4 Festive Smoothies

From Lorna Jane Clarkson

Candy Cane Smoothie

“Nothing screams merry everything more than a candy cane? Swap a lick of sweet saccharine for our whole foods candy inspired, triple ribbon smoothie!” 

candy-cane-smoothie

Serves: 2 prep time: 10 minutes

You will need:

For the green layer

3 leaves kale

1 frozen pear, core removed

1 cup coconut water

Juice of lime

For the pink layer

1/2 cup strawberries

1 cup coconut water

1 tablespoon oats or teaspoon chia

For the white layer

1 cup coconut milk

½ tsp. vanilla bean paste

2 teaspoons maple syrup

Juice of 1/2 lime

Coconut flakes (for garnish)

Let’s make it:

Blend layers separately. Pour into jar by pouring mixture over back of spoon pressed up against the side of the jar. Rotating around each side of jar for even layers. Garnish with coconut flakes.

Gingerbread Smoothie

“Not only decadently delicious, but this super food smoothie is also highly nutritious thanks to the inclusion of real ginger, which supports a healthy immune system.” 

gingerbread-smoothie

Serves: 2 prep time: 5 minutes

You will need:

2 cups almond milk

1 frozen banana

1 tablespoon almond butter

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ginger powder

Pinch of all spice

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until deliciously smooth. For an extra delicious hit, we crumbled a gluten free gingerbread cookie on top.

Frosty The Snowman Smoothie

“If you’ve been dreaming of a white Christmas this festive frosty dream is every part the perfect snowy swill! With coconut everything it’s a dietary requirement’s perfect little sweet treat with no dairy or gluten in sight.” 

snowman-smoothie

Serves: 1 prep time: 10 minutes

You will need:

For the smoothie

1 cup coconut milk

Juice 1/2 lime

Pinch vanilla bean powder or paste

1/2 cup coconut water

2 teaspoons maple syrup

1/2 cup ice cubes

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until deliciously smooth.

For the whipped coconut cream topping

400ml coconut cream

2 tablespoons icing sugar

1 tablespoon agar agar powder dissolved in 1/4 cup hot water

To make whipped coconut cream place tin in fridge overnight. Place mixing bowl and beaters in freezer 15 minutes before you make coconut whip. Place all ingredients in bowl and beat together until creamy. Place in refrigerator to thicken. Dollop on top of your smoothie and top with fresh or chocolate dipped cherries.

Sticky Date Smoothie

“Often filled with oodles of sugar and countless calories, Christmas treats can be a deadly disaster to our clean eating regime come December. But you shouldn’t have to deprive yourself!  No Christmas is complete without a spoonful of sticky date and thanks to this recipe you don’t have to go without!” 

date-smoothie-recipe

Serves: 1 prep time: 10 minutes

You will need:

For the caramel sauce

5 medjool dates

1/4 cup warm water

Place dates and water in blender and blend until smooth and thick. Adding more water if necessary. Swirl around sides of jar before pouring in smoothie mixture.

For the smoothie

3 medjool dates

2 tablespoons oats

1 tablespoon nut butter

1 cup almond milk

1 teaspoon cacao

Pinch cinnamon

Pinch Himalayan salt

Let’s make it:

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until deliciously smooth.

Want more great smoothie tips? Try this smoothie cleanse or read our interview with juice and smoothie guru, Kris Carr

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