Yet another take on that now classic vanilla smoothie. The “maple” in this smoothie actually comes from pecans, which for some reason add a maple-y flavor (and protein) that’s just yum. There’s no maple syrup at all (though I might try substituting some for the dates). No spinach taste — promise! (Just make sure you use baby spinach).
The method is pretty much the same as the banana edition of the green vanilla smoothie. In fact, once you get into making smoothies, you’ll see how quick and easy it is and wonder why you hadn’t started sooner. I only measure to write up these recipes, which I thought I’d never do. Everything can be “measured” right in the blender. When it comes to creating smoothies, you have a lot of latitude.
- 2 dates
- lots of vanilla extract (2 teaspoons?) to taste
- 1 1/2 c (total) unsweetened almond milk
- 4 c (lightly packed) organic baby spinach
- 1 frozen banana, sliced
- fistful of pecans
- 1 1/2 c ice
In a high speed blender, pulverize dates and vanilla with just enough milk to cover (about 1/2 c). Add spinach, pecans, banana, ice, and remaining milk. Blend until smooth. Makes about two (14 oz) servings.