Afternoon Chocolate Milkshake

April 5, 2017

Afternoon Chocolate Milkshake by Faring Well

This might sound crazy, but ever since getting my blood sugar under control a few months back, I no longer crave sweets in the evening. I find that I need them less throughout the day as well, opting for a steamed sweet potato with some fat instead to get the lower glycemic carbs my body needs to function. It’s been really nice not having the highs and lows the bowls of fresh fruit use to give me, and instead learning how to incorporate fat, fiber, and flavor into my sweet concoctions when the urge for balance strikes. I owe this discovery to the amazing Kelly of Be Well by Kelly and her rows upon rows of inspiring, blood sugar stabling smoothies I discovered a while back.

Without a doubt my love for chocolate is still present, and the magnesium-rich raw cacao powder is still something I crave (and love to enjoy) daily. Usually in the afternoons, once or twice a week around 3pm, is when this cocoa-craving will strike. I decided to create a mood boosting and blood sugar stabilizing milkshake I could enjoy as a treat – as well as blend up for Scott when he has exhausted my homemade chocolate stores (*wink wink*).

The chia seeds provide the fiber and thickness to this smoothie, its amazing what they can do when blended! You don’t know they are even there. I opt for raw coconut butter for the fat, with a host of health benefits and none of the nut allergies. A single medjool date acts as the sweetener, and the flavor enhancers are the pinches of salt, cinnamon, and vanilla bean seeds. It tastes like the perfect treat, and makes you feel good too. I hope if you give this a try you experience the same. Have the most gorgeous week friends, cannot wait to be back here next week with a little Easter potluck recipe.

Till then, happy April + spring!

Makes 1 serving. 

1 tablespoon chia seeds, whole
1 tablespoon raw coconut butter
2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1 fresh medjool date, pitted
pinch of pink salt
pinch of ground cinnamon
pinch of vanilla bean seeds
1 cup plant milk (I use homemade hemp milk)
2 to 3 ice cubes

Place all of the ingredients into a blender, and puree on high until you can no longer see the chia seeds (about 35 seconds in my Vitamix). Pour into a chilled glass and enjoy right away.

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Afternoon Chocolate Milkshake by Faring Well


  • Reply Natalie Palmer April 5, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Looks great!!

  • Reply Ashley April 5, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    I love the coconut butter in this Jessie. And such a short, simple ingredient list that allows the cacao to shine =) Ooh, and I bet this would make a great base for overnight oats or chia pudding!

    • Reply Faring Well April 5, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      Thank you Ashley <3 its my go-to for smoothies at the moment and I'm in heaven. And I agree, it would totally be a lovely base for those as well! Thank you for your sweet comment - xx.

  • Reply Sasha April 5, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Perfection! Will definitely be giving this a try. And love how you’re playing with all the fun light and shadow patterns lately!

    • Reply Faring Well April 5, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      Sheesh! Thank you Sasha :) I’m definitely having fun with it all, and cannot wait for you to try the smoothie too!

  • Reply Lori April 5, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    This is so similar to a smoothie I’ve been making lately except that I’ve been adding protein powder to make it a full meal. So delicious!! It’s funny, but I just discovered bewellbykelly and her amazing smoothies, too! Doesn’t it completely change the smoothie game? I no longer have crashes from all the fruit I was adding to each smoothie and I stay full for hours!! I would love to see all of your blood sugar stabilizing smoothie recipes!

    • Reply Faring Well April 6, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      That is so neat Lori! I love hearing that you also discovered and love Kelly’s smoothies! And I agree, it completely changed the smoothie game and I am so grateful for it too. Love that you add protein to make it a meal, will have to give that a go sometime too! xx

  • Reply Chelsey @ Chelsey Crafts April 5, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    I managed to get to that healthy balance last year but over the last few months have fallen back onto that blood sugar ride. I make something similar but have never tried it with coconut butter in place of nut butters. Thanks for the idea!

    • Reply Faring Well April 6, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      Aw your welcome Chelsey! Hope you enjoy it + stabilize that sugar so you can feel amazing <3.

