This shake is what I've been having for breakfast these days. Lunch too sometimes if I'm not very hungry or running out the door.
A sweet mix of almonds, coconut and a touch of spice. It's full of protein and good fats, in a totally luscious, creamy, gentle way.
It's a delicious way to do something good and kind for yourself.
3/4 Cup Raw Almonds
1/4 Cup Unsweetened Shredded Dried Coconut
2 Cups Warm Water
2 Cups Cold Water
1 Teaspoon Kosher or Sea Salt
1 Rounded Scoop Hemptons Hemp Protein Powder
2 Teaspoons Grated Fresh Ginger
1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 Tablespoons Coconut Butter
Honey, To Taste
The night before:
Combine the almonds, coconut, 2 cups warm water and salt in a container. Make sure the nuts are completely covered with water, if not, add more water.
Cover and let sit 8 hours or overnight at room temperature.
This is a key step as it will help you activate the nuts, breaking down the naturally occurring phytic acid which can cause bloating and other digestive issues. It also activates the enzymes in the nuts, again making them easier for your body to digest.
In the morning:
To prepare the shake, drain the almonds and coconut from the soaking water. Discard the water and add the soaked almonds and coconut to a blender.
Add 2 cups filtered cold water to a blender along with ice, protein powder, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla and coconut butter or oil.
Puree until very smooth (about 4 minutes with a conventional blender).
Sweeten if desired and serve immediately.
If you prefer, you can skip using whole nuts and simply replace the 2 cups of cold water in the shake with 1 cup coconut milk and 1 cup of almond or hemp milk.