Caught up in a Christmas frenzy, I haven’t been cooking much. Truth be told, we’ve been living on fast food. You know, the kind that you whiz in your Vita-Mix for 2 minutes and it’s done? Best fast food there is.
You know those people who have Christmas wrapped up in July? Well, that’s not me. I never got the hang of buying and wrapping early. So here we are wrapping up purchased and homemade gifts a week before Christmas.
I did get some holiday baking in however. One sweet grand-daughter and I spent some time making these Make Ahead Christmas Cinnamon Rolls . I do love cooking with these little people ♥
These rolls are a wonderful treat on Christmas morning. Letting them rise overnight, straight from the freezer, they are ready to bake in the morning for Christmas breakfast. Gooey and delicious! A few dozen are in our freezer ready to share. But this Blueberry Cobbler Smoothie and the alternate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie have been our go-to on these busy mornings when we need to eat and run or eat and get a project done.
The vanilla protein powder we use is made by Thorne and it’s Vegan, Gluten Free, but there are many others on the market to choose from. The added benefit this product has is that it is a dietary supplement as well.
The lidded glasses were purchased at Costco. We scored an X in the center to insert a straw. They make it so convenient to grab and go with a smoothie. Other things purchased at Costco for this recipe are the mixed super greens, washed and ready to go and the frozen organic blueberries. The below recipe calls for 3 – 4 cups of packed greens so we’ve gone through one bag in 1 week. Not bad for getting our greens in during this holiday season!
Enough said. Here’s the recipe with an alternate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie if you don’t have blueberries on hand. Both are so yummy, quick and good for you!
I might mention that I’ve been playing with a grain free granola recipe to top off this smoothie. Choose your favorite to add nutrients and texture bringing the “cobbler” element to your smoothie.
From our family to yours, have a very Merry Christmas!
1 3/4 cups of almond milk or coconut milk (the beverage) unsweetened
1 – 2 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled
1/4 cup vanilla protein powder
1 heaping tablespoon almond butter
2 cups frozen organic blueberries
3 -4 cups well packed mixed greens (Swiss chard, kale and spinach blend)
2 cups ice
granola for topping
Place all ingredients (except granola) in the order given in a high power blender like the Vita-Mix. Turn on a low setting for 30 seconds then gradually increase speed to high. Blend until smooth and creamy. Serve and sprinkle 2 tablespoons of your favorite granola on top.
Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie : Omit ginger, almond butter and blueberries. Add a frozen banana, an apple and 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. You can use almond butter in place of peanut butter successfully.