Sundae Smoothie

When I took my first sip of this smoothie, it tasted like I was drinking a Sundae!  The flavors all merged together so well.  This would be a great dessert smoothie, or you can do what I did and have this smoothie for breakfast!  What a great delicious and healthy way to start the day!

This recipe was adapted from here:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 4-5 strawberries
  • handful of spinach
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1-2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tsp carob powder (or cocoa powder)

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth!

The original recipe did not call for greens, but of course I had to throw some in since you can’t taste it and I wanted to add some veggie to it since I was having this sweet smoothie for breakfast.  If you do add the spinach, the color of the smoothie isn’t as appealing but who cares what it looks like as long as it tastes amazing, right?

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Chocolate Sweet Potato Smoothie

I’ve been in the mood to add a sweet potato to my smoothie for a while.  I know it may sound odd, but the sweet potato gives it a creamy texture.  Plus, it really boosts the amount of vitamin A!  I already have a smoothie recipe that uses sweet potato and I almost made it until I came across this recipe.  It includes chocolate!  Enough said.  Enjoy this smoothie for breakfast or as a post-workout shake!

This recipe was adapted from here:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sweet potato (about 1 small)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 medjool dates
  • 1 cup water (or almond milk)
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp carob powder (or cocoa powder)
  • Optional: 1 scoop protein powder

Directions: Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth!

I recommend baking the sweet potato ahead of time and allowing it to cool before making this smoothie.  I made my sweet potato the night before and allowed it to get cold in the fridge.  However, if you don’t have time for that you can always just allow it to cool on the counter after baking and possibly add some ice if you need your smoothie colder.

This recipe makes quite a thick smoothie! I actually ate it with a spoon 🙂

Green Creamsicle Smoothie

I love the taste of oranges and bananas together!  It’s just like an orange creamsicle!  But I add spinach to mine for extra health benefits, plus I love eating naturally green colored foods!  So since I pretty much made a green orange creamsicle smoothie, I decided to call this the Green Creamsicle smoothie!  Definitely give it a try!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 2 clementines (or 1 orange)
  • large handful of your favorite greens (spinach, kale, chard, etc.)
  • 1 cup water or non-dairy milk
  • 1 scoop plant based vanilla protein powder OR try 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and 2 dates

Directions:

Blend all ingredients into a high speed blender, pour into a large glass, and enjoy!

Green Creamsicle

I’ve had this for breakfast two days in a row now!  I just can’t get enough 🙂

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Chocolate Mint Banana Shake

I feel like whenever I post a new smoothie recipe I always say it is my new favorite.  Well, once again this has been a smoothie I have been drinking a lot of lately!  It has 2 of my favorite ingredients in a smoothie, bananas and dates, but this smoothie also includes mint!

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups almond milk
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 dates
  • 1 tbsp carob powder
  • 1/8 tsp peppermint extract (a small handful of fresh mint will be better if available)
  • handful of spinach
  • Optional: 1 serving chocolate protein powder

Directions: Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.

I’ve really been enjoying this smoothie in the morning at breakfast with the mint flavor.  Unfortunately, with the green spinach and the brown carob powder, it is not the prettiest so I didn’t take a picture.

Pumpkin Milk

I don’t ever eat cereal but I will pour almond milk over oats, I use quinoa as a grain with some fruit on top, or just plain cut up fruit in a bowl.  Instead of adding regular almond milk (or any other kind of non-dairy milk) why not spice it up a bit with a different flavor of milk that you can easily make at home.  This recipe is perfect for this time of year!

Pumpkin Milk

This recipe was adapted from here:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1/2 cups + 2 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar OR 1-2 dates

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

This is such a simple recipe and technically you can drink it right out of the blender like a smoothie.  The original recipe suggests pouring it over cereal.  But there is SO much you can do with this milk.  Since I don’t eat cereal, I’ve poured it over granola that had raw oats and dried berries in it and I added a sliced banana to that and I loved it!

I’ve also poured the pumpkin milk over 2 sliced bananas. (Hard to tell those are bananas in the picture.)

Banana Cereal w: Pumpkin Milk

Another time I chopped up a large apple and poured the pumpkin milk on top:

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Another thing you can do is add a handful of spinach to get some extra nutrients without affecting the taste of the pumpkin milk.  Just know that your pumpkin milk won’t be as lovely a color which is why I didn’t add any for the pictures above.

Can you think of any other ways to use this pumpkin milk?

Enjoy!

Chocolate PB Date Shake

I haven’t posted in a while!  Since it had been so hot at the end of the summer, the only foods I really wanted were fruits and smoothies.  And I have been eating a ton of fruits and a ton of smoothies! Oh, and a TON of banana ice cream! (Try it with 1/2 tbsp of carob powder!)  These were usually breakfasts and lunches.  Dinners would be whatever my mom made and saved me to try.  So I haven’t really done any cooking or baking myself.

