For the nuts:
- 3/4 cup raw almonds
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded dried coconut
- 2 cups warm water
For the shake:
- 2 cups cold water
- 1 teaspoon kosher or celtic sea salt
- 1 rounded scoop vanilla protein powder (with no added sugar)
- 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons coconut butter (or substitute coconut oil)
- Honey, to taste (optional)
The night before: Combine almonds, coconut, 2 cups warm water, and salt in a container. Make sure the nuts are completely covered with water, if not, add more water. Cover and let sit 8 hours or overnight at room temperature. Note: soaking the nuts overnight will break down some of the enzymes that can causes bloating and digestive upset. This is important for sensitive stomachs after bariatric surgery.
In the morning: To prepare your shake, drain the almonds and coconut from the soaking water. Add the soaked almonds and coconut to a blender. Add 2 cups filtered cold water to a blender along with ice, protein powder, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, and coconut butter or oil. Puree until very smooth. If you prefer a thinner shake, you can pass through a fine sieve to remove the almond meal, though I like the additional fiber. Sweeten if desired and serve immediately.
Variation: If you prefer, you can skip using whole nuts and simply replace the 2 cups of cold water in the shake with 1 cup of boxed coconut milk and 1 cup of almond milk, and proceed from there.
This delicious shake is perfect for bariatric patients. Yes, it takes a bit of extra time to soak the almonds overnight. But it’s worth it.
Almonds are filled with fiber and healthy fats. This nutrient dense shake is a perfect way to start your day.