Monday, December 3, 2012

Pina Colada Shake

I bought this packet of Jay Robb's protein powder to try it out a while ago, and finally decided to try and make a Pina Colada protein shake.

  • 12 oz. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 serving Pina Colada whey protein powder
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  •  1/2 tsp. xanthan gum 

It made a lot more than what I had expected, probably due to the addition of xanthan gum. Xanthan gum is a thickener and emulsifier. Thickeners make foods more viscous while emulsifiers help ingredients blend more effectively and stay blended. When added to smoothies, xanthan gum makes them thicker and smoother.

So thick! So smooth!

I got about two and a half glasses out of this, or about 40 ounces! Definitely very filling. :)

Does it taste like a pina colada? ...not really. It tastes very banana-y and coconut-y, with just a hint of pineapple. If you want it to taste more pineapple-y, you can replace half the almond milk with pineapple juice, or add in half a cup of frozen pineapple. This is a great way to get in some healthy protein and fat along with a fruit serving.


~ Susan

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