omega-3 and fiber-rich chocolate milkshake or ice cream!

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Here we are, another Monday! The last of my Mondays in Kingston for a while! Soon it’s off to the big, bad city ;) It was so nice to spend the last weekend at home, not working! I got to relax, see some friends and get stuff done. I even bought myself my first ever young thai coconut and hacked it open. Oh man the water in those things is ridiculously delicious. I can’t wait to experiment with the meat!

Two more workdays, three at home then that’s it! With an early birthday celebration to boot. When you put it that way it sounds ridiculously close.

Thank you all for your great response to my guest post over at Go Bake Yourself on Saturday! It was so fun to write for a little of a different audience and show people how delicious healthy is. If you haven’t checked it out, please do so here. I shared a recipe for Raw Pineapple Shortbread bars that are a great way to say goodbye to summer. While I’m sad summer is over, I am so excited for the possibilities of fall. Plus you know what fall means? PUMPKIN. So pumped. In fact I may have already created a little something pumpkin-y. I just couldn’t resist!

Anyway, pumpkin is not what this post is about. What this post is about is chocolate. More specifically frozen chocolate delciousness.

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When I decided to change up my diet for a while to kick this candida business to the curb, the thing I missed the most was smoothies. There’s something about blending up a frozen banana with other fruits, veggies and other add-ins that is like nothing else. I was missing it so much that I began to search for alternatives. I tried out a cranberry smoothie with an avocado for creaminess and while it was good, it wasn’t what I was looking for.

Then I happened upon something magical. Psyllium seed powder.

This stuff thickens and gels a mixture like crazy! Seriously- put in some almond milk and a few other powders with a little psyllium and you get this thick gel. As soon as I discovered these powers, I delved in a little deeper.

Psyllium seed is an amazing source of fiber. Just to give you an idea, psyllium husks contain 71g of fiber per 100g, whereas oat bran, a commonly recommended source of fiber contains only 5g per100g. Now you would never eat 100g of psyllium seed, but a little goes a long way! It helps us feel full for longer and helps clear out our digestive track. In this sense it is great for loads of different digestive issues including irritable bowl syndrome and ulcerative colitis. It has also been shown to improve many other aspects of health such as:

  • reducing cholesterol
  • prevents gallstones
  • facilitates weight loss
  • stabilizes blood sugar
  • and even prevents against cancers like colon and breast!

I had so much fun playing with this ingredient! It doesn’t really have a taste so you can throw it in anything without worrying about a funny taste and when you toss in some ice, I swear, the texture is so similar to a smoothie made with a frozen banana. Almost milkshake-like. Throw in a little more ice. Well you’ve got yourself some ice cream. How cool is that?

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Psyllium seed husks are available whole or in powdered form. In this recipe I used the powder so I’m not sure how the whole husks would work but definitely give it a shot!

I also included an incredible source of omega 3s in the form of either chia or flax seeds. Both work great and provide an easy way to get your daily dose in. Plus they help to thicken this that much more!

This milkshake or ice cream is incredibly rich tasting and smooth. It is packed with fiber from the psyllium, omega 3s from the chia or flax and antioxidants from the cacao powder. Feel free to include 1/2 or all carob if you prefer to avoid the caffeine and get some extra calcium. Sweetened only with stevia it’s truly the healthiest milkshake or ice cream you will ever have! Well I mean, you could always blend some greens in there if you wanted, for bonus points.

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Omega-3 and Fiber Rich Chocolate Milkshake (or Ice Cream) (Vegan, Gluten-free, Sugar-free)

Ingredients (1 drink/bowl)

  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder (or 1/2 carob powder or all carob)
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds or chia seeds (gets a little thicker with chia, and I used whole chia seeds, no need to grind before)
  • 1/2 tbsp psyllium seed powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 7 drops chocolate stevia (or to taste)
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 cup ice for a milkshake, or about 1 1/2 cups for ice cream
  • optional: 1 tsp instant coffee or herbal coffe substitute like Dandy Blend (helps give it a super rich flavour)

Instructions

Add everything, except the ice to a blender and blend. It should get really thick. Then add the ice and blend again until the ice is fully crushed and incorporated! Serve with a straw or spoon and enjoy your delicious treat!

