Meet my new favorite milkshake.
Featuring young coconut meat and fiber-rich dates, this milkshake is a healthy option for anyone, but it’s especially appropriate for pregnant women. I’ve been affectionately referring to it as my “mama milkshake.”
Coconuts are thought to be rich in anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, which may help strengthen the immune system and ward off illnesses, and they’re also a fantastic source of calcium, potassium and magnesium. Paired with antioxidant-rich cocoa powder and deliciously sweet dates, which are believed to help improve labor, this is a healthy treat I feel good about indulging in.
I recommend making enough to share, because my husband loves this chocolate shake as much as I do!
Chocolate Coconut Milkshake (Vegan)
1 cup young coconut meat
1 1/2 cups water, or coconut water
6 soft Medjool dates, pitted
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3 handfuls of ice, as needed for texture
Combine the coconut meat, water, dates, cocoa powder and vanilla in a high-speed blender, and blend until completely smooth and creamy. Add the ice, and blend again until the shake is icy-cold and thickened. Serve immediately.
- 1 cup young coconut meat
- 1½ cups water, or coconut water
- 6 soft Medjool dates, pitted
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2-3 handfuls of ice, as needed for texture
- Combine the coconut meat, water, dates, cocoa powder and vanilla in a high-speed blender, and blend until completely smooth and creamy.
- Add the ice, and blend again until the shake is icy-cold and thickened. Serve immediately.
- Since it can be difficult to find organic young coconuts at most grocery stores, I like to purchase bags of organic young Thai coconut meat from Exotic Superfoods available in the freezer section at most Whole Foods. Of course, you could also open a young Thai coconut yourself, if you feel so inclined– and use the coconut water in the shake, as well!
- I wouldn’t recommend using shredded coconut for this recipe, as it will most likely create a grainy texture, rather than a smooth and creamy shake. (Unless you don’t mind a different texture.)
- I prefer to use raw cacao powder in my non-baked recipes, but regular cocoa powder should provide a similar flavor.
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