Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Dairy-Free Diet-Milkshake Recipe : Chocolate Pumpkin Spice and Gluten-Free


In my prior blog about Using Chia-Seed Slurry in Gluten-Free Recipes, I mentioned some of the applications of this wheat-free / gluten-free food creation technique including the above-pictured Dairy-Free Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Diet-Milkshake Recipe (this recipe uses a FROZEN chia slurry, in ice-cube form).

A "Diet Milkshake?"

Sure, why not? Healthy Desserts and snacks do exist. This recipe features all sorts of healthful ingredients, and essentially eliminates any less healthy ingredients. The result is an especially low-calorie, low-bad-fat / high-good-fat, diabetes / diabetic-friendly dairy-free "milkshake" that features a wonderful and flavorful blend of chocolate, pumpkin, and pumpkin-pie spices in a frozen treat that will pass the taste and texture test of most people (even children). Even though my target audience is persons with Celiac Disease and/or gluten-free diets or wheat-free diets, this recipe will also fit dairy-free / vegan diets and low-carb diets too.

The milkshake maintains a rather low glycemic index while introducing healthful Omega-3's (specifically the α-linolenic acid (ALA) via the Chia Seed, aka Salvia hispanica), fiber, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins! The pumpkin adds all sorts of nutrition too: fiber, vitamin-A, and more. Cocoa powder brings a pile of antioxidants and fiber into the mix too. And, using Agave Nectar, the glycemic index remains rather low.

This recipe makes use of our Gluten-Free Chia Slurry Recipe (and ice-cubes) featured on our Gluten-Free Foods Recipe Library to make the "chia ice cubes".

Ingredients
7 or 8 Frozen Chia Cubes
(see instructions-link above, or prior blog for how to make)
3/4 Cup Pumpkin Puree
1 Cup Vanilla Soymilk or Almond Milk

TO TASTE:
1-2 Tsp Cinammon
Pinch of Clove
1/4 - 1/2 Tsp Fresh Ground Nutmeg
1 Tsp Vanilla
1-2 Tsp Cocoa
1-2 TBSP Agave Nectar

NOTE: All main ingredients (cubes, pumpkin, and soymilk) were *COLD* when I prepared this to make sure I had the optimal low-temp milkshake for thickest results :)

Directions

It does not get too much easier than this... simply combine all ingredients in your Blender / VitaMixer. Grind and blend until chia cubes are fully disintegrated and resulting mixture is smooth and creamy texture as you would expect from any milkshake.

The result is a Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Diet-Milkshake that is a dairy-free, creamy smooth "diet milkshake" using healthy chia seed and other diet-friendly ingredients.

Hope you enjoy it. I really wish I had posted this recipe while the weather was a bit warmer, but I don't mind a good milkshake ANY time of year. And, milkshakes need not be just for dessert!

9 comments:

meghantelpnerblog.com said...

This is a brilliant recipe. I will for sure direct my clients to this. It is a great alternative to the common berry smoothies which are certainly not ideal for this time of year. Great to have a protein and omega-3 rich smoothie option using seasonal squash!

Lynn Barry said...

This sounds SO good...thanks, Mike!

dana aka Gluten Free In Cleveland said...

I love this! How wonderfully good sounding.

And who says milkshakes aren't a winter food? Not me, I'll eat one in a snow storm!

Rumela said...

Thanks for this amazing recipe. the drink offers a perfect blend of taste and health. I am going to make this milkshake for the entire family this weekend. I am sure they will like it.

~M said...

This is SO delicious. I had 1 cup leftover canned pumpkin so I used that, 7 frozen chia cubes, about 1/4 cup canned coconut milk and about 1 cup So Delicious coconut milk beverage, the spices (though I forgot vanilla), carob instead of cocoa, and raw honey instead of agave. Super FABULOUS! It tastes like a liquid pumpkin pie! Thanks!

Lose Fat Stomach said...

This is a great healthy recipe!

Brilliant!

Thanks for sharing!

I love it!

Fat Burning Jim said...

It's great to see treats that can be healthy, especially those that have a low glycemic index. It's foods like these that make "diets" bearable, I believe.

Glycemic Index Willy said...

This awesome recipe has obviously had a lot of thought put into it!I am always on the lookout for foods with a low glycemic index-this passes that test and so much more!Thanks so much for sharing this,my friends will be hearing of this!

chocolate diet girl said...

mmm... make this recipe with raw cocoa and you're in business !