Friday, October 7, 2011

Blueberry Almondshake

Post number 5 for VeganMoFo.

Lately, I have been in a mood for shakes and smoothies. Not the kind with ice cream, syrups, and a lot of fat. I want something healthy and nourishing that adds to my fruit and vegetable intake each day. I find myself getting bored with breakfast and I want a way to liven it up a bit.

We have been experimenting with different flavors and textures. Our experiments have shown me that our regular name-brand blender just isn't cutting the mustard any longer (or in this case, chopping the nuts/seeds/berries/etc). Sure, it is pretty with a silver base, but I need more than looks. I want something that will chop up ice without throwing a fit and scaring the dog. I want a blender than can handle turning seeds or nuts into a flour. I want to have a smoothie or shake without unpleasant chunks.

So, we find ourselves contemplating the Vita-Mix. It is way too pricey for a blender, but I have seen the magic that it can create and I want in! This is, after all, our health that we are investing in. is still a lot of money to throw down for a small kitchen appliance. I'll save this debate for another day.

Even though we do not yet own a Vita-Mix, I have been making due with our current blender. This is a recent that I made that proved to be a satisfying and delicious breakfast. I enjoyed drinking a beautiful purple shake. It was delicious to boot!

Blueberry Almondshake
  • 1 c raw almonds
  • 4 dates
  • 2 Tbsp raw sun flower seeds
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cold water (used ice cubes to cool the water)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 quart of frozen or fresh blueberries (fresh are ok if you use ice)
Soak the almonds and dates overnight in water. Blend the almonds, dates, sunflower seeds, vanilla, and the water with ice. Once blended and the sunflower seeds are ground, add in the banana and blueberries. Blend until smooth and enjoy.


Jim Penny said...

Very few blenders can make a daiquiri like a VitaMix can.

VeggieAmanda said...

I hear that! :-)

Mandee said...

I'd love a VitaMix too but they are just so expensive...maybe one day.

Your shake looks great and the ingredients sound delicious, I'll definitely be trying this on a warm, sunny day.

John M said...

I'm glad I was able to try this. Yum!