If you enjoy a thick smoothie, you will love this fruit-free vegan milkshake made with your favorite plant-based ingredients. This recipe is a treat, but low in calories since it's made with mostly vegetables. This milkshake tastes like an ice cream shake, the perfect refreshing treat to enjoy on a summer day.

Why it's healthier: You add zucchini which is rich in many nutrients and antioxidants and is especially high in vitamin A. Zucchini is also a great source of the antioxidants carotenoids such as lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene which benefit your eyes, skin, and heart,and may protect against certain cancers. Zucchini can also help lower blood sugar levels as a high fiber carb replacement. Other potential benefits are bone health, anticancer effects, a healthy prostate and thyroid function.

Healthier ingredients: Zucchinis are high in Fiber, Vitamin A, C and K, and antioxidants carotenoids such as lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene.

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A Message From the Chef: Basically a salad in milkshake form. Delicious low-sugar fruit-free shakes that taste like dessert but are packed with vegetables and protein!

Recipe Developer: @flora_and_vino

Why we love it: This plant-based shake tastes incredible and is much healthier than traditional milkshakes. Drizzle on your favorite toppings and you will be happy you treated yourself to a delcious meal.

Make it for: A snack, meal replacement, or a post-workout shake. This milkshake is loaded with plant-based protein and is the perfect way to recover and build your muscles after exercising.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Fruit-Free “Fake Out” Shakes

Makes 1 serving 


  • 1 – 2 cup + unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop plant-based protein powder (optional but recommended)
  • 1 TBSP nut butter or 1 TBPS peanut powder
  • 2 cups steamed and frozen vegetables: Zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli stems,  & sweet potato (I like to do 1/2 cup each cauliflower, zucchini, sweet potato, and broccoli stems but any mixture works!)

For serving:

  • Chocolate tahini or peanut butter drizzle, superfood crumble
  • Add 1 TBPS powdered peanut butter
  • Add a heavy dash of cinnamon


  1. Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender in the order listed.
  2. Pulse until well combined, adding more almond milk to reach desired consistency.
  3. Add any “add-on” variation items to the blender and blend again until well combined.
  4. Serve in mason jars and top with superfood crumble and optional drizzle.
  5. Enjoy immediately!

Nutrition Info: Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Calories 439 Total Fat 18.3 g Sat. Fat 1.1 g Sodium 339 mg Total Carbs 44.8 g Fiber 18.6 g Sugars 8.5 g Protein 29.6 g


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