I have never been a smoothie fan, mostly because I am lazy. It just seems like so much effort to wake up every morning and WORK to make a breakfast that is supposed to give you energy to work. You know what I mean? I tend to prefer oatmeal (it’s pretty quick) or the classic “no breakfast” routine. Unfortunately, that is not something my body can take anymore and I’m looking for ways to branch out into other meals besides dinner. (It is so unhealthy to just eat that one meal at the end of the day and it’s something I’ve done for years. I am not a huge advocate of 6+ meals or anything, but two is a bare minimum for myself these days.)
I found the pin not long before I had a fainting spell I attribute to low iron intake. A couple of people have recommended that I throw leafy greens into a smoothie and drink it to boost my iron levels, so when I was prepping food for my first week of classes (that’s this week!) I decided I would give these a shot. The recipe is brought to you from the blog Muffin Tin Mania. You should definitely check this one out in your spare time! Tons of great recipes using a muffin pan. Who doesn’t enjoy perfect portions? Anyway, I changed up the fruit in the cups and I mixed up my smoothie a bit differently, but seriously… amazing.
- 2 cups coconut water
- 1/3 cup almonds
- 2 cups spinach
- 2 stalks of celery, chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh mint
- 1/2 orange
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
- 2 cups frozen peaches & raspberries
The author of the recipe used 2 cups of frozen mangoes instead of the raspberries and peaches. I am not a huge fan of mangoes so I decided I would try it out with my favorite fruits. I bought some strawberries as well, but the raspberries and peach turned out to be 2 cups of fruit. I chopped the peach and mixed it with the raspberries to freeze for a while. I probably didn’t have to do it, but I wanted to use the fruit frozen for consistency. 😛
The recipe says to mix everything in the order listed, and that is exactly what I did. I chopped my almonds a bit to spare my blender some pain, then I poured them into the blender with the coconut water and 2 cups of spinach. I gave this a few pulses to start blending up the nuts.
I chopped up 2 stalks of celery and put them in the blender with the fresh mint. I gave that a few more pulses and moved on. It’s pretty green at this point.
I tossed in half an orange, and I left most of the pith on as well. I added the honey and ginger in with the orange – I recommend buying local honey if possible. I buy different varieties of honey local to Austin, and I LOVE wildflower honeys. I blended this together real quick, then added the frozen raspberries and peach.
I have a 5-cup blender and it was just able to hold all of this green goodness. I will note that my almonds are not extremely fine so they are still visible and have a crunch to them in the finished smoothie. This does not bother me at all, but just a heads up for anyone with picky tastes. This is easy to fix by chopping them in a food processor.
The whole blender filled 12 muffin cups in a pan. It was just a little bit too much but no problem at all. I overfilled some of mine a bit and I’m glad I did. It’s so delicious I don’t want to waste any. I froze mine overnight.
Mine did not turn out as green as the author’s, thanks to my raspberries. They have a bright red layer on top that just begs to be licked – they are also sticky from the honey and fruit mixture. At first they were stuck in there, so I just set the bottom of the muffin pan in some warm water and loosened them up a bit. I used a fork to start prying and then they easily popped out.
I have recently switched to a vegetarian diet, and I have cut out most processed foods. Since I am trying to cram a lot of nutrients into my meals, I didn’t want to waste an opportunity to value-add. The author mixed 2 smoothie cups with 1 cup of coconut water, or water. Here’s how I did mine:
- 2 Smoothie Cups
- 1 cup Almond Milk
- 1 whole banana
I chopped the banana up a bit, and just to make my blender’s poor life a little easier, I cut the frozen cups into quarters. You could probably make them in mini muffin pans and save yourself some trouble. I poured in 1 cup of almond milk and blended it up. It was so wonderful! It tastes clean – can food taste clean?! The mint is very refreshing and the sweetness of my favorite fruits combined with the honey mask the taste of any veggies. I am going to keep making these and I have a feeling I am going to be hooked!