This smoothie is for those days you wake up and simply aren’t excited for a glass of greens, or eggs and bacon, or whatever you usual go-to breakfast is. It’s the kind of drink you want when life has been hectic and you want something soothing and nurturing both in nutrients and taste. Because this smoothie tastes like a dessert to me, I probably make it more often than I should (if you believe too many nuts is a bad thing!).
I’ve been experimenting a lot with cashews lately, and I hope to post some of the winning recipes here soon. Cashews make everything better, in my opinion. They impart a delicious creaminess that many think is only achievable with dairy products. I’ve been trying some cheesecake recipes that are completely vegan. They’ve all been delicious, but I’m just tweaking the recipes to get them right before sharing.
I love this shake because it feels like a warm hug even though it’s cold and creamy. It’s naturally sweet from the banana and dates, and the cardamon adds just a touch of unexpected flavor that lets your mind to travel to distant lands. (OK, you’re wondering *what* else is she putting in her shake?! But I’m serious, sip this drink in a quiet room and your mind might just conjure up images from A Passage to India, The English Patient, or Lawrence of Arabia.)
1 cup filtered water or coconut water
1/3 cup raw, unsalted cashews
1/2 a banana, peeled
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 Medjool dates, pitted
1/4 tsp ground cardamon
The tiniest pinch of salt
3-4 ice cubes
Whizz everything together in a high-powered blender until smooth and creamy. If it’s too thick for your taste, thin with a little more water or ice.
Sit back and enjoy!