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Smoothies That Taste Like Dessert

5 Smoothies That Taste Like Dessert

Dessert cravings can hit at any time of the day, even in the early morning. Thankfully, there's a smoothie solution for your sweet tooth. Inspired by apple pie, mint chocolate chip ice cream, and more, these recipes from The Kitchy Kitchen will satisfy while remaining completely a.m. appropriate.

Junk-food smoothies are my new favorite thing. I resent diets so much. I went on a juice cleanse once, for eight hours, and by the end of the day I was practically snarling and foaming at the mouth. Willpower is not something I possess in the face of food. I can muster the strength to say, "no Claire, no chocolate today," but by 9 p.m., I'm dumping the contents of my purse on the floor and digging around for any sweet morsel I can find. It's hard to see the line between "love of" and "obsession with" food sometimes, and when you constantly reward and punish yourself with it, or use your plate like a food-powered moon ring, the line subsumes even more.

This is taking a darker turn than I expected for a smoothie post.

My point is that sometimes you shouldn't have to choose between loving food and obsessing over it. I've recently gotten into "healthifying" some of my favorite dishes, but in a way I can get behind. So here are some bomb smoothies. I love the idea of taking those craveable flavors and packaging them in an easy, quick, and actually healthy snack. I included some suggestions for additions that will make them even healthier, if you're into it.

Snickerdoodle Smoothie

From The Kitchy Kitchen

Snickerdoodle Smoothie

Ingredients

  1. 2 tablespoons maple syrup
    2 tablespoons flax meal
    1/3 cup oats
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 teaspoon chia seeds
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    1 frozen banana, peeled and chopped
    1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk
    1 scoop hemp protein (optional)

Directions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender, and go from mix to liquify in steps. Let it blend on liquify (or the highest setting) for 30 seconds. The trick to this smoothie is REALLY blending it. Taste and add more almond milk if you like a thinner consistency.

Protein Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie

From The Kitchy Kitchen

Protein Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie

Ingredients

  1. 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    1 tablespoon agave nectar
    2 tablespoons flax meal
    1/3 cup peanut butter
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    1 frozen banana, peeled and chopped
    1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk
    1 scoop protein powder (optional)

Directions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender, and go from mix to liquify in steps. Let it blend on liquify (or the highest setting) for 30 seconds. The trick to this smoothie is REALLY blending it. Taste and add more almond milk if you like a thinner consistency.

Piña Colada Smoothie

From The Kitchy Kitchen

Piña Colada Smoothie

Ingredients

  1. 1 frozen banana, peeled and chopped
    1 1/2 cup pineapple, chopped
    1 cup almond coconut milk

Directions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender, and puree thoroughly. This drink is best enjoyed immediately!

Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

From The Kitchy Kitchen

Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

Ingredients

  1. 2 tablespoons maple syrup
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    20 mint leaves
    2 cups spinach, packed
    1 frozen banana, peeled and chopped
    1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk
    1/4 cup cacao nibs (or chocolate chips)
    1 teaspoon spirulina (optional)

Directions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender, and go from mix to liquify in steps. Let it blend on liquify (or the highest setting) for 30 seconds. The trick to this smoothie is REALLY blending it. Add the cacao nibs and blend again, just to incorporate them. If you overblend, your smoothie will turn brown. Taste and add more almond milk if you like a thinner consistency.

Apple Pie Smoothie

From The Kitchy Kitchen

Smoothies That Taste Like Dessert

Ingredients

  1. 2 tablespoons maple syrup
    2 tablespoons flax meal
    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    1 apple, cored and chopped
    1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
    1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk
    1 scoop maca powder (optional)

Directions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender, and go from mix to liquify in steps. Let it blend on liquify (or the highest setting) for 30 seconds. The trick to this smoothie is REALLY blending it. Taste and add more almond milk if you like a thinner consistency.
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