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February 4, 2012

Red Raspberry Smoothie - Got Raspberries? NOPE!

No Raspberries? That's okay! While running around trying to find a dress for my daughter's wedding...oops, we ran out of greens and fruit for our morning smoothies. I decided to try something new and where I normally use coconut water and meat as a smoothie base, I've started setting the coconut meat aside for other recipes (even freezing it), and just using the coconut water. Combining fruits and fats in the same meal is not the best option, so I've eliminated a good portion of the fat by not using the coconut meat in my smoothie. I also had a few samples from my friends at ZNatural Foods and figured I'd give them a try. YUM...I'm thinking some of these ingredients would surely help while while traveling, or off season when you may not have access to all of the fresh fruits you'd like.

Red Rasbperry Smoothie
4 cups liquid (can be combined water or coconut water and meat from a young Thai coconut - or almond milk - whatever your preference - just so you have about 4 cups = 2 smoothies)
2 bananas, preferably frozen
2 Tablespoons hemp seed
2 Tablespoons chia seed
1 1/2 teaspoons Red Raspberry Powder 
1 teaspoon Noni Fruit Powder
1 teaspoon Lucuma Powder
2 medjool dates, pitted and chopped
ice, optional

Blend liquid and frozen bananas.
Add remaining ingredients and blend until creamy. Add ice to chill and blend.
Serve: Sprinkle with Red Raspberry Powder and enjoy.

Note: The Red Raspberry Powder is freeze-dried and therefore not raw. Click on the ingredient links above to learn more about each of these items. Personally, with the bulk of my food being raw, I don't have a problem adding a non raw ingredient here and there to enhance the flavor or add depth. It's a personal choice and I've listed it as an option that might help you during challenging times. The added color and flavor were both lovely!


Ela said...

Sounds like a great addition in a pinch!

I adored noni when I lived in HI--acquired taste, though. Wonder how the powder is, but definitely should go great with bananas and berries.
Congrats on your daughter's wedding!

Rawfully Tempting - Barbara said...

I hear noni can be pretty icky...but I did not taste the powder in the smoothie at all..

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