My husband and I used to have a Friday night ritual we called Chuck & Chunk Night. It was so dubbed because we’d pick up a chunky pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream (like Chunky Monkey) and then go home and eat it while watching the show, Chuck.
Chuck, eventually ended, but Chunk Night lived on. And without a show to signal what night we should indulge, Chunk Night gradually morphed into every night.
Pretty soon, Chunk Night took on a new meaning that wasn’t sweet. As our scale numbers rose, I started to have a love/hate relationship with those sinful dudes, Ben & Jerry. I wanted to cut back on ice cream, but couldn’t. I’d abstain for a few hours only to anxiously rush to the store (often late at night and occasionally in my PJ’s) to get my fix.
I was an ice cream addict when I went to a class where I learned that dairy and sugar contribute to a host of diseases like cancer and heart disease (for more info, check out the movie, Forks Over Knives). This knowledge distressed me. Certain that I’d never be able to give up ice cream, I thought I was doomed to be fat and die young.
Eventually, however; I gained control and have been clean for 14 months now. It was a challenge at first, but it’s easy for me now. I credit much of my success to learning how to make delicious ice cream like treats that are sugar-free, dairy free and good for you.
I’ve already shared two of my favorite better than ice cream recipes, Skinny Chocolate Shake and Almond Joy Milkshake, and today I’m going to share a third. When you taste my thick, rich, super sweet Cherry Garcia Shake, you won’t believe it’s sugar-free and wholesome.
Cherry Garcia Shake
This makes one serving
1 cup almond milk
1 frozen banana
1 10 ounce package of frozen cherries
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cocoa-nibs (optional)
Place all ingredients, except cocoa-nibs, in a blender. Blend for 45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached. Sprinkle with cocoa-nibs. Enjoy!
Note: This recipe works best in a high-speed blender like a Vitamix.
For those of you who don’t know, I’ve historically been a poor food photographer. I’m improving, but I’m still a novice. I tried to take a nice photograph my Cherry Garcia Shake, but it was hot today and I couldn’t snap a good photo before it lost it’s rich, thick shake-like consistency.
So, I’m using a photo courtesy of The Diva Dish. You might also want to check out her cherry chocolate shake recipe. It’s also vegan and with coconut milk and chunks of home-made vegan fudge balls it looks decadent!