I know! It has been a while. I took some time off to gather my thoughts and to spend more time on things I have been ignoring for a while.....like.....making jewelry, reading, and spending time with friends. Not only that, but somehow after my husband went out of town for more than 5 days, I really wanted to focus on everyday than be online all the time. It was refreshing!
What does this mean? Well it means I will be coming back with recipes but they will not be as frequent as before. more on that later this week.
As I was driving home yesterday I was trying to think up a recipe for St. Patty's Day that was green. I did not want to just make a green monster and get by with that but I had been thinking about making a drink. Now, you know I have mentioned that I seriously decreased my sweet intake in the last couple of weeks, just because I totally do not have a taste for it, but somehow a shake sounded lovely.
How to create a shake without using artificial flavors or coloring? SPINACH! Please don't be turned off by this, but like a Green Monster, spinach is a great base for bringing greens (iron, vitamins and minerals) into your diet. If you do not make frequent salads or dishes using greens, blending them into drinks is perfect!
Spinach was used to make this shake green but not as much was used as would be in a Green Monster. I used my favorite products, So Delicious and went from there. I used the vanilla coconut milk, the green tea coconut ice cream, and the vanilla bean coconut ice cream. This was so frothy and delicious!
Believe me.....not a hint of spinach was tasted in this shake. You only get the vitamins and the coloring while enjoying a yummy dessert.
You can make this alcoholic if you want, but I just added peppermint extract. A little whiskey (2 ounces for 2 glasses) will do just perfectly if you want to use this as a dessert. completing your St. Patty's meal.
Stay tuned for a delicious yeasty recipe tomorrow! I can't wait to share it with you!
1/2 to 3/4 cup So Delicious Vanilla Coconut Milk
1 cup packed spinach leaves
1 cup Purely Decadent vanilla bean coconut ice cream
1 cup Purely Decadent green tea coconut ice cream
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons agave nectar
2 ounces whiskey (optional: leave out the peppermint extract)
In a high-power blender, blend the spinach leaves and 1/2 cup coconut milk first. Blend until spinach is completely blended in the coconut milk. Add the rest of the ingredients.
You can add the 1/4 cup more of coconut milk depending if you want a thinner shake. If you want a thicker shake, only use 1/2 cup of coconut milk when blending spinach.
Divide between 2 glasses and enjoy!