Even though they often look like a swamp-drink, I’ve been drinking smoothies like this one every morning for weeks now. My mom generously gifted me the Vitamix I’d had my eyes on for Christmas and it’s been smoothie-town up in here ever since. It’s a pretty healthful way to begin the day and since we are notorious breakfast skippers in this house, it’s the best lazy breakfast during the week. The swampy hue comes from a big handful of spinach, but it’s not even a detectable flavor, though visually it’s no beauty. The key is drinking it before it reaches room temperature, because that’s when the spinach really oxidizes and turns into some sort of swamp-thang.
This cherry almond smoothie is my favorite lately. It reminds me of that Jergens lotion my grandma always wore, but delicious. I know…I’m really selling it here. What I mean is that stuff smells like almond extract and even though it’s a pretty powerful flavor, I love it. Especially with cherries and something creamy. When we were living in Michigan I became straight-up obsessed with tart cherries. Recently, I spotted giant bags of organic tart cherries (at Costco) and I’ve been hoarding them a bit and churning them into our morning smoothies. I even blended some into a beet puree for Casper–jury’s still out on whether or not he’s into beets. So, this smoothie basically tastes like dessert, but healthier because spinach and hemp hearts and all that hippie shit. It’s tart from the cherries, fragrant from the almond extract, sweet from the banana, creamy from the almond milk, and totally filling thanks to the almonds and hemp hearts.
Cherry Almond Smoothie
Makes 1 large (breakfast sized) smoothie.
Sometimes I do half yogurt, half almond milk here. Go wild, be yourself. Also, the order the ingredients are listed is the order I layer them in my blender, I feel like it blends best this way, but really do whatever.
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or whatever milk you prefer)
1 tablespoon hemp hearts (or flax seeds or chia seeds)
2 tablespoons raw almonds
1/4 of a frozen banana
1 cup frozen tart cherries
1 heaping cup baby spinach leaves
a dash, like 1/8 teaspoon, pure almond extract
Layer all of the ingredients in your blender and blend! Tamp down the ingredients as needed, blend until smooth. Drink.
Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
I feel you on this swamp drink situation! When I started making smoothies in my Vitamix (eee! They are the best, right?!), my fiance was all ‘Ew gross, I’m not drinking that!’, but then he did and now he loves spinach smoothies, soooo go figure?
Looks like a delicious smoothie! I really ought to make those more often, they’re so healthy and tasty…especially ones like this! Love cherry + almond 🙂
Jessica @ Golden Brown and Delicious
The best smoothies are always the worst colors. This version sounds incredible!
My smoothies always look like science experiments when I pour them into a cup. Ha! They’re still good tho. I can imagine this one is quite taste. Oh and that jergens lotion reference.. I know the exact smell that you are talking about..
This smoothie sounds so healthy and the fact it tastes like dessert is a nice bonus! Definitely best to drink chilled…