I’ve been on a pretty good smoothie clip lately, and the other day I wanted to blend something up, but I just wasn’t feeling the love of a chilled drink. I couldn’t shake the cold that seemed to set into my bones after a number of really frigid days, so I decided to turn up the heat and make a warm smoothie.
Before I lose you with the two words that seem incongruous to one another, let me say that you will love it! I should also say that not all blenders are created equal, so you may not get the same temperature with a standard blender as I do with my VitaMix. That said, if you prefer your smoothies unadulterated and chill, don’t blend as long!
What I threw into my blender:
a handful of raw walnuts
~1 T coconut oil
~1 T of raw hemp seeds
~1 T of chia seeds
~1 T of maca powder (I used MacaForce in Vanilla Spice)
1-2 T of cacao powder
1 scoop protein powder (I used Vega)
~1 t cinnamon
dash of sea salt
Almond or coconut milk to desired consistency.
Turn that bad boy on and blend away! If you have a high-powered blender, you may only have to let it go for a minute or two to bring the temperature up a little. If you have a VitaMix (or the equivalent), be careful not to let it go too long–you can actually really heat your ingredients up to soup-level-hot if you aren’t paying attention!
But as you can see, my smoothie recipe isn’t a scientific, precise “recipe,” but more like a suggested list. You could use cashews or even your favorite nut butter. Leave out the maca, hemp seeds or chia seeds. Throw in more banana–maybe even a frozen one if you prefer your smoothies on the cold side.
It’s hard for me to describe what this tastes like–but it’s delicious. And if a frosty drink is like a sundress on a June day, the slightly warm temperature of this smoothie is like a cashmere blanket on a snowy Sunday.
Give it a try and let me know what you think!