|Thickalicious Christmas Cake Smoothie|
This Thickalicious take-off on a Christmas Cake as a smoothie is #4 recipe in our 7 Christmas Smoothie Recipes series (you can sign up below to have the remaining recipes sent to your emailbox). Because it is thickalicious (contains a 1/2 cup of rolled oats-- GF oats if you are sensitive) you know that it should get you from breakfast right through until lunchtime without cravings or hunger pangs.
When designing this 'cake' smoothie, I wanted to get the essential flavour "idea" of Christmas cake but without having to expand the recipe to include all the not-so-healthy ingredients you might find in a typical Christmas cake (and I'm not referring to the commercial ones). There is NO butter, so you don't have to worry about that... in fact, like all of the Christmas smoothies, this one is also vegan which means no yogurt either, or other dairy products. Of course, if you are not vegetarian, you can go ahead and put in whatever you like from the animal by-product arena. I'm hoping that the almond milk and the oatmeal carry the mouth-appeal for all the fats-- milk, butter, eggs-- in this smoothie.
I also have skipped most the rum or brandy and the raisins and/or currants. Instead I'm using frozen seedless grapes and I believe that these little gems do the trick as a much healthier, tastier sub. Along with the grapes, the dates provide wholesome sweetness (I also added a packet of Sweet Leaf stevia, and you can opt for more sweetener of your choice, or just stick with the dates). Too, I kept the spices to a minimum, using a small amount of nutmeg and a more pronounced portion of cinnamon.
I like it-- it satisfies my Christmas Cake urges in a more satisfactory way, and I don't have to start putting it together in October! (I vaguely remember that regimen from my long-ago Trudy Traditional days).
Thickalicious Christmas Cake Smoothie (serves 2)
Put the following in your blender carafe and whirl up:
- 1/2 C. Rolled Oats (Gluten-Free if preferred)
- 1/4 tsp. ground Nutmeg
- 1 tsp. ground Cinnamon
- 9 pitted Dates (or more if desired)
- 1 C. Frozen Seedless Grapes
- 2. C. Almond Milk (or 1 C. Almond Milk and 1 C. Water)
- 1 pkt. Sweet Leaf Stevia powder (or sweetener of choice and how much you want-- optional)
Try these other Christmas Smoothies too!
Cranberry-Apple, Green Grape and Chia Christmas Smoothie