Sunday, April 5, 2020

Snickerdoodle Tahini Date Smoothie (Vegan)

Recipe from AmbitiousKitchen
Makes 1 generous serving
Husband-Tested in Alice’s Kitchen

This smoothie is a very nice change to the usual fruit and banana smoothies that are the usual.  We loved the tahini flavor in this smoothie.  I also loved that one of the ingredients is frozen cauliflower. The cauliflower not only adds some nutrition to the mix, but also helps to thicken the smoothie. You might think that’s a bit strange in a smoothie, but the cauliflower is undetectable. 

Smoothie Ingredients:
3 large pitted Medjool dates (¼ cup packed pitted Medjool dates)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk OR light coconut milk, plus more to thin the smoothie, if needed
¾ cup frozen cauliflower
1 Tablespoon tahini (You could substitute any nut butter you’d like, but tahini is quite nice.)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Optional Smoothie Add-Ins:
1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
1 scoop of your favorite protein powder
1 Tablespoon flaxseed meal
¼ cup gluten free rolled oats

Soak the pitted dates in 1 cup of hot water for at least 5 minutes to soften them up.  While the dates are soaking, measure out the remaining ingredients.  Drain the pitted dates. Add them to a high speed blender along with the remaining ingredients. Add in and of the optional ingredients, if desired. Blend until smooth.  Add more almond (or coconut) milk to thin the smoothie, if needed.