  • Reply Tracey April 6, 2017 at 5:26 am

    Yum! I have been on a chocolate smoothie kick lately too, but haven’t thought about adding coconut butter! Need to try this ASAP! <3

    • Reply Faring Well April 6, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      Yay for chocolate smoothies! Hope you love it too – xx

  • Reply Jodi April 6, 2017 at 5:58 am

    A chocolate shake in the afternoon sun – this sounds fantastic Jessie. Happy to hear you’re feeling back on track!

    • Reply Faring Well April 6, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      There is just something extra special about the timing of it that I really enjoy :) and thank you Jodi! You’re so great. Lots of cozy hugs for you, I saw all the snow you got the other day – WOW.

  • Reply Amber April 6, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Wow! This sounds so delicious! Can’t wait to make it!
    I just bought coconut butter for an Easter cookie recipe and I can’t believe how yummy it is! I’d never even heard of it before, been living under a rock I guess, ha!
    A smoothie with coconut butter= genius
    I don’t have vanilla bean seeds but must find these asap!
    Thanks for the awesome recipes!

    • Reply Faring Well April 7, 2017 at 9:06 am

      Aw yay! I’m so glad to hear Amber, coconut butter is amazing. From frosting to smoothies to toast, it makes everything so luscious. Can’t wait for you to try this milkshake recipe too! Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet note <3.

  • Reply Julia April 7, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Isn´t it so weird how the sweet cravings just vanish? I had never thought I could live without chocolate cookies or sweet granola but since cutting out all food high in sugar I totally lost my sweet tooth, too. And I found that some good fats give me that same satisfaction without the ups and downs of my blood sugar… So this milkshake recipe sounds great, I´d probably even skip the date as I love the subtle sweetness of the coconut on its own. Thank you for sharing, and it´s so good to see you getting your energy back and figuring out what´s actually working for your body and health. I can totally relate to that as I have been through quite a similar period over the last two years! <3

    • Reply Faring Well April 7, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      It is so amazing! I’m happy to hear you’ve experienced this shift as well Julia, it’s such a treat not having a series of highs and lows all day long. Thank you for the love on this milkshake too, and your kind words on my returning energy – sheesh, you are too nice! Happy weekend to you now girl, hope it’s a great one – xx.

  • Reply Christine / my natural kitchen April 7, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    I recently became aware that I am sensitive to sugars too, and have been experimenting with low/no sugar versions of my usuals. I love the idea of this shake! it’s amazing what chia and a single date can do. Also definitely looking into Be Well by Kelly’s smoothies too :)

    • Reply Faring Well April 10, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      Oh yay! I think you will love all of her smoothies. It really is amazing how little sugars you need to make something taste sweet + like a treat! Hope you are feeling well + energized this week Christine <3.

  • Reply Sarah April 7, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    I’m inspired by this post – thanks! Is there a sub for coconut butter? I have everything else in hand!

    • Reply Faring Well April 10, 2017 at 1:31 pm

      Hi Sarah <3 thank you, and yes. You can use any nut butter you'd like in place of it, I prefer coconut because the flavor doesn't overwhelm the shake - but I'd imagine almond or cashew to be tasty too! (Maybe even sesame seed butter as well for some bite if you like.)

  • Reply thefolia April 8, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Cheers! I love cardamom in mine as well!

  • Reply Jessica April 30, 2017 at 8:39 am

    I think the taste will be a bit less If I use regular milk instead “plant milk” or “hemp milk”? Should have try 1st to make hemp milk with your guide.

    Anyway thanks! Jessie

    • Reply Faring Well May 2, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      I hope you get to make it and give it a try Jessica! xx

  • Reply Danielle August 17, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    I probably have no right to suggest this as I just today stumbled upon your blog (which I absolutely love btw) but nutrition information would really be great for all these amazing recipes.

    • Reply Faring Well August 18, 2017 at 7:43 am

      Thank you for writing me Danielle, its always so great to hear what people are looking for! While that is not currently something I’m interested in since I do not wish to count my calories or any macro nutrients, I will keep it in mind for any changes in the future. Thank you tons, and I’m so glad you stumbled upon my site and are enjoying it!

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