I’m often amazed at how easy it is to transform some of the most decadent sweets into healthy, plant-based treats.
Even though it seems counterintuitive, sometimes the whole-food version is easier to make – and tastier – than the sugar-laden, traditional recipe.
Take, for instance, this salted caramel milkshake.
If you made it from scratch, you’d spend more than a half-hour standing over a hot stove, stirring butter and sugar and cream together until caramelized. Then you’d have to allow it to cool before spooning it into ice cream (which would take about 6 to 12 hours to make).
Or, maybe you’d skip the homemade prep and just buy all of the ingredients from the grocery store. Which, of course, would leave you with a batch of preservative-laden, refined-sugar-spiked ingredients.
Thanks … but no thanks.
Vegan Salted Caramel Milkshake
Here’s a secret: You can make raw, vegan caramel in a blender in only about 5 minutes.
All you have to do is put pitted dates, pure maple syrup, vanilla, a bit of water and pinch of salt into the blender and puree until it’s smooth. Boom: salted caramel.
But, wait. It’s about to get even better, because we’re going to take that raw, plant-based, vegan caramel and blend it into a dairy-free milkshake.
And this frosty combo is going to make your entire weekend: mouthwatering, creamy caramel-vanilla almond milk, topped with maple-kissed coconut cream and salted caramel almonds.
Are you running to your blender? Me too!
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Yuri Elkaim is one of the world’s most trusted health and fitness experts. A former pro soccer player turned NYT bestselling author of The All-Day Energy Diet and The All-Day Fat Burning Diet, his clear, science-backed advice has transformed the lives of more than 500,000 men and women and he’s on a mission to help 100 million people by 2040. Read his inspiring story, “From Soccer to Bed to No Hair on My Head” that started it all.