Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Cherry Smoothie

There are ways to make delicious food and successfully hide the fact it contains vegetables. I like to use spinach because the taste is mild enough to hide easily. The color, on the other hand, is strong and needs another strong color to counter it. My two favorite color hiders are blueberries and dark sweet cherries.

For this recipe, a Vita-Mix is your best bet. If you don't have one, you might try soaking the cashews (or seeds) overnight to make them easier to blend.

Equipment needed: Vita-Mix with the liquid container

In the Vita-Mix:
1 pkg frozen dark sweet cherries (10 oz)
1/2 pkg frozen spinach (5 oz)
3 pitted dates
1/2 pkg cashews (6 oz)
[For a Nut-Free version, substitute 3 oz sunflower seeds and 3 oz pumpkin seeds for the cashews]

Add enough water to cover everything. For a thinner smoothie, add more water. If you like them thick, add less.

Blend on high until smooth.

Basically, this is a cashew milk smoothie base - cashews, dates, water. We're just skipping the part where we make it into milk.

I accidentally bought roasted and unsalted cashews recently. I usually get raw. The roasted cashews add an interesting depth of flavor to this smoothie. I'm a fan of strong flavors and like odd combinations, so I suggest you use raw, unsalted cashews.

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