The Kitchen Prep: "Samoa Cookie" Dairy-Free Protein Shake

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

"Samoa Cookie" Dairy-Free Protein Shake

Lately I've been feeling a bit conflicted. Caught between two worlds of food.

I love my naughty baked goods made with tons of butter and sugar. But recently, I started experimenting with healthy treats and have begun to find myself scouring the archives of paleo blogs for hours on end. This is not something I ever thought would happen. The word "Paleo" was pretty much a swear word around here -- not because I wasn't into the healthy eating lifestyle but because I was so.very.sick of hearing people use the word. And because every recipe I'd come across seemed to contain bacon. That just can't be right. {Note: I love bacon. But what the heck?}

I blame my change of heart on a friend's Paleo potluck where I first brought these chocolate chip cookies. I'm not going to lie, they weren't the absolute best thing I've ever tasted. But they weren't bad, either. They just needed... something. Which made me want to spend more time looking into different versions and testing them out for another try. {Side note: This is a great recipe. Everyone I've made these for has raved. I'm not putting the recipe down, I'm just saying they're not a dead-ringer for the real thing.}

The thing is, I don't want you to think I'm having some sort of food blog identity crisis or something. Because I'm not. I just like lots of different things and I don't discriminate if it tastes good. But then there's the whole "positive reinforcement" thing where I notice that recipes resembling cupcakes and other ridiculous concoctions {ahem, Chocolate Whiskey Caramel Marshmallow Bacon Bark... there's bacon, does that make it Paleo?} run laps around other perfectly respectable and delicious things like Individual Strawberry Crisps.

It's enough to send a girl into a panic attack, yelling, "What do you want from meeeeeee?" But that's not going to resolve anything, now is it?

I'm a little bit country, and I'm a little bit rock n' roll.
I'm a little bit fatty and I'm a little bit Paleo. {That's actually the key to fitting into my pants most days.}

Except I don't call it that. Because we know how I feel about that word.

My recent transition to working in my husband's office has also had a bit of an impact on the things I want to admit to making, baking and eating. When his patients find out that I have a food blog and say, "So, you must post all kinds of healthy things!", I find myself in a bit of a predicament.

"Well, you see... errm..." We just can't have a, "Do what I say, not what I do." kind of situation happening all the time.

But, I don't see anything wrong with letting the two worlds collide, do you?

This "Samoa Cookie"- inspired protein shake is something I could easily share with both food camps without a drop of guilt. Modeled after the flavors of the celebrated Samoa Girl Scout cookie {yes, I totally busted out my vintage Girl Scout Sash circa 1988}, luscious notes of chocolate, coconut and caramel give the illusion of sinful delights all while delivering a healthy dose of protein. P.S. I'm kind of in love with the caramel sauce recipe I discovered that uses coconut sugar and coconut milk for a healthified version.

Here's a little secret: I totally used the dairy-free protein powder we sell in the office because 1. It's a brand my husband created and, you know, support and 2. I have to know what to tell people when they ask me what it tastes like and what to do with it. So, there. Disclosure.

With a "protein shake" this good, it's hard to know what category to file it under. I'll just go with, "Delicious."

"Samoa Cookie" Dairy-Free Protein Shake

Approximately 1-1/2 cups ice {depending on how icy you like your shakes}
1/4 cup full-fat coconut milk {the canned kind. Try to find BPA-free cans.}
1/2 cup almond milk or coconut milk beverage
2 scoops dairy-free protein powder, such as No Udder Protein
1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes
1 tablespoon Paleo caramel sauce, plus extra for garnish
1 teaspoon toasted coconut flakes
1 tablespoon dairy-free chocolate chips, such as Enjoy Life, melted

1. In a high speed blender, combine ice, coconut milk, almond milk, protein powder, coconut flakes, and caramel sauce. Blend until completely smooth.

2. Pour into a glass and garnish with toasted coconut flakes, extra caramel sauce, and a drizzle of melted dairy-free chocolate chips, if desired.

*I found that the coconut flavor was very mild. For a coconutty boost, consider adding about 1/8 teaspoon of coconut extract. 


Shannon said...

YUMMM!! This shake looks so good!

joel jones said...

Drinking this now.............WOW!!! This is deeelicious!

Lexie said...

Could I replace the full fat coconut milk with more milk or maybe even yogurt?

Dianna M. said...

@Joel - So glad you enjoyed it!

Dianna M. said...

@Lexie - I'm sure you could! The full fat coconut milk just gives it a richer, creamier texture and more coconut flavor, but you can use regular coconut milk beverage or whatever you'd like. Just remember if you're trying to keep it dairy-free, you'll have to find a non-dairy yogurt. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Hi -- what is the nutritional breakdown? It looks tasty! It would help to know the numbers on protein, fat and carbs. Thanks!

Dianna M. said...

@Anonymous - Hi there! I don't have the nutritional breakdown, but there are various nutrition calculator sites where you can input the ingredients for a ballpark figure. I've never used it, but maybe try something like Thanks for visiting!

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