Creamy Vanilla Cinnamon Breakfast Smoothie with Cashew Butter

cashew cinnamon vanilla smoothie

I finally found an answer to the age old question (and frankly, it’s not an answer I ever thought I’d hear myself say, but here it is): yes, it is possible to have too much chocolate.

Last week I realized I think I’d finally reached a maximum saturation of chocolate, after I noticed that one day I’d put it in everything: pancakes, trail mix, smoothies, hot chocolate, dark chocolate in the afternoon, and so on. I mean, raw cacao is indeed a superfood, but once you’ve crammed into nearly every food you consume, there comes a point when your body says, please! Another flavour, por favor.

And so I’m listening. I think I’m getting pretty good at understanding when my body is telling me it needs something new, and I try to listen to those subtle nudges. As a result, I’ve packed away my standard chocolate protein powder/raw cacao breakfast smoothie and replaced it with something that’s…well, I suppose basically the same in concept, but an entirely different flavour.

cashew cinnamon vanilla smoothie

Effectively this smoothie is kind of the like the green monster smoothie that people used to post all over the internet: non-dairy milk, nut butter, banana, greens (these will make your smoothie this glorious light green colour – though for the sake of photographic clarity, I left out the greens in this version), and some vanilla protein powder. I think french vanilla flavour would be best. I tried it with a ‘chai spice’ protein powder and it tasted exactly like eggnog, which was not what I was going for. You could also use plain protein powder, but consider adding a drop of two of vanilla stevia/or vanilla extract and plain stevia.

I also think you could totally use another nut butter in here if you’d prefer (I know cashew butter is quite expensive). Almond butter would be good (I once had a cinnamon almond butter that was heavenly), or maybe even sunflower butter! That said, cashew butter has such a lovely toasty nutty flavour – it just goes so nicely with cinnamon. Maybe treat yourself this once.

cashew cinnamon vanilla smoothie

So yes. It’s been a while since I posted last. It’s still a busy time – my part-time school program at CSNN is in its final, busiest months; work is really busy, and there is lots on the go. But, spring is here (heck, it’s practically summer) and I spent time planting today in the garden (tomatoes, beans, squash, oh my!), so I’m feeling a renewed sense of joie de vivre and possibility. I can get it all done, I feel purposeful (and not overwhelmed), and I have lots to look forward to.

And I’m having my cashew smoothie for breakfast tomorrow too. So many joys.

Enjoy the beauty of May!

Creamy Vanilla Cinnamon Breakfast Smoothie with Cashew Butter

  • Author: Backyard Owl
  • Recipe notes: plant-based, gluten-free, protein-rich, healthy fats

Ingredients:

  • one cup non-dairy milk (add some coconut milk if want luxury!)
  • one frozen banana
  • one scoop plant-based vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (or more, to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons cashew butter
  • a few ice cubes
  • optional extras:
    • one handful of spinach
    • 2 teaspoons maca powder
    • 1 tablespoon grass-fed collagen powder (note: this is quite obviously not plant-based)

Instructions:

  1. Throw it all in a blender/nutribullet/swirly-with-blades type device and blend until creamy!

© Backyard Owl

The Glow and Revive Green Juice

glow and revive green juice

These days, everybody and their brother has a recipe for green juice. I know. So why am I offering one more to the mix? Well, because green juice is Just. That. Good.

That’s why.

Bodies work differently and thrive on different things, but for most people, juicing is a wonderful means of boosting nutrition and consuming more fruits and vegetables. Freshly-pressed fruit and vegetable juice is very easy to digest, full of nutrients, and, in my opinion, often the much needed pep I need to add to my step.

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And, here in Ontario we’re starting to see glimmerings (faint, faint glimmerings) of Spring. I’m talking melting snow, gentle sunshine, birds chirping, some robin sightings, and that certain energy in the air like the world is coming back to life. It’s a wonderful feeling, and it always brings me fresh energy and motivation.

It also makes me want to feel more light, fresh, and vibrant.

So, to start my beautiful Sunday off right I’m going to make a nice, tall, fresh, reviving, nutrient-packed green juice. 

I use kale, pineapple, apple, lemon, cucumber, and parsley for a green juice that is tart, sweet, a little bitter, and really really fresh tasting. I sometimes think you can see a glow in your skin just minutes after drinking one of these. While that might be all in my head, there is a kind of logic to it. Skin is one the last places in the body to receive nutrients – most other bodily processes and systems take precedence. So supercharging with a green juice increases the odds that some of those nutrients are left to go towards healing and nourishing your skin. Hence the glow.

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And, in addition to being the nutrient shot you need to re-energize and revive, drinking a green juice like this one can also help “re-set” your tastebuds if you’ve been having a week of less than stellar eating and you want to get back on track.

So, have a green juice, and enjoy feeling a little lighter, a little brighter, and a lot more glowing.

Happy Spring!

The Glow and Revive Green Juice

  • Author: Backyard Owl
  • Recipe Notes: vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, raw

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 to 1 organic cucumber (peeled if non-organic)
  • 3/4 cup pineapple (about 2-3 wedges of a cored pineapple)
  • 1 organic green apple (peel the apple if it isn’t organic) or 1 organic pear (same deal)
  • 3 large leaves kale or spinach
  • 1/2 lemon (with the rind removed, but pith still on)
  • one large handful organic parsley (or more!)

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the produce: wash cucumber, wash kale & parsley, wash apple, and slice pineapple.
  2. Juice according to the instructions of your juicer, but most likely starting with the cucumber, pineapple, kale, parsley and lemon, and ending with the apple.

Enjoy! And stay excellent!

© Backyard Owl 2015