Tonight after dinner my kids were still hungry, so I decided to put together a dessert to wrap up the meal. I debated between a few different options, all of which ended up being too time consuming, before pulling out a binder given to me by a close friend several years ago. In it I keep a record of my recipe creations, including this Super Berry Milkshake.
Milkshakes are usually made with a base of ice cream, but I have bypassed this rather time consuming step by using thick, full fat coconut milk and frozen berries. I found the end result to be as thick and creamy as its ice cream based counterpart. We are all in recovery mode after fighting off a nasty cold virus, so I wanted to pack this drink as full of nutrient dense foods as I possibly could. I included essential fatty acid rich hemp seeds, which in addition to being protein rich are also one of the few alkaline seeds out there. I also added immune boosting, antioxidant and amino acid rich, lycopene and beta carotene filled goji berries, polyphenol, anthocyanin and Vitamin C rich macqui berry powder, antioxidant and Vitamin C rich acerola cherry powder, and last but not least camu camu powder, which contains large amounts of easily absorbed Vitamin C. I elected to use vanilla bean powder and maple syrup as my sweeteners of choice to round out the tangy flavour of the powders I was using.
I was very pleased with the final result - delicious and good for us to boot. My girls gave it two thumbs up, they said it was "just as good" as the vegan strawberry milkshake we sometimes treat ourselves to at the Interactivity Board Game Cafe here in Victoria. At $7 a cup for the vegan friendly option they are definitely an occasional treat. I am happy to have arrived at an option we can easily make at home, with ingredients I typically have on hand. The superfood berry powders I mentioned above are far from cheap, but a little goes a long way, and the super boost of nutritional goodness definitely offsets the price tag.
Super Berry Milk Shake
1 1/2 cups frozen mixed organic berries (I love the Organic Moov Berry Cherry Blend from Costco during the wintertime)
1 can organic coconut milk
2 Tbsp maple syrup
2 Tbsp hemp seeds
2 Tbsp goji berries
1 tsp macqui berry powder
1 tsp acerola cherry powder
1 tsp camu camu powder
1 tsp vanilla bean powder
Combine in a high speed blender and process until smooth.