Vanilla Chai Almond Smoothie

This smoothie blew me away. Its base is almond milk and the only remotely “heavy” thing in it are 4-5 dates. The rest is comprised of spices and cocoa powder. One thing I never liked about raw food circles is their obsession with crazy “super” smoothie concoctions – hemp powders, raw protein powders, cashews, spirulina, etc etc etc. The bottom line is that if the result ends up too dense, your body won’t even be able to absorb the inherent nutritional qualities of the beverage. Keep it simple and you won’t have to worry about that happening.

And don’t be fooled by the cocoa powder. While there are 2 teaspoons of it in this smoothie, the finished treat doesn’t have a chocolate taste – the powder simply adds some depth, complementing the caramel flavor brought on by the other ingredients. The secret ingredient is ground cardamom, which adds a lot of character and essentially makes this smoothie what it is!

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Cardamom: improved digestion and relieves stomach cramps, cleanses the blood, improves blood circulation to the lungs, helps relieve asthma and bronchitis symptoms, enhances appetite, treats sore throats, treats mouth ulcers, treats nausea, and can be used to treat urinary tract disorders.

Vanilla Chai Almond Smoothie

by Aylin @ Glow Kitchen

Keywords: raw beverage breakfast dessert chai cinnamon cardamom almond milk smoothie

Ingredients (1-2)

  • 5 pitted dates, soaked in water for at least 1 hour
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Soak the pitted dates in lukewarm water at least one hour before you plan to have the smoothie. Add all the ingredients to a food processor or blender.

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Blend until smooth and enjoy!

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This could go down in one. Easy.

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…almost done and already dreaming of another…

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Bon Appetit!

xo Aylin

Snow Top Ballz

I’m always looking for a little sweet, dessert-like snack to have on hand, something that doesn’t leave me guessing, “Is this too much?”  Well, by creating portion-sized pieces, my problem has been solved.

Snow Top Balls

Ingredients:

– 1 cup walnuts
– 1/4 cup raisins
– 1/3 cup almonds
– 4 pitted dates
– 1 tsp almond butter
– 1/4 cup dried coconut
– 3 tsp maple syrup
– 1/8 tsp salt
– 1 bar dark chocolate, melted
– dried coconut for dipping

Directions:

This recipe couldn’t be easier. Simply food process all the the ingredients, save for the last two.

Pulse until it clumps up and forms a bar. This tells you its ready to be shaped.

Shape the mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls and set on a cookie sheet.

Take your favorite dark chocolate bar and melt on a double broiler.

Dip one end of each ball into the chocolate mixture and while still wet, dab in dried coconut.

VOILA! Let them set on the sheet to allow the chocolate to harden. You can freeze or refrigerate them to hasten this process.

With the remaining chocolate, I created a chocolate cookie. Simply pour the melted chocolate on a cookie sheet, drop any nuts or dried fruit you have on the chocolate to dry into the cookie.

Not sure which one to eat first…
xoxo