This Roasted Chestnut Chocolate Shake is a charming way to start off your day, or the perfect lunch for those who want something sweet. The recipe will take about 5 minutes of prep time and 15 minutes of cooking time. You can enjoy this delicious shake in just 20 minutes! This quick, easy recipe utilizes only two ingredients: roasted chestnuts and chocolate milk.
But before we begin, let me tell you why this treat is so special:
The sweet, nutty flavor of the chestnuts will make this shake satisfying and warming. The chocolate milk gives it a creamy texture without being too rich or filling; you’ll have plenty of energy to last through your day! This is a great option for those who are looking for an indulgent snack on any occasion. And with only two ingredients needed, it can be whipped up in just moments! Moreover, this shake is dairy-free, gluten free and vegan.
Roasted Chestnut Chocolate Shake Recipe:
-250ml of milk or almond milk, depending on preference. It should be cold though so that the drink will feel refreshing; chilled would also work too if you have a lot of time before drinking it. You can use water instead but make sure the consistency isn’t too thin.
-Dash of cocoa powder, just enough to give the shake some depth in flavour without being overpowering. If you don’t like chocolate then try adding vanilla extract instead or leave this ingredient out altogether. 100g equals about ¾ cup which I usually eyeball when measuring because it’s not that important.
-Nutella or any other nut butter (or use a plant based alternative like peanut, cashew or almond) – you can measure this out with the measuring cup but I usually swirl it around in my hands before adding to make sure there are no lumps and then add as much as needed for your perfection level of chocolate flavour.
-Granulated sugar: just enough so everything tastes sweet without being overbearing on the palate. Use about ¾ teaspoon at most if you don’t want too many calories from added sugars although dark chocolate is more nutritious than milk because it has antioxidant properties which help reduce inflammation in the body – something we should all be striving for these days! You may also find that sweetening the shake with dates or honey will be too much for your taste.
-Cocoa powder: I like to use unsweetened Dutch process cocoa, but feel free to experiment and find what you prefer!
-Vanilla extract – optional since it is already in so many of our pantries this time of year; if you don’t have any then try a dash of peppermint extract which also tastes heavenly during these holidays.
-Milks: You can use either soy milk or almond milk – both make equally delicious shakes that are nutritious as well as filling due to their high protein content although they do not have quite the same flavour profile as cow’s milk (the vanilla flavor won’t come through). Or you can use any other milk of your choice.
-Dates – optional: dates sweeten and add a rich caramel flavour to the shake, but if you find that too much sweetness is not for you then simply omit them or replace with honey or maple syrup.
-Honey – optional (can be used in place of date) : Honey adds extra depth to the flavor profile as well as being more nutritious than table sugar because it contains vitamins like vitamin B which are often lost during processing.
If I’m feeling adventurous I might also try adding some pumpkin spice mix and/or gingerbread spices! Add these ingredients before blending so they don’t get stuck at the bottom of the blender pitcher.
This recipe makes two shakes and takes less than five minutes to make.
Step one: Toast your chestnuts on a baking tray at 350°F for 12 minutes or until they are golden. Make sure to flip them halfway through.
Step two: Add the nuts to your blender, along with all of the rest of ingredients and blend for a few minutes or until you have creamy, non-foamy shake consistency!
This is how it should look before blending (photos coming soon!)
Step three: Pour into cups and enjoy immediately while still cold! If you want to store any leftovers in the fridge be sure they are either sealed tightly or covered in an airtight container as chestnuts will harden when chilled.
Tips for preparation:
To roast chestnuts, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut an X on the flat side of each nut with a sharp knife or razor blade and place them in baking pan. Place nuts in oven until skins are browned evenly (about 40 minutes).
It’s easier than you think! Just make sure that they’re roasted all over so not too dark but also not burnt. You can find canned jars of chestnut puree at most grocery stores now-a-days if roasting is more work than you want it to be 🙂