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This Paleo Cake Batter Milkshake is thick and creamy with a perfect hint of vanilla cake mix!
Let me take you back to a time when I was a loud and proud student at Texas A&M University in College Station (Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2008). Y’all, I learned a great deal in college! I learned that you don’t HAVE to major in Biomedical Science if you want to go to Medical School (switched to Entomology as soon as I learned that fact), never never never drink rum punch out of a plastic milk carton (I’ll save that story for never), crustaceans (think: crab) are arthropods (think: insect cousin), you can live on less than you think, and that cake batter milkshakes brings all the boys to the yard.
Is it wrong to make that Missy Elliot joke? Because if it’s wrong, I don’t want to be right.
Is it wrong to overuse the “if it’s wrong, I don’t want to be right” joke? Because if it’s wrong …okay, I’ll stop.
I’m actually blissfully ignorant of the meaning behind “my milkshake brings all the boys to the yard” and prefer to think of it as a literal description of the following: an enthusiastic sophomore college student (think: yours truly) invites all her nerdy and equally enthusiastic college friends to Cold Stone Creamery in College Station to check out this TOTALLY RAD new menu item: the Cake Batter Milkshake. I can almost vividly remember my describing it (in an effort to entice my friends to join me) as “it literally tastes like frozen vanilla cake batter and it’ll completely ROCK YOUR WORLD.”
My food cravings in college varied from (bare with me) Dublin’s Dr. Pepper, Crispy Orange Chicken, Pizza Rolls (with ranch dressing, duh), and Cold Stone Creamery’s Cake Batter Milkshake. It’s no wonder I ended up sick, fatigued, and with joint pain post-college …but by golly, I still have fond memories of the awful, nutrient-depleted/depleting food.
Fast-forward about 10 years to a more fit, aware, healthier version of myself who was trying to figure out what on earth to make of this big bag of maca powder my Mom gifted me. I gave the yellow powder a whiff and immediately thought “CAKE MIX!” Am I the only one who thinks maca smells like vanilla boxed cake mix? Surely not.
So, the next logical mental stop after “cake mix” was (of course) a CAKE BATTER MILKSHAKE! I got to work immediately and must tell you, I nailed this recipe. Like, totally nailed it. Like, it’s going to rock your world and bring all the boys to the yard. Every last one of them.
More about maca: maca is a fantastic root superfood that is known for being an adaptogen that helps regulate hormone levels, boost immunity, and improve skin health. Cool stuff! You an usually find it in most conventional grocery stores — just look in the health food isle.
- 1 chopped and frozen banana
- 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons maca powder
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup optional
- 1 scoop protein powder optional
- Combine all the ingredients in a blender until smooth.