Most of my smoothies have been somewhat the same.  All of them include bananas!  Then sometimes I’ll also add an apple, an orange, strawberries, pineapples, peaches, or watermelon.  Sometimes peanut or almond butter.  I’ve also been including dates a lot!  And usually all of my smoothies include a large handful of greens!  If you can’t taste them, you might as well add in some extra nutrition!

When I came across this recipe on the internet, I knew I had to make it!  I mean, it includes ALL my recent favorite foods that I eat at least once a day – bananas, dates, and almond butter!

 

This recipe was adapted from here:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk*
  • 3 frozen bananas
  • 3 medjool dates
  • 1 tbsp carob powder
  • 1 tsp almond butter
  • Optionals: greens and maca powder

Directions:  Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

*Add more or less milk depending on how thick or thin you want your shake.

I added the greens to mine, but unfortunately this will make it a less appealing brown color.  (This is why there is no picture.) But just because the smoothie isn’t pretty, doesn’t mean it tastes bad.  This shake is delicious!  I also added maca powder to mine for an extra boost of energy!

In the original smoothie, she uses peanut butter instead of almond butter (you can use any kind of nut butter you like) and she doesn’t blend it in but rather serves it on top.  I like it blended in, but you can do whichever you prefer.

 

This smoothie is great for breakfast!  It has tons of healthy ingredients to keep you full and satisfied.  The only sugar comes from the natural sugars found in bananas and dates.  That’s the good kinds of sugar that won’t cause you to crash in about an hour, but will keep your energy up all morning!

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.  I think it is going to become my staple breakfast smoothie for quite a while 🙂

Vanilla Fig Smoothie

I recently bought some dried figs and have been snacking on them.  When I came across this smoothie recipe, it sounded like it would make a great sweet treat!

This smoothie was adapted from here:

Ingredients:

  • 4 figs (I used dried)
  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp maca powder (Can be omitted)
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Vega) (Can be omitted)
  • dash of cinnamon
  • dash of sea salt

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

 

If you don’t have vanilla protein powder, you can just use 1/2 tsp vanilla extract.

If you don’t have maca powder, you can just omit this ingredient.

If you don’t have a high-speed blender, I recommend soaking the dates in warm water for about an hour first.

You can also add a handful of spinach or other greens and turn this into a green smoothie for some extra nutrition.

 

This smoothie would be great for breakfast since the protein will keep you full and all the other ingredients will give you plenty of energy!

 

Sorry, no picture yet!  When I added the spinach, it wasn’t the prettiest looking, though it was still tasty!  Next time I’ll take a picture before I add the spinach.

Watermelon Smoothie Bowl

I have been wanting to try this smoothie for a while.  I never thought about adding frozen watermelon to my smoothies until I came across this recipe.  Wow, I wish I had done this sooner!  Frozen watermelon in smoothies is amazing!  It adds a creamy coldness without the use of ice cubes.  Perfect for these hot summer days!

Watermelon Smoothie Bowl 2

This recipe was adapted from here:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup frozen watermelon cubes
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup – 3/4 cup almond milk (depending on the desired thickness of your smoothie)
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Vega) (Can be omitted)

Directions:  Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Watermelon Smoothie Bowl

I used less almond milk to make a really thick smoothie so I could eat it like ice cream.  I even topped my smoothie bowl with granola.  This would also be great topped with hemp seeds, banana slices, nuts, etc.

Oatmeal Cookie Dough Green Smoothie

After running a 5K this morning, I was in the mood for an oatmeal smoothie with protein and carbs!  This smoothie recipe was perfect!

Oatmeal Cookie Dough Green Smoothie

This recipe was adapted from here:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup almond milk*
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup GF rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp flax seed (Can be omitted)
  • 1 tsp maca powder (Can be omitted)
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Vega) (Can be omitted)
  • handful of spinach

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

*For a thinner smoothie, use more almond milk.  For a thicker smoothie, use less almond milk.

Apple, Pear, Avocado Smoothie

I wanted a healthy green smoothie after my workout the other day and wanted to try something different than my normal banana and spinach protein smoothie.  I had a pear and an avocado that needed to be used so I figured this was a great smoothie to make.

This recipe was adapted from here.  I made a few changes from the original recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 pear
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1 or 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 1/2 – 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp maca powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp flaxseeds (optional)

Normally, well more like every single one of my smoothies, have 1/2 – 1 banana in it.  Well I am so glad I tried something new!  I absolutely loved the apple in this smoothie!  I think I’m going to need to add apple to more smoothies.  It’s better to add more of a variety of fruits anyway!

This recipe, with 1 scoop protein powder and all other optional ingredients, yields approximately 385 calories and 23g protein.