On the menu: this low carb* Samoas Milkshake recipe. My brilliant friend Jennifer sent me a message yesterday saying, “I’m dying! I have passed up more tables with Girl Scout Cookies screaming my name! Samoas area favorite. I used your Thin Mint Shake recipe (my other favorite Girl Scout cookie) and tweaked it to create a Somoa Shake!”
I begged her to share it with you today as this week’s Trim Healthy Tuesday post, and she graciously gave me permission to share it. Thank you Jennifer!!!
First off, I am not usually a huge fan of coconut. In fact, as a kid, I avoided this particular cookie because the texture of coconut just doesn’t do anything for me. But I saw my Dad hoarding these, so I thought I *might* be missing out on something and SURE ENOUGH.
From that point on, I amended my dislike of coconut flakes to its current status…now I only dislike untoasted coconut flakes. Turns out that toasting icky, fiber-y feeling coconut flakes somehow magically transforms them into crispy little caramel flavored bits of deliciousness that can only bring joy and light into the world.
So scout out these ingredients, and let’s make this low carb caramel samoas shake! Here’s your pinnable and printable:
- ½ c, 1% or 2% cottage cheese (Daisy brand is my favorite)
- 1½-2 cups ice
- 1⅓ c. unsweetened plain almond milk
- ¼ c. half & half
- ½ tsp. caramel extract (or ¼ tsp. caramel and ¼ tsp. coconut extracts)
- 1 T erythritol, Truvia, or xylitol + stevia to sweeten to taste
- ½-1 scoop protein powder (optional, and adjust sweetener as necessary)
- 1 oz. square 85% dark chocolate -or- skinny chocolate drizzled in to harden
- Drizzle of sugar free caramel, optional
- 1 tsp butter
- 2 Tbs shredded coconut
- 1 tsp almond flour
- teeny pinch of salt
- 2 tsp sugar free brown "sugar" or 2 tsp truvia and ⅛th tsp. maple extract
- In a small skillet, melt 1 tsp of butter on medium heat.
- Add remaining topping ingredients: shredded coconut, almond flour, and 'brown sugar' or truvia + extracts to skillet.
- Toss and toast for a few minutes until golden brown.
- To your blender, add cottage cheese, ice, almond milk, half & half, sweetener, and protein powder.
- Blend until smooth & creamy.
- Add in 1 T of the topping mix, and broken or drizzled chocolate to the blender.
- Pulse to combine.
- Top with remaining topping, and caramel or chocolate drizzle or bits as desired.
- Send Jennifer a love note.
*Please note: The Trim Healthy Mama plan is not a low carb plan, but we can enjoy low carb and sugar free treats like this as “Satisfying-S” meals or snacks. But please be sure you’re also enjoying some of the “Energizing-E” foods from the book frequently as well if you’re following the Trim Healthy Mama plan.
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