|photo by Faith Gorsky, reprinted with permission|
Now, I am a smoothie-lover. Especially during the hot months, but also for those mornings when I just don't have the time or the motivation to make much else. I grew up with that motto. You know the one. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And I still believe that. Sometimes, you've just gotta take that breakfast in a power-packed liquid form.
I know that some people think smoothies are boring - but they don't have to be. Alyssa and Faith demonstrate that beyond a doubt. BLEND has been a labor of love for Faith and Alyssa. Being smoothie-obsessed themselves, they had a common interest in artisanal smoothies, and the desire to take smoothie-making to the next level - elevate it, if you will. They've been up countless nights for the last year and a half developing, photographing, and refining recipes and flavors until they were just right.
BLEND smoothies use anything from a few super fresh simple ingredients, to a well-thought out combination of a pinch of spice and a dash of extract to achieve their balanced flavor profiles. All of the pantry staples can easily be found in any health food store, and most regular grocery stores, if you don't already have them on hand.
Not only are all BLEND smoothies made with clean, easy-to-find ingredients, but they are also dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan in most cases.
Now, how about seeing one of their delicious, nutricious, artisanal smoothies first-hand? I wouldn't mind waking up to this every day.
Maple Walnut Coffee Smoothie
A thick, flavorful, vegan smoothie packed with oats, walnuts, dates and a caffeine kick!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: n/a
Keywords: beverage breakfast vegan dates nuts oats
Ingredients (1 smoothie)
- 2 tablespoons walnuts
- 2 tablespoons rolled oats (old-fashioned or quick-cooking)
- 3/4 cup (185 ml) plain, unsweetened almond milk
- 1 packet (or 1/2 tablespoon) instant powdered coffee
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 1 packet stevia
- 1 teaspoon maple extract
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 Medjool dates, pitted and coarsely chopped
- 6-8 ice cubes
Add the walnuts and oats to a blender and pulse until they form a powder.
Add all remaining ingredients (except the ice) into the blender and process until smooth.
Add the ice and pulse until pulverized.
Transfer to a serving glass; serve immediately.