Strawberry Hemp Milkshake – Vegan & Gluten Free

by Sharon on August 13, 2014

Strawberry Hemp Milkshake - Vegan-Gluten Free

Usually, writing posts for my website is a breeze. I grab my laptop and a cup of tea and get comfortable. For the next thirty or so minutes you will hear the steady click of the keys as the voice in my head translates to words on the screen. Boom.

But what do I do when the words don’t come? Until today I haven’t had that issue. Today, I’m still profoundly sad about Robin Williams’ tragic passing and it’s hard to think about anything else. The weirdest thing was that when I heard the news I wasn’t totally surprised. I almost immediately teared up and was instantly sad, but not shocked. He’s mostly remembered for comedic roles like “Mrs. Doubtfire” or “Mork from Ork”, but I was incredibly moved by his serious roles. You could feel the heartbreak in his voice when talking about his wife in “Good Will Hunting”. I was depressed for a week after seeing “Awakenings”. There is a palpable sense of grief that he could ‘portray’ on screen. I put portray in quotes because I suspect a lot of that emotion was painfully real.

Growing up with mental illness liberally peppering both sides of my family, I am sensitive when it comes to matters relating to it. Frankly, it’s a huge factor why I educate myself on preventing illnesses of all kinds through nutrition. It’s why I meditate. It’s why I remind myself daily of all of the things I’m grateful for. To keep me sane.

Comfort foods are good for times like these and this milkshake is a timely recipe. A childhood favourite renewed with whole food healthy ingredients.

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I used frozen organic strawberries, almond milk, and a hit of vanilla and maple. Hemp seeds are always a favourite method of obtaining plant protein and are great in this milkshake. Toss it all in the blender. You can see my little Louis in the background. He’s eating his lunch and is now giving me the stink eye because he sees the blender. Blender = noise. Sorry about that, Lou.

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After a nice spin in the blender, this mixed into a pale pink, frothy pitcher of sweet, creamy goodness. I actually popped our glasses into the freezer before I started making this milkshake and they were the perfect frosty vessel to enjoy it in. I already started feeling a little better.

Strawberry Hemp Milkshake - Vegan-Gluten Free

So, please forgive me if you found this post a little heavy. It’s just what’s reality right now.

Please take care of yourselves, everyone.

Strawberry Hemp Milkshake - Vegan-Gluten Free


Serves 2

Strawberry Hemp Milkshake – Vegan & Gluten Free
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  • 2 cups of almond milk
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 ½ cups of strawberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 3-5 ice cubes


  1. Place all ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth and creamy

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Karen @ Lushious Eats August 13, 2014 at 10:51 am
It's truly sad news about Robin Williams. :( I love your positive outlook on life Sharon! p.s. Zoey runs from the blender too...I now say, Zoey it's noisy time! ;) She books it before I even get the blender on. lolz!
Sharon August 13, 2014 at 11:32 am
Zoey! Does she hate thunder and lightening too? Lou acts like we can control it or something. ;)
Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods August 13, 2014 at 4:52 pm
Sharon, this milkshake looks so delicious! Good foods like this always make me feel better and can really change my mood for the better. Thanks for sharing
Sharon August 13, 2014 at 10:51 pm
Thanks Cindy. xo
Olivia - Primavera Kitchen August 14, 2014 at 10:03 am
This smoothie looks AWESOME! For me it is like a healthy dessert! Thanks for sharing, Sharon ;-)
Sharon August 14, 2014 at 10:15 am
Don't you love desserts that double as an antioxidant, plant powered health bomb?! Thanks Olivia! :)
Angela August 14, 2014 at 10:03 am
Thank you for mentioning that about Robin William's, . I too have been very affected by his death, of course I did not know him personally but the sadness and grief and yes somewhat depression in hearing the news of his passing that I have been feeling , has been as if I had lost someone I knew, that I was close to. Well we were all close to him in a way because he brought some much joy and laughter into our beings, he was unique, one of a kind comedian, no-one will ever make me "howl" and cry with laughter as he did. What a beautiful soul he was (still is) with such a kind, loving heart. Thank you Robin, This World will always love and miss you.
Sharon August 14, 2014 at 10:19 am
Thank you, Angela. I knew I wasn't alone in my feelings. It's funny sometimes with celebrities because, obviously, they are not friends or family but because they can be a part of our every day lives it does have effects when they pass away. Especially under such tragic, possibly preventable circumstances. Thanks for your comment. I'm starting to feel less sad. I hope you are, too. :)
Heather September 2, 2014 at 4:33 pm
Hi! What a terrific recipe! My kids are going to love this! Question, if I make a big batch (say to serve 6-8) how long would it keep in the refrigerator? Thanks for the awesome recipe!
Sharon September 2, 2014 at 4:49 pm
Hey Heather! For smoothies fresh is always best, but I would imagine it depends on the date of your almond milk. It should be fine in the fridge, sealed for the same amount of time. Be sure to give it a good shake, and keep it cold. :) I hope the kiddos love it!!

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