Espresso Chocolate Hazelnut Shake

Espresso Chocolate Hazelnut Shake

This espresso chocolate hazelnut shake from tastes incredibly decadent, however is made with all wholesome and vegan components. Perfect breakfast!

An overhead shot of the “Blissful Basil” cookbook on a beige linen background.

Hey there! Sending my calmest and hottest methods of being on this grey Sunday. I’m investing the majority of this weekend working while my partner spruce up some things around your house, however that has to do with it for us. I believe we may be squeezing in a motion picture night and a journey to the fitness center if we’re fortunate.

We’re getting our downstairs determined for brand-new floorings next week and all of my enjoyment is concentrated on that, unpopular as it sounds. When we moved into your house, we type of climbed to get furnishings into our living and dining location. Now that we have the area and time, we’re doing a more mindful/permanent refresh.

While I dream about all of that, I have actually been putting a terrific brand-new book to operate in my kitchen area. Ashley Melillo’s Blissful Basil, like her blog site of the exact same name, has an unique method of making you delighted simply by taking a look at it. Among the important things that I enjoy about my task is that I get to be on the getting end of brand-new cookbook releases. Ashley’s genuineness and desire for a much better world through food rings so real in this book.

There are ideas of convenience in her dishes, however with nourishing components and innovative cooking applications. Her food design is creative and re-assuring in such a way. I’m an individual that consumes plant-based since veggies, pulses, entire grains, nuts, and seeds make me feel terrific and likewise since they put me at peace in a great deal of methods. I never ever desire for straight-out cheese or egg replacements, however at the exact same time, I long for well balanced flavour and texture in my foods. I believe Ashley has a firm grasp on this balancing act. Familiar, however never ever too on-the-nose.

I made her espresso chocolate hazelnut shake since it actually talked to me when I was yearning a chocolate shake for breakfast. You will freak if you make this. It’s abundant and sweet and nutella-ish, however all the method stimulating, too. Other dishes from the book that I have actually enjoyed: baked mostaccioli with walnut bolognese + cashew mozzarella, puffy potato pizza crust, chocolate chip coconut oil cookie bars, blueberry muffin energy bites, and the garlic mushroom tacos w/ chipotle tomato crema. Ashley is a plant-powered wizard.

To keep with my delighted hour/link lovin’ style, I have actually got a couple things here for you to take a look at while you drink on this shake:-RRB-

I enjoy Emma’s work, the lovely southern hemisphere light in her pictures, her extraordinary dishes, however this post takes the cake (there’s likewise a dish for cake within the post yessss). I connect to a lot of what she states about the sluggish decrease in gratitude/setting of limits online.

The meditation of the everyday. Numerous things to enjoy about this brief post. It looks like there’s a propensity to see meditation as this tool that pursues a particular result. If anything, there are slow-simmering delighted mishaps as an outcome of routine mindfulness.” It’s not a wonder; it’s simply you providing your mind a long time to show.”

A head-on shot of a double chocolate espresso smoothie that is garnished with chopped hazelnuts and cacao nibs. The smoothie is on top of a beige tablecloth with a small bowl of cacao nibs to the side.

Espresso Chocolate Hazelnut Shake

This espresso chocolate hazelnut shake from tastes incredibly decadent, however is made with all wholesome and vegan components. Perfect breakfast!


Course Drink, Breakfast, Dessert, Drinks, Treat Diet Plan Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Servings: 1 -2

Author: Laura Wright


  • Mixer


  • 1 ripe banana, ideally frozen
  • 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1/4 cup roasted hazelnuts
  • 4 ounces brewed espresso or strong coffee, cooled
  • 3 soft Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs


  • Include the frozen banana, almond milk, ice, hazelnuts, espresso, dates, cacao powder, vanilla, and sea salt to a high-speed mixer, and mix till smooth and velvety.
  • Include the cacao nibs and mix for a couple of seconds to approximately slice and integrate them into the shake.


  • Reprinted from Blissful Basil by plan with BenBella Books. Copyright © 2016, Ashley Melillo.
  • I have actually just attempted making this in my own high-speed mixer, and I’m not exactly sure that a routine one will suffice since there are some roasted, non-soaked hazelnuts included. 2 tablespoons of hazelnut butter may be an excellent replacement if you’re not sure about your mixer’s power.

Program Conceal 11 remarks

  • Pia

    I understand delighted HOUR made its return recently, however I’m simply happy it’s lastly back! The weekend links you show us are constantly so different and I constantly wind up taking a look at at the minimum among them. That is seldom the case however, as I normally click through to basically all of them. So, THANK YOU:-RRB- and Pleased Sunday, dear xx Reply

  • Smadar

    YUM. Can’t wait to make this.

    Excellent links, as constantly!

