I know I’m generalizing big time, but I sort of feel as though there are two categories of smoothies: the super green/fruity variety, and the super creamy variety (which usually involve rich nut milks, nuts or nut butters, avocado, and sometimes even dessert flavors, like chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla).
I like both types of smoothies, and I like the hybrids and crossovers. But if I had to pick, I’d say I have a preference for creamier smoothies, and even when I’m making a smoothie that’s very green indeed, I’m likely to use nut milk as a base, or throw in a hunk of avocado, or whatnot.
The smoothie you see above is exceptionally rich and creamy, thanks to a combination of rolled oats, nut milk, and nut butter. Both soluble fiber (which rolled oats provide abundantly) and fats help to slow digestion and keep us fuller, longer, so the promise of “satiety” here is quite sincere. Beyond this, the smoothie is delicious, a combination of banana, almond butter, and cinnamon that feels awfully evocative of banana bread batter. And I mean that in the best of ways.
The recipe is from Kris Carr’s awesome new book, Crazy Sexy Juice, which just published this week. I feel especially connected to this title, as I was lucky enough to work with Kris on some of the recipe development. It was a fun, creative, and exciting process.
The book features 100 nut milks, juices, and smoothies. In addition to some of the classic combinations you might expect–like chocolate avocado, or a standard green lemonade–you’ll find a lot of really creative combinations, which feature different herbs and spices and unexpected vegetables and fruits. I love the C-Bomb, which features cucumber, celery, ginger, cabbage and apple, and in spite of my preference for super creamy blends, I was delightfully surprised by the light and bright “easygoing green” smoothie, which features banana, mango, coconut water, avocado, parsley, and kale.
In addition to all of this, the book includes a wealth of practical information, such as:
● Tips on saving money
● Timesaving tips for juicing and blending on the go
● Solutions for inflammation, digestive issues & folks with chronic disease
● Instruction on how to choose, store and prepare produce and ingredients
● Energy boosting recipes
● Troubleshooting for common blending and juicing queries
● Information on to choose the best juicer, blender, and kitchen tools for every budget
● Words of wisdom on how to get the whole family involved with making healthy blends and elixirs
It also features a super thorough and useful produce guide, information on buying organic, and tons of inspiration guidance, all delivered in Kris’ warm, loving, and sisterly voice. This is a juice and smoothie book, but it’s also a rich and enthusiastic resource for living well, for transitioning to a more plant-based diet, and for figuring out what your body needs to thrive.
The book is also beautiful to look at, thanks to gorgeous images from Kate Lewis. For those of you who don’t know Kate’s work, she’s an awesome vegan photographer who’s responsible for the images in Street Vegan and many of the images in Isa Does It, among other titles. The images here will make you eager to grab a straw and dive into each and every refreshing recipe.
I’ll let you start with the heavenly Sweet Sustenance blend.
Sweet Sustenance Smoothie from Crazy Sexy Juice
- 1 banana frozen
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon lucuma powder
- 1 1/2 cups nondairy milk of choice
- Wash and prep all ingredients.
- Blend and serve.
Now, the fun part. Kris is offering one US or Canadian reader of The Full Helping a chance to win his or her own free copy of Crazy Sexy Juice!
The giveaway will run for two weeks, as usual, and you can enter below to win.
Good luck, folks!
…and happy Friday. I look forward to weekend reading, as always.