 

I'm sharing this recipe on Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, Fat Tuesday, Real Food Wednesdays, Allergy-Free Wednesday, Gluten Free Fridays, Foodie Friends Friday and Wellness Weekends!

 

Hope you all have wonderful Mondays! Remember, it’s the start of a new week, with no mistakes in it :)

 

 

 

71 thoughts on “omega-3 and fiber-rich chocolate milkshake or ice cream!

  1. Hey there. Came here from Pinterest.
    Psyllium seed powder sounded intriguing, had never heard of it before. With a little search what it is called in my language, I realize I have seen my grandfather take this with milk every night for better digestion!
    I am smiling right now, because I thought this psyllium powder was some kind of medicine; did not know it could be used to make desserts. Haha.
    This is one of the most interesting recipes I have come across in recent times.

  2. Hi Gabby!
    Just wanted to say a huge thank you for this recipe, ever since I saw the post I have been so eager to get my hands on some psyllium husks, I finally made the shake last night and I can’t believe how wonderfully thick and creamy it came out *squee!!!!*. It is just so perfect, breakfasts will never be the same again (I don’t deal very well with solid food – but this is like a powerhouse of nutrition I can gulp down before class and feel great about!) …genius!
    :) x

  3. Gabby,
    Totally dont know what im doing wrong. Its not coming out as smooth as yours and i taste all the grainy flax seed. Im totally bummed but was hoping you knew what i could do! thanks so much!

  4. Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays recipe party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) We are building a great set of gluten free recipes so far! Its making my meal planning easy :) How about yours? See you next Friday! Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

  5. I have successfully made the switch to Almond milk, which was not very easy, but I did it. Now I need to dig a little deeper like you and continually make healthier changes. Great information, and thank you for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday.

  6. I’ve seen the psyllium powder before but have never used it myself. I have used a guar gum but I hate the taste of it. It changes the flavor of food into something gross (but that’s just my opinion). I’ll try the psyllium. Sounds like it might be much better.
    Thanks for the inspiring recipe!

  7. I LOVE p-husks (but I hate spelling them!) I use them as a thickener in smoothies too – I love this recipe, Gabby! How are you feeling? I’m afraid wedding celebrations have curtailed my efforts in the last week, but I will get back on my path (actually I’m feeling pretty good!)

    • Haha right? Why must the spelling be so complicated? You have no idea how many typos occurred during the writing of this post. 

      I’m actually doing pretty good! I have not been doing as stellar on the diet in the last week, but I’m taking lots of good anti-candida supplements and still maintaining the diet overall. It’s funny what this has taught me- I feel SOOO much better when I don’t eat a lot of starches- they just make me feel so heavy! I love what kind of awareness this has brought me :). I’m hoping to get a little bit more on track again too, but with moving who knows lol. I am feeling better though!

      So glad to hear you are feeling good too Lou! Congrats on your big day. I laughed when I read that bit about you lighting your hair on fire. Only you…

  8. This looks amazing Gabby! So simple, yet so delicious. My daughter has a banana allergy, so I alternate between psyllium and avocado to thicken her smoothies. Both work great! I’ve not tried chocolate though….maybe I’ll do carob so she’s not bouncing off the walls from the caffeine! :-)

  9. I love how THICK this milkshake is! It looks like it should be served up in a tall glass with two straws like they do in diners. Though, I wouldn’t be sharing it with anyone, just using the two straws to drink it more efficiently. YUM!

    • Haha you are too cute. I love that image of Chris or the twins trying to steal some from you but you grabbing the second straw and allowing none of it ;). And I don’t blame you, I haven’t been sharing and I don’t plan on it!

