This Chocolate Shake is one part of TWO very cool things I have to share with you today.
Let’s start with the non-chocolate shake related thing first, shall we?
Hunter is now 9 months old. I’ve basically been feeding him very plain, homemade veggie purées with the occasional fruit mixed in along with some organic brown rice cereal. Well the other day, I was eating some mujaddara (a simple spiced mixture of caramelized onions, lentils, and basmati rice) for dinner and he was flipping out. I assumed it was because he was jealous that I was eating and he was not, so I decided to give him a bite. The lentil mixture was pretty plain so I didn’t think he would have any adverse reaction to the introduction of new foods. I thought “Why not?”. And you know what? He LOVED it! He couldn’t get enough of it. I was just baffled. I couldn’t get Scarlett to get 3 feet near the dish and here is my 9-month old, hogging down lentils. Crazy! The kid’s got some serious promise.
I was able to have an awesome breakthrough with Scarlett’s diet the other day though too. That’s where this chocolate shake comes into play.
For the most part Scarlett avoids my smoothies. I guess the number of unpleasant smoothies has outweighed the number of good ones and so she doesn’t really trust me anymore when I ask her to take a sip…
I’ve got to re-build her confidence in me again, haha. And I really think this chocolate shake is going to help me do that! I somehow was able to get her to try it. And after that first taste, I swear I could NOT get it away from her to save my life. She was all about it. Sat there and drank the whole thing non-stop. I’ve never had her do that before with any of the smoothies I’ve made for her. Usually she can only drink, maybe, 1/2 a serving before getting bored and forgetting the rest. Not this one. This shake completely kept her attention.
And I made it another two days after the first try, just to perfect the recipe, and the same thing- would NOT put it down.
Little did she know that she was drinking cauliflower and avocado, mwahahaha….
I’m tellin’ ya, this shake is the ultimate trickster for your kids. And for you too!
You really don’t taste the cauliflower or the avocado. They both just help contribute to the creaminess of the shake. You will need a good bit of sweetener to balance the flavors though since there is no fresh fruit in this recipe.
My sweetener of choice is dates. You’ll need at least 6 or more, depending on whether you are using the avocado or not. I used 6 dates and some added stevia. I thought the level of sweetness was perfect like that. You kind of have to play around with it and use whatever sweetener you are comfortable with. Some people don’t like stevia. I have grown to love it. You get the sweet taste without all the calories or effect on your blood sugar. You can also add a frozen banana instead of the dates if you prefer.
Anyways, give it a try and see what your kids think!
What kinds of secret fruit/veggie combinations do you use with your kids?
- 1½ cups frozen, steamed cauliflower
- ⅛ avocado (optional, see note)
- 6-8 dates
- 3 tablespoons cacao powder
- 1¼ cups almond milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- additional sweetener to taste (I use stevia)
- Place all ingredients into blender and blend until completely smooth and creamy.