{Recipe} Sensational Smoothies

Our new, shiny, RED Blendtec blender arrived last week!

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Lately, our Powermill blender has been acting up, demonstrating to us that it is ready for early retirement. It has served us well for 5 years. I had always been happy with the texture achieved by the Powermill, but the Blendtec makes the silkiest, smoothest green smoothies. It leaves the Powermill for dead.

When the Blendtec arrived, we eagerly opened the box and began excitedly discussing possible smoothie combinations.

Mat decided on an orange, carrot, rockmelon, banana and baby spinach blend. Yes, a whole carrot. The Blendtec took it in her stride. I was enraptured from that moment.

Blenders get heavy use in our house, but the excitement of a new blender (that is so easy to clean) has resulted in an escalation of smoothie making. It’s so easy to clean! Did I mention that? Moreover, the jug and motor are much lighter than the Powermill’s.

I am posting a sample of the smoothies that my family enjoyed last week. I don’t usually measure ingredients when making smoothies, but I did last week in order to provide you with adequate instructions.

First up, my favourite. Green smoothies!

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1. Green Smoothies

Mango Citrus Berry

 Mango Citrus Berry Smoothie is a standard green smoothie at our house.  All of my green smoothies contain bananas as a base, the riper the better, and usually frozen. Frozen bananas provide a beautiful, creamy texture. I also add oranges and frozen blueberries. Mangoes are cheap and abundant at the moment, so they have been featuring regularly in our smoothies.

Mat and I prefer to use coconut water, but are happy to use filtered water if coconut water is not available. I always add ground flax seeds (linseeds) and chia seeds to my smoothies. Mat likes Maca powder so I usually add that too. The greens don’t vary considerably. I always add baby spinach leaves. If we have kale, I add 2 leaves. Otherwise, I add baby cos or cos lettuce.

You will need:

(Serves 2)

500ml coconut water or filtered water, cold

flesh of 1 mango

2 bananas (frozen is preferable, for a creamy texture)

1 orange, peeled and cut in half (remove visible seeds)

1/4 – 1/2 cup frozen blueberries

4 cups baby spinach leaves, washed

6 baby cos lettuce leaves, washed

1 heaped tsp of ground flaxseed or chia seed (or use a combination, as I do)

1 heaped tsp Maca powder

Method

1. Pour coconut water (or water) in jug;

2. Add maca powder, flax seeds/chia seeds, orange, bananas (if unfrozen), mango, and all of the leaves;

3. Lastly, add blueberries and banana (if frozen).

4. Blend until smooth (obviously, the time it takes to achieve a smooth blend will depend on the power of your blender).

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Summerrain1

This blend reminds me of summer. It is the perfect summer drink, containing mango, nectarine and pineapple. I was going to name it Summer Smoothie, but it began to rain as I took the photos, so a new name was bestowed upon it. 

You will need:

(Serves 2)

5ooml coconut water or filtered water, cold

2 bananas (preferably frozen)

flesh of 1 mango

1 nectarine, seed removed

1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple

20 (approximately) fresh mint leaves

5 cups of baby spinach leaves

1 heaped tsp of ground flax seeds or chia seeds (or a combination)

Method

1. Pour coconut water or water in jug;

2. Add the flax seeds/chia seeds, mango, nectarine, pineapple, and all of the leaves;

3. Add banana (frozen or unfrozen);

4. Blend until smooth.

Just to set the record straight, I don’t drink green smoothies out of wine glasses. I use this….

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….which gives you an idea of the portion size of my smoothies. No small glasses for me!

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2. Coconut water/water-based smoothie (not green):

Mat's smoothieA

Mat usually has a green smoothie each day. Depending on the particular workout he has endured, he may also make this smoothie.

I usually have some too because it is scrumptious! Or he shares it with the kids.

You will need:

(serves 2)

15 raw almonds, soaked overnight

5 dates, soaked overnight

15g goji berries, soaked overnight

1 cup frozen blueberries

3 bananas (preferably frozen)

500ml coconut water or filtered water, cold

1 heaped tsp maca powder

3 heaped dessertspoons of protein powder (we use Vital or Sun Warrior)

Method

1. Pour coconut water or water in jug;

2. Add maca powder, protein powder, dates, goji berries, bananas (if unfrozen);

3. Add blueberries, bananas (if frozen) and almonds;

4. Blend until smooth.

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3. Non-dairy Milk-based Smoothies

Mango Berry

Mango Berry is one of my daughter’s favourite smoothie concoctions. She’s not too keen on green smoothies, unfortunately. She will drink a tiny amount because she understands that they are healthy but she doesn’t request them. She prefers rice or soy milk-based smoothies.

