Banana Nut Smoothie

This recipe is modified from one I found on the Nutiva website.  If you need one, here’s a great coconut milk recipe.

1 cup coconut milk
1 banana (preferably frozen)
2 tbsp. almond or cashew butter
2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tbsp. vanilla or unflavored protein powder (optional)

Blend on high speed for 45 to 50 seconds (“Whole Juice” button on a Blendtec).

Asian Orange Ginger Sauce

Here’s a good one from Blendtec’s “Recipe of the Week” collection.  Perfect for salads and/or salmon!

1 orange
1 small Roma tomato, seeded
2 tbsp. canola oil
2 tbsp. toasted sesame seed oil
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 1/2 tbsp. rice vinegar
1 tbsp. honey
1 clove garlic
1/2″ to 1″ chunk ginger root, peeled

Wash the orange thoroughly and use a paring knife or microplane to zest half the orange.  Be careful to avoid the pith of the orange (white part).  Squeeze the orange for 3 – 4 tbsp. of juice.  Add orange juice, zest, and remaining ingredients to jar.  Blend on high speed for 45 to 50 seconds (“Whole Juice” button on a Blendtec).

Spiced Banana Green Smoothie

Just about any greens will work with this recipe.  Try 3 big leaves of fresh, organic kale.  As always, my recipe for almond milk can be found here.

1 cup almond milk
1 tbsp. agave nectar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 cups fresh baby spinach
2 frozen bananas

Place all ingredients in blender and run on high speed for 40 – 50 seconds (“Whole Juice” cycle with a Blendtec).