I took a short morning trip yesterday, with my son, to Berkeley to check out some products at an eco-friendly home improvement store. Ethan is such a great traveler – we have fun listening to music, he enjoys looking through his National Geographic magazines, and loves finding the many cows grazing about in the fields (lots of farm land in between Davis and San Francisco). Berkeley is only about a 50 minute drive, so perfect for a quick trip.
I spent an educational hour meeting with super friendly staff and looking at various eco-friendly, non-toxic flooring, paints, and natural fiber rugs. As mentioned a few times on FB, we purchased a home (just got the keys last week) and now we have 30 days to make a few major improvements. I’ve been a busy girl meeting with engineers, contractors, pushing permits through, etc. My main focus right now is ordering the flooring. I’ve done a ton of research on flooring options and found the perfect option. I look forward to sharing the information with you soon.
Anytime I visit Berkeley I ALWAYS allow some extra time to stop by my favorite restaurant, Cafe Gratitude. CG has a variety of delicious milkshakes and my absolute favorite is called “I am Grace.” It’s made with coconut ice cream, dates, almond butter, and vanilla bean. I figured out how to make my own version of this at home, incorporating all their ingredients. This is such a treat and I love it with their raw deep dish pizza. Crazy good ya’ll!
Almond Vanilla Coconut Milkshake
-2 cups Coconut Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (ingredients include: coconut milk, honey, dates, and fresh vanilla bean). Vegans use maple syrup in place of honey.
-2 cups dairy free milk (I like it with homemade almond milk or walnut milk)
-2 tablespoons creamy almond butter
-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1. Add above ingredients to a blender (high speed or otherwise) and blend until everything is full incorporated.
2. Add in more milk or ice cream to create your preferred consistency.
3. Enjoy anytime of year!
Shared on: Raw Foods Thursday, Wellness Weekend
You didn’t want to add dates to your shake?
They are so delish!
Your shake sounds divine by the way! So, does your trip to Berkley!
Have a Blessed Christmas!
Thanks for your message. I can see your confusion. If you check out my coconut vanilla bean ice cream, you will see the dates in the recipe.
This does look crazy good friend! Where did you move to? Congrats on your new house! I can’t imagine doing major renovations. I am stressed enough just unpacking and organizing my new house
Thanks! I’ve been thinking about you. I hope the home decorating and organization is going well.
We purchased a home in the town we currently live in (as I’ve mentioned, we have been renting). We could not pass up a great price and these low interest rates. So excited it worked out. We purchased our first home 10 years ago (in a nearby town) and currently renting that out to some great tenants. We REALLY missed owning our own home and so glad it worked out the way it did.
I will have some fun pictures to share when it’s all over.
We plan to move in at the end of December.
Hugs to you friend.
Oh yum yum yum!!! Ive been wanting to go to Cafe Gratitude foreeever. I must make that milkshake. And congrats on your new house Amber. Very exciting! xo
ooooh that sounds so luscious and amazing!! i’m going to have to try this!!
ooohhhhh, your shake looks tasty! I’ve never heard of Cafe Gratitude but it sounds amazing, I wish we had one here in OK. congrats on the new house!!!
Oh my! That sounds amazing. I wish we had a restaurant or cafe near by that made such wonderful whole foods treats! But then again I can always make it at home. Thanks for the recipe. Have a great week Amber.