Los Angeles Marathon 5K Smoothie
Created by: Leah
I created this smoothie recipe in honor of my (then) 15-year old son’s first participation in the Los Angeles Marathon’s 5K run. Since he is lactose intolerant, almond beverage makes the perfect substitute for cow’s milk in this smoothie recipe. Not only does it avoid the problems that regular milk and yogurt would create for him, it offers more flavor. I almost always use the Unsweetened Almond Original Non Dairy Beverage in my smoothie recipes, but sometimes I switch it out for the Almond Vanilla Non Dairy Beverage. Both flavors combine beautifully with the other ingredients in this smoothie creation.
Cook Time:PT0M0 min
Prep Time:PT15M15 min
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups frozen fruit (I like to use one frozen sliced–up banana plus frozen mixed berries that include strawberries, raspberries and blueberries)
- 2 tablespoons almond butter (raw, unsalted—smooth or creamy)
- 1 tablespoon ground flax (I use flax with dried blueberries in it)
- 1 scoop (approximately 1 tablespoon) of protein powder (I use French vanilla flavor)
- 1-3 cups Pacific Foods Organic Almond Non-Dairy Beverage Unsweetened (Original or Vanilla)
- Fresh fruit & mint leaves for garnish
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- Place first four ingredients in blender jar, keeping the above mentioned tips in mind.
- Pour enough almond beverage in to just cover the ingredients; pulse until big chunks of frozen fruit have broken down into uniformly–sized small pieces.
- Add more almond beverage; switch to smoothie mode and blend until desired consistency is achieved.
- Pour into serving glasses and garnish with fruit and/or mint leaves. Little umbrellas optional!
- Use frozen fruit for best results; then you won’t need to use ice cubes. Place the frozen fruit in the blender before the other ingredients. Put the nut butter on top of the frozen fruit, avoiding the sides of the blender jar.
- Pour in just enough liquid to cover ingredients at first, then add more after the initial pulsing to thin out to desired thickness.
- Make sure to pulse long enough to break down the frozen chunks into small pieces before adding more liquid and blending to desired smoothness.
- If you prefer a thick smoothie, add less almond beverage. A thinner consistency will require more liquid. Add it in small pours so you don’t end up with a runny smoothie.