Now that the girls are getting older, we have started some fun family birthday traditions and this birthday cake smoothie is one of them.  It is basically vanilla birthday cake in smoothie form.  I wanted to share this recipe with you because my girls quickly inhale it whenever I make it and think it is the most special way to start their most special day of the year.  Little do they know it is full of plant-based protein and cauliflower (cue the evil mom laugh).  It is a total win-win.  They think I’m the coolest mom ever for giving them a cake-like smoothie on their birthday morning and I’m thrilled they are eating a nutritious veggie-based breakfast.

One thing I learned from this recipe is that if you put whipped cream and sprinkles on anything kids will gobble it up.  Big surprise there, right?  I did use vegan, soy-free whipped cream and vegan, dye-free sprinkles so I feel a bit better about the whole situation.

It is hard to believe my girls are turning five and three years old.  Their birthdays are just two days apart so we have a lot of celebrating with family and special surprises for the girls these next couple of days.  Of course Riley and Jade love, love, love sweets (what kid doesn’t?) and raced each other to the bottom with this birthday cake smoothie.  These girls are best buds until you put a birthday treat with sprinkles in between them with only one straw.  Oh, man!  The pictures below may look innocent and sweet but they were vying for each sip until I stuck in the second straw.  I should have made two smoothies!  Lesson learned.

The smoothie is naturally sweetened with dates and gets creaminess from cauliflower, almond milk, slivered almonds and oats.  It may sound odd to put oats in a smoothie but not only does it add to its overall nutrition but it actually provides a sweet cake-like flavor.  The vanilla bean powder gives an intense vanilla flavor that takes this smoothie over the top.  You can substitute vanilla extract in a pinch.

I hope you enjoy this festive birthday creation as much as my family does.  It has become a birthday morning tradition in our household.   It is not just for kids – my husband and I love it too and enjoy one on our birthday mornings as well.

This recipe is vegan, soy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free and peanut-free.  I provide a nut-free version below.  If you give this recipe a try, please snap a pic and tag #eatingbyelaine and @eatingbyelaine on InstagramTwitter or Facebook so I can see your birthday cake smoothie creations.