This dairy free chocolate milkshake recipe is a breastfeeding mama’s new best friend!
During pregnancy and postpartum it’s pretty common to crave sweet indulgences like ice cream and chocolate. But for many breastfeeding moms, a dairy protein intolerance in baby can lead to mama having to cut out dairy products. Fortunately, this dairy free chocolate milkshake is easy to make and naturally sweetened with bananas, so perfectly healthy for both mama and the nursing baby.
Of course anyone can eat it, I just point out how great it is for breastfeeding moms because it can be really hard for us to keep up with the caloric and protein needs of our little nurslings, especially if we can’t have dairy.
MILKSHAKE VS. SMOOTHIE
Now I call this a milkshake, because you’ll swear that’s what it is when you taste it. But I have to say that it’s technically a smoothie, because it has no ice cream and no added sugar.
That’s right, a chocolate milkshake (or at least its nearly identical twin) that’s good for you ladies. Let the rejoicing begin!
HOW TO MAKE A DAIRY FREE MILKSHAKE
The secret to this rich and creamy dairy free chocolate milkshake is the frozen bananas, which are super sweet and give it that thick texture that makes straws quake with fear. I also include my absolute favorite organic rice protein powder for long lasting energy.
If you need an extra boost of protein, you can also add a Tablespoon of peanut butter. Of course if I did that my peanut butter chocolate loving husband might end up stealing it from me, so I just stick with chocolate banana.
By the way, did you know that bananas are packed with potassium, and can help prevent muscle cramps? If you spend at least 8 hours of your day in the same nursing position, you’ll come to understand the importance of preventing cramps. Trust me!
Now you can use your favorite milk substitute in this recipe. I’ve tried soy, almond, and coconut milk, all delicious. Just remember that if your milk is not unsweetened, you are getting added sugars. The bananas are plenty sweet, so you really don’t need the extra sugar, especially if you’re trying to keep things healthy.
I am ridiculously excited about this recipe, not only for an everyday breastfeeding treat, but because my whole family is down for the count this weekend. We’ve got two with vomiting, and one with a fever who won’t eat anything, except mama’s milk that is. I am basically a puke cleaning, milk making, baby rocking machine right now. Which means I only get about three minutes after waking up to whip up a protein packed, quick to eat breakfast, before I’m taking care of everyone and it may be hours before I remember to eat again. This milkshake is quite possibly saving my life right now. No joke!
So whether you’re looking for a nice treat to enjoy after dinner, or are desperate for something filling and fast for breakfast, give this healthy milkshake recipe a try and let us know what you think. Your comments will be a bright spot for us this week!
DAIRY FREE CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE RECIPE
- 2 frozen bananas, make sure you peel them before freezing
- 3/4 cup milk substitute of your choice, I like unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon heaping rice protein powder
- 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder, the kind used for baking
- Add the bananas, milk, protein powder, and chocolate to a blender. Blend on high until everything is thick and creamy. Pour into a glass or mug and use a straw if you dare!
Approximate cost/serving: This came out to about $1 for me.
Vegetarian/Gluten Free: Yes to both, vegan too.
Serving Size:1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 303Saturated Fat: 2.2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 147mgCarbohydrates: 50.75gFiber: 9.95gSugar: 27.8gProtein: 16.95g
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