CREAMSICLE SMOOTHIE PLUS A GIVEAWAY!

March 23, 2014

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So, recently I went through on a big/major adult appliance purchase that I have been holding off and saving for for awhile now. I’m talking about a VitaMix! I had heard so many wonderful things about the magical powers of VitaMix-ing so it was only a matter of time. After some hemming and hawing, having a hard time deciding between the 2-speed, 64 oz with an additional dry container versus the variable 10-speed with the 48 oz wet container (only), I went with the 64 oz first and was slightly disappointed. The container was ridiculously HUGE and did not fit under the counters in my kitchen at all. Plus, I like having more control over the speed, so I returned it for the 48 oz and I LOVE it. I’ve owned a little vintage Osterizer ever since I moved out on my own and it has been a wonderful blender. It got me through a lot! But it was time to upgrade and not deal with the awful “overheating” smell.

I’m really glad I got it now that the temperatures are getting slightly warmer (ahem, warm for Portland ie. 60 degrees) and I have been in the mood to experiment with smoothie making. To help jumpstart me on this endeavor, I purchased Julie Morris’s Superfood Smoothies: 100 Delicious, Energizing & Nutrient-dense Recipes. After reading many convincing 5-star reviews, I knew it had to be a staple in my new VitaMix adventures. This is the second smoothie recipe I have made so far, and I love it so much that I wanted to share the love with all of you and embark on my first giveaway on this blog…EVER! A chance for you to win a copy for yourself!

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Julie Morris is a superfood power chef! She has successfully published two books (Superfood Kitchen, in addition to this one), and is coming out with a Superfood Juices recipe book next month! She’s also recipe developer for natural foods companies (such as Navitas Naturals) that produce superfood dried fruits, powders and bases like acai, cacao, goji berries, and maca root–all amazing things to add to your smoothies.

Lately I have really been loving maca and rosehip powder, which are two ingredients I added/modified to her original “Creamy Orange” smoothie. Maca is rich in B vitamins and critical minerals, helps promote libido in men and women, balances hormones, relieves menstrual cramps and helps lessen side effects of menopause, increases energy (great for athletes!), balances mood, and helps keep your skin clear and healthy. Rosehips have a wide range of benefits from containing a ton of vitamin C and other minerals, being anti-inflammatory, balancing stomach disorders, constipation, cholesterol, diabetes, and HBP. It’s a great immunity booster. So as you can see, not bad additions to sneak into your favorite nutritious drink.

Now I will admit, I am not a huge fan of orange-flavored foods. I love oranges, but the candied zest in fruit cake was what originally ruined me as a kid. But who doesn’t love a creamsicle? This recipe is basically like an orange milkshake creamsicle made super healthy AND vegan. It’s a wonder. I am head over heels in love with how she has created the bases of her smoothies. It clearly makes a world of a difference. Remember this post of my Vegan Maca Almond Joy Milkshake? Very similar in that they use dried dates, maca powder, and COCONUT ICE CUBES. Once I froze full-fat coconut milk in my little ice cube tray for the first time making that smoothie, I became a true believer in the power of coconut. Even if you aren’t a huge fan of the coconut flavor, you can hardly tell when you blend it frozen into a mix of other fruity flavors. It’s a game changer.

Now, since we are on the topic of coconut milk, I also have to share my latest favorite find: these 8 oz 12-pack paper cartons of 100% coconut milk. It was a bit of a splurge, but I wanted to give them a try for the convenience factor. I hate opening cans of coconut milk and having milk left over, so I usually will just store it in a mason jar but it doesn’t always keep. But after the cost/benefit factor, I’ll just stick to Trader Joe’s cans of coconut milk in the future. Regardless, freezing the milk made this smoothie extra special. It makes a huge difference. SERIOUSLY, YOU GUYS. IT’S LIFE CHANGING. I can’t reinforce that enough. Ok, I’m done talking on my frozen coconut milk ice cube soapbox. I PROMISE. Just trust me on this.

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This creamsicle definitely did not disappoint. Like Julie says in her book, “amazing” doesn’t even do it justice… “it’s just heaven”. With a few modifications (I don’t have any camu powder yet) adding in the maca, rosehip powder (also for a pop of color!), vanilla protein powder, and a half of a frozen banana, this was beyond. I’m glad I took a chance and put my own little spin on it.

So give this a whirl. Tell me what you think. If you don’t have any “superfood” powders, don’t fret. You can substitute more protein powder or add anything else you’d like (cacao nibs would be bomb if you’re a fan of the chocolate-orange combo). JUST FREEZE THOSE COCONUT ICE CUBES. Ok. FINITO. Oh yeah, and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below for a chance to win one copy of Julie Morris’s fabulous Superfood Smoothie book to make more amazing tasting smoothies like this one!

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. WINNER: TARYN TENER. PLEASE RESPOND TO EMAIL I SENT AND I WILL SEND BOOK YOUR WAY ASAP!

(GIVEAWAY OPEN TO U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY. Winner will randomly be chosen after the end date and time via Rafflecopter, Sunday April 13th, 2014 at 12:00am. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Pinterest, Twitter, or Facebook. We hereby release Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook of any liability. Winner(s) will be contacted by email 48 hours after the giveaway ends. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send me an email!)