  10. I’m so excited to learn of this psyllium! You’ve got a great, informative blog! I’m looking forward to browsing (snooping) around further. In the meantime, this shake is amazing. So crazy looking good, like it has all the naughty stuff in it, but it’s all healthy! Love it!!

  11. This looks absolutely amazing. I have to try it. I don’t think I’ve ever tried Psyllium, but you’ve totally sold me on it. Just discovered your blog and I’m so glad I did as I’m always searching for healthy and delicious recipes.

  12. Ahh! I need to suck it up and buy a real coconut! Glad you finally did it. : )

    I love psyllium! Nice idea when you’re going banana-free, which I do sometimes too. : )

    • Something is going wonky with the comment system and Im not able to, so Im leaving a reply to Kari for you Gabby :) I love your milkshake! I’ve been using psyllium for years, but in a minor way. Shall have to start dumping it into my smoothies and such. My favorite raw cake creation uses psyllium! I checked out your pineapple bars – do they ever look delish girl!!!!

  13. I’ve been on a banana smoothie kick but realize I don’t react to sugary bananas too well. I can’t wait to try this! I used up the last of my raw cacao powder but I should obviously replenish it and buy psyllium at the same time. You are a bad influence on having a smaller pantry… gah! Can’t wait to see how you like Toronto. We should meet up once you are settled. :-)

  14. we used to get to eat psyllum husk concoctions, usually bland ones, for when we had constipation as kids. so obviously there not good memories associated with it ;)
    i tried using some for gluten free breads, but didnt ever think of using them to creamy-fy something.
    that smoothie sounds like a powerhouse of fibre and goodies!

  15. Looks sooooo awesome, Gabby! Wanted to let you know that I made your chia porridge (with cinnamon, almond milk and coconut) for breakfast today and for the first time I haven’t had any, er, digestion problems. I’ve been eating a mix of rolled grains every day for breakfast for, well, over a year and always wondered if they were causing me problems. Duh. Slow learner. Sorry for the TMI, I just think it’s amazing. Delicious recipe, btw!! Thanks!

    • Thank you! It’s delicious and yet light and filling- crazy combination I know but it just works!

      That’s so great to hear you enjoyed the porridge and that it helped your digestive issues! Don’t worry about the TMI, I have my share of issues in that department to not be too squeamish. It’s funny, the past few days I’ve been having grains for breakfast and I’m starting to feel pretty uncomfortable by the end of the day- time to revert back to chia :)

      You are so welcome lady! Makes me happy to hear you are feeling good!

  16. Oooh yum!!! It looks so super rich and delicious! It kind of looks like chocolate pudding in the photo. I have heard of psyllium husk before and that it is great for weight control and everything else you mentions. I’ll definitely have to give this a try! I bet you could make something nice and pumpkin-y with it too ;)

    Wow it’s getting so close for you! I’m glad you had a nice weekend with your friends and family! It’s the home stretch, so exciting! And I’m with you, I can’t wait for the fall :) It’s amusing that my bday is the first day of fall because it is like a 2 for 1 deal! ;) Can’t wait to see your pumpkin recipes!

    Enjoy your last week at home!!

    • I like the way your mind works Sarah! A psyllium pumpkin pie milkshake sounds a little too good for words :) I’m up for the challenge! You can be sure you’ll be seeing a recipe for this soon!

      Yes the last weekend was so nice! Now I’m getting more and more anxious by the hour! Part of me wants to fast forward to Saturday and the other part want to slow time down. Telling some of my regular customers I was leaving today was so hard :( It’s funny thinking about how I’ll miss my customers.

      So cool about your birthday being the first day of fall! What an amazing gift :)

  17. This is so cool gabby! I am going to have to give this a try, I am keeping my fingers crossed that I can find the powdered version at my local healthfood store :)

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