Spicy Vanilla Milkshake for Hot Days or Cold Nights

Enjoy this vegan low carb spicy vanilla milkshake as a cold drink on a hot summer’s day or a warm comforting drink on a chilly autumn day.

Spicy Vanilla Milkshake

If you follow a low carb or keto diet and you have ever asked yourself:

What can I drink? Know that you are not alone.

Obviously the number one answer to this question is water.

But what else?

You can try this spicy vanilla milkshake. It is refreshing, lowish in carbs and packed with health boosting spices.


If you are looking for a hot drink for these cold days, you can warm it up and crawl into bed with a good book.

Enjoy and let us know in the comments how you work drinks into your macros?

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The Recipe

What you need

  • 3/4 cup of unsweetened coconut milk 
  • 1/2 a cup of unsweetened almond milk 
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of turmeric 
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon 
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of stevia powder
  • 2 teaspoons of natural vanilla extract

What you Do

  • Mix all the ingredients together in your NutriBullet or preferred blender until smooth and the ingredients are beautifully blended into a warm yellow.
  • If you want to enjoy it cold - pour the mixture over ice into a glass jar.
  • Sprinkle a little cinnamon over the top and enjoy... 
  • If you feel like a warm drink, add the mixture into a pot, place on a warm plate on the stove and let it warm through.
  • Serve in a glass jar or tea cup.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon over the top and indulge your senses...

This recipe makes 1 serving.

What I like about this milkshake is that it is quick and easy to make, it is vegan and I love the smell of these spices. Oh and of course the fact that it is sugar free.

What I don’t like, is that it is more gratifying to eat my carbs than to drink them.

And with up to 7 grams of net carbs I don’t drink these often.

This milk shake is low carb compared to sugar laden shakes, but it is tough to accommodate this number of carbs into a truly low carb diet.

Scroll down for the macros.

Low Carb and Vegan Spicy Vanilla Milkshake

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Nutritional Value

The macros for one serving is as follows...

  • Calories - 221 
  • Net Carbs  -  7 grams 
  • Fat  -  22 grams
  • Protein  -  2 grams

This is quite high I know. 🙁

The only real way to reduce the carbs in this milkshake, is to use half a cup of coconut milk.

Flavoring Ideas

To intensify the flavor of your shake add a pinch of sea salt.

I don’t know why salt enhances the flavor of sweet foods and coffee drinks, but for some reason it does.

If you haven’t tried it yet, give it a go and let us know in the comments what you think.

Or if you can tell us why it works, please tell us why below?

As always experiment with how much sweetener you need. These ingredients don’t really have much natural sweetness, so you’ll need a way to sweeten your drink. If you have it hot, you may need a little more sweetener.

If you don’t like the taste of stevia try erythritol.

Want a thicker and richer drink? Then you can add heavy cream and or almond butter. I you do this check the macros to be sure that it still fit into your daily allocation.

The Spice Net Carb Debate

Do spices have net carbs? And if they do - are they significant enough to count?

Spices have more net carbs than you’d think and they differ very much between brands.

The information is also somewhat confusing. So always make sure you get the net carb information straight from the ingredient that you use in your dish.

When you buy spices make sure that they don’t have fillers added to them as these are normally pack carbs add up quickly.

For an easy breakdown of the net carbs in spices check out this table.

Your turn! Do you count the net carbs in spices?


Noline is a therapeutic reflexologist who converted to the keto lifestyle after losing 55 pounds without counting calories or starving herself. She is a Professor Tim Noakes and the Nutrition Network student and feels compelled to share the low-carb lifestyle with as many people as possible. She does this at Essential Keto, where she shares resources, recipes, and experiences while working on losing that last 10 pounds.