If you drive down Cary street through the cobblestone streets that run through downtown you will find a quaint little coffee shop called Shockhoe Espresso and Roastery. When we were in college, Brandon and I would frequent the shop whenever we could to grab one of their famous “Shockhoe Shakes”- espresso milkshakes (named after The Shockhoe Slip of Downtown Richmond) that are absolutely to die for!
It recently snowed here in Richmond and any real accumulation means messy roads in Virginia (mostly because we don’t get snow that often). Charlie had spent the night over her cousin’s house and Brandon and I were snowed in on the weekend just trying to figure out what to do with ourselves. We decided to make our own homemade Espresso Milkshakes! Vanilla Ice Cream, espresso and almond milk poured into my new single serve blender cups. We didn’t stop there! We ended up making homemade fried chicken and sweet potato fries also. We just really didn’t hold back on the comfort food and I don’t regret one bite!
The problem was, having the milkshakes that day didn’t fully satisfy the craving. I kind of wanted to have it more often, perhaps even regularly. Then it dawned on me! This whole time I’ve been making milkshakes with regular old vanilla bean ice cream when I could have been making it with Halo Top! If you haven’t heard of Halo Top Ice Cream (where have you been?), it’s a high protein, low calorie, low sugar ice cream you can find in your everyday grocery store. They use Stevia and Erythritol as sweeteners instead of cane sugar. What are those things, you ask? They sound very scientific!
- Stevia– a natural plant-based zero calorie sweetener, has no effect on blood glucose levels.
- Erythritol– a sugar alcohol that occurs naturally in fermented foods and some fruits. Contains little to no calories and does not affect blood glucose levels.
This shake is high in protein, low in sugar and calories and is a perfect post workout treat! Imagine starting your day off with a workout followed by an espresso milkshake to jolt you to life! Imagine those milkshakes mending your post-workout muscles and helping you make major physical gains while also satisfying your sweet tooth! It’s super simple and amazingly delicious, too good not to try!
- 2-4oz Almond Milk
- 1/2 pint Halo Top Vanilla Ice Cream
- 1/2 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
- 4 oz of espresso or strongly brewed coffee
- Either chill your espresso before making this, use cold brewed coffee or, if you are short on time, you can shake it in a cocktail shaker with ice to chill it before adding it to your ice cream.
- Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth.