7 Day Vegan – Day Four

I like smoothies.  For the past few years, every week or so, I’ve made a big blender full of smoothie, poured it into 10-12 little kid cups, and put these serving size cups in the freezer.  These make for delicious after dinner snacks.  Depending on the ingredients in the smoothie, these will have an ice cream like consistency (after thawing for about 10 minutes) and a flavor that will satisfy my sweet tooth.  Here’s the problem though: three of the ingredients that have made these smoothies so delightful (yogurt, honey, and whey protein) aren’t vegan.  So for this week at least, I’ve got to try some new smoothie ideas.  I found a recipe for something called a Banana Bread Super Food Smoothie.  It was vegan and it looked pretty amazing so I gave it a shot last night.

I didn’t have any flax seed oil or medjool dates so I made a few adjustments.  Here’s what I landed on:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 2 bananas (they weren’t frozen but next time they will be)
  • 1/3 cup cooked quinoa (the quinoa actually had some fajita seasoning in it but I thought I’d try it anyway)
  • 1 tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • a pinch of all spice

Blend it.  Pour it into serving size cups (I did 4 small ones.) Freeze it for a few hours.  Enjoy.

I’d call this one a success.  I”ll make some changes next time.  I’ll use all almond milk instead of water so that it doesn’t freeze as solid.  I’ll use frozen bananas so I can enjoy it cold sooner if I want.  And quinoa without fajita seasoning – who would have thought this would be a bad idea?  Overall though, this one is a keeper.

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