Yep, that’s right. I’ve gone completely cuckoo and started adding frozen cauliflower florets to my smoothies. But, I promise, you can’t taste the cauliflower at all! Instead, this Healthy Vanilla Smoothie is a creamy, delicious recipe that you can serve for breakfast or as a delicious snack. Dairy-free and paleo, too.
Some of my other hidden veggie smoothies have been a big hit at home and on the web, such as my Dairy-Free Raspberry Cream Smoothie that includes frozen zucchini chunks. I guess at some point I thought I’d try cauliflower florets (I’ve also tried using frozen broccoli florets and frozen broccoli cubes, but they are just so GREEN, ha ha). That’s how this Healthy Vanilla Smoothie with frozen cauliflower was born!
I will say that I go the extra step and lightly steam my cauliflower florets before freezing them. This extra step helps reduce any bloating from the cruciferous veg, and that’s a must for my sensitive tummy. Feel free to simply freeze raw cauliflower florets if you’re brave and/or have a stomach of steel. I’m envious!
So, the other ingredients in this delicious vanilla smoothie come from my friends at Bulletproof (full disclosure: I’m an affiliate with the company and the links include my code).
I’m a pretty rabid fan of Dave Asprey and his podcast, and I believe 100% in Bulletproof products, even though I don’t necessarily follow his diet. <—My hormones are just too delicate for any kind of carb restriction, and my history of disordered eating also makes me averse to just about any dietary plan. That’s why I prefer to call my way of eating…clean eating. Just some background info in case you’re new to my site. 🙂
Anywho, the Vanilla Max product is genius, it’s made from ground up vanilla beans, so it’s a whole food full of amazing flavor. I pretty much created this recipe to highlight the vanilla beans. See ’em…aren’t they cute?
Additional ingredients were simply almond milk, a frozen banana, and two Medjool dates for sweetness (feel free to use a sugar-free sweetener like birch xylitol, another ingredient I can’t do, wah).
Process everything in your high-speed blender and you will have a treat on your hands in 30 seconds flat.
Here’s the recipe:Print
Frozen cauliflower florets are delicious in a smoothie, especially in this Creamy Vanilla Smoothie recipe that is dairy-free and paleo.
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon Brain Octane or MCT oil
- 1 cup frozen cauliflower florets (I prefer to steam the florets about 5 minutes before freezing)
- 1 medium frozen banana
- ½ teaspoon Vanilla Max powder or ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 scoop Collagelatin or your favorite protein powder
- 2 Medjool dates, pitted or the equivalent of your favorite sweetener
- Combine the almond milk, oil, cauliflower florets, banana, vanilla, collagen protein powder, and dates in the pitcher of a high-speed blender.
- Process for about 30 seconds, or until the ingredients are combined.
- Serve immediately.
Don’t even try using non-frozen cauliflower in this recipe. 🙂 Feel free to use a steamer basket to steam the cauliflower, or just cover a glass bowl with plastic wrap and microwave the florets for about 4 minutes with a bit of water. Pop the steamed florets into a freezer-safe container for at least 24 hours before blending.
This recipe makes 1 serving for a meal replacement, or 2 for a snack or dessert.
Also, lesson learned. Must keep photo props away from prying kittens!
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