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Chocolate Cherry Zucchini Shake

Remember the creamy chocolate milkshakes you had as a kid? The ones from the ice cream parlor where they loaded frozen custard and chocolate syrup and assorted goodies into a dripping, icy-cold stainless steel cup and whizzed everything together into dreamy milkshake perfection?

This tastes just like that.

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Only it’s a whole lot healthier, thanks to cherries and zucchini.

That’s right, I said zucchini. For dessert. Because veggies need to have a little fun, too! Besides, zucchini pairs perfectly with chocolate, and when blended with almond butter, cocoa, sweet frozen cherries, and gooey dates, this versatile veggie delivers a frosty vegan treat that’s sure to please. Better still, the zucchini virtually disappears in the blender, so no one will be the wiser to your little secret. (I won’t tell, promise.)

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What’s more, this rich chocolate shake only tastes decadent. Because, in addition to bliss, you’ll also get a hearty helping of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber, along with over a cup of fruits and vegetables. So when the kid in you craves a tasty frozen treat—but you still want to feel like a responsible adult — just whip up a chocolate cherry zucchini shake. Then sit back and savor summer with a cool, creamy indulgence that tastes anything but healthy.

Chocolate Cherry Zucchini Shake

Yield: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup cold almond milk, half (3/4 cup) frozen into cubes (original Almond Breeze works well; do not use unsweetened)
  • 1 medium zucchini (6-7 oz), cut into chunks or wedges
  • 1 heaping cup frozen sweet cherries, pitted
  • 2 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp almond butter
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • vegan whipped topping and fresh cherries, optional, for serving

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients (except whipped topping and fresh cherries) in a high-speed blender. Blend for 30-45 seconds, or until smooth and creamy. (Use the “frozen desserts” setting if your blender has one.)
  • Garnish with optional whipped topping and cherries and enjoy!

Notes

- Be sure to cut zucchini into chunks or wedges; sliced zucchini can get stuck beneath the blender blades and may not be fully incorporated.

- For a smoothie variation: Swap 2 Tbsp of chia seeds for the almond butter, and don’t freeze any of the almond milk.

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Lee Crosby is the owner and author of Veggie Quest, a blog dedicated to fun vegan vegetable recipes and tips for kickin’ nutrition! She specializes in unprocessed, gluten-free veggie recipes the whole family will love, along with quick-and-easy ways to eat better while saving time and money.

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