Vegan “milk” shakes and smoothies (which don’t contain dairy obviously) are all the rage these days. They usually rely heavily on frozen bananas and/or other fruit as well as dried fruit such as dates to achieve a sweet, creamy and thick consistency. While arguably delicious, this makes them heavy on the carbs and sugars, and if you follow a lowcarb diet, they can easily account for your daily allowance of carbohydrates. Enter my low-carb vegan vanilla milkshake – so thick and creamy you won’t miss anything. And it virtually doesn’t have any net carbs!
The secret ingredient is my newly found favourite ingredient – guar gum! It is a completely natural low-carb binder that provides a luscious and viscous texture to anything from smoothies, puddigs and oatmeal to soups, sauces, and homemade icecream. More recipes featuring guar gum will follow but it truly is a game changer if you like your smoothies thick! Plus, you don’t need frozen bananas, yogurt or icecream to get this a dreamy creamy milkshake-y texture.
While I don’t necessarily avoid carbs and sugar myself and don’t think they are the devil they are sometimes made out to be, there are a number of reasons you might want to go easy on carbohydrates. And with this milkshake, you are in for a treat! It is high in protein, low i carbs and low in fat and will keep you going for a while! It is the perfect afternoon treat or dessert that won’t blow your calorie budget. Moreover, it is easy as and only requires ingredients you are likely to have at hand. You won’t even need a milk alternative as it works perfectly fine with plain water. Your favourite nut milk will provide for a creamier texture though.
This milk shake is extremely customisable. You can add your favourite protein powder or any other superfood powder. Add some coffee or raw cacao for an extra boost against that arvo slump. Or dump in any veggies that are starting to look a bit sad. Not to mention, this beauty is ready in 30 seconds to beat that hangry feeling in no time. This milkshake is your lady!
Low-Carb Vegan Vanilla Milkshake
500 ml plant milk or filtered water
1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder
1 tsp organic guar gum
vanilla flavdrops or your favourite sweetener
vanilla extract (optional)
any extras (superfoods, coffee, maca…)
Blitz all ingredients in your high powered blender and –