Dessert for breakfast - yes, please! The creamy texture and mild sweet notes of this smoothie will definitely have you believing you are enjoying a high-end strawberry mousse dessert at a sophisticated restaurant. Just close your eyes and think "yum."
Frozen fruits (and some frozen veggies) are the workhorses to build my smoothies; mango & cauliflower are my favorites. The frozen fruit (or vegetable) helps the smoothie not only stay cold while you are using your blender (the high speed blenders can "heat" your food with all that power), but also helps give it the consistency you are looking for in a smoothie (cream texture). Frozen vegetables or fruit are a great sustainability option as you can have "out of season" produce without the carbon footprint, and conceivably it results in less food waste as it doesn't spoil as quickly as fresh fruits. I also buy in bulk, so I have a triple threat here with my smoothie workhorses limiting packaging. Win-Win-Win.
1 cup frozen mango chunks
2-3 large frozen cauliflower florets
1 cup pineapple juice (canned)
1 heaping scoop of vanilla protein powder (Garden of Life - Plant-based Sport Vanilla!)
2 large orange slices (peeled)
1/2 pint of fresh strawberries (hulled)
2 cups oat milk
Place all ingredients (in the order above) in a high-speed blender (I use Vitamix).
If you have a Vitamix with a "Smoothie" option, just select, turn on and enjoy when fully blended.
If you do not have a smoothie option on your blender, turn your blender on low and gradually increase in 10-20 second intervals to the maximum setting. Blend for several minutes (or until smooth) using a tamper or scraping down the sides as need.
Pour into glasses (I used a martini glass which I would actually serve mousse in; just for fun!) and enjoy.
If you liked this recipe, I'd love to hear about it!
With love & hope for a better future for all of us - Jamie