My favorite easy and filling breakfast is this chia banana nut milkshake, made with frozen bananas, chia seeds, nuts, maca root powder, dates and non-dairy milk.
This is a super rich and creamy milkshake that gives you a spark of energy and keeps you full for a good 2-3 hours.
Maca Root Powder
If you have never heard of maca root powder, now’s the time to get to know this amazing, energizing and sustaining root. Learn more here. I wouldn’t say maca adds any desirable flavor, for me it’s more for the benefits. I would say it tastes like a spicy, earthy, and nutty radish. It is quite interesting that’s for sure. Thankfully the flavor is perfectly masked by the bananas in this recipe. Needless to say it can be omitted.
Anytime I buy too many bananas and they start to brown spot, I throw them in the freezer to avoid food waste and because they make the richest and creamiest texture ever; it’s basically instant ice cream when blended.
Chic Seed or Flax Seed
Chia seed and flax seed are known for their beneficial omega 3 fatty acids among many other health benefits, the main difference is in flavor. The reason I use chia seeds, is because they have little flavor and they amplify flavors! But since they are kind of expensive they can be substituted for flax seed which has a slightly nutty taste.
The chia or flax seeds are soaked in water for about 10-20 minutes, so that they release their gel and become more nutritionally available. Plus they become soft, so it doesn’t take away from the creamy texture. The chia and flax seed’s gel also helps you to feel fuller longer.
Nuts, Nut Butters & Non-dairy Milk
If you have a nut allergy, the nuts can be omitted and sunflower seeds and coconut or hemp seed milk can be substituted.
I tend to use coconut milk and then add whole cashews and peanuts just for “cookie dough balls” It reminds me of a mcflurry, which I haven’t had since about 2008. :p
You can also use a nut/seed-butter, but these are normally not raw, same with peanuts unless you use raw jungle peanuts.
However, you may just use the nuts to make a non-dairy nut milk. If this is the case I would soak the cashews for about 10-20 minutes and then blend them with water separately to make nut milk.
Or you can blend the cashews separately and make a nut butter, then add the water. Although it is hard to blend a small amount of cashews in a regular sized blender. I recommend a single serve blender for small batch nut butters and date paste.
Dates or Dried Fruit
Just a few dates sweeten everything up, and add a little texture. If you blend all the ingredients together at once, some of the dates won’t get processed all the way, leaving you with little gooey, almost like caramel pieces. Yum!
If you can’t find soft and juicy dates, soak your dates prior, along with the chia or flax seeds.
You can also make a date paste, for a smoother consistency, and to make the marble effect like in the main picture. Essentially date paste is dates blended with just enough water to make a paste. For 2-3 dates you’ll want about 1-2 tbsp water.
Dates can be substituted for any kind of dried fruit, like raisins, blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, prunes, whatever you desire!
And that’s it, after everything is done soaking for 10-20 minutes, blend it all together and that’s it.
This will make a big quart sized milkshake, and is meant to be a meal replacement.
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1 tbsp chia seeds + 1 cup water
- 1 cup non dairy-milk; i.e. coconut milk
- 2 tbsp nuts or nut butter; i.e. 1 tbsp cashews, 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 2-3 dates
- 1/2 tsp maca *optional
- Soak chia seeds for 10-20 minutes. Soak dates if necessary.
- Let bananas defrost for 5-10 minutes, remove skins.
- Add everything to the blender and blend until smooth.
- If making your own non-dairy milk, such as cashew milk, use 2 tbsp nuts or nut butter to 1 cup water and blend until smooth.
- For the marbled effect, make date paste with 3 dates + 1-2 tbsp water (depending on how dry your dates are). Then smear the paste onto the bottom and sides of cup.