Toasted Macadamia Cinnamon Vanilla Keto Chow Cooler

Inspired by a traditional horchata, this drink features toasted macadamia nuts, vanilla bean, and cinnamon stick, in a cool, creamy beverage that will keep you refreshed all summer long. There are a couple of steps to this recipe, but it is easy to make, and it is well worth the effort. This recipe makes two servings to get the most out of your vanilla bean and cinnamon stick.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time41 mins
Course: Drinks
Keyword: Chef Taffiny Elrod, Keto Chow, Vanilla
Keto Chow Flavor: Vanilla
Recipe Creator: Chef Taffiny Elrod
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 489.1kcal


Author: Taffiny Elrod


  • Blender
  • Fine strainer


  • 2 ounces macadamia nuts or blanched almonds
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 large cinnamon stick
  • 28 ounces water
  • 2 servings Vanilla Keto Chow (or 2 scoops)
  • 2-4 ounces heavy cream optional


  • Spread the macadamia nuts on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 325 for ten minutes or until they begin to turn a golden color and smell fragrant. Remove them from the oven and set aside to cool slightly.
    Toasted Macadamia Cinnamon Vanilla Cooler
  • Split the vanilla bean in half lengthwise with a sharp paring knife. Scrape out the seeds with the edge of the knife.
  • Place the toasted nuts, the vanilla bean and its seeds, and the cinnamon stick in a pitcher or large mason jar.
  • Bring the water to a simmer and carefully pour it over the nuts, vanilla bean and cinnamon stick.
  • Leave the water mixture out on a counter until it has cooled to room temperature.
  • When it has reached room temperature and is no longer hot to the touch stir in the Vanilla Keto Chow, cover the container and refrigerate the whole thing overnight.
  • When the mixture has been refrigerated overnight, remove the split vanilla bean and the cinnamon stick and blend the rest of the ingredients in a blender until the nuts are completely pureed and it looks smooth and creamy.
  • Strain the blended liquid through a very fine strainer set over a pitcher or large jar.
  • Using the back of a spoon or a rubber spatula push the liquid through the strainer until all that’s left in the strainer is the nut meal. You can line the strainer with a couple layers of cheesecloth if you have it.
  • Discard the nut meal or save it to use in keto baked goods or hot cereal.
  • Taste your strained cooler and add heavy cream if desired.
  • Serve well chilled, over ice.
    Toasted Macadamia Cinnamon Vanilla Cooler


Note: If you don’t have vanilla beans you can substitute a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. Add the extract after the hot water has cooled.
Taffiny Elrod March 2019
Nutrition Facts
Toasted Macadamia Cinnamon Vanilla Keto Chow Cooler
Amount Per Serving (119 g)
Calories 489.1 Calories from Fat 337
% Daily Value*
Fat 37.44g58%
Saturated Fat 13.52g85%
Trans Fat 0.53g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.09g
Monounsaturated Fat 20.56g
Cholesterol 60.05mg20%
Sodium 867.09mg38%
Potassium 1689.33mg48%
Carbohydrates 14.98g5%
Fiber 9.46g39%
Sugar 5.27g6%
Protein 29.36g59%
Vitamin A 859.94IU17%
Vitamin C 137.31mg166%
Calcium 798.52mg80%
Iron 3.5mg19%
Sugar Alcohol 0.01g
Net Carbs 5.52g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Serving: 119g | Calories: 489.1kcal | Carbohydrates: 14.98g | Protein: 29.36g | Fat: 37.44g | Saturated Fat: 13.52g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.09g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20.56g | Trans Fat: 0.53g | Cholesterol: 60.05mg | Sodium: 867.09mg | Potassium: 1689.33mg | Fiber: 9.46g | Sugar: 5.27g | Vitamin A: 859.94IU | Vitamin C: 137.31mg | Calcium: 798.52mg | Iron: 3.5mg | Sugar Alcohol: 0.01g | Net Carbs: 5.52g