sealable container and refrigerate until ready to use. The milk will separate, so just shake it every time you use it.
For the shake: In an upright blender, combine the walnut milk, sliced bananas, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla powder and maple syrup (and ice, if using). Blend on high until you have a creamy and smooth mixture. Add the cacao nibs and blend for 10 seconds more–just so that you have little cacao “chips” throughout the drink.
Pour the raw banana bread shake into glasses and garnish with toppings if you like. Serve cold.