Paleo Egg Nog Protein Shake

While this isn’t exactly the time of year most people start thinking about egg nog, I’ve recently started tinkering with smoothie recipes, and egg nog is towards the top of the list of my favorite flavors.  Over the next couple weeks I’ll be regularly posting some of the recipes I come up with as I’m rather enjoying the whole process.

The motivation for coming up with these recipes is my growing boredom with my post-workout protein shake routine.  For years I’ve been blending the basic 8oz glass of milk with the current whey protein of choice.  This of course limits you to the flavors deemed most popular by the whey protein manufacturers.  Some of these are much better than others.  As a rule of thumb, I stick to chocolate or vanilla, but only because these provide a good base from which to explore other flavors.

For the purpose of this recipe and those to follow, you can either include protein powder or not.  Each recipe will offer the necessary modifications depending on your preference.

For me, smoothies should be cold and with a thicker consistency.  So a more apt description of many of these smoothies would be along the lines of a milkshake.   There are a couple different methods that I use to accomplish this consistency.  They do require a BIT of planning, but it is worthwhile in the end.  Neither of these methods involve using ice.  I find that all it does is water down the flavor, and that’s not at all what we’re after.

Both methods involve frozen bananas.  One is designed to highlight the flavor of the banana, and the other to mask it.  For this egg nog smoothie receipt, we want as subtle a banana flavor as possible.  So for the thick consistency, we’ll use a frozen banana.

The easiest way I’ve found to freeze bananas is to peel them first.  I’ve seen plenty of people online that say you can freeze them with the peel on.  Then you remove the peel by running it under warm water, and cutting it off with a knife.  My preference is to not cut irregularly shaped frozen objects with a sharp knife, so I peel before freezing.

Once peeled, cut the banana roughly into quarters.  Place the naked banana in the freezer for at least an hour or even overnight.  This will allow all of the moisture to evaporate from the surface and reduce ice crystals.  Once dry, you can store the banana in an airtight container.  Ziplock bags or tupperware work just fine.  Then you can use the frozen banana at your convenience.  I usually peel and cut a whole bunch at one time for future use.

Egg Nog Smoothie

Ingredients:

1/2 cup whole fat coconut milk

1/4 cup milk (cow, goat, almond, whatever)

2 pastured egg yolks

1 tsp maple syrup (honey also works)

1 tsp vanilla extract

pinch of salt

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1 frozen banana

1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (35g) OPTIONAL

Instructions:

1.  In blender, combine 2 egg yolks, pinch of salt, and vanilla, and agave.  Blend until well combined and a bit of volume has been achieved.

2.  Next add coconut milk, milk, and nutmeg.  Blend until well combined.  If you’re using protein powder, add now and blend until smooth.

3.  Next add chunks of frozen banana.  Blend until it reaches the desired consistency.

4.  Pour, serve, and enjoy!

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