Our 3 year old will drink any type of smoothie. Our 6 year old went off green smoothies a couple of years ago (after enjoying them as a toddler), but in recent days (yay!) he is enjoying them again -it must be the new blender! 

You will need:

(2 child-size serves)

1 cup organic soy milk or protein-enriched rice milk

flesh of 1 mango

1/4 cup frozen blueberries

1/4 cup frozen raspberries

1 banana (preferably frozen)

1 heaped tsp ground flax seeds/chia seeds (or a combination)

5 ice cubes

Method:

1. Pour non-dairy milk in jug;

2. Add ground flax seeds/chia seeds, mango and banana (if unfrozen);

3. Add blueberries, raspberries, bananas (if frozen) and ice cubes;

4. Blend until smooth.

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Chocberry1

Raw cacao powder is delicious in smoothies. Bananas and frozen blueberries complement the rich chocolaty flavour. I don’t use cacao powder in my green smoothies (maybe I should!), but I do like using it to make hot chocolate (in winter) and raw desserts.  My kids enjoy it in their milk-based smoothies. I really enjoyed this smoothie, and will probably indulge in it again soon.

You will need:

(2 child-size serves)

1 cup organic soy milk (or your preferred non-dairy milk)

2 bananas (preferably frozen)

1 heaped tbsp avocado

1 heaped tbsp cacao powder

1/4 cup frozen blueberries

1 heaped tsp ground flax seeds/chia seeds (or a combination)

Method

1. Pour soy milk in jug;

2. Add flax seeds/chia seeds, avocado, cacao powder, bananas (if unfrozen);

3. Add blueberries, and bananas (if frozen);

4. Blend until smooth.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate

My sons are enamoured with peanut butter and bananas sandwiches, so I suggested that they may like a peanut butter and banana smoothie. Of course, they thought it was a brilliant idea! The addition of raw cacao powder gives this smoothie a richer flavour.

You will need:

(2 child-size serves)

2 cups protein-enriched rice milk (or your preferred non-dairy milk)

2 bananas (Yep, you guessed it!…preferably frozen)

1 tbsp cacao powder

1tbsp natural peanut butter (sugar-free, salt-free);

1 heaped tsp ground flax seeds/chia seeds (or a combination)

Method

1. Pour rice milk in jug;

2. Add ground flax seeds/chia seeds, cacao powder, peanut butter.

3. Add bananas (frozen or unfrozen);

4. Blend until smooth.

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What is your favourite smoothie recipe? Please share it with all of us!

If you recently posted a smoothie recipe on your blog, I am happy for you to share the link in the comments section if you would like to. 

I know that a few of you are trying to establish a regular green smoothie habit. If you would like some tips or ideas, please use the comments section too. I am sure that the seasoned green smoothie drinkers among us would be happy to help! I am all too happy to spread the green smoothie joy. 🙂

Every Monday, I feature a delicious vegan recipe that is enjoyed by my family – I hope your family enjoys it too!

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About Ally
Mamma. Vegan. I blog at Made of Stars.

22 Responses to {Recipe} Sensational Smoothies

  1. Oh, man. Those mangoes have me longing for a hot summer. Beautiful, beautiful pictures of the finished smoothies, too. I’ve not ventured into the realm of smoothies much…but if I had a high performance blender, I might have to!

    • Ally says:

      There is a sweet irony regarding this post and those summery fruits. As I was typing it, we had pouring rain and wild winds! We have had a flood warning. It’s weather for hot chocolate, not smoothies! It’s still raining. The wind is freaking me out! (We live on a hill so we are safe from flooding).
      My sister doesn’t have a high speed blender. She is getting good results making green smoothies with her ‘regular’ blender- it just takes longer.

  2. I’ve been thinking about getting a Blendtec! So far, my 5 year old food processor does a decent job of making smoothies but I know they would be even better from a proper blender. Wish I could find fresh mangoes these days, I adore mango in smoothies.

    • Ally says:

      It feels like a big financial investment. If you have a machine that you are happy with, that’s great! Ours was starting to struggle and emit a burning smell : -/ We were choking on chunks of leaves, where in the past it was blending brilliantly.
      Mangoes are glorious! I will miss them when summer ends.

  3. YAY! now we can be BBFs! (Blendtec Buddies Forever)

    I’ve been dying for someone I know to get a Blendtec so we can rave and brag about how much we love them. Hehe 😉

    • Ally says:

      Woo hoo! What colour is yours?! I’m impressed with how it grinds nuts. Mat used it to grind sprouted lentils and sprouted quinoa. He also used it to process parsley (using the water in jug method).
      How many cycles are you on? We’re using it a few times a day, so we will surely hit 10 000 cycles before the 7 year mark.

