Last week I shared my recipe for Chocolate Chip Breakfast Shake, and instructions for a variation of it to make a Mint Chocolate Chip Shake. This week I am sharing my recipe for Double Chocolate Breakfast Shake with you.
I like them all, but I think I like the Double Chocolate Breakfast Shake the best. There is just something so delicious about lots of chocolate! I hope to develop a Chocolate Heath Shake recipe yet that is THM approved. I love the taste of the Dairy Queen Chocolate Heath Blizzard and I want to recreate a healthy version I can make at home. I am not sure how to pull that off yet, but I will let you know as soon as I develop a recipe for it. But for now, the Double Chocolate Breakfast Shake is keeping me satisfied.
In this recipe, I increased the amount of cottage cheese and almond milk, and added a probiotic to make it even more nutritious. I found this small increase made a huge change in the creamy texture and thickness of this shake. Plus the kids all want a sip of my drink and by the time I get a moment to enjoy it myself there is only half of it left. This recipe makes 2 (12 oz) servings, if you want to share it. LOL! This tastes as good as any DQ double chocolate shake, though not as sweet. I find that I don’t need too much sweetness first thing in the morning, like I desire later in the day. So this shake fits my need for a less sweet chocolately breakfast. It encourages endorphins in the brain, so you feel good, but it doesn’t send out insulin for a sugar crash. You feel satisfied for several hours. And best of all, it is sugarfree, glutenfree, and full of healthy proteins, amino acids, probiotics, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, and more. It makes a great breakfast, snack, or desert!
Double Chocolate Breakfast Shake
This recipe makes approximately 24 oz, or 2 (12 oz) servings, depending on the amount of ice you use.
1 cup cottage cheese. ( I use a cottage cheese that is all natural, no preservatives or fillers. Daisy brand only has three ingredients and is available in most grocery stores).
3/4 cup plain almond milk (any will do, but homemade is best if you are able to make it yourself).
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 probiotic capsule contents or 1/2 tsp probiotic powder
1/4 tsp of Trace Mineral Drops. (I use Concentrace Trace Mineral Drops with over 70 trace minerals, similar to sea water, but with 99% of the sodium removed).
8 +/- ice cubes
2 tsp cocoa powder. (I like Rapunzel cocoa powder, or use other all natural organic cocoa, add up to a tablespoon for even more dark chocolate flavor.)
2 tbsp dark chocolate, or THM Skinny Chocolate
2 packages of Truvia (Truvia is a sugarfree sweetner combo of Stevia and Erythritol with no bitter aftertaste, and I love it!)
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until thick, creamy, and smooth. Check out the options below to blend with your shake. I use the grassfed “low temp” protein powder and make this nutrient dense shake for breakfast. It is very satisfying, though it is not extra sweet. If you want it sweeter, try a sprinkle of NuNaturals Pure White Stevia added to the shake. It will add a lot of sugarfree sweetness with no additional carbs to spike your blood sugar. Pour into a glass and enjoy with or without a spoon, and it is also fun to drink with a straw!
Option: 1 scoop of whey protein powder from grassfed cows, processed at a low temp. (Or use your own whey from yogurt making that is filled with live probiotics, protein, and enzymes).
Option: If you need to repair cartilage in your joints, or heal your gut, I would suggest adding 1 tsp of gelatin powder (from grass fed cows processed at a low temp) to this smoothie. It is tasteless, but will add some thickness. The purpose of this gelatin is that it nourishes and heals major body systems with nutrients otherwise unavailable in our modern diet. I love adding this powder to my soups too. This option would really increase the nutrient value of this shake making it even more of a complete meal.
Option: add a fresh egg yolk from a pasture raised chicken. This will give a complete spectrum of proteins and amino acids as well as additional vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats.
Option: add 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp cayenne, and 1/2 tsp turmeric to the shake. These will enhance the flavor of the chocolate, and provide additional health benefits.
Option: Increase the healthy medium chain fatty acids in this shake by blending in 2 tsp of melted coconut oil. Lauric acid in coconut oil also has added immune system benefits.
Option: Make is a Mint Chocolate Chip Breakfast Shake with Double Chocolate by adding in 1 tsp to 2 tsp of pure mint extract, or 4 or 5 fresh mint leaves with stem removed, before blending.
Option: Make it a Double Chocolate Breakfast Sundae! After blending the shake, freeze in the freezer until frozen. Scoop 1/2 of the frozen shake into a bowl. Top with nuts (my favorite is roasted cashews), Truvia sweetened whipped cream or whipped coconut cream, and drizzled with melted THM Skinny Chocolate.
I only use 1/2 of the shake when making this into a Sundae, so the above shake recipe gives me two Sundaes! One for today, and one for tomorrow! Yeah!
This is so YUMMY!
This is nourishing REAL food! This qualifies as an S Meal or S Snack on the THM program.
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