Vegan Love Shakes!

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We usually don’t do a big thing of Valentine’s Day so I’m not sure what happened here. Maybe it was because we recently got married or because Elsa has been drawing and folding Valentine gifts (for us!) for the past week. Perhaps it was because Noah slowly has been starting his kindergarten training so we are finally getting a few moments together again without any kids around. Or was it perhaps simply because we have always secretly been dreaming of creating a big American-style ice cream shake topped with whipped cream, meringues, chocolate and the full shebang. Yup, that was probably it.

Luise mentioned the idea of a shake this morning and a few hours later we found ourselves in our living room window, looking at these two shakes overloaded with toppings and surrounded by a million small pieces of nuts, crushed meringues and chocolate spread. As naughty as they look, these shakes are made with real ingredients. They even has beetroot in them. And they are entirely vegan.

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The base is a deliciously thick nice cream made with frozen bananas, frozen raspberries, dates, nut milk ice cubes and beetroot. Because we wanted it thick, you need a strong blender or food processor to get it smooth. But you can also just replace some of the frozen ingredients with thawed to make it more like a smoothie and easier to blend. We top it with vegan meringues (which we happened to have at home), whipped coconut cream, melted dark vegan chocolate, chopped hazelnuts, raspberries and a dusting of cacao powder.

So you know what you need to do tomorrow. Whip these babies up for your partner, parent, friend, pet or someone else you love. We shared these with our kids. Their eyeballs almost popped when they saw them and as soon as the first layer of topping was gone, we filled up with more. As shall you.

Big love!
David, Luise and the gang

Love Shake
Serves 2

It’s easy to make vegan meringues using aquafaba but if you are not vegan, you can of course just buy or make regular meringues. Or skip them.

Raspberry & Beetroot Nice Cream
50 g /1/2 cup grated raw beetroot

225 g / 2 cups frozen raspberries
4 soft dates
2 frozen bananas
1/2 tsp freshly ground cardamom
5 coconut milk ice cubes  (or other nut milk)

Topping
100 g / 3 1/2 oz dark chocolate
3 tbsp hazelnuts
250 ml / 1 cup whipped coconut cream (instructions here) or regular whipped cream
a handful fresh (or frozen and thawed) raspberries
1 tsp cacao powder

4-5 vegan meringues or regular

Melt chocolate over a water bath and chop the hazelnuts finely. Dip the rim of two glasses in the chocolate and then in the nuts. Place the glass in the freezer so the chocolate will set while preparing the smoothie.

Add all nice cream ingredients to a high-speed blender or food processor. Mix and mash using the tamper until everything is smooth, thick and creamy. Add an extra splash nut milk to the blender if needed to loosen up. Drizzle melted dark chocolate inside the glasses and spoon in the smoothie/nice cream. Top generously with whipped coconut cream, raspberries, chopped nuts and more melted chocolate. Sprinkle with cacao powder and crush a few meringues on top.

Dive in!

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If you are in the mood for more vegan chocolate treats, check out this aquafaba chocolate mousse that we just posted on our youtube channel.

28 Comments

  • Can Elvan Ozkan
    Oh, we made these, hmmm, already ten times?! Delicious and incredibly happiness provoking. Thanks GKS
  • This is like superfoods and delicious full of nutrients and Very colorful dinner yum :D
  • These shakes look stunning! Can you use fresh banana instead of frozen ones?
  • Wow. Your picture looks really nice! And there's even a hyper lapse on your blog! Really engaging and I love your shots!
  • Oh what a great idea! Such a delicious yummy treat I just have to try!
  • That looks delicious. I need to try this. looks delicious. Love your photos.
  • I love these, thank you, have been making some pretty prosaic smoothies for a long time and love the different ingredients like beetroot and hazelnuts, even chocolate, nice change
  • looks great. It looks like a spectacular view.
  • I saw the first photo and all I could say was Wow! These are amazing. I was intrigued by the color first of all and then all those toppings. I love the combination of it all. I missed making these for Valentines but I'm thinking of making them tomorrow for me and the kids. We don't need an excuse to make them! They look delicious.
  • These love shakes are beautiful! And all those toppings, so clever! :)
  • oh my goodness, this looks amazing! x
  • Anna
    Wow, these were delicious! I’m normally the least romantic person but made these for my partner today and he was very impressed. Looked gorgeous and so easy to make.
  • I would love to try these today but I think it might break my already sort of broken food processor! It'll have to wait til I replace my shoddy blender ;) they really look amazing.
  • Nadia
    That looks so yum! I don’t like adding sugar to my food, is there anything I can replace the sugar in the meringue with? Thanks,
    • We’ve tried with maple syrup and honey and we can’t get it work. It seems like they need sugar to firm up properly. However, you can just skip the meringues as a topping and add more nuts. Other topping ideas are nut butter or chopped dates.
      • Nadia
        Thanks, I though so, I just hoped you have a magic answer! Do you think coconut sugar could work? Is it healthy sugar substitute?
  • The colors are my favorite thing here. The shakes simply look amazing and I love the little video of them being put together.
  • These shakes indeed look like they were made with love. LOTS of it! <3 The vibrancy of the beet and the pairing of the creamy chocolate looks absolutely incredible!
  • Yum! So looking forward to making this - but unfortunately my latest attempt (okay, it was also my first) at vegan meringue from aguafaba failed. I think I didn't let it become stiff enough because they became super watery almost instantly once they were in the oven. It looked like it had the right consistency though, so I'm not so sure what went wrong... All I know is my daughter's birthday is up next month and I'm dying to make her a vegan mango pavlova. I doubt I'll be able to still fit this amazing love shake in for breakfast (yes, why not start the day off with this beauty?), but maybe I can also serve them for her when she turns 2. Any tips on getting the vegan meringue right? Tusind tak!
  • This looks decadent! It definitely appears super sinful, but the ingredients say otherwise. I'd totally be able to get my boyfriend to eat beetroot with this. ;) Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog http://charmainenyw.com

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