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vegan double chocolate hazelnut espresso shake from "Blissful Basil"
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Espresso Chocolate Hazelnut Shake

This espresso chocolate hazelnut shake from tastes super decadent, but is made with all wholesome and vegan ingredients. Perfect breakfast!
Cuisine Dairy-free, Oil-Free, Paleo, Plant-Based, Special Diets, Sugar-Free, Vegan
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword all seasons, banana, cacao powder, coffee, espresso, medjool dates, toasted hazelnuts, vanilla extract
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 -2

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana, preferably frozen
  • 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • ½ cup ice
  • ¼ cup roasted hazelnuts
  • 4 ounces brewed espresso or strong coffee, chilled
  • 3 soft Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 ½ tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs

Instructions

  • Add the frozen banana, almond milk, ice, hazelnuts, espresso, dates, cacao powder, vanilla, and sea salt to a high-speed blender, and blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Add in the cacao nibs and blend for a few seconds to roughly chop and incorporate them into the smoothie.

Notes

  • Reprinted from Blissful Basil by arrangement with BenBella Books. Copyright © 2016, Ashley Melillo.
  • I've only tried making this in my own high-speed blender, and I'm not sure that a regular one will cut it because there are some roasted, non-soaked hazelnuts involved. 2 tablespoons of hazelnut butter might be a good replacement if you're unsure about your blender's power.