The Best Vanilla Smoothie Ever

The Best Vanilla Smoothie Ever

 

And, it’s dairy free.  And sugar free.  Yup.

There are some special ingredients, like homemade nut milk, but I have to tell you that this step is:

1. simple
2. totally worth it

So, let’s go over how to make nut milk first.  Ideally, you’d soak your nuts overnight.  Lately I’ve been in a hurry and have dry roasted my raw nut mix instead of soaking.  This also gives the nuts, and then your smoothie, a richer taste.

vanilla smoothieI use raw pecans, hazelnuts, almonds, brazil nuts and sunflower seeds, and dry roast them on low/medium heat in a cast iron skillet, frequently turning them until they are dry roasted.  And delicious.  I also add some Celtic sea salt into the mix.

Now that you have your nuts ready you will simply put a big handful into your blender (I use a regular blender, not a Vitamix), fill to the top with water and BLEND!
Blend really, really well!  I usually blend for over a minute to really get all the goodness out of the nuts.

Strain this mixture through a standard small mesh kitchen strainer and into a big bowl, preferably one with a pouring spout so you can easily transfer it to a lidded jar (for storing in the fridge) or your blender (for making your smoothie).

If you want a very smooth nut milk you have to strain through cheesecloth, but when I’m making smoothies I am fine with the tiny bit of nut sediment that comes through the standard strainer.  Plus, it’s much easier than using a cheesecloth.

 

Now, time for The Best Vanilla Smoothie Ever

Prep Time: 5 minutes (15 minutes with nut milk)
Serves: 2

Ingredients

2 cups homemade mixed nut milk (or, if you’re a dairy-lover, sub whole raw milk or even cream for a super yummy egg-nog smoothie!)
3 dates
2 tblspoons ground chia or hemp seeds
1 tblspoon organic vanilla powder
1 tblspoon Coco Hydro, coconut water electrolytes
2 raw, organic pastured eggs
pinch real salt
pinch nutmeg
pinch cinnamon

Instructions

Blend ingredients together well and sprinkle cinnamon on top to serve!