Orange and Vanilla Hemp Shake
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orange vanilla hemp shake

Recently, I shared instructions for making green juice without a juicer. In that post, I mentioned that green drinks have become more of a staple than ever for me. I’m spending long, long days on campus, and I find that I can’t conveniently pack up and lug around as many leafy greens as I’d probably eat during an average day at home. Blending some greens into a morning beverage or packing a small mason jar of juice is a wonderful way to get more of my green on, without bulky food containers. Sometimes, I’ll make a little extra and share with the other post-baccs: these two mason jars full of green lemonade got packed up yesterday morning for my study buddies.

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The following smoothie—a green smoothie so rich and sweet that I think it deserves the title of a “shake”—is my latest favorite in the parade of green beverages that has been passing through my life. It’s inspired by a recent glut of very reasonably priced and organic navel oranges at my local Whole Foods.

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Good morning, sunshine!

My recent coconut milk rice pudding with citrus and ginger is one way to feature citrus fruits in the winter. This smoothie is another—very delightful—way.


orange vanilla hemp shake
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Orange and Vanilla Hemp Shake

Author - Gena Hamshaw


  • 1 large navel orange skin cut off and most of the white rind removed
  • 1 large banana
  • 2 cups hemp milk
  • Seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean scraped out, or 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp hemp protein powder
  • 4 large kale leaves tough stems removed


  • Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender till smooth. Can serve one or two, depending on appetite!

Some notable health benefits of this smoothie/shake include Vitamin C from the orange, Omega-3 fatty acids and protein from the hemp milk and hemp protein, natural energy from the sweetness of banana and orange, Vitamin A, iron, and calcium from the kale, and a bundle of phytonutrients. Plus the deliciousness that is fresh vanilla—thank you, Karen, for inspiring me to invest in some vanilla beans!

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I hope this shake will brighten your days as much as it brightened mine.

Before I go, I wanted to mention a special upcoming event that is hosted by the wonderful Chad Sarno. For those of you who have the option of travel this year, this is a wonderful opportunity to delve into the world of raw, vegan “uncooking!” Chad is hosting a fabulous weekend of gourmet raw, vegan food and wine in Georgia early in May. The weekend will include twelve hours of live demos, culinary training, tips on raw recipe development and meal planning, troubleshooting for specialty diets, and advice on wine pairings, too.

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Chad, who recently developed the recipes for the wonderful Crazy Sexy Kitchen, is a culinary genius (I’ve made tons of his recipes, and they are consistently wonderful), and he’s absolutely passionate about sharing the joys of good food with others. It sounds like a cool opportunity to learn about raw cuisine without investing in a lengthy culinary training—and to travel to a beautiful setting! If you’re a raw entrepeneur, a raw food enthusiast who wants to invest in some hands on instruction, or a food lover looking to treat yourself to a vacation, it’s worth checking out.

And with dreams of orange shakes and sumptuous raw food running through my mind, I’m out. Have a great night, all.


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Categories: Smoothies
Method: Blender
Ingredients: Cashew Nuts
Dietary Preferences: Gluten Free, No Oil, Soy Free, Vegan
Recipe Features: 30 Minute or Less

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  1. This looks very healthy and delicious, and I’ll be whipping it up soon, but wow are those some calories! I’ll be making two meals from it.

  2. Hi! Looks good! Do you think you could use hemp seeds and water to sort of add up to hemp milk?

  3. This looks like it is packed full of energy and vitamins. Will have to try mix this recipe up. I like the quick meal option too and also looking for new things to try.

  4. perhaps one of the best smoothies i’ve ever had!

    i also just made some hemp milk (using your other recipe), & wow! yumm, thanks for sharing!

  5. Doesn’t vanilla elevate smoothies to a whole new level?! Splurging on a bag of vanilla bean powder has opened up a whole new world of awesome for me and my smoothies.

    I’ll have to make this one for my partner to help him get through his physics study session tomorrow. I think he’ll dig it!

  6. Somehow I missed that post on juicing without a juicer – I’m going to read that asap. I don’t have a juicer, but I’m always jealous when I see bloggers creating and drinking amazingly healthy juices that they’ve whipped up themselves. I do have a blender, so it’s time to get to work!

  7. are you kidding me?! must be sending mindwaves haha– i am sipping on: 1 cara cara, 1c water, 2inch knob ginger, 1/2 lemon & a scoop of vanilla hemp protein by manitoba harvest. how is it only tuesday?!

  8. I made this shake for breakfast this morning, and it was fantastic! I will definitely make it again. Thanks!

  9. You are very welcome for tantalizing you into buying whole vanilla beans, Gena 🙂
    Expensive, but oh-so-worth it in my view. (I buy mine super fresh from The Spice House, which happens to be located one mile from my house.)

    I’ve been green smoothie-ing it regularly lately. For some reason, it’s just what my body has been craving. My favorite concoction includes a chunk of avocado, which makes impossibly fluffy!

    I’m still considering that Oriya protein powder you featured – love the simple ingredients without stomach irritating added vitamins/minerals/nutrition boosts plus comes in at 18 grams of protein. It gave me tons of long lasting energy.

  10. I’m with you on the green smoothies. I’m in such a rush lately doing so many different things that my morning smoothie is the most important meal for me, so I just pack it with as many greens and as much nutrients as I can.

    I love the idea of using hemp milk! Great recipe 🙂

  11. Just made this smoothie and it is so refreshing. Love the goodness in it. 🙂

  12. Gena I love that you share extra smoothie with your class mates – I do the same at work! Nothing beats a healthy dose of fresh vital energy mid-day when you need it most, I bring my fruit to work (I work at a coffee roaster with a cafe up front) and blend it all together on site….extra goes to whoever grabs it first 🙂 This recipe looks divine!

  13. One of these days you’ll share the recipe for your endless energy…I don’t know how you keep it up but good job!

  14. I’ve been drinking a lot more greens lately, too. It’s finals week and nothing’s easier, or more satisfying, than a giant green smoothie with some fat & protein. I love orange-vanilla-hemp combo. We’ve had amazing citrus in Portland lately, too. I’ve devoured bags of oranges over the past few weeks.