Melbourne’s outrageously freaky milkshake freakshow has risen to new levels with the birth of vegan-friendly, dairy-free freakshakes. Yes, it is a thing. Here’s where to get your hands on the best vegan freakshakes in Melbourne—for freakshakes without the side of diabetes.
Served in plump, skull-shaped glasses topped with generous fresh fruit and superfoods, Matcha Mylkbar’s smoothie range is completely vegan and 100% plant based. The pun-tastic choices include the pitch-black Tall, Darth & Handsome with activated charcoal, banana, turmeric root, pineapple and coconut water. Other popular choices include the When Khalesi Wears Lycra with dragon fruit, mango, passionfruit, almond mylk, almond butter and macadamia nuts.
Glen Waverley’s pastel-coloured Trei Café is all about quality over quantity. They offer just four mouth-watering vegan-friendly smoothies, including the Snickers (it’s tastes like a liquid version of the bar) and Breakfast Martini (alcohol-free)—our pick is the Red Velvet smoothie with coconut mylk, cacao, berries, vanilla, maca powder and rice malt.
With two Melbourne locations, picking up a jar of Insta-worthy goodness has never been easier. Challenging Melbourne’s takeaway scene with healthy, deliciously fresh, plant-based meals, Supercharger’s ready-to-go smoothies include the Lemon Merguine with lemon, coconut yoghurt, dates, mango and apple juice. All smoothies are blended fresh so you’ll know exactly what you’re drinking!
The Glass Den
If you're a true avocado lover (and who isn't), head down to Coburg favourite The Glass Den. With avocado, banana, coconut milk and maple syrup, this indulgently healthy smoothie is perfect with vegan-friendly ]brunch meals like coconut hotcakes made from almond meal with grilled banana, jackfruit, lotus root compote, maple syrup, toasted coconut, taro chips and house made coconut mousse.
One of Melbourne’s favourite organic, raw cafes, Combi is nestled in the sleepy suburb of Elwood. Boasting a cosy, mismatched timber interior, try their Blue Moon smoothie with blueberries, chia seeds, lucuma, raw fermented protein powder, banana, coconut flesh and house-made nut mylk.
Sister of Soul
Bulk up on healthy goodness with Sister of Soul’s Acai Superfoods smoothie. A creamy blend of superfood acai berries, banana, goji berries, maca powder, cocoa nibs, coconut flakes, chia seeds and filtered water, it’s the boost you need to dodge the flu this winter. Don’t skimp on a serve of vegan-friendly Dr Marty crumpets, topped with generous amounts of avocado and vegemite.
Heal Thy Self Co.
Smoothies from Yarraville’s Heal Thy Self Co. are practically a meal in itself. They're overflowing with the goodness of fresh fruit, vegetables and ass-kicking superfoods—guilt-free indulgent options include the Be Awakened with a double shot of espresso, banana, mesquite, raw vanilla fermented protein powder, water and almond nut mylk.
Kick sickness to the curb with the cult-favourite Cacoa Kicker from Sardi. Packed with almond milk, cacao, Nuzest clean and lean protein, peanut butter, banana, honey and goji berries, you can add an espresso shot for an optional extra punch.
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Image credit: Combi via Instagram.