Banana, hazelnut and honey shake – gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, clean and paleo friendly
I’ve had cravings for smoothies, shakes and popsicles lately due to ultra hot weather conditions and savoury weekend lunches (or cooking in general) hasn’t sold me. I’ve noticed with the extreme weather this week, service stations have been selling a multitude of slushies and shakes.
Remember those “hungry-thirsty” Oak flavoured milk adds? That’s how I felt when I popped into my local corner shop. I noticed this clean version of almond milk in the fridge and that’s when I knew it was time to use up those bananas and hazelnuts I had at home to make my banana, hazelnut and honey shake. This almond milk by Nutty Bruce is much better for you than regular store bought almond milk and only contains filtered water, activated almonds, organic rice malt syrup and sea salt.
Have you tasted banana, hazelnut and honey together before? It’s delicious. I had no idea it was so good until I tried a similar shake at Top Juice.
I’ve used overripe banana here that I’ve sliced, covered and placed in the freezer. It will give the shake some creaminess. If you want a thicker shake, simply add another banana, then adjust the amount of honey and hazelnut.
I’ve also roasted and skinned my own hazelnuts as I love the intensity of hazelnut flavour that pre-roasted and skinned hazelnuts can’t give. If you don’t want to roast and skin your own hazelnuts and you find the hazelnut isn’t shining in the shake, then simply add more. I’ve purchased my raw hazelnuts from the nut section of the supermarket. You can find them in most supermarkets plus health food shops and some greengrocers. If you do roast them, you will need to skin them as the skins are bitter. It’s quite simple. I’ve given you a tutorial on this below.
I hope you enjoy your shake and make sure to add plenty of ice!
Love, Tash x
How to skin freshly roasted hazelnuts
Why this is so good for you
Bananas help combat depression, build strong bones, strengthen the nervous system, protect against type 2 diabetes, lower blood pressure, strengthen your blood, help regulate bowel movement, provide relief from acid reflux and heartburn; and help prevent kidney cancer.
Hazelnuts support the cardiovascular system, reduce the risk of bladder cancer, help prevent skin cancer and premature ageing, help prevent osteoporosis, support a healthy digestive system, strengthen the nervous system, and prevent neural tube defects in newborns.
Almonds alkalize the body (good for fighting inflammation), nourish the nervous system, provide good brain function, build strong bones and teeth, provide healthy fats which aids in weight loss, reduce risk of heart disease and help protect against diabetes.
Honey helps reduce the risk of heart disease, reduces ulcers, reduces throat irritation, strengthens the immune system, enhances performance and topically can help treat infections.
* To roast and skin hazelnuts, preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Place hazelnuts on tray and bake for 5 - 10 minutes or until aromatic and skins have cracked. (Keep an eye on them as they can burn quickly after a few minutes). Transfer to a tea towel, close over and allow the steam to soften the skins for 30 seconds to 1 minute then rub back and forth with tea towel to loosen skins. It doesn't matter if you can't remove all the skin.
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 large overripe banana, sliced and frozen
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/4 cup roasted and skinned hazelnuts*
- Handful of ice cubes
- Blend ingredients in a high speed blender or smoothie maker with ice crushing blades.