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CREAMSICLE SMOOTHIE

Modified from Julie Morris’s Superfood Smoothies

Makes one 7 oz serving 

  • 1 ounce (1/8 cup) raw unsalted cashews
  • 1 ounce (1/8 cup) hemp seeds
  • 2 large Medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla flavored whey protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon rosehips powder
  • 1 teaspoon maca powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh orange zest
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 cup coconut milk ice cubes

Add to smoothie container, blend until smooth. It’s as simple as that!

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27 thoughts on “CREAMSICLE SMOOTHIE PLUS A GIVEAWAY!

  1. Nichole Anne

    I’ve been making smoothies consistently for about a year now but never really got into fancy recipes or super tasty ingredients. It’s always been whatever is fresh and ready around the house or some precut fruit from the freezer. I really enjoyed this post on different powders and now I’m excited to try some too. Is there a place locally in Portland you buy them (I live here too) or amazon via the link?

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    1. thebakingbird Post author

      It’s kind of a nice jump to be able to add a few extra healthy ingredients. It’s a lot less intimidating than it sounds. Yes, I just buy pretty much everything on Amazon because you have size/ounce and brand options, plus they have the best deals! I’m an Amazon junkie for lyfe though. Prime & I have the credit card. It’s so easy!

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  2. Shanna Velasquez

    I love mixing spinach, banana, orange, frozen mango, Greek yogurt, almond milk, milled flax and chia seeds. Perfect breakfast! I hope I win the Vitamix!

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    1. thebakingbird Post author

      Sounds like a great combo! Also just wanted to clarify, this isn’t for a Vitamix…I wish I could give one of those away! This is for a smoothie recipe book. Thanks!

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  3. Mary Ann Pyle

    Any fruit,chia seeds,spinach,kale and almond milk. Nothing fancy I’m afraid. I d
    should really buy that recipe book. lol

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  4. Tyler Woolley

    My favorite is banana, a heaping pile of spinach, a bit of smooth peanut butter, a dash of spicy chai and almond milk!

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  5. Kim

    This reminds me of a drink our friend turned us onto, which he proudly named after himself — the Orange Jonas. It’s a riff on Orange Julius, and while it isn’t a smoothie, you’ve got me pen-in-hand ready to make a list for some delicious kitchen time today! Anyway, the Orange Jonas is really simple — just orange juice and vanilla soy milk, mixed 1:1 (I like it with a little extra milk). SO GOOD!

    Also I just wanted to say, maybe I’m a dummy? But I have never ever used coconut milk from a can for smoothies or drinks. I always buy the coconut milk that’s on the shelf in the tetra paks with all the other non-dairy milks. I LOVE coconut so I’m excited to try this recipe out, but do you worry about the calorie/fat-bomb from the coconut milk? I had to scale back on putting coconut oil in my smoothies when I realized the extra calories I was consuming were not actually helping me stay full until lunch time, though I imagine canned coconut milk would be more filling. Ok. I’m rambling now. Sorry. :)

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  6. Carolyln

    I just had to laugh about your Vitamix comment. We FINALLY bought one a few years back. I can say two things. 1) I suffered from MAJOR anxiety after buying it and bringing it home – a heart palpitation, “what have I done?” type of buyer’s remorse. ;) It is a lot of cash, there is no denying that! 2) Should have bought it sooner.

    I make the creamiest smoothies, the silkiest soups, and I have a dry container as well, so just yesterday – out of icing sugar (or confectioners sugar, as you say in the states!). No problem. Zoomed some sugar and cornstarch up in my trusty Vitamix!! I also make my own flours when I’m experimenting with GF recipes – so millet, quinoa, etc. Note that the dry container really is better for dry (grains, flax seed, etc.) and the same for the wet. I switched them by mistake the other day and noticed they each didn’t do as good a job. Vitamix is a fantastic addition to the kitchen. I’m hoping we’ll live happily together for many, many years to come!!!

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  7. Taryn T.

    I don’t really have a favorite recipe, hence the need for this book! I do like anything almond or chocolate, though, and have experimented with avocado.

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  8. jen peak

    I dont have a go to smoothie recipe, as I have only just started making them. But yours look a lot better than mine!

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  9. sophie

    My favourite smoothie combination: almond butter + banana + vanilla + almonds (for some bite) + almond milk!

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  10. Erin

    My roommate just got a Vitamix a couple weeks ago and we’ve been smoothie crazy since. I haven’t really followed any recipes and just use whatever I have on hand, but I love adding kale, sunflower seeds, and flax to my morning smoothie. It keeps me full all day, which is great since I’m a baker and we don’t always have time for lunch (and don’t always have the healthiest options available either)!

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  11. Jessica Joseph

    I just started on the “Green smoothie” craze and I love it! I will definitely have to try this one too, I always wanted to try a creamsicle smoothie but never have.

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  12. Laura P.

    This looks so yummy! We love smoothies in our house and my oldest boy LOVES orange :-) I followed you on Pinterest – lpcraigchs

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  13. Stephanie Shipley

    I just recently got a blender and started making smoothies so I don’t have any good recipes yet. I’ve just been throwing in pineapple, peaches, and yogurt.

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  14. Margot C

    My favorite smoothie is OJ, Mango, Blueberry, Oatmeal, Yogurt, Chia Seed, Flax (it’s pretty nice).

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