Low Sugar Birthday Cake “Shake”
Have your Cake and Eat it too!
With this Birthday Cake “Shake” you don’t have to wait until your birthday or a special occasion to enjoy cake anymore! You can enjoy birthday cake daily now with this birthday cake shake!
Any Birthday Cake Lover's out there?
I am a huge Birthday Cake flavored fan but actual cake/cupcakes are not my go to when it comes to desserts. Don’t get me wrong I love the taste of birthday cake but am not a cakey person if you know what I am trying to say.
My preferred dessert of choice is definitely cookies but I always have a weakness for birthday cake flavored anything!
I have been craving birthday cake everything lately and since I am on such a big smoothie kick right now I figured why not make a birthday cake shake (healthified!)?
So I did just that!
Behind the Scenes!
If you follow me on Instagram @hollys_bestlife then you probably know I dont drink my smoothies, I eat them!
My goal when making smoothies is to make them as thick and creamy as possibly (without over heating the blender which has happened way too many times) so that I can eat them with a spoon and top them with a million different toppings before it turns to creamy soup.
Another secret about me (if you didn’t already know) is that I literally love the toppings! It’s not a smoothie in my opinion without the toppings!
I like to keep the smoothie as simple as possible and then add a million different toppings for crunch, texture and more flavor!
My favorite toppings lately:
- Any nut butter (but especially Granola butter!)
- Nuts and seeds
- Hemp seeds, chia seeds, sliced almonds, and more
- Bee Pollen
- Sometimes even cereal!
In this case I kept it simple with a Emmy’s Coconut Cookie and Sprinkles!
Sometimes the best these in life are the simplest things in life!
The older I get the truer this becomes ( yes I know I am only 22 but still!) I have found that the simplest things bring me the most joy, taste the best, make the best memories and give me the most energy in my day to day activities!
Food is no exception!
The most basic foods contribute to my overall wellness more than anything else!
Hence why I love smoothies so much!
They can be as basic or complex as you want and truly are one of the best ways to get in so many nutrients in just one meal!
So back to the basics we go…as THICK as possible!
My Thick Smoothie Tips!
Everyone has their own way of making smoothies and perfecting their ideal thickness, but for me what I have found works best is a little different then what most Pinterest pin graphics try telling you when it comes to building the perfect smoothie.
Here are some of my go to’s when making THICK smoothies:
- Use frozen fruits and vegetable as much as possible!
- The more frozen produce you use the thicker the shake comes out. My favorite frozen foods are banana, cauliflower, cucumber (really refreshing), spinach, kale, blueberries, Kabocha squash (trust me on this one!), zucchini, wild blueberries and strawberries, frozen sweet potato, and even frozen green peas blend into smooth and creamy smoothies!
- I have found that raspberries and blackberries leave little seeds left behind so it doesn’t come out as creamy
- Add a few tbsps of liquid of choice at a time!
- Start with as little liquid as possible in the blender with all the frozen produce and blend. If it doesn’t blend well add a few more tbsps at a time until its just able to blend everything together.
- This leaves the shake super creamy and thick. The less liquid the creamier it becomes. Almost like soft serve!
- Freeze your almond milk/ liquid of choice in ice cube trays to add!
- If you freeze your liquid of choice and add it into your smoothie after blending up the frozen produce you can get an even thicker texture by adding more frozen almond milk/ ice cubes!
- I have also have frozen coffee creamer into ice cube trays and have loved the creaminess they add! Plus if it’s flavored coffee creamer even better! (my favorite is Nutpods!)
It's all about technique!
The tips above are my go to’s for getting super thick smoothies/ shakes but another tip I have for you that requires it’s own paragraph is the technique on how you add the ingredients and when you add them!
I have learned the hard way not to add everything at once (especially if you’re using a lot of frozen ingredients) as this pretty much jams the blender or makes it over heat before you can get anything close to a smoothie to form, which is not ideal in any situation.
I’d rather have a smoothie to drink than one that is basically frozen chunks of produce.
Anyways, here are the steps I take when making my smoothie!
A Step by Step for a thick smoothie with no hassle.
- Liquid First:
- Even if it’s just 1/4 cup or so I always add this first
- You can also add in yogurt instead of the liquid which acts as the liquid and makes it blend smoother
- Dry mixes/powder/ superfoods:
- Whatever you want to add to your smoothies that are powdered form I suggest you add them here! The liquid will blend it first and allow it to easily smooth out into the smoothie (preventing clumps) .
- Blend on low for literally 5-10 seconds, just enough to blend the liquid and powders.
- Add the frozen produce:
- Now’s the time to add in all of your favorite frozen fruits and veggies.
- The liquid/yogurt will still be on the bottom of the blender and will help blend all of your frozen produce up.
- Start on Low and work your way up:
- Start blending on the lowest setting and then slowly increase your speed as things start to move and blend inside the blender.
- If things are stuck and not blending now’s the time to add in a few more tbsps of liquid.
- Make sure to stir occasionally if it becomes stuck. This normally helps and prevents you from adding more liquid making it less thick.
- Additional ingredients & Ice:
- If you like adding in nut butters, seeds, or other smoothie add ins, now’s the time (once the smoothie is almost smooth).
- This is the time I usually add in ice if it’s not thick enough for me! Adding the ice last allows me to be able to adjust the thickness of the smoothie and I have found that the ice blends so much better if it is added last. I have no clue why but it just does for some reason!
Now for the Toppings!
If this isn’t your favorite part you might be doing it all wrong! Or Not!
Once you pour the smoothie into a glass jar or bowl top with everything you’ve got in those cabinets!
Or eat it as is!
It’s a personal preference!
For this smoothie I kept it simple but like I mentioned before there are so many topping options.
I chose sprinkles (because it’s a birthday cake shake!) and a Vanilla Emmy’s Coconut Cookie because it just seemed so fitting!
Here's the Scoop!
For this smoothie you will need:
- 1/2 Banana
- Cucumber (or ice/other frozen veggie)
- Greek Yogurt/vegan yogurt
- vanilla extract
- cashew butter
- vanilla protein powder (optional)
- Sprinkles and Toppings
My favorite Protein Powder of all time is Nuzest Vanilla! (GF, Paleo, Vegan) Which is what I used here!
My favorite yogurt is definitely Siggi’s Skyr Style yogurt!
It’s super thick, creamy and if you very low in sugar which is hard to find in most yogurt brands!
And for the blender I have the Vitamix but I am sure any blender will do the trick!
Just follow my tips listed above to achieve the perfect thick smoothie of your dreams and let me know in the comments how it turned out!
AND Don’t forget to tag me and post them to your social accounts!
Easy, Low Sugar Birthday Cake Shake
- 2-4 Tbsp almond milk any milk works
- ½ Banana Frozen
- 1 Cup Cauliflower Frozen
- 1 Cup Cucumber Frozen
- ½ Cup Greek Yogurt Dairy free if vegan
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp Cashew Butter
- 1-2 Scoops Vanilla Protein Powder Optional
- 1 Emmy's Organics Vanilla Bean Cookies also optional for topping!
- In a blender add the milk, yogurt and frozen ingredients.
- Blend until chunky and small pieces are formed in the blender.
- Once small chunks appear in the blender and it starts to get creamy add in the remaining ingredients. ( Cashew butter, vanilla extract, and protein powder)
- Blend these ingredients until the mixture becomes smooth and creamy. It should be really thick if you prefer a thinner smoothie/shake you can always add more yogurt/almond milk. If it is not thick enough add ice!!
- Once smooth and creamy and the consistency you like best. Pour into a glass jar or bowl top with sprinkles and cookie crumble and enjoy!