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This Butterscotch Sea Salt Milkshake Smoothie Will Upgrade Your Snack Game

This decadent-yet-nutritious smoothie is a delicious pre- or post-workout snack.

Butterscotch Sea Salt Milkshake recipe and ingredients
Recipe by Nicole Modic, author of Love to Eat; Photo by Eva Kolenko

Sometimes I crave a smoothie that’s more like a milkshake, one that tastes decadent and dessert like yet is still packed with nutritious ingredients. That’s where this smoothie comes in. You are going to be obsessed. It has just the right amount of sweetness from the banana, and you’ll sneak in some veggies by adding frozen cauliflower (don’t be alarmed, you can’t taste it in the smoothie, but it creates an extra-creamy texture, and it’s a great way to get in an extra serving of vegetables). If you don’t have any cauliflower on hand, it’s okay to omit it. The combination of the peanut butter and maca together adds a malty, butterscotch flavor. When I make this smoothie after a hard workout, I always add unflavored collagen peptides for additional protein.

Makes 1 serving


  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, plus more as needed
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1⁄2 cup frozen cauliflower (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon maca powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop collagen peptides (optional)
  • Pinch of flaky sea salt for topping


Place the milk, banana, cauliflower, peanut butter, maca powder, vanilla, and collagen peptides in a high-speed blender and blend on high speed for about 1 minute or until you achieve a thick, creamy consistency.

If necessary, add additional milk and blend again, until the desired consistency is achieved.

Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and enjoy.

 Reprinted with permission from Love to Eat: 75 Easy, Craveworthy Recipes for Healthy, Intuitive Eating. Copyright © 2022 by Nicole Keshishian Modic. Photography Copyright © 2022 by Eva Kolenko. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

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