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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- 1 Tbs. Raw Cacao Powder (or Cocoa Powder)
- 2 Tsp. Agave
- 1½ Tsp. Water
- Prepare the chocolate syrup by combining cacao powder, agave, and water in a small bowl. Stir until no lumps remain and set aside.
- 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.
- Drizzle the chocolate syrup along the sides of a large glass, then pour in the vanilla milkshake.
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.