Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie (dairy-free)


Anyone remember those orange creamsicle popsicles we enjoyed as children? This frosty dairy-free smoothie captures those flavors and provides a host of nutrients and protein. I got the idea for this smoothie from one of our favorite restaurants, Thrive Cafe, in Seattle. Whenever we are in Seattle or driving through we make a stop there either to dine in or to get take-out for the road. It is a mostly raw, vegan, organic cafe with very reasonable prices. All of the to-go containers are biodegradable too!

This smoothie is made with raw almond milk. We have a recipe in our cookbook for making raw almond milk if you need one. I usually soak a big bowl of truly raw organic almonds overnight and scoop out some for almond milk and leave the rest for smoothies and snacking. Place the almonds and water into a high-powered blender. A pinch of sea salt and a dash of maple syrup is all you need to add. Blend, adding more water if needed, and then strain though cheese cloth or a nut milk bag. Tom likes to eat the leftover pulp. You can also use the pulp to make dehydrated crackers or cookies.



Raw Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

This smoothie is more like a frosty beverage rather than a thick smoothie. It is quite refreshing on a very hot day. If you don't want to use raw almond milk or have a nut allergy then use any milk of your choice, such as hemp milk or rice milk. I prefer freshly squeezed orange juice because all of the enzymes needed to help digest it are intact, but you could also use store-bought orange juice. I use valencia oranges because of their high juice content. Omit the frozen bananas if you would like and just use a few cups of ice cubes. This recipe makes a large batch (to feed our family plus some). You can easily make a half batch. Leftovers can also be poured into popsicle molds for a frosty treat later on.

4 cups raw almond milk
2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice
2 medium frozen bananas
1 to 2 handfuls ice cubes

Place the almond milk, orange juice, and bananas into a high-powered blender (I use a Vita-Mix) and blend for about 60 seconds or until smooth. Add ice cubes if desired and blend again. Drink immediately or pour into popsicle molds and freeze. Source: www.NourishingMeals.com



More Smoothie Recipes:
Blueberry-Cucumber Smoothie
Super Antioxidant Smoothie
Cherry Beet Detox Smoothie


24 comments:

  1. It looks delicious! I will be trying that this week for sure! Thanks for sharing :)

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  2. Great timing! Marlee has an ear infection and even though she generally doesn't have much dairy I am cutting it out completely right now. She loves your avocado fudgsicles. This will be a nice easy treat for her

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  3. Yum, I live in Seattle and I love Thrive! Haven't had this one yet so thanks for the recipe. :)

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  4. Looks great. I just got a Vitamix so I can't wait to experiment with it. When is your new book coming out. Can't wait for that either!

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  5. Looks yummy! But doesn't this taste like bananas more than oranges?

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  6. This is my daughter's favorite flavor! Can't wait to try it!

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  7. Thanks gals! Enjoy!

    Sharon - we are still working on finishing the book now, though it looks like it will come out after our baby is born.

    Anon - No, this actually doesn't taste like bananas at all! The bananas add sweetness, a little thickness, and a frosty yumminess. :)

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  8. I've always been a creamsicle gal! These look fantastic, Ali. I'm curious about the truly raw almonds as I thought the FDA had passed some law that all almonds had to be pasteurized (I think that was the term used) by steam or radiation. I think I remember that correctly. Do the steamed ones qualify as raw still? Just curious.

    Thanks!
    Shirley

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  9. Shirley - yes that law was passed but there are still places to buy organic raw almonds that have not undergone either of those processes. I buy them by the 30-pound case through a friend who gets them from California. There must be loopholes somewhere, I'll have to dig a little deeper to find out more info. :)

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  10. Yummy! We make something like this, but add vanilla.

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  11. Sounds refreshing, I just put a new batch of fresh made almond milk in the fridge...I will be making this tomorrow for sure!

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  12. Ali - you must have been reading my mind because I've been thinking of creamsicles lately. This drink looks yummy!

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  13. This sounds so refreshing and wonderful. And thank you for the information on the raw almonds :)

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  14. Thanks you for this recipe. I will be making this for our weekly family night (but subbing coconut milk for the almond milk).

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  15. This sounds so good! I used to love those popsicles as a child!

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  16. Thanks so much for the recipe Ali, I made four batches as a snack for the kids at the crisis nursery yesterday, and at least 75% of them really liked it. Not bad for a bunch of kids who are used to the Standard American Diet(!) and a great way to get some good nutrition into those kids. I think I might go for the avocado fudgesicles next time. thanks.

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  17. That looks delish for summer! I've always wanted to try making almond milk. This looks like the perfect recipe to put my experiment to good use!

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  18. Hi Ali - I just read your page where I noticed you went to Bastyr? Could you email me please? I'd like to talk to you more personally about your experience... Thanks :) -Meagan

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  19. Such a great idea for a smoothie!
    We are in our final week of Get Grillin' - Dessert is the theme and we would love if you submitted up to any 3 recipes (they don't have to be grilled) to our link up. This one would be perfect! This week we have a Rouxbe Cooking School giveaway. http://su.pr/2YaIiV

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  20. I've been trying to avoid fruit juice lately after watching a lecture on YouTube by UCSF's Dr. Lustig about fructose...and how it's processed exclusively by the liver (just like alcohol) unless it's consumed as whole fruit (as Dr. Lustig says, "When God made the poison, he packaged it with the antidote." This recipe sounds yummy, so I think I'll experiment with it using whole oranges. Do you have any guesses on proportions with that.

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  21. astrotsarina - I think this smoothie might become very bitter if you blended up the entire orange. But let me know if the smoothie ends up being edible this way. I think what Dr. Lustig is referring to is to not separate the fiber from the juice. When I juice valencia oranges I keep all of the pulp with the juice. It is really easy to get most of it out of each orange when juicing by hand.

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  22. I love creamsicles. Haven't had one since I was probably 7-8 years old though. These sound delicious.

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  23. This was awesome! I can't have most foods or drink much due to so many food allergies. But this was a wonderful find and tasted just like my old fav frozen treats! This is my lunch or breakfast now thank you!

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