Strawberry Shortcake Banana Maca Smoothie
Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie
For a speedy, simple, and nutritious start to your morning try this strawberries shortcake smoothie. Featuring healthy fats, a bit of cinnamon for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory magic, and a heaping teaspoon or two of maca for all of its balancing and energizing splendor, this recipe boasts nearly 22 grams of muscle building, plant-based protein, 17 grams of filling fiber, and a healthy dose of iron in each serving. A word of caution: this smoothie should be included as part of a balanced diet or shared with a friend as it is a bit of a calorie bomb, coming with 531 calories. Additional nutritional information (per batch): Calories 531; Fat 22.3g; Carbohydrates 65.2g; Protein 21.9g; Fiber 17g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 159mg; Sugar 21.8g; Vitamin C: 58.6%; Iron 41%; Calcium 15.4%
I whipped this up in a jiffy using the single-serve cup attachment of my Ninja Mega Kitchen System but you should be able to duplicate it in any blender with sufficient power.
The liquid in this smoothie comes from my new favorite plant-based “milks,” from Elmhurst 1925. Though Elmhurst has been around for almost a century, they’ve only recently switched over to plant-based “milks,” several of which I was able to taste for the first time in my local grocery store just last week. What makes Elmhurst my favorite? Everything they stand for. Not only were the milked hazelnuts, milked walnuts, and milked almonds I sampled delicious, smooth, creamy, and nutritious, they’re low in sodium, have a sugar content in the single digits, and are comprised only of ingredients I recognized and could pronounce. Added bonus: they’re from right here in Western New York! I’ll have a longer review of their products up soon but in the mean time, you can read more here and, if you find that you love their promise as much as I do, you can click here to find a store (hopefully) near you!
This recipe also features one of my favorite plant-based protein powders from Bob’s Red Mill. Their Vanilla Protein Powder Nutritional Booster is vegan, gluten free, soy free, stevia free and incorporates both prebiotics and probiotics along with a hefty dose of protein.
- ½ of a Frozen Banana
- 1⁄8 of an Avocado (fresh or frozen)
- 1 Scoop Bob’s Red Mill Vanilla Protein Powder Nutritional Booster with Chia & Probiotics
- 2 Teaspoons Navitas Maca Powder
- 1 Teaspoons Cinnamon
- 1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla
- 1 Tablespoon Cashew Butter
- 1⁄4 Cup Gluten Free Rolled Oats
- 3⁄4 Cup Elmhurst's Milked Hazelnuts
- Add all ingredients to the single serve blender bottle and blend until well mixed. For blenders with less power (or to save yourself a few seconds) add liquids first, then powders, then almond butter and fresh fruit, saving frozen fruit for last (so it’s closed to the blades when you flip it upside down and attach it to your blender’s base).
- Serve immediately in your favorite glassware or smoothie bowl or swap out the blade attachment for a lid and take it to go.
- To make this nut free, swap out the cashew butter for sunflower seed butter and hazelnut milk for some Ripple and you should be good to go!
- Having a hard time finding my favorite milked hazelnuts? Substitute your favorite plant-based milk.
- Prefer smoothie bowls? Reduce the amount of plant-based milk to 1/2-3/4 cup and garnish with freshly sliced strawberries, an extra tablespoon of oats, and some cacao nibs.
- Enjoy thinner smoothies? Increase to 1.5 cups of milk.
- If you're blender is struggling a bit try slicing your bananas into ½ or ¼ inch thick discs before freezing.