I LOVE a good smoothie. It’s a great way to start the day and keeps me full for hours. Makes a great snack or light meal, too. I don’t have a Vitamix but do have a smoothie-cup-attachment for my Oster blender, which works fantastic. It has its own lid so I can drink right out of the cup. I’m sure a regular blender would work fine, but you may need to stop and stir a few times.
This is my favorite smoothie recipe. I created it a few years ago and it never gets old. You can easily substitute some of the ingredients for what you have on hand and still have it turn out fabulous. Since I use frozen fruit, there is no need for ice cubes that can water down the flavor. Besides tasting great, there is no added sugar in this recipe (just a little from the berries and unsweetened coconut) and lots of fiber, nutrients, and protein. Like all my recipes, this is dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan.
Coconut Berry Smoothie
-Frozen berries (I like a combination of strawberries and blueberries)
-Unsweetened, unsulphered coconut flakes
-Ground flax meal
-Walnuts, pecans, or almonds
-Unsweetened almond or coconut milk beverage
-Vanilla protein powder (I like Life’s Basics Unsweetened Vanilla with hemp, chia, rice, and pea protein–makes any smoothie taste great)
-optional: greens powder (I like Amazing Grass Greens Super Food–This can change the taste of the smoothie but I don’t notice it much in a berry smoothie and the cinnamon helps, too.)
Fill a large glass 2/3 full of frozen berries. Fill glass with milk. Pour into blender. Add 1 heaping tablespoon each of: coconut, ground flax meal, and nuts. Add 2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder, a few dashes of cinnamon, and approximately 10-15 drops liquid stevia. (Stevia is a naturally sugar-free sweetener and is very sweet so start with fewer drops; you can always add more.) Blend on high until smooth. Add more liquid if needed.
Please let me know if you try this recipe and how it turns out!
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