Ever since we started this journey and even before becoming vegan, we’ve been drinking smoothies. Some good, others bad, but have always enjoyed a thick, rich punch of goodness. We’ve experimented quite a bit and feel as though we have perfected quite a unique, and not so minimal, smoothie blend. There are some powerful superfoods like cacao, blueberries, hemp seeds, fermented brown rice protein and flaxseeds to maximise our nutrient intake as vegans first thing in the morning.
I’d like to go through and list all the ingredients and their benefits. The only smoothie that’s as healthy as this one that we have loved just as much is one we had in Byron Bay at Naked Treaties. They do some amazing smoothies, so if you find yourself in Byron Bay, it’s a must try!
Cacao – Cacao powder (not to be confused with cocoa) is full of magnesium, calcium and it’s also the highest plant based source of iron.
Hemp Seeds – A wonderful source of omega 3 and 6. I normally also associate hemp seeds with it being a complete protein also containing all 10 essential amino acids.
Banana – When using bananas, especially for cooking, blending and baking, have them ripe with lots of black spots. They will taste better and also have more nutrients! Bananas are a great source of potassium, they also help to sustain your blood sugar during exercise.
Almond Milk – If you buy almond milk, make sure that it has a good ratio of almonds to water, as some have a maximum of 2% almonds in it! We usually buy a local brand that can be found in the fridge at the supermarket or health food store. You can taste that it has a much richer flavour and definitely more almonds. It contains quite a wide range of vitamins. It’s a great base for any smoothie!
Cashews – They are a raw vegan dessert lovers best friend! We love to add them to curries, smoothies, raw desserts and just anything that we want to make nice and thick. They are full or nutrients and the right kind of fat. Don’t overindulge in them though as some people can have reactions to consuming too many (like an itchy throat).
Flaxseeds – They are a wonderful source of omega 3 fatty acids as well as a great source of fibre!
Blueberries -These little cuties help to lower your risk of heart disease, are high in antioxidants, and aid digestion.
Fermented Brown Rice Protein – We love this brand of protein powder, but any organic, raw and vegan (and preferably fermented) protein powder will work for this recipe. When it’s fermented it helps with digestion. Try and avoid ones that have certain flavours as they may have unnecessary additives.
Chia Seeds – Another wonderful source of omega 3s! Chia seeds are an amazing source of manganese, calcium and magnesium. They are also a wonderful source of fibre. Chia seeds are a must in a vegan kitchen!
Coconut Water – We always buy organic coconut water as I’ve heard that they are quite heavily sprayed otherwise. One of the main reasons I love coconut water is the fact that it’s filled with electrolytes.
So there you have it, sounds great huh? Hope you enjoy this smoothie and that it’ll give you plenty of energy!
- 3 large ripe bananas or if you want it more like a frozen thick shake, add half frozen, half fresh
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 3 heaped tbsp cacao powder
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp flax seeds
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds
- 2 tbsp protein powder (we use a raw, bio-fermented brown rice one)
- 1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
- 1 cup (250ml) coconut water
- 375 ml almond milk
- Put all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until you reach a smooth consistency. This should make approximately 1.4 litres of smoothie.
Michael and I will split the smoothie and drink it for breakfast. I would say that some people may find that it serves more than 2 people as we do consume quite a bit of food 🙂 Feel free to experiment with ingredients and don’t feel like you need to have everything to make this work. Generally the base will be bananas, almond milk and then throw in anything else that works well together. Have fun with it!