It is amazing what a week can do.
One week out of the office and I’m smiling more often than not. Now, that smiling could be related to to the number of chocolate chip cookies that have come out of my oven in the last few days, the fact that I’ve gotten to sleep past 6 am for 10 days, or maybe even the fact that I made the best ever blondies last week. Other possible factors include sugar free peppermint syrup at Starbucks (got to save calories when I can), cookie baking and dinner parties with this girl, or the fact that I got to spend a good portion of my day Sunday relaxing with the husband. Likely it is all of the above and more. It’s funny that when things aren’t going well we can find a million and two things to complain about, but when things are good, we don’t appreciate each of them like we should.
Wow, a week out of vacation and I really am drinking the stay-at-home kool-aid. I better brace myself for January 3rd (also adding to the list: I am thankful for January 2nd being an official holiday).
So did I mention all the cookies I’ve been making? I’m actually shocked at how much butter and sugar I’ve gone through in the last few weeks. In fact, I need to restock at Costco asap so that the madness can continue. In the midst of my baking marathons, I’m trying not to eat everything that comes out of my oven. Mostly because I’m supposed to gift and share these sweets with others, but also because I have a very unforgiving metabolism and I am determined not to run out of clothes to wear when I get back to work in a couple of weeks. And to prevent myself from going into absolute cookie comatose, I need to find some less indulgent desserts.
Luckily, when I was going through my chosen blog for this month’s Secret Recipe Club, I fell across this mango shake. An easy dessert that is healthy too, perfect!
Sidenote: This month’s SRC blog, Samayal Arai, has a lot of interesting recipes. If you are ever looking for an eggless baked good, you will find a ton of options!
Vegan Mango Shake
1 1/2 cups frozen mango
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (vanilla or plain)
1 packet of sweetener (I used Stevia)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Combine all ingredients in a blender until mixture is thick and frothy
Serve immediately topped with cinnamon and/or whipped topping of choice
Adapted from Samayal Arai
What’s making you smile today?
I love the idea of having mango in december- reminds me of summer!
I feel the same way!
Stop the presses. What is this sugar free peppermint syrup of which you speak? Is this real? Starbucks has this? Why wasn’t I notified?
You’ve made my day.
On two counts. Cause…now I get to eat dessert tonight and feel GOOD about it! Score.
I’m officially addicted to the sf peppermint syrup.
I could sure use a healthy shake. I’m on cookie overload too :/
Y’all sound like you’re having fun in NYC! Wish I could party with y’all!
You are welcome to come stay with me ANY day!
Thanks for featuring a healthy recipe. And girl, I am right there with you with “stay-at-home” fever. It is a dangerous malady that is going around! Enjoy your time off!
Thanks, Eliot. It is almost TOO good having time off, isn’t it?!
I really love shakes, smoothies, the whole deal. What a great way to change it up a bit from all those cookies! (I’m nursing a sugar coma today…)
yum, this looks absolutely delicious! + i love that it’s healthy – i definitely need some healthier options to balance out all the holiday cookies i’ve been eating. =)
Oh my. This looks delicious, easy, and healthy. Yay! Thanks for choosing something healthy to satisfy my sweet tooth–much needed at this time of year. Like you, I’ve been knee deep in cooking baking.
Mmm…I love mangoes! I’ll be making this for sure! :)
Mmmmmm….I could close my eyes and dream of being in thee tropics while sipping this luscious mango shake! Great pick for the SRC…and beautifully photographed~
Thanks, Liz! The tropics would be pretty good right now, wouldn’t they?!
I never thought I’d be saying this….but starting at Halloween and continuing through the holidays….there comes a point where I’ve hit a wall with the sweets! And I find myself eating a lot of fruit and salad! But this mango shake looks like it could be the perfect cure! Great recipe and post! And enjoy the rest of your vacation!!!
Ha, I wish I could get that way! It seems like I could eat cookies until the cows come home!
Delish! I bet this is perfectly satisfying. Glad to be part of SRC with you. Happy Holidays!!
Thanks, Lisa- you too!
This looks like a great antidote to all the sweets I’ve been eating!
I love shakes and mango in it makes it even better. You picked a great recipe for src. Merry Christmas.
I really need this today and probably tomorrow too.
Fabulous! If you didn’t tell us it was vegan, I wouldn’t have guessed!
mango shake is really yummy, I am looking forward to make this too.
Sugar free peppermint syrup at Starbucks?!?! Let’s go tomorrow morning!
This is a delicious looking shake.
Maybe if avoiding the temptation of cookies won’t drop 5 lbs overnight there is a possibility this will.
No kidding! By the way, my cookie craving totally caught up with me today and I couldn’t stay away any longer… maybe that is the issue:-)
This looks so good and refreshing … I must try to make it!
I think it would make a great low-guilt drink if we added some rum;-)
I love mangoes, and have had them in smoothies, they are absolutely wonderful!
We made a vegan smoothie a few months back for our SRC and my daughter is still asking for it. This one will do wonders for her as well! Thanks!
This smoothie sounds so wonderful. A nice change from the overly sweet things everywhere this season!
Isn’t sleeping in wonderful? I was so sleep deprived before the holidays! The shake looks tasty, and like such a refreshing pause from the heavy flavors of Christmas!