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Good for the Soul Cookies and Cream Shake

Our Good for the Soul Cookies and Cream Shake may not be the healthiest smoothie recipe you come across today, but it sure does taste great. And it is lower in sugar than a traditional ice cream-based milkshake because bananas and lucuma powder are used to create the texture and the sweetness.

This dairy-free smoothie is definitely kid-friendly, and it is a healthy spin that’s better for you than a traditional splurge-day smoothie. Enjoy this Cookies and Cream Shake in moderation.

Good for the Soul Cookies and Cream Shake

  • Servings: 1
  • Ready In: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas, frozen
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup rice milk
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 2 teaspoons lucuma powder
  • Splash of vanilla extract
  • 2 Oreo cookies, lightly crushed

Health Benefits

  • Bananas: contain high levels of fiber and potassium, and when frozen and added to a dairy-free smoothie recipe they provide creaminess. Of course, bananas have a strong nutrient profile. They are low in calories and have a neutral flavor that doesn’t overtake the spirit of this Cookies and Cream Shake.

  • Almond milk: is the perfect addition to this dairy-free smoothie recipe. Mild in flavor, almond milk blends up beautifully with the bananas and the rice milk to create a consistency similar to that of a milkshake. Almond milk, according to research, demonstrates antioxidant properties, and researchers say it can be considered a healthy alternative for those with milk protein allergies. 

  • Rice milk: is higher in calories than almond or cashew milk but has no cholesterol. Be sure to choose unsweetened rice milk to avoid added sugars.

  • Lucuma: comes from Peru where it has been used for generations as a natural sweetener. Lucuma powder is merely the result of drying the fruit and then grinding it into a fine powder. Very little clinical research has been done to ascertain its health effects, but it is lower in calories than is sugar and believed to be low-glycemic.

  • Vanilla: a favorite baking flavor, vanilla deserves praise for its health benefits too. In fact, there are currently 57 clinical trials listed in the NIH's U.S. National Library of Medicine. Researchers are studying vanilla's calming effect on babies, osteoarthritis, and more.

Instructions

  1. Add the frozen bananas and ice cubes to the blender.
  2. Pour in the almond milk and the rice milk.
  3. Sprinkle the lucuma powder on top.
  4. Add a splash of vanilla extract.
  5. Add the crushed Oreo cookies.
  6. Secure the lid and blend until smooth and creamy.
  7. Enjoy this kid-friendly smoothie when you’re craving something a little bit sinful.

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