Better-Than-Anything (Gluten-Free, Vegan, & Paleo) Chocolate-Banana-Almond Milkshake

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This shake is a perfect cure for even the most insatiable sweet tooth—and yet, it won’t derail your healthy eating efforts! Almond butter is lower in fat than peanut butter but contains a high amount of protein. (Side note: almond butter is approved on the Paleo diet while peanut butter is not—because peanuts are technically legumes, not nuts!) In addition, the ground flax sneaks in a good bit of fiber! This thick shake makes a perfect meal, and if you share with a friend—it makes an amazing dessert! This is mom-approved because of the nutritional benefits and kid-approved because, well, it’s delicious!

Ingredients:
1 ½-2 ripe organic bananas, sliced, chopped into 1-2 inch. Pieces and frozen (this makes the shake thicker because the consistency of blended frozen bananas is similar to ice cream)
2 cups almond milk (or coconut milk) (preferably unsweetened)
2 tbsp. almond butter (either make your own with almonds in a food processor, or go with all organic, unsweetened, no sodium almond butter)
2 tbsp. dairy free chocolate chips (Enjoy Life) melted
1 tbsp. ground flax (I used Bob’s Red Mill brand)
1 tbsp. honey (organic)
½ tsp. organic, gluten-free vanilla extract
Optional: 3-4 chopped, pitted dates for additional sweetness

Directions:
1. Peel, chop and freeze bananas for at least an hour.
2. Melt the dairy free chocolate chips in the microwave until it becomes a liquid—about fifteen seconds.
3. Combine all ingredients into a Blendtec or blender.
4. Enjoy!

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