I go through smoothie phases. I can go months without making one and then all of a sudden I get an itch. Yesterday was an all-of-a-sudden day. I got back from the gym and even though I was hungry I had no desire to eat. Nothing sounded good. Perfect situation for a smoothie experiment!
I happen to have lots of frozen strawberries from my CSA so I decided to use them for inspiration but I wanted to have some fun. Don’t get me wrong, a plain old strawberry smoothie is yummy but I wanted something a bit more substantial and, well, different. I like different.
That’s when I came up with the idea for a Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie. I decided on using cashews to add a little more body and up the calories since this was meant as a meal replacement.
You’ll see I added some lemon extract as well and it may seem weird but a small dash really helps give it a “cakey” taste. Too much will backfire so be conservative.
As you’ll see, the ingredients are pretty simple. The honey is optional especially if you use a sweetened milk. I found I needed just a touch because my strawberries weren’t sweet enough for my taste.
Here’s what I did…
- 1/4 cup cashews (28g)
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (8oz)
- 1/4 tsp lemon extract
- 1 cup frozen strawberries (140g)
- 1/2 tbsp honey (10g)
Blend the cashews, almond milk and lemon extract until smooth.
Add the frozen strawberries, blend until smooth.
Taste for sweetness and then add the honey if needed.
|Servings||Amt per Serving|
|270||16g||5g||old: 6||new: 8|