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Green "Clean-sicle" Smoothie (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Fruit-Sweetened, Hidden Veggies, Nut-Free Option)

Get it?! Clean-sicle smoothie. Like creamsicle... Anyways, this smoothie is one of the earliest original recipes I created, but I never got around to photographing it. I guess you could technically consider this smoothie a St. Paddy's Day recipe since it's green. But it's bursting with orange and vanilla flavor and health-boosting nutrients like spinach, vegan protein powder, hempseed, and coconut milk yogurt. Sweet, creamy, green, and clean, this creamsicle-flavored smoothie will become an instant classic.



This smoothie is among the dozen go-to smoothies I rotate between for breakfast. It is high-protein, loaded with vitamin C and leafy greens, and boasts probiotics and plenty of fiber. Aside from breakfast, this smoothie would also work as a post-workout smoothie, midday meal, or hearty snack (split between 2 people).


This smoothie is smooth, sweet, and citrusy and has a strong vanilla flavor with a bright green pop of color. But if you don't want the leafy greens and just want to make this a regular creamsicle smoothie, you can omit the spinach/kale and still end up with a delicious and nutritious smoothie.



This smoothie is entirely vegan, gluten-free, and fruit-sweetened with hidden veggies and can be made nut-free by using nut-free plant milk. The protein powder is technically optional, but any kind will work, so long as it's vegan. For example, the kind I use is Vega's Protein & Greens protein powder in Vanilla flavor (which is vegan, GF, and sugar-free [it's sweetened w/ a trivial amount of stevia, but if you don't want stevia, you can try Vega Protein & Greens in Plain Unsweetened flavor which has no sweeteners]).


I just realized, it's been a while since my last smoothie recipe on The Dimpled Date. In fact, I think my last smoothie recipe was the fifth post on The Dimpled Date (talk about forever ago!). It's time to add some more of my smoothie recipes to the blog, and I have at least 8 others that are perfected, including:


-Green Goddess Smoothie

-Chocolate Peanut Butter Blueberry Smoothie

-Spirulina Smoothie


And plenty others.



Wanna see someone else's dessert that I tried and added a unique decoration to? Read on!


The following picture is of Alphafoodie's Citrus Turmeric Tart decorated with matcha, purple sweet potato powder, and turmeric made to look like an oil painting/sunset (w/ dehydrated citrus slices in the background):



I made some adjustments to the recipe, including using walnuts and 3 Tbsp maple syrup in the crust instead of almonds and dates and using homemade thick almond milk in place of the coconut cream, so it would work on my sister's diet, and it still came out delicious! This tart is amazingly creamsicle-esque in flavor and very sweet, so I thought I'd share it here along with my "Clean-sicle" Smoothie recipe :) Plus the texture of the filling in this tart is just too fun: think vegan jello but creamier!


Back to this Green "Clean-sicle" Smoothie recipe:



This recipe makes enough for one large smoothie or two smaller smoothies. And for garnishing the smoothies in these photos, I rimmed the glasses w/ fresh orange juice and hempseed, then garnished with an orange wedge and spinach leaf.


Take one sip to take your tastebuds on a summery vacation. This smoothie is also incredibly easy and quick to make and only calls for 9 ingredients, 4 of which are optional.



Substitutions


You can't substitute the orange juice, as this is a recipe for a creamsicle-flavored smoothie. However you may use either freshly squeezed orange juice from any variety of oranges or store-bought orange juice (not from concentrate). But, you can try the juice of freshly squeezed tangerines or clementines instead with mixed results. You may use any kind of unsweetened plant milk, store-bought or homemade. Use unsweetened nut-free plant milks, such as oat milk, rice milk, coconut milk, etc. for nut-free. The protein powder is completely optional, but you may use whatever kind of vegan protein powder you wish, so long as it's vanilla flavored or unflavored. I use Vega's Protein & Greens protein powder in Vanilla flavor (which is vegan, GF, and sugar-free [it's sweetened w/ a trivial amount of stevia, but if you don't want stevia, you can try Vega Protein & Greens in Plain Unsweetened flavor which has no sweeteners]). The hempseed can be replaced with chia seeds or flax meal, but if you must you can omit it.


The banana is essential for this smoothie, and honestly I don't have any suggestions on how to substitute it in this smoothie. You could try 2-3 pitted Medjool dates instead or leave out the banana (which might work because of the orange juice) with varied results. The leafy greens are 100% optional, but you can use fresh (or defrosted frozen) spinach or kale. The unsweetened coconut milk yogurt is entirely optional, but you can sub your unsweetened dairy-free yogurt of choice, such as unsweetened almond milk yogurt, unsweetened cashew milk yogurt, unsweetened Greek-style almond milk yogurt, etc. The vanilla extract is kinda necessary for the vanilla in the creamsicle flavor profile of this smoothie, but if you must omit it only if the plant milk, dairy-free yogurt, and/or protein powder you used are vanilla flavored. The ice is optional and yields a thicker shake. You can omit it if you want (and still get a thick shake if you use a frozen banana).



My Birthday Desserts


It's official! I've decided I want a Fuchsia-colored Raspberry Cookies N Cream Raw Cake w/ a Rainbow Mirror Glaze for my birthday dessert (as well as some Matcha Orange Rose Cupcakes)!


Stick around for updates.


For now,


Enjoy!

-K.



Green "Clean-sicle" Smoothie (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Fruit-Sweetened, Hidden Veggies, Nut-Free Option)



Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 1 large smoothie OR 2 smaller smoothies


Ingredients:


-1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice OR store-bought 100% orange juice (NOT from concentrate)

-1 cup unsweetened plant milk of choice (use nut-free if needed)

-1 scoop // 3 Tbsp vegan vanilla or unflavored protein powder (such as Vega Protein & Greens) (optional)

-1 Tbsp hempseed OR chia seeds OR flaxseed meal

-1 ripe banana (pref. frozen)

-few drops vanilla extract

-2 Tbsp unsweetened vanilla coconut milk yogurt OR unsweetened dairy-free yogurt of choice (optional)

-1 cup fresh baby spinach OR fresh curly kale (optional)

-1/2 cup ice cubes (optional // for a thicker shake)


For garnishing:


-fresh orange juice & hempseed for the rim

-orange wedges

-spinach leaves


Directions:


1. Add all ingredients, EXCEPT ice (if using) to a high speed blender.


2. Blend until smooth and creamy. Add ice now and blend, for a thicker shake. Add more plant milk as needed to reach desired consistency.


3. Pour into one tall glass or two small glasses, garnish if desired, serve immediately, and enjoy!


Best fresh, I don't recommend saving it for later.


Nutrition Facts:

Per Serving (1 small smoothie AKA 1/2 batch):

Calories: 247 Total Fat: 8 grams Saturated Fat: 1 gram

Sodium: 206 mg (9% DV) Total Carbohydrates: 26 grams Fiber: 4.7 grams

Sugars: 13 grams Protein: 17 grams Vitamin D: 3% (DV) Calcium: 23% (DV)

Iron: 34% (DV) Potassium: 11% (DV)


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