This smoothie tastes like a thick and creamy (purple) milkshake. It is naturally sweetened with dates and purple sweet potato and flavored with sweet cinnamon and vanilla. It basically tastes like dessert.
Smoothies are typically known for helping to sneak in fruits into your diet. But, more and more people are using smoothies to sneak in veggies too. Recently I posted a smoothie recipe that contains FOUR different vegetables (Blueberry Veggie Smoothie ). This proves that not all vegetable smoothies have to be green. I’m chasing the rainbow here with some new creations lately!
This latest smoothie recipe is so luxurious and decadent and yet it is all vegetables and no fruit. I used frozen riced cauliflower (which has a neutral flavor) and frozen sweet potatoes. I went with frozen purple sweet potatoes which I found in the frozen section of Whole Foods. But any type of frozen sweet potato will work in terms of flavor and texture (the color will obviously change to orange with an orange sweet potato or stay white with a white sweet potato).
This smoothie gets it protein boost from almond milk, almond butter and hemp seeds. It offers loads of fiber, healthy fats and nutrients. And it has been a grand slam hit with my kiddos (plus they love the purple color).
I buy my smoothie vegetables frozen and store in my freezer. I tried steaming them and freezing myself but found the flavor of the vegetable comes out too much when cooked and ruins the taste of the smoothie. The raw, prepackaged frozen vegetables tend to work much better for my taste buds.
So have I convinced you yet that vegetables in your morning smoothie are a fabulous idea? I promise you that you really will not taste the vegetables at all in this smoothie.
- 1 cup unsweetened, plain almond milk (or any non-dairy milk such as cashew, rice, oat or hemp milk)
- 1 cup frozen purple sweet potato (or orange or white sweet potato if you don't care about the color of your smoothie)
- ½ cup frozen riced cauliflower
- 1 cup ice cubes (or more for a frostier smoothie)
- 3 tablespoons hemp seeds
- 2 tablespoons raw almond butter
- 3 pitted dates (you can soak these in advance if you have time)
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla bean powder (or ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract or use vanilla flavored non-dairy milk)
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. You may want to put the dates at the bottom to ensure they get blended in well. Taste and add more dates for sweetness if desired. You may also want to add more cinnamon or vanilla for added flavor. I like to add extra ice for a frostier smoothie.