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A sage and honey walnut milkshake (with veganĀ option)

December 31, 2011
2 Ratings
  • Serves 1-2
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

Test Kitchen Notes

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

What You'll Need
  • 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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4 Reviews

Bevi January 13, 2012
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!
aargersi December 31, 2011
Yum Sage! This looks delish!
Sagegreen December 31, 2011
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.
Sagegreen December 31, 2011
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.