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My favorite smoothie – Breakfast at Cliqueany’s


smoothieI have strange tastes when it comes to smoothies. Even though I love plain yogurt (don’t get me started about the gross flavored stuff), I abhor it in a smoothie. And bananas? They are fine for a snack and in chocolate chip banana bread, but in a smoothie, gross.

You can imagine, then, how I felt about Isabelle’s Rookie Cook smoothie… glad she loves it (and probably the rest of the world would too), but not for me. So here I am, compelled — compelled I tell you, to share my smoothie recipe with the world. There have got to be others out there who have bizarre tastes like me, right?

Mango Cherry Coconut Smoothie

  • 1 cup mango chunks
  • 1/2 cup (heaping) sweet cherries
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • unsweetened vanilla almond or rice milk as needed to get the consistency you like
  • optional: green barley powder, handful of spinach, spirulina or chlorella — you won’t taste them, but they’ll add heaps of nutrition

Add ingredients to your blender — or your Vita-mix if you’re hard core like us! — and blend until smooth.

A few tricks:

  • Buy the mango and cherries frozen (Trader Joe’s, baby!), but defrost before using unless you like one of those frozen Yeti smoothies that freeze your teeth… boy, I am smoothie-picky, aren’t I?
  • You can use all coconut milk if you want, but that tends to be slightly too rich for me; I like the almond milk combination, plus it adds some protein.
  • You can add a dollup of almond butter, too, if you’re looking for protein.

This is the most decadent, healthy smoothie… so naturally sweet with the coconut taste that makes it seem like a tropical drink. What the heck — add some rum; it would be fantastic! Oh, and if you didn’t notice, this little treat is dairy and gluten-free

Photo Credit: Angie Torres / Flickr

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