PB&J Smoothies

Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothies? Yes, please!

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My original version of this smoothie was published on a blog when I worked for an amazing animal rights organization. I’ve since then made some tweaks to make it healthier, but just as (if not more!) delicious and satisfying.

This is enough to make one smoothie, or 2 snack sized smoothies, like in the picture. Just double or triple the recipe as needed, depending on how many people you’re sharing with.

Ingredients

1 frozen banana
1 1/2 cups chopped strawberries
1/3 cup oats
1 1/3 cup nondairy milk (try unsweetened vanilla flax milk) or water
2 Tbs natural peanut butter (skip the added sugars and hydrogenated oils)
1-2 soaked dates (optional)

Directions

Place all ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until thoroughly combined.

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Remember to send me pics if you try this one out!

 

Pink Lemonade Smoothies

 

This refreshing smoothie is the perfect summer drink. It is lemonade. PINK lemonade … in it’s healthiest form. It is fresh and so delicious! Hits. The. Spot. It surpassed my expectations, and I’d love for you to try it. Seriously! It tastes just like pink lemonade!

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Makes 2 smoothies

Ingredients:

2 frozen bananas
2 + 2/3 cups red grapes
4 Tbs fresh lemon juice
1 + 1/3 cups water

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Directions:

Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend away.

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Let me know if you try it!

 

Strawberry Shortcake Smoothies

strawberry shortcakeThis (healthy!) smoothie surpasses the dessert. This smoothie will make you exclaim some sort of delicious remark mid sip. This smoothie has layers. Layers of awesome.

Layer 1 = Vanilla “cake” flavored smoothie
Layer 2 = Sweet and tart strawberry smoothie
Layer 3 = Vanilla cashew cream drizzled with chocolate

(If you’re in a hurry, or your smoothie needs are immediate, feel free to blend all of the ingredients together instead of creating individual layers.)

Makes 2 smoothies

Layer 1
Ingredients:
2 1/2 frozen bananas
1/2 cup frozen cauliflower (wtf?! Yup. You heard me. Just do it.)
1/4 cup oats
1 1/2 cups water
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until smooth. (You may need to stop to scrape down the sides or adjust liquid depending on the quality of your blender.)

Layer 2
Ingredients:
2 cups frozen strawberries, thawed (Or try fresh strawberries!)
6 dates (soak in water for 30-60 minutes if they’re not super soft)
1/2 cup water
1/4 tsp lemon (omit if your strawberries are extra tart)

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until smooth. (You may need to stop to scrape down the sides or adjust liquid depending on the quality of your blender.)

Layer 3
Ingredients:
4 Tbs Vanilla Cashew Cream (recipe below)
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Strawberries for garnish

Directions:
Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler or microwave.

To assemble:
Layer the vanilla cake and strawberry smoothies into two glasses. Top with Vanilla Cashew Cream. Dip a spoon into the melted chocolate and drizzle over the top. Garnish with strawberries if ya wanna get fancy.

Eat with a spoon. Sip on the run. Stir it up, or savor each individual layer. I like swirling it together, but it’s in your hands now.

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Vanilla Cashew Cream (Keep extra in the freezer to have on hand or try with Cinnamon Pear Parfaits!)
Ingredients:
1 cup cashews (soaked in water for several hours, then drained)
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup maple Syrup (check the label- maple syrup should be the only ingredient)
Pinch of sea salt (or 1/8 tsp)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:
Add all ingredients into a food processor (or blender*) and blend until super smooth.

*You may need to stop to scrape down the sides or adjust liquid if using a blender.

 

Carob Peppermint Smoothies

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When I lived in Hawai’i, I found carob covered raisins at this little natural foods store in Hilo. I fell in love with carob right then and there.

What the heck is carob? Carob comes from the pulp in seed pods, also known as locust bean. A lot of people use it in place of chocolate. I don’t think it tastes like chocolate, but I DO think it tastes awesome as its own entity. This recipe calls for powdered carob (looks like cocoa powder), but also comes in chip form like chocolate chips. I usually get carob in the bulk section at health food stores, but I have also found it prepackaged in grocery stores in the baking aisle.

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Ingredients:
4 frozen bananas
2 cups of almond milk or water (or use your favorite non-dairy milk)
4 Tbsp carob powder
6 dates, pitted (Soak in water first if your blender sucks, or they aren’t very soft. If you use boiling water, they’ll be ready in a handful of minutes.)
1/4 to 1/2 tsp of peppermint, depending on how minty you want it (use extract or flavoring that doesn’t have any artificial ingredients. Do NOT use essential oil.)
4 drops of vanilla extract (Fair Trade if you can swing it.)

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Put all ingredients in your blender and blend away. Depending on your blender, you may have to stop to scrape down the sides or adjust the liquid in the recipe.

Pour into two large mugs and garnish with mint leaves if you want to get fancy.

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothies

pumpkin-pie-smoothiesWant a slice of heaven without the sugar, wheat, and processed junk? These Pumpkin Pie Smoothies are divine and will fulfill any serious dessert craving!

Ingredients:
3 frozen bananas
1 15 oz can pureed pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 cup unsweetened vanilla flax milk or water
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup oatmeal
3 Tbsp maple syrup
4 dates
2 walnut halves
1 Tbsp dried cranberries

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Blend bananas, pumpkin, spice, oatmeal, maple syrup, dates, and flax milk until smooth. Pour in two glasses and garnish with walnuts and cranberries.

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