Smoothies are a great way to increase your greens and fruits intake. I love green smoothies, with lots of lemon, ginger, spinach, kale and celery, but I also enjoy sweet smoothies frequently. And let's face it...sometimes, all you want is chocolate and peanut butter, not celery and spinach! Trust me, I get it!
Last year, but mostly at the beginning of 2021, I have been slightly obsessed with blueberries, adding them to overnight oats, smoothies and eating coated in yogurt and frozen, or simply on their own.
I love to incorporate as many berries as I can to my diet, as they are super rich in antioxidants. But occasionally, I crave chocolate, and especially when my sweet tooth kicks in, a smoothie is a great way to tackle the problem.
The following recipes are great for breakfast or snacks, and especially for when you have a sweet tooth.
1. Blueberry smoothie: This smoothie is so easy to make, with only four ingredients. You can enjoy it as a snack or breakfast that you can drink on-the-go. All you need is frozen blueberries, 1 or 1/2 banana, mint or any other herb you like and almond milk. You can also add sweetener to taste like agave, maple syrup or stevia. I usually don't add any sweeteners because the blueberries and almond milk are sweet enough for me, usually. If you are looking to increase your protein intake, you can also add 1 scoop of vegan protein. I personally like to use the blackcurrant clear vegan protein from My Vegan in this recipe. You can buy it here.
Once you blend everything together, you can garnish the smoothie with blueberries, pumpkin seeds or thin banana slices.
Are you a peanut butter or chocolate lover? Then you will love the next two smoothies!
2. Peanut butter / banana smoothie: For this recipe, you can use 1 frozen banana, chia seeds, almond milk and peanut butter and blend it well using a high-speed blender. You can garnish the smoothie with more chia seeds (hello, omega-3's!), crushed peanuts and blueberries, or anything you like! If you have vegan peanut butter protein, I suggest you also add 1 scoop to up your protein intake and give this smoothie a boost of peanut butter flavour. Get creative!
If, like me, you get a sweet tooth in the afternoons, after a savoury meal or first thing in the morning, this smoothie is such a good option for you. I would definitely say this is like a dessert smoothie. You can also make it into ice cream and enjoy it whenever you fancy something sweet.
3. For this smoothie, you will need raw cacao powder, cacao nibs for extra crunch, peanut butter, chia seeds, 2 frozen bananas and almond milk. Blend everything together until you have the desired consistency and assemble the bowl. You can top it off with more banana slices, chia seeds, granola and melted peanut butter. Say goodbye to your sweet tooth if you try this!
Last, but certainly not least, and keeping up with that berry theme, this triple-berry smoothie is a bomb of antioxidants.
4. Triple-berry smoothie: To get the creamy consistency, I've gone for a coconut (or you could use almond) yogurt. Add that to the blender and then add frozen berries: strawberries, raspberries and blueberries and blend everything together. The yogurt or coconut milk give it a creamier, thicker, velvety consistency for a truly delicious dessert. Garnish the smoothie with almonds, blueberries, raspberries, chia seeds and granola or any other toppings you like.
These have been my favourite go-to smoothies lately. Do you also get a sweet tooth in the afternoon? What is your favourite smoothie combo? Let me know in the comments below.