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Peaches ‘n Cream Smoothie (Orange Julius Style!)

The peaches this summer have been the sweetest and juiciest I’ve had in a long time!

Whether they’re donut peaches or ordinary yellow peaches, they have been super satisfying.

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Aside from eating them plain, I’ve been putting them in a lot recipes like this peachy keen kale salad¬†and this farmer’s market salad.

I even glazed them with honey, baked them in the oven for the first time and ended up with a super healthy, melt-in-your-mouth dessert.

Even though¬†I don’t eat dairy products, I really enjoy and am always looking¬†for¬†recipes for rich and creamy foods and drinks¬†that remind me of the “mouthfeel” of ice cream, cheese, and milk, but are made without those ingredients.

Making dairy-free smoothies and milkshakes are one of the ways I like to do that.

Check out these cool "donut" peaches :)

Check out these cool “donut” peaches ūüôā

When my sister tried this smoothie, she said it tasted like one of the¬†smoothies from Orange Julius…but better!

This dairy-free, vegan recipe is quick and¬†simple and doesn’t require any fancy ingredients. Blending the cashews with the liquid at the very beginning is what gives the smoothie its creamy texture without any milk, cream or yogurt!

I use raw cashews in lots of other recipes to make dips and even cheesecakes creamy.

You have to try this one for yourself Рyou will be amazed!

Peaches ‘n Cream Smoothie (Orange Julius Style)

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Serves 2

Ingredients

  • ¬ľ cup raw cashews*¬†(these are cheapest at Trader Joe’s!)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups water (you can use almond milk if you prefer an even creamier texture – I used¬†1 cup each of water and almond milk)
  • 3 cups peaches (sliced and frozen – or use fresh peaches for a “frothier” smoothie)
  • 1 cup ice
  • Optional (but tasteless!): 2 cups spinach

Click here for the full recipe from Girl Makes Food.

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It’s Peanut Butter Jelly {Smoothie} Time!

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Crust or no crust?

Jelly or jam?

Crunchy or creamy?

No matter which¬†combo you like best, one thing is for sure…

Most of us love PB&J!

I was in the mood for a smoothie the other day and wanted to try out a new recipe that would remind me of the flavors, creaminess, and I-wanna-be-a-kid-again feeling of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

After making some tweaks and getting my trusty taste-testing husband, Bill, to give it a try, I came up with a recipe that you have to try!

This fiber-filled, protein-packed smoothie will tantalize¬†your taste buds and hold off¬†hunger until lunchtime ūüôā

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PB&J Power Smoothie

This tasty recipe is a spin on a lunchtime classic, but it’s in a glass instead of on a sandwich! I’ll sometimes have it as an afternoon snack, if I know dinner is a long way off.

  • 1.5 cups dairy-free milk (unsweetened)
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1.5 tablespoons natural peanut butter (no sugar added)
  • 1/2 carrot (coarsely chopped (yes, you read that right! It adds a hint of sweetness and is a great way to hide a veggie!))
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries or raspberries
  • 1/2 frozen banana (peeled)
  • 1 Medjool date (optional) (pitted)
  1. Combine first five ingredients in a blender in the order listed for about 30 seconds. Add frozen fruit and date, if you’d like some sweetness, and enjoy!

  • To up the protein count, I will sometimes add a scoop or two of Vital Proteins collagen peptides.
  • Trader Joe’s sells gluten free rolled oats¬†in a big blue bag.
  • Dates add sweetness. If you don’t have dates, add about¬†2 tsp pure maple syrup or honey, but dates work best. Let me know how it turns out if you use maple syrup or honey!
  • The only ingredients in the peanut butter should¬†be peanuts…and maybe salt. 2 tablespoons really seemed to do the trick, but you can always start with less and then add more!

PB&J goodness

PB&J goodness

Chunky Monkey Peanut Butter Chocolate Milkshake (Dairy-Free)

If you…

Are a chocohalic craving healthier sweet treats.

Love the taste of peanut butter and chocolate, especially in cool, creamy desserts.

Don’t want to deal with¬†the bloating and tummy ache¬†that usually follows a thick, dairy-based milkshake…

Then you have to try this chunky monkey peanut butter chocolate milkshake!

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Peanut butter + chocolate is one of my absolute favorite food combinations, and they come together wonderfully in this recipe.

I was inspired by a recipe I found on The Detoxinista’s website for a Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake and put my own spin on it to come up with what is now one of my favorite smoothie shakes.

I subbed in raw cacao powder for the cocoa powder. Raw cacao powder is loaded with disease-fighting, anti-aging antioxidants along with tons of other vitamins and minerals.

Because it’s not heat-treated like traditional cocoa powder, cacao powder¬†has more nutrients intact. It’s our go-to add-in to give smoothies, shakes and desserts a¬†chocolatety taste.¬†This is where we buy cacao powder, but you can find it at any health food store, Wegmans, and even at Home Goods.

This smoothie shake tastes¬†so creamy, rich and decadent that you won’t believe it’s healthy.¬†Like all of my recipes, it’s dairy-free, so it’s easier on your stomach and digestion than milk/yogurt/ice cream-based shakes.

Goodbye, tummyache…hello, tasty shake! ūüôā

Chunky Monkey Peanut Butter Chocolate Milkshake (Dairy-Free)

Peanut butter chocolatey goodness!

Peanut butter chocolatey goodness!

Servings: 2 (cut recipe in half for a single serving)

Ingredients* (see notes below)

  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk, homemade or store-bought
  • 2 frozen bananas (Make sure you peel them before freezing them. We keep a stash in our freezer)
  • 2¬†tablespoons raw cacao¬†powder
  • 1¬†teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2¬†tablespoons¬†ground flaxseed/flax meal
  • 3-4 tablespoons natural¬†peanut butter
  • 3¬†large Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1-2 handfuls baby spinach (you won’t taste it, I promise!)
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon raw cacao nibs

Directions

  1. Put all ingredients in a blender for 30-60 seconds, starting with the liquid first.
  2. Sprinkle some raw cacao nibs on top for a little extra crunch!

A few notes about the ingredients:

  1. We buy¬†Silk Vanilla Unsweetened almond milk¬†when we don’t make it ourselves. Making it is surprisingly easy¬†though!
  2. The fiber and omega-3 fats from the flaxseed help to fill you up and give your body a dose of brain and heart healthy fats.
  3. When we buy peanut butter, we buy brands that have no added sugars, oils or salt. Ideally, the only ingredient on the ingredient list will be “peanuts.”
  4. If your dates are hard, soak them in warm water for 10 minutes to soften them up before blending. It will make it easier.

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