Gluten-free, Dairy-free Chocolate Coconut Cookie Shake

Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Chocolate Coconut Cookie Shake

We decided to drive through In ‘n Out today after church to grab a quick lunch. I was thankful because I was feeling a little under the weather and didn’t feel like making a big lunch at home. Plus, we’ve learned to love their “protein-style” burgers (this basically means same burger, but wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun). Even my husband who doesn’t have to be gluten-free actually prefers his burger “protein-style” now as well.

The problem though, is that In ‘n Out makes delicious chocolate shakes as well. They are very hard to resist. Of course, my son asked if he could have one since it had been “ages” since he’d had a shake. I promptly reminded him that he had a protein shake with breakfast this morning…how quickly they forget.  But I felt for him, the cold, chocolate creaminess was enticing me as well.

Then I remembered that I had a collection of items at home that I could use to make us a comparable, gluten-free, dairy-free chocolate shake. I proposed the solution. He hesitantly accepted and even agreed to help me make it. (Spoiler alert: both he and his brother loved it…)

We went to our fridge and cupboard and assembled the players charged with making us a frosty treat. Here is the line-up:

Trader Joe's Gluten-free, Dairy-free

Trader Joe’s has been fantastic about stocking more gluten-free and dairy-free versions of the foods we Americans enjoy on a daily basis. This is a store that is listening to the consumer and meeting the needs of those of us with dietary restrictions. And for that reason alone, I love this market. (Seriously, Trader Joe’s should be paying me to write this post. :) )

Here is the recipe. Enjoy! Let me know how it turned out for you. Did you use any other ingredients? I would love to hear your take on it!

Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Chocolate Coconut Cookie Shake

Gluten-free, Dairy-free Chocolate Coconut Cookie Shake


8 ounces Trader Joe’s Vanilla Coconut Milk
5 Trader Joe’s Gluten-free Joe Joes’s
1 container of Trader Joe’s Vanilla Coconut Yogurt
2 scoops of Trader Joe’s Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream


Combine the ingredients in a high-speed blender.
Adjust to your desired thickness (i.e. add milk to send it out or more cookies or ice cream to thicken it)
Serve immediately.

Dairy-free, Food dye-free Shamrock Shake Recipe

Dairy-free Shamrock Shake

Many of you have asked which of the recipes listed in my recent post, 5 Diary-free, Food dye -free Shamrock Shake Recipes, I tried. The answer is: all of them. And while they all had components I liked, the recipe I seemed to like best was the recipe listed below.

Essentially, I took the ingredients I liked from each recipe and made a new recipe. So here is my favorite combo of ingredients to make the dairy-free, food dye-free shamrock shake pictured below.

Which one was your favorite?

Dairy-free Shamrock Shake


Dairy-free, Food dye-free Shamrock Shake

1 1/2 cups Vanilla Coconut Milk
1 ripe Banana
1 small ripe Avocado
2 cups Spinach
1 cup fresh Mint Leaves
1-2 teaspoons Peppermint Extract
(or more to taste)
1-2 scoops Soy Vanilla Ice Cream
handful of Ice

Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender. I used my Ninja Blender.  Adjust the consistency to your taste (i.e. add more coconut milk to make it thinner or more soy ice cream to make it thicker).




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Aloe Vera Green Smoothie with Hemp Protein

Aloe Vera Green Smoothie

We are on a smoothie and juicing kick in our house. It’s just a quick and easy way to ingest a lot of great veggies, fruit and other nutritious ingredients (i.e. protein, flax, etc). There are so many great veggie and fruit combinations that I have a pinterest board dedicated just to juices and smoothies! Follow my board if you want to see the recipes I discover show up in your pinterest feed.

Since we are working on reducing inflammation and boosting our immune system, I decided to use aloe vera juice as my base for this one. Click here to learn how to choose a good aloe vera juice for drinking.

As always, please let me know your thoughts on this recipe. How did you adapt this recipe for your family? Enjoy!

Aloe Vera Green Smoothie with Hemp Protein

1 banana
1 pear
3 figs (or dates)
1 handful of cilantro
1 scoop hemp protein powder
1 cup aloe vera juice

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and enjoy!