I’m kind of one of those people who loves their comfort zone. While trying new recipes and restaurants is my jam (and let’s not even mention ever-revolving beauty product addiction), I also relish familiarity. I tend to listen to the same songs (like for a whole decade), revert to rewatching my favorite shows (ahem, the office and buffy), and apparently blend the same smoothies–this one and this one have been in the rotation for more months than I’m willing to admit. I even have favorite mugs and cups to drink from, #boring.
Obviously, I need to shake things up every once in a while or I find myself in a deep rut. This smoothie has pulled me out of my current smoothie rut (though I’m not even sick of my usual concoctions). It’s a smoothie version of the classic creamsicle. I added plenty of toasted coconut because in my head it just makes sense to add to the creamy vanilla notes and juicy orange flavors already at play. There’s also some frozen banana and mango for creamy sweetness. I used canned coconut milk in this recipe, instead of my usual almond milk, and a little kefir for added tartness. There’s a spoonful of hemp hearts for health and science. You could add some greens or spirulina (I do about half the time) to boost the health factor even more. A splash of vanilla extract brings everything into creamsicle territory. It’s definitely part of the rotation, now…probably for the next decade or so.
- 1 cup canned coconut milk
- ½ cup plain kefir
- 2½ cups frozen mango chunks
- 1 cara cara orange, peeled
- ½ frozen banana
- 2 tablespoons toasted, unsweetened, coconut
- 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place all of the ingredients into the canister of a high powered blender in the order that they are written. Blend, starting on low and gradually going up to the highest speed, once you hit the highest speed blend for 30-60 seconds. Pour into glasses.
You can swap the kefir for plain yogurt and the hemp hearts for chia or flax seeds, if you want.
Add a teaspoon of spirulina or a handful of your preferred greens (I like spinach in smoothies) to bump up the health factor.