blood orange smoothie
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Recipe type: smoothie
Serves: 2
  • 1½ cups milk of choice, you can use dairy or a non-dairy milk - I've used coconut, brazil nut, almond and regular old milk - Eli loved the regular milk smoothie best!
  • 1 blood orange, peeled and pith removed - you can also use a regular old orange
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon vanilla extract - if you're using a sweetened nut milk, then you will just need ½ tsp
  • 13-15 raw cashews - your kids will not taste these, they just add a bit of extra fat, protein and creaminess
  • 1 frozen banana - if you don't have a frozen one, you can just add in some ice to compensate for the non-frozen banana
  1. Freeze your ripe bananas: I just started getting into the habit of freezing ripe bananas this past year, and it's genius, as I'm not tossing out and wasting ripe bananas anymore, and I always have some on hand ready to go for smoothies! Just peel a banana, put it in a ziplock freezer bag, zip it up and toss it in the freezer. They're perfect for smoothies because they add the cold element to the smoothie without the watery aspect of the ice. Come on, there's nothing worse than a watered down smoothie!
  2. All you have to do to make this smoothie is the following:
  3. Add the milk, orange slices, vanilla, cashews and frozen banana to a high-powered blender.
  4. Blend away until creamy! That's it folks!
  5. Give the smoothie a taste and if you want it a bit sweeter, add in a bit more vanilla or a Medjool date.
  6. If you're daring and sneaky, you could add in any of the following to boost up the nutritional value add in some more healthy fats:
  7. 1-2 tablespoons chia seeds - Chai seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and improve mental focus. The chia seeds will be noticed by kids, as they gel up in consistency and absorb the liquid, but Eli likes chai seeds, so he doesn't mind the texture.
  8. 1-2 tablespoons ground flax seeds - Flax seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, they strengthen the immune system, help to prevent cancer, and can help normalize a woman's menstrual cycle.
  9. 1 tablespoon coconut oil or coconut butter. This adds an extra dose of healthy fat which enhances brain function and the immune system. Just to be clear, the body does not store coconut oil as fat, it actually metabolizes the fatty acids into energy, perfect for kids and athletes! Tip: I would melt the coconut oil down and let it cool a bit before adding it as it can be hard to break down in the smoothie when it's cold.
  10. Collagen - Since school started, I've become a huge fan of this stuff. It's flavorless and dissolves easily. It helps regulate the body's metabolism, builds connective tissue in hair, skin, and nails, and it's full of protein.
  11. I've made this smoothie for myself with homemade brazil nut milk and it was delish! I also added in some chia seeds and melted but cooled coconut oil to give myself some extra omegas, healthy fats and fiber!
Recipe by Marin Mama Cooks at