Vanilla Zebra Milkshake

April 30, 2012

in Drinks, Other Desserts

Thank you so much for all of your kind words and support in response to my last post about my grandmother passing away. It’s been a rough week, but I’m hanging in there and my family seems to be doing okay. Her funeral is tomorrow, and while I know that it will be a really emotional day, it will also be nice to have the whole extended family and her friends come together to honor her.

Alright, time for something a little lighter…

Vegan Vanilla Milkshake

A couple of weeks ago, Aaron and I decided it was time for a fun date night – just the two of us, no dogs, TV in the background, or yoga pants for me (in retrospect, I probably should have worn stretchy pants instead of jeans). We decided on Veggie Galaxy in Cambridge, since there are plenty of vegan options, but Aaron can still enjoy a comfort-food-style meal. And let’s be real – I wanted some of their ridiculously awesome desserts.

I ended up ordering the open-faced seitan sandwich with rainbow chard and mustard baked beans, minus the bread. I love their bread, but there was no way I would have had room for dessert. Priorities.

It was really good, although a little salty for my taste preferences. Still, most anything involving chard/kale/[insert leafy greens] is a win in my book.

Vegan Vanilla Zebra Milkshake

When it came time to order dessert, I was torn between practically everything on the menu. Vegan lemon meringue pie, peanut butter chocolate cake (one of Aaron’s favorites)…and then I saw it: Vanilla Zebra Milkshake. Coconut-based vanilla ice cream made with real vanilla beans and a generous helping of chocolate syrup. Perfect for someone who can’t decide between vanilla and chocolate.

Healthy Vanilla Zebra Milkshake

You know when people ask you what your favorite meal is? This ranks right up there, and I had a definite foodie moment upon first sip. It was rich, super creamy, and the chocolate syrup was really high quality (I believe they use Taza). The only problem I had was that it was so intense, I couldn’t get past a few sips. I love me some full-fat coconut milk, but I can only handle so much in one sitting, and before I had even made a dent in the milkshake, my stomach threw in the towel and begged for my stretchy yoga pants.

Vanilla Zebra Frappe

Nonetheless, those first few sips of the Vanilla Zebra frappe stayed with me all week and I knew I had to come up with something equally delicious, but lighter to enjoy at home. This version packs all of the delicious vanilla flavor and dark chocolate taste, with just enough creaminess from the light coconut milk, but not so much that you feel like you’re drinking half-and-half. It’s a nice balance of indulgent and healthy. Perfect for when you want need a milkshake, but don’t want to trade in your skinny jeans.

Vanilla Chocolate Frappe

Vegan Vanilla Zebra Milkshake
Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1
For the Milkshake:
  • ½ C. Canned, Light Coconut Milk
  • 6-8 Ice Cubes
  • 1 Tbs. Chia Seeds
  • 1 Tsp. Vanilla Bean Paste (or Pure Vanilla Extract)
  • ¼ Tsp. Xanthan Gum
  • Sweetener to Taste (I used about 10 drops of NuNaturals Liquid Stevia)
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
For the Chocolate Syrup:
  • 1 Tbs. Raw Cacao Powder (or Cocoa Powder)
  • 2 Tsp. Agave
  • 1½ Tsp. Water
  1. Prepare the chocolate syrup by combining cacao powder, agave, and water in a small bowl. Stir until no lumps remain and set aside.
  2. Prepare the vanilla milkshake by adding the coconut milk, ice cubes, chia seeds, vanilla, xanthan gum, and sea salt to the blender. Blend and add sweetener according to your taste preference.
  3. Drizzle the chocolate syrup along the sides of a large glass, then pour in the vanilla milkshake.
  4. Devour!
This would also be awesome with a little mint extract or a few mint leaves blended into the shake.


Do you have a favorite restaurant meal or dessert? Something that ranks up there as one of the best things you’ve ever eaten?

P.S. I love that Food Network show.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning April 30, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Hope you’re hanging in there, Amanda!
This recipe looks beautiful- AND I was really excited when I read the ingredient list: I have all of those things on hand right now!! It certainly LOOKS incredibly decadent, but none of the ingredients are scary! I was sure that you were going to include some kind of ice cream in the ingredient list.


Amanda April 30, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Thanks, Lauren! The chocolate syrup is key in making it taste more decadent. I could easily just eat that with a spoon. ;)


Maureen April 30, 2012 at 6:21 pm

This looks heavenly! I am on a milkshake kick right now, so my tummy will love this…my pant size, however, may not! ;-)


Amanda April 30, 2012 at 6:28 pm

haha Sometimes you just need a milkshake. :) I haven’t calculated the calories in this, but as far as milkshakes go, this one is really low. I’m thinking less than 200 in the whole thing (depending on which sweetener you use), and it’s a decent portion.


Kevyn Holden May 1, 2012 at 3:59 am

I like that you used Chia seeds and coconut milk! I have never thought to use coconut milk before, does it give it a coconut-y taste? Well if I did I would probably still love it! I have to get all of the ingredients but I am going to try this one out! looks like a nice alternative to a heavy milk shake


Amanda May 1, 2012 at 11:38 am

Yes, it has a slight coconut taste. :)


Laura S May 1, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Now we’re talking! You definitely got my attention with this one!! :-)

However, I prefer not to use xanthan gum…any suggestions for substitutes or could I just leave it out?


Amanda May 1, 2012 at 8:14 pm

You could certainly leave out the xanthan gum. The chia seeds will help to thicken it, and I think with enough ice, it shouldn’t be an issue. :)


Shannon May 1, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Yum! I hear their lemon meringue pie is to die for. I am definitely a milkshake person though, so it would be a tough call for me.


Amanda May 1, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Their lemon meringue pie is so good! Super lemony! You should skip dinner and just order pie and a milkshake. ;)


Michelle Collins May 2, 2012 at 5:21 pm

So sorry to hear about your loss. I hope this milkshake brought some joy to your day (it looks delish)!


Amanda May 2, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Thanks, Michelle. The milkshake was a nice pick-me-up. :)


Emily May 2, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Just made this, it’s awesome! I used ground flax instead of chia, and tapioca starch instead of xanthan gum. It’s great because it starts off more vanilla, but by the time you get to the bottom the chocolate has mostly mixed in!


Amanda May 2, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Yay! I’m so happy to hear that you liked it! Your substitutions sound awesome – I’ll have to give the flax a try!


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