Sadly…very sadly… the summer is over. But one way I like to keep those summer vibes glowing all year long is through my morning fruit smoothie. Those who know me, know I don’t do mornings, so my morning smoothies are never complicated because I frankly don’t have time. I use maybe 3-4 ingredients, and I always include a ton of fruit – typically frozen.
My base is typically juice, or non-dairy milk – really whatever is in my fridge so sometimes it’s water. Here I’ve used Silk unsweetened original almond milk. It’s a great dairy alternative, with no added sugar and non-gmo project verified.
I have only ever used Vega powders in my smoothies, been using them in some form for at lest 8 years. Their ingredients are simple and clean with no dairy, sugar or soy, and non-gmo project verified. Vega One French Vanilla is a staple in my kitchen and is what I chose to use here.
For the creamsicle flavouring, I chose to use a whole naval orange. Clementines would work well if in season, or even orange juice. The recipe I used called for strawberries. I always have multiple bags of frozen strawberries in my freezer for my morning smoothies. The recipe calls for one cup, but I felt that was to many, it really over powered the orange, so I would use less next time. I also used half a banana to thicken it up. I didn’t use ice, but you certainly could to also make it thicker.
- 2 small clementine or 1 navel orange
- 1 cup Silk® Unsweetened Almond milk
- 1 frozen banana (or 1 ripe banana plus 1/2 cup ice)
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 cup Vanilla Vega® Essentials
- or your favorite vanilla Vega protein powder)
- Add all ingredients to blender.
- Blend until smooth.
Recipe adapted from Chantal Denis, Chef at Vega HQ.
This smoothie was delicious. The orange certainly added more texture, I used a standard blender vs a fancy high speed one, but it only added to the punch of ornage flavour. I think next time I might use a chocolate protein and definitely less strawberries. This was my first time using almond milk in a smoothie, and to be honest I couldn’t taste much of the flavour over all the fruit, so I think that’s a good thing – no weird taste and all the nutrients.
Give it a try and let me know what you think!