At the risk of labeling The Tilba Tree as a complete ‘Foodie’ Blog, my second post also happens to be about tantalizing taste buds and filling bellies – but who’s complaining right?
In my defense, the time of year is really not helping. It’s early October, and that means Fall AND Thanksgiving.
I’m not known for being much of a Traditionalist at the best of times, but I am finding the upcoming festivities quite exciting. I guess, having lived most of my life in the Southern hemisphere, Thanksgiving was never really a thing, but now, residing in the North, I actually have the chance to enjoy a real Thanksgiving, and with that comes a whole new experience. There’s talk of the Thanksgiving long weekend and the extra time with family. There’s the ‘How long do we cook the Turkey?’ debate and discussions on the preparation of an abundance of accompanying dishes. All this talk has roused in me a number of previously untapped thoughts on how to keep our family meal times diverse, yet still appealing and nutritious throughout all the months of the year.
The idea for this particular recipe was a collaborative effort between myself and my 18 month old, whose new favourite word is, you guessed it…‘mooothee’. The incessant repetition of this adorable little request, particularly around breakfast time, has meant that I now have no choice but to come up with an array of different, healthy ingredients to throw in the blender. I’m not sure how long it will take for the ‘mooothee ’ phase to wear out, but one thing is for sure, we can’t have her or her sister slurping on the traditional ‘banana smoothie’ every morning for the next 2 months, or however long it’s going to take. Time to think outside the box Mom!
So, being the season for pumpkin pies and apple crumbles, I just had to try out an apple crumble inspired smoothie. (Between you and I, I wasn’t quite sure the pumpkin pie version would be quite as appealing for the little ones just yet. Baby steps.)
This creamy cup of goodness is dairy and refined sugar free. It comes with the convenient and nutritious addition of hemp hearts, which provides you with a healthy dose of protein, dietary fibre and omega 3 fatty acids. It tastes just like REAL apple crumble in a glass, and it was an instant hit with my little ladies. What more could you want from a morning beverage?
- 2 medjool dates
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce (I make my own and will post the recipe soon)
- ½ cup hemp hearts
- 1 tsp vanilla extract/essence
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp powdered ginger
- 3-4 ice cubes
- 2 cups almond milk
- Blend. I usually double blend to reduce the texture of the hemp hearts, but this is just preference. It all really depends on your blender and how you like your smoothies.
- One thing I do find that helps with the blending process is to blend from a low setting to a high setting. This makes your beverage creamier, frothier and better blended all round.
Over and out.