Scandalous Swiss Chocolate Supreme Smoothie (or pudding)
I might try this one in a food processor without the water — when I’ve tried avocado in a smoothie, it’s been so rich it’s almost too much for me, so treating it as a pudding might be interesting.
Another from the Raw Divas/Green Smoothie Queen Believe in Green series.
- 2 very ripe bananas
- 1/2 avocado (skip if you have trouble digesting fruit and fat together)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (or 1/2 soaked vanilla bean)
- 2 Medjool dates (soaked in 1/4 cup water for 2 hours)
- 1 heaped tsp raw cacao powder (okay… so, maybe it’s more like a Tbsp… )
- 2 - 3 handfuls Swiss chard
- 1 cup water or as needed to blend (include date water)
Combine fruit, vanilla, dates and water and blend until smooth. Add greens a handful at a time and blend on high until all combined and smooth. I add my avocado in last and give it a final blend until it’s extra creamy. You can also sprinkle cinnamon on top to give your nose a happy hello before you take that first sweet sip! Mmmm… This is really pretty rich, so more of a dessert smoothie, but it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve had dessert for breakfast!
Zingy Garden Green Smoothie - plus juice-pulp flax crackers
I renamed it because I couldn’t keep a straight face while typing “A Juicy Way to Save the Planet”. :-)
Also from the Raw Divas/Green Smoothie Queen Believe in Green series.
- 4 - 5 large local carrots (grate carrots and use fewer if using a blender). You can also throw the greens in too, but you may need to sweeten your juice a little more depending on your tastes, but the tops pack a real nutritional punch, so it’s worth it!
- 2 organic apples (with peel)
- 1 - 2 organic English cucumbers (with peel)
- 1/2 lemon, juice of
- 4 - 5 leaves kale
- 1 - 2” piece of peeled ginger (depending on how strong you like it, I LOVE ginger)
- water as needed (if following Option 2)
- dash of cayenne (optional)
These methods apply to all of our suggested juice recipes today. Find out what Tera has to say on the best equipment for juicing!
Option 1 - (Requires a juicer) Simply run ingredients through and enjoy.
Option 2 - (Requires a blender and a nut milk bag)If following option 2, use less carrots (only 1 or 2) and grate them first to make things a little easier on your blender (unless you have a high powered blender in which case you could probably get away with more). Blend softest ingredients first with water and add remaining ingredients a handful at a time. Once your jug of green smoothie is blended, you can strain the contents through a nut milk bag to separate the juice.
The No-Waste Alternative!Note: If you have a dehydrator, you can combine the leftover juice pulp with a cup or two of ground and/or whole flax seeds (sometimes I throw in a half-cup of chia seeds too!), mix all ingredients together really well (if the pulp is really dry then I add a splash of water back in, just enough to help mix things), then spread the mix out flat to about 1/4” to 1/2” thickness on a dehydrator tray. I set the dehydrator on 105 F, start it in the afternoon, flip the mix once before I go to bed, and in the morning I have crispy flatbread crackers/bread that go great with raw hummus or salsa. I also use this as my crust for raw pizza when I’m craving something raw and gourmet!
Peachy Parsley Green Smoothie
One of the recipes from the Believe in Green series put on by The Raw Divas/Green Smoothie Queen.
- 4 - 5 juicy ripe peaches
- 1 - 2 handfuls red grapes
- 2 heads of parsley (exclude stems for smoother / sweeter result)
- 2 cups water or as needed for blending
Depending on the size of your blender, you may need to do this in two batches. Remove pits and blend peaches with grapes and water until smooth. Add handfuls of parsley and blend between each addition.
Jeweled Caribbean-ish Smoothie
We have almost, but not quite, all the ingredients needed for this smoothie on hand. Darn.
From Kristen Suzanne.
Jeweled Caribbean-ish Smoothie
Recipe by Kristen Suzanne of KristensRaw.com
Yield 1 quart
1 cup young Thai coconut water
2 bananas, peeled
2 cups pineapple, diced (I include the core)
2 handfuls romaine lettuce
2 heaping tablespoons hemp protein powder
2 tablespoons goji berries
knob of ginger
1/4 teaspoon pure raw vanilla powder
1/4 teaspoon allspice
Blend all of the ingredients and enjoy!
Maple-Pecan Green Smoothie
Based on a recipe from the Fall 2010 issue of Super Raw Life (free — click through to sign up for their mailing list and get your copy), modified to suit our preferences.
Maple-Pecan Green Smoothie
1 cup raw pecans, preferably soaked at least 2 hours
2+ cups almond milk or non-dairy milk of choice (as much as it takes to get the quantity & consistency you like — we usually make enough for two 16-oz thermoses)
2 frozen bananas
1 T Grade B maple syrup
2 Medjool dates
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1 T hemp protein powder
1 tsp maca
1 tsp chia
a large handful of kale, chard, or other greens — as much as you find palatable
Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
If you don’t have a high-speed blender, blend the greens with half of the almond milk first to ensure that they’re fully blended and broken down, then add the rest of the ingredients.
As my husband said this morning, “It tastes so much like dessert you’d never realize there’s half a bunch of chard in there!”
Raw Pear Delight Smoothie
If you like green smoothies (as I do), you could probably hide a fair quantity of greens in this.
1 mango peeled, deseeded, and diced
1/2 cup chopped pineapple
1 celery rib
juice from 1/2 lime
seeds from 1 vanilla bean
1 teaspoon raw honey
water to thin
Blend all the ingredients in a powerful blender. Adjust lime juice and honey to desired taste.
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