This post was originally published in 2011 when I was pregnant with my youngest child, Luke. I’m not currently pregnant. 🙂 I reshot the photographs for this Chocolate-Covered Cherry Shake and decided to republish it to put it back on the front page. If this one is new to you, enjoy!I have a teeny confession to make. During my first pregnancy, I had a serious cravings for sweets and didn’t try to curb them. Let’s just say I honored them.
My honoring them included a weekly trip to Baskin-Robbins for milkshakes. Every Sunday, Tim and I would walk (that counts for something, right?) to Baskin- Robbins and and order milkshakes that had more calories and sugar than one person should consume in a day, let alone one sitting.
This pregnancy, I’m determined to honor my sweet cravings with a little more savvy. I’m not saying I did anything wrong during my pregnancy with Meghan. I gained 35 pounds, which is within the guidelines for healthy weight gain during pregnancy. (Okay, so it’s right at the top end of the guidelines, but I still made it!) I do think, however, I can eat my sweets while putting more nourishing foods in my body at the same time.
I’m not perfect. My tag line says I’m an “everyday mom on a mission”. I’m on a mission to do the best I can to eat the right foods and make healthy choices for me and my family. That doesn’t mean I’ve already arrived. I’m working towards that mission.
This “milkshake” is an attempt to satisfy my cravings for sweets while still making smart choices. This healthy shake has fresh fruit, almond milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, and no added sugar. I used stevia for sweetness, but if you don’t like or don’t have stevia, you can always use a different sweetener. I recommend trying 1-2 tablespoons of honey or agave nectar. I thought the stevia was perfect, though.
I wanted the shake to be thick like a real milkshake, so I used frozen almond milk and frozen cherries. I had some local cherries, so I pitted them and popped them in the freezer for a few hours beforehand. They sell already pitted and frozen cherries, and I totally recommend going that route. Next time I will for sure as this was a pain in the neck. 😉 Edited to add: I always use packaged frozen cherries for these now!
The combination of frozen milk and frozen cherries resulted in a shake that was thick and creamy. Not the exact texture of a regular milkshake, but pretty close.
The flavor was perfect. Chocolate+cherries is an incredible combination that I’ve always loved. The original idea for this recipe was inspired by a reader (thanks, Lisa!) and it’s something I’ve been meaning to try for a while. I’m so glad I finally did.
Edited to add: Over the years, I’ve made this with different sweeteners. I’ve edited to recipe to note the different ways you can sweeten this Chocolate-Covered Cherry Shake.Print