15 Paleo Shakes, Frappés & Smoothies

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There aren’t many people who’d say no to a pretty looking smoothie, a refreshing frappe or a velvety shake every now and then. I don’t rely on such beverages every day but I think for many they can be easy to make and quick meals. Of course, many seemingly healthy smoothies and shakes can contain a lot of sugar so those should be consumer in moderation.

The way I look at it is if I’m having a really active day or I’ve just finished a 60 minute kickboxing class or a hardcore crossfit WOD, and my next meal is nowhere in sight, then I will happily make myself a protein based smoothie with fruit and coconut milk. With something like vegetable based juices and shakes, you can be more relaxed but I wouldn’t make it a regular replacement for the actual whole veggies or you’ll be missing out on vital fibre. I also recommend adding a bit of protein on the side – a little chicken, cooked prawns, salmon and so on.

Given that they’re fun to make, resemble a rainbow, and make a guilt-free treat,  I’ve compiled a list of the best paleo shakes, smoothies and frappes I’ve tried or would like to make in my kitchen. These are grain and gluten free, dairy free, with no refined sugar.

Before we start, here is a little guide to different types of blended drinks:

Shakes, also known as milkshakes and thickshakes, are cold, sweet drinks made with milk, ice-cream, ice and flavourings or sweeteners like chocolate sauce or fruit syrups.  Protein shake is well known in the fitness community.

Smoothie is a blended drink made with fruits or berries and various additions of crushed ice, yogurt, frozen fruit, ice-cream, milk, juices, honey and sometimes nut butters.

Frappé is a dessert, often a drink, made with shaved ice and fruit juices and purees.  Coffee Frappé is a popular summer drink.

1. Simple Coffee Frappé -serves 1-2

50 ml of strong brewed coffee or an Espresso shot, chilled
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup coconut cream
1 tsp coconut syrup or maple syrup
1 cup ice cubes or crushed ice

Method: process all ingredients in a blender until well incorporated.

2. My Emerald Kale & Mango Smoothie -serves 1-2

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1 mango, peeled, diced, stone removed (keep refrigerated prior to using)
2 cups fresh kale -  2 branches, stem removed, leaves torn and washed
1/2 lime, juice only
1 kiwifruit, peeled and diced
1 cup cold coconut milk

Method: process all ingredients in a blender until well incorporated.

3. Salted Caramel Thickshake – serves 1

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1/2 cup cold almond or coconut milk
1 1/2 tsp cashew butter/spread or 1/4 cup raw unsalted cashews, soaked
1/3 banana
2 dried pitted Medjool dates
1 tsp pure maple syrup (you can easily leave this out if you don’t like it too sweet)
A pinch of sea salt
A couple of ice cubes

Method: process all ingredients in a blender until well incorporated.

4. Strawberry Coconut Almond Smoothie
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Recipe can be found here.

 5. Almost Pina Colada – serves 2

1 cup pineapple juice, fresh or with no added sugar
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 lime, juice only
1 banana
A few cubes of ice

Method: process all ingredients in a blender until well incorporated.

6. Mixed Berry & Chocolate Paleo Smoothie
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Recipe can be found here.

7. Raspberry Mojito Frappé

1 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
6-7 mint leaves
1 tsp coconut or maple syrup
1/2 cup orange juice
*if using fresh raspberries (although why not just eat them whole?), add some crushed ice

Method: process all ingredients in a blender until well incorporated.

8. Blueberry Acai Smoothie -serves 2
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This recipe is by Kathy from Healthy Happy Life but I’ve amended the ingredients list slightly as it had soy milk.

1 cup coconut milk
1 1/2 frozen bananas
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup acai juice
3/4 cup ice

9. Black Forrest Shake – serves 2

1 cup pitted, canned or fresh cherries
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup coconut or almond milk
1/2 banana
Sprinkle with grated dark chocolate and coconut shavings

Method: process all ingredients in a blender until well incorporated.

10. Watermelon & lime frappé – serves 1-2

2 cups chopped watermelon
1 lime, juice only
1 tsp honey
1/2 cup crushed ice or ice cubes

Method: process all ingredients in a blender until well incorporated.

11. Hangover Smoothie
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Who wouldn’t want to try this one? I would replace hemp milk with almond or coconut milk. Recipe is from Vegan Yack Attack.

12. Apple Cinnamon Pie - serves 2

1 cup chopped, peeled apples (Granny Smith is best)
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1/4 cup unsalted cashew nuts
1 cup coconut milk

Method: process all ingredients in a blender until well incorporated.

13. Key Lime Pie Green Smoothie
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This looks and sounds divine so I’m definitely going to try it! See reipce at Healthful Pursuit.

14. Toblerone Thickshake – serves 2

4 dried dates
1/2 banana
1/3 cup hazelnuts
1 tsp honey
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 cup strong coffee
1 cup coconut or almond milk
A few ice cubes

Method: process all ingredients in a blender until well incorporated.

15. Grasshoper Shake – serves 1-2

1 cup coconut cream
1 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder or melted dark chocolate
8 fresh mint leaves
1 tbsp maple or coconut syrup
1 cup ice cubes or crushed ice

Method: process all ingredients in a blender until well incorporated.

Do you have a favourite shake, smoothie or frappé recipe?

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16 Comments

  1. Posted July 10, 2014 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    We love the paleo diet smoothies

  2. Posted March 6, 2014 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    Love the emerald kale and mango smoothie. Juice sour punch to it. Yum!!

    The salted caramel thickshake was not sweet much at all and didn’t have much flavor. Added some egg white protein powder, a tiny bit of extra maple, and more banana.

    The simple coffee frappe was good but again had to add some extra maple to give it some flavor.

  3. Posted August 14, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing this!

  4. Kenzie
    Posted July 28, 2013 at 3:48 am | Permalink

    Hi do you have a recipe for a chocolate hazelnut smoothie? If so, could you please do one? With bananas in it as well? That’d be great :)

    • imacri
      Posted July 28, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

      That sounds delicious! Like a nutella smoothie ;)

      • Kenzie
        Posted July 29, 2013 at 5:36 am | Permalink

        Imacri is this your website! It is wonderful!! Thank you for the Apple Cinnamon ‘Pie’ Smoothie recipe, I will try that soon!!
        Do you know a recipe for chocolate hazelnut shake? (to create a nutella flavour since I miss it :(

  5. Bowclements
    Posted March 23, 2013 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    I didn’t make this up myself but its great…
    The water and flesh of a young coconut, teaspoon or more of cinnamon or cocao powder, teaspoon of chia seeds and a raw egg. Blend until smooth And thick. I find no sweetener is required if it’s a good coconut, but u could easily add to it, banana would work well ( if a little indulgent!) . I had my reservations about the raw egg but you wouldn’t even know its there! Truly good

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