My Roommates last year probably hated me. And it’s not because I never did the dishes or walked around nude. It was probably because I woke up early even on the weekends and made smoothies. I did try to wait until eight am on the weekends, but I figured it was my right to make my breakfast. Anyway, any sound before noon on a Saturday would have been early for them. So I just went ahead and lived my life (I’m sorry).
Smoothies are like a healthy milkshake. Debatably, when you actually use milk, it might be much more like a milkshake. But this smoothie is a simple favorite. A smoothie for the ages. A smoothie to convince those who don’t love smoothies that – huh, it’s not bad. Can you make me one?
I’ve made different varieties that may have been more unique. One such smoothie was an orange dreamsicle flavor. Another was a green smoothie that I mixed up to save me from a hangover I thought I might die from. It had the power combo of coconut water and ginger and it was actually delicious just trust me.
It’s not difficult to figure out how to dairy free-ify a smoothie, but knowing where to start if you’re not familiar can be the trick. Obviously you’ll need to figure out what liquid to use. I say liquid because you could easily use water and I have done this many times. Otherwise you’ll need to choose a milk. I prefer either unsweetened coconut milk or an almond/coconut hybrid (that I buy from Silk). These seem to pair the best with the flavors.
I like adding peanut butter for protein and healthy fat. I used to use peanut butter powder but the butter itself gives a better texture.
Cacoa powder can be found relatively cheap in Trader Joe’s, however most grocery stores will carry it, most likely in their health food section. Not only does it give a nice hint of chocolate flavor, it also is a superfood that will make you feel energetic and ready for your day.
You may notice I don’t use protein powder (besides peanut butter powder at times). I find these protein powders sometimes give me stomach aches and unfortunately a lot of them contain whey. Whey is one of those sneaky dairy ingredients that plagues my life. More on that in a future post.
Then of course you can alter anything you want in the recipe. Smoothies are one of the best foods to experiment with. However, I did promise my recipe so here it is in all of it’s imprecise glory. Any blender will work, however I use a Nutribullet. A Magic Bullet also works but takes a bit more mixing then shaking moments if you know what I mean.
1 ripe banana peeled
1 small handfull of strawberries
1 handful of blueberries
1-2 tablespoon of natural peanut butter
2 teaspoons of cacoa powder
Fill with choice of water/non-dairy milk to about halfway of ingredients. You may need to add more depending on the texture you want and in the blending process.
Enjoy! It’s a simple one but from here you can experiment and see what flavors you like most. Like avocado toast, everyone does it slightly different but sometimes the simplest recipes are the best.