OK, so in an attempt to not eat oat bran for every meal while in Colorado, I’ve been trying to concoct the perfect HEAB smoothie recipe.
No ordinary smoothie will do, and I’m pretty picky. Following is my list of criteria:
- It must be filling, especially if I’m going to have the smoothie for breakfast.
- A HEAB smoothie must be thick and creamy. I grew up on ice-cream milkshakes y’all. Glasses full of watery pooh don’t cut it for me.
- I want to look forward to it…actually crave it. Tossing back a glass full of something that I don’t even really enjoy? That’s no fun!
- Simple ingredient list – Lots of add-ins tend to stress me out.
- It needs to clock in at under a 1,000 calories…okay, preferably 300 to 400 calories.
I thought frozen rhubarb was the answer, and although this healthy fruit does make for a yummy smoothie, I wasn’t going to bed dreaming of my morning rhubarb/rice protein powder shake, ya know? It makes for a lovely snack in-between meals if I’m really hungry, but that’s about it. Then…CONFESSION TIME…in a moment of weakness, I did something I haven’t done in years. I bought Raspberry Ice flavored Crystal Light. I did, and I’ll be honest – it makes for a delicious fruity low-cal shake. However, I don’t need to go down that road again, and so no more!
After 2 weeks of experimenting, I think I have found my favorite recipe. I’ve had different versions of this smoothie in the past, and I just keep coming back to this combo…
If given the choice between fruit or chocolate, I’ll always choose chocolate. Besides, as you know, I try to keep my fruit to one serving a day. For any new readers, I have issues with fructose, the natural sugar found in fruit. You can read about it here. Anyway, this recipe is fairly simple, fills my belly, and I totally look forward to every last bite!
- 2 cups unsweetened plain almond milk
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 banana
- 1 TBSP cocoa powder
- 1 packet stevia
- 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
- 1/2 tsp guar gum
Freezing the avocado and banana would make for an even creamier smoothie, especially if you don’t have the gums on hand. However, I used fresh this morning. Xanthan and guar gums are natural thickeners. You can read about both at Bob’s Red Mill website. They are not necessary, but I LOVE adding them to my smoothies – so much fluff, and the creaminess factor is to die for! They are pricey, but a bag will last you forever as you use so little at a time. A shout-out to reader Deb for kindly keeping the Uniblogger Cabin’s gum supply stocked here in Colorado. Love you Deb!
So, what happened to the rest of the Crystal Light you ask?
Last night, CD made dark chocolate raspberry truffles. They contained:
- 2 full squares of Baker’s unsweetened chocolate
- 1 serving raspberry ice Crystal Light On-The-Go
- 1 spoonful cocoa powder
- 1 spoonful of half-n-half
Artificial sweetener?!? Dairy?!? The horror, I know…but you know what? I ate one, and I’d do it again. That was one kick a$$ truffle CD!
What’s your favorite smoothie combo?