This low carb shake recipe, full of healthy coconut cream and unsweetened chocolate cocoa, will fuel your body for the day! The health benefits of this delicious vegan friendly, paleo shake recipe will keep you energized and nourished.
Just letting you know this low carb shake recipe was originally published in April 2015. I retested, rephotographed, updated content and URL. Now I am republishing it for you today! I hope you enjoy. Thank you for following Cotter Crunch Y’all!.
I spent a good 20 minutes trying figure out whether to call this recipe a shake, drink, or smoothie. I gave up, went with shake, because we need to SHAKE things up. Then there was the the dilemma of calling it a “fat” shake. Glad I didn’t go with that title. Note to self, don’t ever google images of fat shake.. just sayin. Instead google Rich and delicious LOW CARB SHAKE that tastes like a chocolate milk shake. Ya, that has much better images.
But I digress. Why I really wanted to “shake” things up a bit was because that’s what we are doing around here. Shaking up our routine, our eats, our life goals, our focus.
Let’s start with breakfast. We’re so on a breakfast kick. You see, mornings are still early, but we are not necessarily up to workout every day. Just depends on the day, right? Either way, we are up and attem and ready to tackle the day through until lunch. That being said, fueling with HEALTHY fat is a good way to keep energy up. Hence this Cocoa Coconut Low Carb Shake.
Let me explain.
Remember our love for MCT oil? It’s great for quick energy! Let’s recap.
Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). Medium chain triglycerides are a special kind of lipid (fat). These triglycerides are quite unique in their chemical formal (structure) in that they bypass the regular digestion: intestines, to liver to, blood.
Instead, these fats are digested fast and easily. MCTs are absorbed right away and taken to the liver, where they are used directly for glucose. Similar to the process of simple sugar/carbohydrates absorption. It’s fast and can be converted to ENERGY STAT! This is why it’s great for endurance athletes. Instead of a spoonful of sugar, try a spoonful of MCT oil for quick energy! This is also why some endurance athletes carry MCT oil on their long rides, runs, etc.
*Here’s one of the MCT oils we’ve been trying out lately.*
Yes, this healthy fat is our friend and can keep you feeling full for longer! It also provides enough fuel to keep your energy up for a longer period of time, whether you are training or not. One of the riches forms of MCT fat is found in coconut oil/butter, another reason we love coconut.
Now combine those healthy fats with antioxidant rich dark chocolate cocoa powder and you got yourself a WINNER of a shake. HOLY YUM!
The results? Um… you’ll get one creamy chocolate taste plus a boost in antioxidants. Low carb, high fat, all the energy. Oh and paleo, vegan friendly. I am to please my allergy friendly peeps!
There are several ways to make this so called low carb shake. Warm or cold, but this coconut chocolate is our favorite combo. I usually add in an extra table spoon of cream or MCT oil for the Kiwi. You definitely want to adjust the fat content with your body’s needs/activity and sensitivity to lipids.
Make sense? COOL!
Now, about that FAT. Let me get to that easy peasy oh so creamy shake recipe. Mmm k?
Cocoa Coconut Low Carb Shake
This low carb shake recipe, full of healthy coconut cream and unsweetened chocolate cocoa, will fuel your body for the day!
- 4 oz full fat coconut cream or milk (see notes for lighter option)
- 1-2 tbsp coconut MCT oil or melted coconut oil (grass fed butter also works)
- 6-8 oz almond or unsweetened coconut drinking milk
- 1-2 tbsp cocoa powder
- dash of sea salt
- 1/2 tbsp creamy almond butter or sunflower seed butter
- Optional add ins to sweeten it - berries, stevia leaf or xylitol, cinnamon, banana or maple syrup for extra sweetness (banana and maple syrup will add additional carbohydrates but still VERY nutrient dense and healthy)
- Pretty simple, blend all together and go. For more Protein add in 1-2 tbsp grass fed collagen protein or vegan protein powder of choice.
- To make EXTRA creamy, freeze your coconut cream beforehand in freezer.
- This shake is rich but not sweet if you don't add a sweetener. Xylitol sweetener like Swerve is diabetic friendly. Or you can add stevia. If you don't care about carbohydrate intake, feel free to add in banana/maple syrup.
- This make for 2 smaller very filling shakes or 1 large nutrient dense chocolate shake.
- MCT oil to add if desired.
This make for 2 smaller very filling shakes or 1 large nutrient dense chocolate shake.
To lighten it up, replace the coconut cream with almond milk (unsweetened) or coconut drinking milk. Still add in the MCT oils or melted coconut oil.
Estimated calories for 1-2 servings without any added sugars.
220 calories 16 grams fat 5 carbs 3 grams of protein.
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Estimated Nutrition for One to Two Servings without added Sweetener
Now go get your fat pants on. Just kidding.
But really, go fuel up with a chocolatey coconutty creamy low carb shake!
How are you fueling up today? Can you tell we’re on a breakfast to go kick?