    Do not hesitate to share images of your home with us;-RRB- if it’s styled anywhere near as magnificently as your food shots … we remain in for a reward. Reply

  • Mer

    Hi Laura,
    Thank you for connecting us to Emma’s post about the plum cakes and her sensations about being a food blog writer. It actually touched my heart! As a reader and devoted fan of the handful of lovely food blog sites that I follow, I am constantly so inspired and wondrous about the dishes and composing I check out. I had actually never ever thought of how it might feel really in a different way for the creator/writer on the other side. I wish to take this chance to say sorry to you for never ever publishing and sharing my interest for your remarkable work. Since today, that alters and I will keep in mind to share my enjoyment and gratitude. Please understand that your dishes motivate me and my household have actually had many tasty and nourishing meals since of The Very first Mess. Too, you have actually presented me to other cookbooks and authors through you generous reviews/sharing of the work of your peers, Thank you for that. Likewise, your logo design is my outright favourite. Sending you enormous thankfulness and much happiness! Reply

  • Thea

    I constantly enjoy it when I get an e-mail alert about this post! It does precisely what it’s expected to, I sit with a cuppa and have a minute to breathe and collect my ideas. Likewise i can snap through your lovely photography and motivation dishes. HOW do you develop a few of these things !!
    With love from the UK X Reply

  • Sarah|Well and Complete

    Yayyyy I enjoy your option from the Blissful Basil cookbook! You are so right, Ashley’s happiness and positivity simply radiates from the pages like strolling rays of sunlight. And you caught her work so magnificently in your pictures:-RRB-:-RRB- Reply

  • Emily

    I have actually stated this previously, however I enjoy your delighted hour series. I check out Emma’s post about blogging- I have actually seen other blog writers revealing comparable sensations recently. I do not believe absence of engagement is (constantly) associated to absence of interest for the material. As social networks has actually ended up being huge and popular blog writers earn a living off of their blog sites, blog writers have actually begun to feel more like mini-celebrities than individuals simply sharing dishes and stories. Especially since they are plainly able to trade on their popularity for sponsored material etc. Affordable individuals generally presume that celebs (even tiny ones) are awash in appreciation and do not have the time or interest to check out private remarks, so it feels unimportant to keep this side of the discussion.

    On the other hand, blog sites in basic have actually ended up being sooo much less enjoyable to check out considering that it ended up being a method of making money. I enjoyed checking out the early blog sites that were distillations of an individual’s life in and out of the kitchen area, and seemed like a genuine effort at interacting with a neighborhood of similar food-interested individuals. There are still a choose couple of that resemble this, however I believe the frustrating amount of the other kind has actually likewise dulled my interest and engagement a bit.

    Anyways, I enjoy your work and regularly make your dishes! Thanks for all you do! Reply

  • Ashley

    Laura, thank you for this lovely, thoughtful, genuine evaluation. It warms my heart to read your ideas on the book, and I’m grateful. So grateful.

    p.s. Simply check out Emma’s post after reading your ideas here and seemed like a weight was raised. So connect to what she’s stating. There’s convenience in understanding that others are experiencing a comparable environment of increasing pressures/demands with less gratitude in current blogging times believed perhaps I was simply ending up being more delicate! Reply

  • Jayani

    Lovely photos and fantastic dishes. I love this one in specific. I do not have raw cacao powder atm, so will the routine kind do? Let me understand:-RRB- Reply

    • Laura

      Unsweetened cocoa powder would work simply as well:-RRB-
      L Reply

  • Julia

    Hey Laura, I simply check out Emma ´ s most current post about how the online neighborhood has actually altered and how she ´ s type of fed up with everything … and I took place to read your remark there. That ´ s why I wish to send my greatest thanks out to you, too, for maintaining this terrific website even if it suggests that you need to handle brainless demands and things like that. Your website is among my go-to blog sites whenever I am looking for motivation or a particular dish or simply when I require to get grounded and out of my head. Your individual method of photographing, composing and the outrageous quantity of fantastic dishes that you share here are extremely valued in my case. I likewise simply listened to your chat with Jessica Murnane and guy I enjoy your voice! Now when I review your posts it resembles I am hearing you talk, that makes it a lot more concrete. Likewise I enjoy when you are sharing links to pack that you discovered motivating, it ´ s a substantial aid in the outrageous quantity of material that is on the web. So simply needed to get that out to you, since I am not a really regular commenter. BTW I am so anticipating your book, its going to be a belated birthday present for me:-RRB- Much love from Vienna! Julia Reply

  • Julie

    Hello There Laura,
    I’m a very first time commenter here however a substantial fan of your blog site, especially your delighted hour posts! In truth, I have actually just recently begun a brand-new blog site and provided you a shout out (and a link) for your motivation. Numerous thanks and great deals of luck with the brand-new cookbook! Can’t wait! Reply

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