The other day we were reading through Facebook, and so many people post recipes that they like or foods that they want to make, enticing others to try the recipes or to share the foods. That is exactly what happened to us -- we were enticed by a title and a recipe that we saw on Facebook. And, because we enjoyed this one so much and will include it in our repertoire of recipes, now, we are going to share this recipe with you.
We made a smoothie. The interesting part about this smoothie is the flavour -- Raspberry Cheesecake. Who doesn't like cheesecake? We could n to figure out how this could be vegan and taste like cheesecake at the same time, unless it had some tofu in it. Guess what? This has only five ingredients, none of which are unusual or hard to get. And, for us, these ingredients are staples in our cupboards.
Making a smoothie is a quick process and takes very little time, provided you have the right tools. For our smoothie making, we use a Ninja blender. With this recipe, because there is no ice to crush, any blender will do -- even an immersion blender! If you want it totally frozen and you add ice, then make sure that your blender is strong enough to break through the ice. For us, we cut the recipe in half when making it, but we are providing the amounts for a full recipe below. The quantities provided make about 3 cups.
For this recipe, you will need the following:
1 1/2 cups almond milk
1 cup raspberries*, fresh or frozen
2 ripe bananas
2 Tablespoons cashews
3 pitted dates
In the blender, mix the almond milk, banana, cashews, and dates. Make sure that the mixture is mostly smooth.
Then, add the berries and blend again. Blend until it is all smooth.
You can garnish this with extra raspberries, crushed nuts, almond slivers. And, if you made too much for the one day, this smoothie will keep in the fridge for up to two days n an airtight container.
And, if you are drinking smoothies as part of a health routine, you can add a scoop of vanilla protein powder to this and boost the nutritional value.
* If you prefer other berries, blueberries, strawberries, or blackberries will work, too!
We want to note that we often put very ripe bananas in the freezer specifically for making smoothies. We have found that the most convenient way is to peel them, cut them, and freeze them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet, so they don't freeze as a big mass of banana. The banana used today was in the refrigerator for a few days, waiting to make it into the freezer. Frozen banana would have made this smoothie colder, and that would have been nice.
This was a nice treat. All of us enjoyed the flavour, but did not like the seeds of the raspberries. We are excited to try other berries to see if it still tastes as good. Also, it was easy and fast because there was no ice to crush. It was cold because of the frozen berries and frozen banana. We want to make it again and freeze the liquid to make smoothie freezer pops as a treat as the weather gets a little warmer. Did you taste the cheesecake? If you try this, let us know how it turns out.
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