Paleo Malted Vanilla N’Milk-Shake

SUPER thick and creamy malted vanilla milkshake…hold the milk! No fruit, heaps of vanilla and a generous serving of my favourite vegetable to bump up the thickness factor.

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A hidden veggie which of course was never going to remain hidden for long but I bet if someone else made this you’d find it hard to find to guess what’s in there…

RAW CAULIFLOWER! You can of course use freeze either frozen before blitzing or if you’d rather you can steam it, freeze it and then add it to your shake. It’s vital it’s frozen in order for it to bestow it’s thickening potential to the shake. Banana would usually be my go to when it comes to thickening a smoothie or shake, or for something more indulgent I’d use frozen coconut milk.

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Now that the temperature has kicked up a slight notch I’m loving a cool and creamy post workout shake but as someone who tires very easily of eating the same thing day in day out this is a beautiful alternative to my go to banana, spinach, whey protein and almond milk combination. I like banana…but I ain’t as enthralled with as I once was. I think because I didn’t eat them for the bones of 10 years when I “rediscovered” them I felt the need to include them in just about everything. You always want what you don’t have!

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My preferred sweetener for this one are the Medjool dates, especially if I’m having it post workout they provide that perfect quick sugar spike with the equally speedily assimilated whey protein. Pulsin just sent me a sample of their new whey protein concentrate. Slightly more carbs and again the perfect addition to this shake. If anything it’s a little smoother than the whey isolate but I’ve a bit more experimenting to do before I can fully compare and contrast the two. I shall report back.

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Topped with some freeze dried strawberries, initially for aesthetics but a beautiful little pop of tartness and chew…especially when I added a more generous handful to swirl through prior to devouring this beauty!

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What’s your favourite alternative post workout smoothie or shake?

Paleo Vanilla Malted Milkshake

by Michelle Hunt

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Keywords: blender beverage breakfast snack dessert gluten-free grain free low-carb low-sodium paleo almond milk cauliflower cashew nuts vanilla bean

Ingredients (Serves 1 -2)

  • 1 cup (250ml) unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop (30g) whey protein concentrate or whey protein isolate
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1 tbsp maca powder (key for that malty flavour!)
  • 1 cup (approx. 200g) frozen cauliflower florets
  • 5 – 10 drops liquid stevia or 1 tbsp stevia or 2 Medjool dates pitted or 1/2 – 1 tbsp raw honey…all down to personal taste!
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews


Blend together all ingredients in a high speed blender until perfectly smooth. Add a touch more almond milk if necessary to get things moving. Blend on low speed at first and then build to high speed to completely blitz. Sweeten to taste! Serve immediately while it’s at it’s thickest, as it is or topped with freeze dried strawberries, fresh or dried fruit of choice. Long handled spoon is a must!

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  1. Interesting. I’ve been looking for smoothie thickeners that aren’t excessively fatty or sugary (my go-to is banana and/or avocado!). Definitely giving cauliflower a try. Thanks for the idea!