This vibrant smoothie is packed with healthy fats, protein, and incredible flavor. If you're like me and you get stuck in a smoothie rut try out this classic yet unique combo.
The foundation of this smoothie are frozen banana and frozen wild blueberries. You can either pick the wild blueberries yourself and freeze them or buy them from the store. Wild blueberries are naturally smaller than farm grown blueberries. Their flavor is more intense because they have less water content and they tend to be sweeter. I absolutely adore them.
You will also want raw almonds. I always have some in my pantry. At some point I will be doing a vegan pantry essentials post because I think knowing what kinds of things to keep on hand is super useful. Raw almonds is one of those things. I don't recommend using roasted and/or salted almonds. If you don't have raw almonds sub for almond butter!
Next come the super foods chia and hemp seeds which are two more of my pantry staples. I love adding them to smoothies. They are nutritional power houses. Hemp seeds are also incredible salad toppers. If you don't have them on hand don't worry about running out to the store just for this smoothie. Always keep in mind when you see ingredients that aren't foundational to flavor or texture they are suggestions and optional.
I like to add a dash of cinnamon, coconut kefir, and protein powder to mine which are also optional. Adding kale or spinach is also a great option just know you won't achieve that incredible bright purple color. If you have frozen banana, frozen wild blueberries, almonds, and plant milk you can still make this smoothie!
Wild Blueberry Almond Smoothie
Vegan | Gluten Free | Soy free
1 frozen banana
2/3 cup frozen wild blueberries
2 tbsp raw almonds, sub almond butter or use both
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tsp chia seeds
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2/3 cup plant milk*
coconut kefir or vegan yogurt, optional
plant based protein powder, optional
1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high until smooth. Be sure the almonds have been fully blended so that it is not gritty.
2. Taste and adjust flavor if desired. Best if enjoyed immediately. Can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container like a mason jar up to 24 hours. Can be frozen for up to a week. To thaw put in the fridge overnight.
I have found that 2/3 cup plant milk works for my Ninja Supra Kitchen System both the individual serving size and the traditional blender. If you have a Vitamix or a different blender you may need more or less plant milk.
If you make this recipe tag @vexkitchen on Instagram. I love to see your creations!