Java Chip Smoothie

Today is a special day – it’s my mom’s birthday! So I want to give a big birthday shout out to my fabulous mother – not only is she my biggest fan, she is one of my best friends and she deserves an amazing day! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM, I love you!

I thought I’d post a recipe today that with flavors my mom enjoys…coffee and chocolate! I’ve never been one to consume much caffeine or coffee on a regular basis but I do enjoy mocha and coffee flavored drinks and desserts. When opting for a hot drink, I would much rather have a cup of tea as opposed to coffee but I’ve also come to appreciate a little caffeine boost during the start of our new yogurt store 🙂

Here’s a mocha-inspired protein smoothie that is a delicious snack, after-workout drink or on-the-go breakfast!

Java Chip Smoothie 

Ingredients

1 cup non-dairy milk (almond, rice, coconut, soy, hemp)
2-3 dashes of ground cinnamon
1 scoop of protein powder (use soy,rice or hemp for vegan)
1-2 medjool dates
1 Tbsp raw cacao powder (regular cocoa powder could be subbed)
2 tsp instant coffee granules (regular or decaf)
4-5 ice cubes
1 tsp cacao nibs or chocolate chips for serving

Directions

1. Add non-daory milk through ice cubes to a blender and combine until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour into a glass and sprinkle with cacao bins (or chocolate chips) and enjoy!

Cran-Nana Sweet-tart Smoothie

I’ve had a bag of frozen cranberries in my freezer since the holidays. I tried making a cranberry muffin/bread/cake thing and it turned out looking like a leopard with a blueish tint– tasty but not pretty at all!

This is a must more attractive looking use of cranberries– a creamy sweet tart smoothie made with frozen banana and frozen cranberries. I added a scoop of protein powder for a hint of vanilla and extra staying power. You could sweeten this drink up with a drizzle of your favorite liquid sweetener if preferred but I enjoyed this a little on the tart side. I used coconut milk as my non-dairy milk but apple juice or orange juice could be substituted for a sweeter smoothie and a different flavor.

Cran-Nana Sweet-Tart Smoothie

Ingredients

1/3 cup frozen (or fresh) unsweetened cranberries
1 large frozen ripe banana, cut into chunks (you could use fresh and add ice cubes but will not be as creamy)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 tsp chia seed (or flaxseed meal), optional
3/4 cup non-dairy vanilla milk (coconut, almond, soy) OR (could use no-sugar-added apple or orange juice for different flavor or a combo)
drizzle of agave or honey for sweeter, optional (I omitted this but just in case you want a slightly sweeter drink)

Directions

1. Add all ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Serves 1

Apple Pie Cheesecake Smoothie

I bought a huge case of unsweetened applesauce at Costco a couple weeks ago and I’ve been trying to come up with creative ways to use it. Since I am back onto smoothies (after what I am calling a “holiday and new year hiatus”), I’ve been branching out and trying new flavor combinations. Ever since Sonia posted her apple cheesecake smoothie, I knew I had to give it a go with a few changes based on what I had on hand. I am happy to report that I am ecstatic about the results!

This smoothie recipe seriously tastes like an apple pie cheesecake in liquid form. I was dancing around my kitchen doing a fist pump as I was trying to sip this smoothie and savor all it’s deliciousness. After several near-spills, I quieted down and drank my smoothie with a giant smile on my face instead of a full-out dance 🙂

This is a must try smoothie recipe if you are a fan of apple pie and/or cheesecake. It’s thick, creamy and decadent – it might just be my favorite smoothie yet. Though I used cottage cheese, you might be able to make this vegan/dairy free by using silken tofu and adding a bit of nutritional yeast for the cheese factor, I’d like to try it for myself!

Apple Pie Cheesecake Smoothie (adapted from The Healthy Foodie)

Ingredients

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup raw red apple, diced (I used Gala OR 2 more Tbsp applesauce)
1/2 cup cottage cheese (vegan might be able to sub 1/2 cup  silken tofu & add 2 tsp nutritional yeast)
1/2 scoop vanilla or plain protein powder, optional
1 Tbsp roasted or raw almond butter
1 Tbsp flaxseed meal (or chia seed)
3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or other non-dairy milk of choice)
1/4 to 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (I use the latter)
one shake of ground cloves (small pinch)
splash of pure vanilla extract

chopped or sliced almonds + cinnamon for optional garnish

Directions

1. Add all ingredients except for garnish in a blender or a Magic Bullet and process until very smooth and well incorporated (about one minute). Pour into a glass, top with almonds and a shake of ground cinnamon. Enjoy!

Serves 1

Almond Cacao Protein Smoothie

For a couple weeks there, I was eating eggs in some form or fashion every morning for breakfast. Now for some reason or another, the sound of eggs in the morning isn’t jiving with me…I’ve been craving sweeter dishes instead of savory.

With the last several weeks before our yogurt store opens, I’ve been grabbing meals on the go while I am running errands, making phone calls and meeting with contractors. At night, things slow down where I have more time to cook (for now) but there’s always stuff to do during the day so I am staying busy! 🙂

That being said, smoothies have been one of my favorite quick breakfasts the past week, especially this decadent tasting chocolate smoothie with creamy almond butter. Cacao is a superfood with antioxidants so you can still get your chocolate fix in the morning 🙂 Almond butter is a good dose of healthy fats and will help keep you full longer while lending a slight sweetness to the drink. Two good reasons to whip this one up for breakfast or a snack!

Almond Cacao Protein Smoothie 

Ingredients

1 to 1 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla or plain almond milk* (coconut, rice, hemp or soy are all good too)
1 scoop of vanilla or chocolate protein powder of choice** (I used Jay Robb’s egg white, but for vegan use rice/hemp/or soy)
1 Tbsp raw cacao powder (cocoa powder can also be used OR carob powder for caffeine free)
1 -2  Tbsp creamy or crunchy almond butter
pinch of sea salt, optional but intensifies the chocolate flavor
1/8 – 1/4 tsp almond extract, optional but gives you that almond flavor
handful of baby spinach (you can’t taste this, just adds more nutrition)

Optional: for a creamier smoothie, add 1/2 of a banana or an avocado

Directions

1. Add all ingredients to a blender and mix until well combined. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

*Use 1 cup of non dairy milk for a thicker shake, 1 1/2 for a thinner consistency (I like mine on the thick side but accidentally added too much milk, but it was still delicious!)

**The protein powder I use is lightly sweetened with stevia. If yours is unsweetened, feel free to add agave or honey to taste or a pinch of stevia OR sweeten with one medjool date or 1/2 of a banana