Vanilla Milkshake Smoothie

I love fruit smoothies; they are so quick to make and totally versatile.  I think this recipe is delicious on its own, especially at this time of year when there isn’t any fruit in season here in Colorado, but I also use it as a base and vary the fruit or flavorings based on what is in season.  It’s full of potassium, fiber, and is sweetened only with natural sugars.  To me, it’s as satisfying as any milkshake and I get to feel great afterwards too. 

Smoothies are a great use of fruit that is slightly past its prime.  When you have bananas going brown and aren’t up for baking banana bread, break them into chunks and store them in the freezer.  Same for berries, peaches, or any other fruit that is starting to look a little sad.  Keep them in separate bags if you want to make specific creations, or just throw them all in one bag and you’ll get a different smoothie every time.  Personally, I eat my veggies on a plate and not in my smoothies, but if you are into veggie smoothies, by all means, go for it. 

I am the proud owner of a Magic Bullet, yes, as seen on tv, and that’s what I like to use for a smoothie for one, because it’s a quick cleanup.  To serve more people, just use double, triple, etc. the amount of ingredients and use your blender.  Any extra can be poured into ice cube trays or popsicle makers and frozen for a future pick-me-up. 

  • 1/4-1/3 cup hempseeds
  • 3/4 cup water (can vary depending on how thick you want it to be; just make sure you have enough to allow all of the frozen fruit to process smoothly)
  • One banana (cut into chunks if you didn’t freeze it that way)
  • 1 date, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder (I happen to have vanilla powder and like to use it when no cooking is involved, but you can use vanilla extract or a high quality vanilla flavor instead)

Other Flavor/Nutrition options:

  • Add a Tablespoon (or to taste) cocoa or carob powder
  • Add frozen berries instead of about 1/3 to 1/2 the banana
  • Add frozen peaches or nectarines instead of 1/3 the banana
  • Add powdered calcium, omega three oils, or superfood powder
  • Add fresh vegetables with the hemp seeds
  • Add whatever your heart, and your body, desires

Put the hemp seeds and water in your blender and blend on high until smooth.  Add the remaining ingredients and start by pulsing to break them up.  Blend on high quickly to create a uniform mixture.  Remove the cover and stir, then blend again if necessary.  Enjoy!

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