Now I know I said protein, but this smoothie provides 20 grams of protein without using protein powder! I have nothing against protein powders, they're very convenient and versatile, but they're often pretty pricey too. So come find out how this smoothie still delivers without it...
This smoothie can actually provide another 10 grams of protein, for a total of 30+ grams of protein, if you use the same Silk Protein Nut Milk that I so enjoy. It's such a simple way to boost the amount of protein in my vegan diet. It also provides more calcium than dairy milk, and tastes great. I love non dairy milk, I never was a big fan of cow's milk, it always tasted kind of funny to me. But if you love it, feel free to use it in this recipe! This recipe is highly customizable, you can easily swap ingredients in and out and alter the amounts to make it just the way you like. More recipes need this room for creativity and personal preference, don't you think?
This recipe also has a special secret ingredient to further boost nutrition, and it's completely undetectable to taste. Can you guess what it is?
It's frozen cauliflower! The cauliflower is used here as a lower sugar option, instead of the traditional frozen banana(s) in most smoothie recipes. And believe me, I don't love the taste of cauliflower in all its forms, especially cooked without proper seasoning to make it more palatable. So if you could taste it in this smoothie, I'd be out of here. But it legitimately lends absolutely no taste whatsoever. Don't believe me? You'll just have to try it yourself and find out ;)
Protein Power Berry Smoothie Bowl
- 1 cup nondairy milk, or milk of choice (I use Silk Almond Cashew Protein Nut Milk for extra protein)
- 1 cup frozen cauliflower
- 1/2-1 cup frozen blueberries, or berries of choice (I usually use the whole cup)
- 1 Tablespoon almond butter, or nut/seed butter of choice
- 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
- 3 Tablespoons hemp seeds
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, optional
- granola, nuts, or seeds for topping (I love Cascadian Farm Dark Chocolate Almond granola)
+ splash of water as needed for smooth blending
Note: If you're nervous about the cauliflower and don't trust that it doesn't have a funny taste, you can reverse the amounts and start with a 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower and the full cup of berries instead. Don't be afraid to try it! It's nice to have banana alternatives, even if just sometimes.
- Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth, adding water as needed to get things moving.
- Pour into bowl, top with toppings of choice if desired, and enjoy!
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