Blueberry Banana Smoothie with Hibiscus Infused Maple

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Joanne Ozug from FifteenSpatulas was generous enough to share her smoothie recipe, using Hibiscus Infused Maple.  The following recipe is from her blog.

While I’m not a smoothie every morning kind of person, I do get a hankering for one every few weeks or so. They’re creamy and sweet, and a cinch to make.

My position on smoothies is that they should strike a balance between healthy and delicious. I do want nutrition to my smoothie, but I also don’t want to feel like I have to choke it down because it tastes wretched.

This Blueberry Banana smoothie is pretty simple, and has six ingredients: frozen blueberries, frozen banana, cashew milk, fresh baby spinach, collagen powder, maple syrup. You have your fruit component, extra vitamins and fiber from the spinach, collagen powder for a boost of protein and other benefits, and a touch of maple syrup to sweeten and add flavor.

And with the cashew milk, it’s dairy-free, but feel free to use regular milk if you prefer. You could also use almond milk if that’s what you have.

For the maple syrup, I’ve got a bunch of Runamok Maple‘s infused and barrel-aged syrups in my fridge, and tried adding their Hibiscus Flower infused maple syrup, knowing that hibiscus has a flavor affinity with blueberry. It added an interesting flavor note and a little sweetness to the smoothie that also helps “hide” the collagen and spinach a little bit.

Feel free to tweak the ingredients to your taste, and use the amounts as guides to experiment with. I love that there are a million combinations when it comes to smoothies. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  •  cup frozen blueberries
  •  frozen peeled banana
  •  3/4 cup unsweetened cashew milk
  •  cup fresh baby spinach, packed
  •  tbsp collagen powder
  •  to 2 tbsp Runamok hibiscus maple syrup, or other sweetener of choice*

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.
  2. Serve immediately.

by Joanne Ozug