Peach Mint Smoothie

First of all, when I started blogging I was in the middle of doing Shakespeare in my local community theater and now that the play is finished, I intend to start blogging more regularly in order to get some of my recipes out there to those of you who are interested in making vegan taste delicious. Eventually, my plan is to create enough tasty recipes to publish a vegan cookbook…but for now, this blog will serve as my testing board…thanks for joining me on the journey!!

Now…I really hate to make my 3rd post another smoothie but I can’t resist this one…it is sooo good. I never used to like peaches very much but since becoming vegan they have begun to grow on me. And now that I’ve come up with this delicious smoothie, I think I’ll be eating them more often.

Here in Colorado, we have some delicious peaches grown on the Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains…when I brought mine home, I washed and cut them up and tossed them into the freezer so they’d be primed and ready to add to my fruit smoothies. Now like I said, the intent would have been to add them to some other fruit and not neccessarily make them the main event…I don’t know what possessed me this morning but the ingredients of this smoothie transformed into something magical…

An afterthought as the smoothie was whizzing away was to add mint, so I ran outside and cut off a sprig of my chocolate mint…I’m sure whatever kind of mint you have on hand would be delicious…but this is the kind I used. Also, I didn’t have any fresh oranges so I used some OJ concentrate in a pinch…the next time I make this, I will add the juice of 1 orange instead of the concentrate…let me know if you experiment with this…it won’t be long and I will, too!

So, I hope you’ll whip this up in your blender and let me know what you think…

Oh, and a thought on plant milk…first of all I had the question of what is it? Well, it’s any milk alternative out there, like soy, rice, almond, hemp, oat, etc. My favorite kind to use is oat because it has 4g of protein per serving…and…I try to limit my soy usage to sprouted tofu, edamame and liquid aminos.

Peach Mint Smoothie

  • 1 C Plant Milk
  • 2 T Orange Juice Concentrate (Juice of 1 orange)
  • 1/2 banana, frozen
  • 1/2 C peaches, frozen
  • 1 sprig of chocolate mint, about 4″, leaves torn and added to blender, saving small top leaves for garnish, if desired
  • 1 T pure maple syrup
  • dash of vanilla

Add all ingredients to high powered blender and blend until smooth and frothy. Pour into a tall glass, garnish with mint leaves, enjoy.

Peace, love and light,

Shelly

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Cookies for Breakfast? How about an Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie…

Lately, I’ve been trying to drink at least one smoothie a day and have been doing some experimenting…it has been fun . Sunday morning I had this smoothie for breakfast while sitting on my porch soaking in the sun as the Earth turned her way into the new dawning of a new day. And…as an aside; maybe you caught a little of my poetry coming out…haha…I’m doing Shakespeare in the Park at my Community theater…hey…a call out to community theater…support your local community theater!!

Anyway, on Sunday, it was warm and I was thinking of oatmeal but didn’t want the heat in the kitchen so decided to try this out instead…an oatmeal cookie in a glass! Yum! It was enough to keep me satisfied until lunch time about 4 hours later…

Oh, yes…I wanted to give a tip for, pardon the pun, smooth smoothies; haha. I am discovering that the trick to transforming all sorts of fruits and veggies into a creamy smoothiness is in the banana…in the banana? Yes…in the banana. The key ingredient base for these magical morning (or afternoon or evening) meals or snacks is frozen bananas. They make all the difference in the world to your smoothie as opposed to using a fresh banana…All I do, is peel the bananas, break them in half and put them in a ziplock bag. Place them in the freezer for at least an overnight and you are ready to start them off in your blender with a few more ingredients and tranformation will ensue.

And now…back to the…

Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie

  • 1 C plant milk
  • 1/4 c oats
  • 1 lg frozen banana
  • 2 T raisins
  • 1 date
  • 2 T walnuts
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • dash of vanilla
  • dash of nutmeg

Place all ingredients into a high powered blender and spin to a smooth and creamy consistency. Pour into a tall glass, grate a bit of nutmeg on top for garnish and enjoy!

Peace, love and light

Shelly

Cinnamon Apple Smoothie

Welcome to my Enchanted Kitchen where food is magically transformed from boring to magnificent…

I have been vegan for over a year and have had the best time creating healthy, delicious recipes I’d love to share with you to transform your kitchen into a place where health will abound. One of the biggest questions I receive about being vegan is “What do you eat?” It seems most omnivores believe I sit around chomping on salads all the time when in fact, I have learned to take all the plants, grains, nuts and seeds and magically transmute them into satisfying and healthy fare.

As I sit here this Saturday morning, drinking a wonderful green smoothie for breakfast, I am reminded of all the great plant foods we have at our fingertips that not only help to transform our bodies into healthy beings but most of all taste delicious.

I won’t waste any more time but will share with you what I am enjoying for breakfast…and don’t worry, so many people wonder if green smoothies taste like a salad without dressing, ugh! You won’t even taste the greens, so there’s no better way can you imagine to add raw veggies into your meals!!

Cinnamon Apple Smoothie

  • 1 cup plant milk
  • 1 frozen banana, sliced
  • 1 apple, cored and cut into pieces
  • 2 dates
  •  1 1/2 cups baby spinach or baby greens
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • dash of vanilla extract

Put all ingredients into a powerful blender (I use a Vita-Mix) and blend until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!

Peace, love and light,

Shelly