I keep rescheduling this post because the weather insists on returning to winter temperatures! Plus, I think the colour and the fact that it has spinach in it may put you off. If I hadn’t written ‘smoothie’ in the title, you would probably have thought it was soup!
However, I’m relegating porridge bowls for now, I need a change, and I have to hope that things will warm up sooner rather than later.
Admittedly, this smoothie doesn’t look very appealing, but appearances can be deceiving and it is chock full of the good stuff. Using frozen instead of fresh banana makes the smoothie thicker and creamier. Slice over-ripe bananas and freeze them in the amounts you’ll want to use them. Bananas that start to have black spots on them are much easier to digest, fresh or frozen.
Use less milk than you would for a normal smoothie in a glass.
Vegan, Gluten-free and can be Nut-free.
All quantities approximate.
1 Banana (frozen)
½ cup of Blueberries, washed
1 small handful of Spinach, washed
2 Tbsp Peanut (or any nut or seed) Butter
1 Tbsp Raw Cacao Powder*
½ cup of Tiger Nut Milk (or any plant milk, click link for how to make)
Optional: 1 Medjool Date, but as I’d put one in the milk, I didn’t add another
Optional: 1 Tbsp Moringa**, or a scoop of Vivolife ‘Thrive for Her’ Green Superfood, Wild Berry flavour*** or any other flavoured Protein Powder
Toppings: I went for a crunchy mix to offset the creamy texture of the smoothie. Chopped nuts (I used Walnuts here), Mixed Seeds, (I used Sunflower, Pumpkin & Chia*), Cacao Nibs*, Blueberries or other berries, Buckwheat
Blend until smooth, but don’t overdo it or it will become too thin.
Sprinkle with chosen toppings.
Nutrients include: antoxidants, b vitamins, iron, magnesium, prebiotics, probiotics, protein, calcium, zinc, potassium, healthy fats, dietary fibre. Great for breakfast, dessert or a healthy pick-me-up.
Here are some links to other smoothie recipes:
*I buy from The Raw Chocolate Company, their products are Vegan, Organic, Fairtrade, Kosher, Gluten-free, high quality, ethically-sourced and made in the UK.
**Also Vegan, Organic, Gluten-free & Kosher Aduna support African small businesses, often run by women.
*** From Vivolife also Vegan, Organic, made in the UK and Carbon Neutral.
Copyright: Chris McGowan