You can always use fresh berries. Frozen berries are much cheaper, which is why I always use them in my smoothies.
Smoothies are a great place to add any leafy green. Spinach works well here because it’s a sweet green that doesn’t interfere with the taste. I didn’t add it here because frankly the original recipe makes for a prettier picture. 😊
Years ago, when I was raising my kids vegetarian, my parents had come for a visit. I gave my soul food loving father this vanilla smoothie to drink. He tried it. He looked at me and said, “I see my grandchildren are not suffering.” I found that comment hilarious. He drank the entire milkshake and asked for more.
Both of these shakes are long-standing recipes in my house. You know how you sometimes make the same thing over and over again? Not for a lack of imagination, but because it’s just that good. And this is super simple too.
Three frozen peeled bananas
Two cups or more unsweetened vanilla or plain non-dairy milk – I use plain almond milk
Two packets stevia or two tablespoons agave
Cinnamon powder to taste
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, less if you use vanilla non-dairy milk
For the chocolate milkshake, just add three tablespoons of chocolate powder to the vanilla recipe. I use Hershey’s Cocoa.
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender.
Keep frozen bananas in your freezer so you’re always ready to make a milkshake. I wait for them to get ripe, full of brown spots. Then I put them in my freezer whole and unpeeled. When I make a milkshake, I run the bananas under hot water to easily remove the skin.
You can also peel and chop them. Store peeled bananas in a freezer bag.
Using frozen bananas is the difference between a banana smoothie and a vanilla milkshake.
3-4 organic carrots broken in half or cut in pieces (depends on how powerful a blender you use)
1-2 cups almond milk or any non-dairy milk (depends on how thick you want your smoothie)
1-2 tablespoons of agave or maple syrup
ground cinnamon or ground pumpkin pie spice (to taste). Start with a teaspoon.
2 cups of kale
small handful walnuts
Add all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth!
I’ve been drinking this in the morning before breakfast. It makes a great coffee replacement. Carrots have a lot of natural sugar in them. I notice a boost in energy whenever I drink this.
All of the ingredients are to taste. If you want it sweeter, add more agave or another banana. If you want to make this smoothie more of a meal replacement, add the walnuts which adds good fat and extra calories.
Once I made the smoothie with water instead of milk. Yuck! Milk is definitely the way to go. I love this smoothie (I love all the smoothies I’ll share on my blog!). It’s an easy way to get vegetables in you. Also the kale (or any leafy green) is not noticeable. Try a couple pieces of kale instead of two cups if you are hesitant. I promise you won’t taste the “bitter greeniness” of kale.
A high-powered blender like a VitaMix or Ninja or Blendtec are preferred for all smoothies, especially for blending a tough vegetable like carrots. Use what you have in your kitchen now. Add more milk until the smoothie is no longer chunky (hence why it’s called a smoothie and not a “chunkie!”) Enjoy!
If you like macaroni salad, egg salad, potato salad, then you’ll love this chickpea salad. It’s a Gena Hamshaw recipe from her cookbook Power Plates. I eat this every day for lunch. It’s that good. And it’s super simple to make. Below is my adapted version of the recipe.
3 cups cooked chickpeas, or 2 (15-ounce, or 425g) cans, drained and rinsed