I feel like it has been a long time since I have posted a smoothie recipe. So I am remedying that lapse today. A dear friend of mine had some extra plums that needed a home and I was happy to take them in:-) I thought a plum smoothie sounded heavenly and had to try it out. Now in an effort to avoid any digestion problems from consuming too many plums this is not a purely plum smoothie. I did add in a few other fruits:-)
I started with my usual base: almond milk, vanilla, protein powder and cinnamon. I think just about everything could use a little bit of cinnamon:-) For fun, I added a little nutmeg, but that is definitely optional.
Now it is time for some fruit. I started with a banana because they are natural sweeteners and they help get the right texture. It also helps the blender to have something other than liquids, powders and frozen ingredients. The banana makes the blending process a little smoother.
Next it is time for our featured fruit — plums! Aren’t they wonderful? After cutting them in half and removing the pit throw them into the blender and we are ready for our frozen ingredients:-)
Now I love putting frozen spinach into my smoothies as we all well know, but I know others don’t like to use as much as I do. I pretty much fill the rest of my blender and push it down so there is enough room for the ice cubes and strawberries on top. Use as much spinach as you are comfortable with, some is better than none:-) Also even though I prefer using frozen strawberries in a smoothie, I do microwave them for approximately 30 seconds. That way they still add to the thickness of the smoothie without being too hard on your blender:-)
Plum Protein Green Smoothie
1 C almond milk
1-2 t vanilla
Dash or two of cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg (optional)
2 T protein powder
1 small banana
3 small plums, pitted
2-3 cups frozen spinach
Small handful of ice cubes
5 frozen strawberries
Agave to taste (optional) *
- Add milk, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, protein powder, banana and plums to your blender.
- Microwave strawberries for 30 seconds (this is kinder to your blender) and add the spinach, ice cubes and strawberries to the blender.
- Blend until smooth:-)
* I don’t use any agave, but some might not find that as enjoyable as myself. Add a little if you need to, but try not to add very much. I have used two different protein powders when making this (my yummy whey and a flavorless soy powder) and have loved both versions. The sweetness of the fruit has been enough that the difference in protein powder (taste wise) doesn’t matter!
I don’t care if it is fall and winter is approaching… I won’t give up my smoothies!! Just looking at it makes me want to have another one:-)