      • Hehe… 1379 cycles and I’ve had it for nearly two years. It’s easy to rack them up – like you, mine gets use at least once a day (usually more), so it was well worth the investment! I have the Blendtec Xpress which only comes in black and has totally different settings to yours (I have a CHART of 30 pre-programmed cycles, I can also customise the buttons to suit what I use most which is great but also a little overkill).

        I’m yet to figure out the nut butter thing. Can’t seem to do it without adding oil/roasting the nuts first (as per youtube videos), was just thinking last week maybe it’s worth investing in the twister jar because my food processor is about 40 years old (that’s not an exaggeration, it belonged to my grandmother-in-law) and isn’t capable of making nut butters or coconut butter… I once had it running for 18 mins straight and still only had powder, no oil release!

        It’s so great at grinding! Omg! Flax meal awesomeness. Home made nut flours. Yes yes yes!

        Did you get a recipe book with yours?

      • Ally says:

        Yeah, we felt that it was worth the investment too, knowing that it would get heavy use. 🙂 We’ve had it a week today and it’s done 32 cycles.
        Those old blenders were made to last! My mum had one that lasted for over 30 years. Glass jug, of course.
        I haven’t tried making nut butter yet.
        Our local health food store has a set up where you can freshly grind macadamia, cashew, peanut and almond butters. It’s really quick and easy. I’ll probably stick with that unless bulk nuts are on sale.
        I’ll have to try flax seed in it. I usually use a small coffee grinder.
        Oh I bet it’s great at grinding oats to flour! We usually do that in the coffee grinder too but we have to do it in batches because the grinder is tiny.
        Yes, we got a recipe book. It’s quite comprehensive, with good recipes and photos, and vegan recipes – unlike most of those dodgy recipe books you get with kitchen appliances.

  4. susykat says:

    Love the photos and your recipes! I have fallen head over heels for green smoothies – I honestly now can’t even contemplate going a day without one! For almost three weeks, I have been having them twice a day. My favourite recipe is: 1 mango, 1/3 of a pineapple, 2 bananas, 1 orange, 1 tbsp shredded coconut, a couple of handfuls of baby spinach leaves, 6 choy sum leaves, 1tbsp chia seeds, 1 tbsp flax seed meal, ice cubes and a dash of soy milk. I’m now also adding 1 tbsp of hemp seeds to my smoothies 🙂 I also LOVE combinations including peanut butter or almonds and dates with some Vega chocolate powder.
    I’d love a Blendtec but my blender is coping well for now 😉

    • Ally says:

      Oh I’ll have to try that! It sounds yummy. I have everything except choy sum and hemp seed at the moment. I have had bok choy in my smoothie before.
      I’m glad you are maintaining the two per day habit.

  5. uberdish says:

    Mmmm! Your smoothies look divine! I’m going to whip up the peanut butter chocolate smoothie tomorrow for breakfast. Congrats on your Blendtec!!

  6. Yay, exciting about your Blendtec. Yum, love all the photos and smoothie recipes. I spot Loving Earth, too. Love their products 🙂

    • Ally says:

      We are enjoying our new toy 😉
      We can get a few Loving Earth products at one of our local health food stores now. In the past, we had to order online.
      I hope you enjoyed your break. 🙂

  7. thombeed says:

    thanks for sharing these recipes. I have been looking to try a few so I have bookmarked so I can buy the ingredients… have you made a mango lassi before (I guess its a smoothie really) I made one so I’d like to share it with you as you have a super duper new machine 🙂 thanks http://veganismo.me/2012/11/01/vegan-mango-lassi/

    • Ally says:

      Oh yum! Thanks! I don’t think I have ever had a mango lassi because, as you know, they are usually dairy based. I may have had one as a child.
      Vanilla Vitasoy rocks 🙂
      This looks great. I will have to get some vanilla Vitasoy. I have everything else. 🙂 Thanks Thom.

  8. Sophie33 says:

    I just voted for you, Ally! All of your tasty smoothies look insanely tasty! 🙂 MMMMM! Your new Blentec is looking lovely too! Have fun playing with it!

  9. liveblissful says:

    wow these all look awesome, i have to get one of these. i cant believe it can liquidise a carrot. my blender doesnt even completely break down spinach leaves. i will get on and vote for you, good luck!

  10. Vanessa says:

    Ooh so many fun new smoothie recipes I need to try out! You are definitely getting some good use out of the new blender!

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