A sage and honey walnut milkshake (with vegan option)

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Author Notes: Looking for a new flavor this recipe puts an earthy, savory spin into a traditional buttermilk drink. For a vegan option you can sub almond milk with a splash of cider vinegar for the buttermilk, which will get some tanginess.Sagegreen

Food52 Review: This was breakfast today, truth be told it was my second time making this delicious shake. It's creamy and chock full of goodness and ultimately satisfying. I didn't have fresh sage so I subbed 1/2 tsp of dried and regular honey for chestnut. I highly recommend you give this a try it's a welcome change from your regular smoothie's or shakes that are made with berries or other fruits. It's barely sweet and the walnuts and sage really make it stand out. Packed full of natural oils from the walnuts and avocado this shake does a body good!! Try it you will love it.sdebrango

Serves 1-2

  • 1 oz. shelled organic walnuts
  • 3-4 one inch long fresh organic sage leaves
  • 1/2 ripe organic avocado
  • 1 cup lowfat, but real cultured buttermilk (or almond milk with a splash of cider vinegar for vegan option)
  • @ 1 1/2 tablespoons chestnut honey (or grade B maple syrup), to taste
  • optionally, a few crushed ice cubes
  1. In a heavy heated pan like a cast iron skillet, toast the walnut pieces for about 2 minutes, just short of smoking. Pan fry the sage leaves for about 1 minute. With the bottom of a smaller pan, or other heavy instrument, crush the walnuts. Shred the sage leaves. Add these to a blender.
  2. Add the avocado, buttermilk, and chestnut honey. If you like a chilled drink include a few crushed ice cubes. Process until smooth. Pour into one or two glasses. This could be part of a New Year's resolution you could keep.
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over 2 years ago Bevi

I made this with almond milk, maple syrup, and added Uncle Sam's cereal, and it was really refreshing! I used ice cubs. Thanks, Sagegreen!


almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Love it, packed full of good stuff. This will be part of my New Years Resolution to eat healthier. I have a shake every morning and will give this one a try. Happy New Years!


over 2 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, sdebrango. Happy New Year to you, too!


over 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I made this this morning, used soy milk and non fat greek yogurt (I didn't have buttermilk or almond milk) also didn't have chestnut honey so used the honey I had on hand, no ice cubes (too cold out) It was delicious!! I was gifted a huge amount of walnuts for Christmas so will be making this several times a week. I also added a tablespoon of Uncle Sam's cereal with flax seed. I love this, I may try a banana also!


almost 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Yum Sage! This looks delish!


almost 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, aargersi. I just made the almond milk with cider vinegar version, too. This makes almost a whole breakfast. It is full of surprise flavor.


almost 3 years ago Sagegreen

Somehow the 1 cup of buttermilk and 1 1/2 tablespoons of chestnut honey were not published with this recipe. When I tried to edit, I received an bad gateway error, then did not see the edit button....will fix later when I am able, but those are the amounts of the missing ingredients for now.