I created this gorgeous and super healthy smoothie in honour of Canada's 150th birthday...red and white of course!
I have to say this recipe did not come easy. It actually started out as cupcakes! I wanted to make strawberry cupcakes with white creamy icing for my Canada Day recipe. However, (as some of you may know) vegan baking and I don't always get along and this was one of those times. They smelled delicious and looked great in the oven but when I took them out they totally sank in the middle...along with my heart. Ok, that might be a bit dramatic - but I definitely wasn't happy.
By this time I was out of gf flour and various other ingredients (its been a busy week) so I did a little brainstorming and came up with a red and white smoothie idea - healthier than cupcakes (although potentially not as fun), easy to make and is a perfect breakfast! Plus I had all the ingredients on hand...
So here it is and I have to say I think its delicious. Its an easy, healthy breakfast with lots of protein, iron and fibre from the oats and hemp seeds to keep you feeling full and energetic.
I made it a bit thicker (used less almond milk and put it in the fridge for about 30 minutes after I made it) so that I could put the fresh berries on top for the picture. If you make it like this with the fresh berries on top it is more of a "bowl" or "parfait" and you would eat it with a spoon. Which in hindsight really would have looked great in the picture. Anyways, you can also simply put the fresh berries right in with all the ingredients add a touch more almond milk and it will come out more as a drinkable smoothie - and pink ;-) Its up to you!
Also for my wonderful, amazing US readers feel free to sub in some blueberries to make this baby the perfect smoothie for the 4th of July!
And that's enough rambling from me...hope you have an amazing weekend celebrating your wonderful country with friends, laughter and of course delicious food. I'm feeling so grateful and proud to have a beautiful, peaceful country to call home.
HAPPY 150th BIRTHDAY CANADA...you don't look a day over 29 ;-)
The oats and hemp seeds are full of clean protein, iron and fibre making this a great "meal" smoothie. You can also add a scoop of your favourite plant based protein powder if you like - you may need to add a splash more almond milk if you do.
You can sub in frozen berries if you don't have fresh and blend them right into the smoothie.
Place all ingredients except for the fresh berries in a high speed blender and blend until creamy. You may have to stop it and scrape the sides down a couple times. For a thicker smoothie that you eat with a spoon only use 1 Tbsp of almond milk. If you want it more like a drink add 2 Tbsp of almond milk.
Top with fresh berries and sprinkles of coconut and hemp seeds.
You can also add the berries right to the smoothie if you don't want them in pieces and blend everything together.