[ Recipe] Gluten-Free Thin Mint Smoothie
w00t! What's better, Boston, than Spring? Well, if it's edible, a smoothie that tastes like a thin mint, and is celiac-safe.
This smoothie is a flash-in-the-pan freelance whirl that turned out mad-good, quite accidentally. I threw in what I had -- and what I had is exactly what I needed. Though crivens knows, I don't always know I have everything I need until I start pulling all the bits together; and I suppose that's as good a metaphor for living life in the present moment as any.
For this smoothie, odds and ends too. Nothing so valuable as soul-moulding disappointment, or the beauty of Welsh. All the same, odds and ends, and using what I have does it.
It tastes like a thin mint, no thinness, thin mints, gluten, or girl scouts required. Better yet, it's full of odds and ends that sound, well, very odd and end-like: but all together, and with the gluten-free/dairy-free syrup (not so easy to find, blinkers), they make a shake one could stake any kid's tastebuds on.
So ho! for odds and ends, and making-do, doing-makes. It's action that makes smoothies, and action that makes life, and for all the mad thinking I've done in my philosophy degree, the only way to make a philosophy in the end is acting on the ideas too.
I should call this "Applied Philosophy" Shake or "YOU GOT WHAT YOU USE": but neither of those is a taste, and it don't do anything to describe the flavor.
It tastes like a thin mint.
So 'tis a Gluten Free Thin Mint Smoothie
You need pikachus too for a whole life, as well as whole food. We can take the healing right out of a meal by eating it because it's good, instead of eating because eating is good.
I do encourage: Make a mad-batch of them, and celebrate your odds and ends. Or I should say, I'm making mad batches of them to celebrate this week my odds-and-ends -- or odds-and-beginnings, too. And pikachus.
GLUTEN FREE THIN MINT SMOOTHIE
[ vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, grain-free ]
makes approximately 3 servings
2 small carrots, diced and steamed
1 cup steamed greens
1/2 cup frozen butternut squash
1/2 cup baked squash or pumpkin
1 tbsp Cocoa Mint Syrup (Nu Naturals)
1 tsp Ginger Syrup (Nu Naturals)
1 small baked sweet potato (frozen or unfrozen)
3/4 cup coconut milk (either full fat or So Delicious Vanilla -- both work well)
1 tsp Peanut Pro Nuttzo Nut Butter
plus 1 tsp reserved to drizzle
optional: Vega Mocha Protein or
Garden of Life Raw Chocolate Plant Protein
optional: raw cacao nibs or mini chocolate chips
ice to taste
:: directions ::
Layer a good blender with greens, carrots, ice, squash, syrup, and sweet potato. Add nut butter.
Blend on high, adding liquid or ice to adjust consistency.
Blend until smooth. Pour into tall glasses, garnish with drizzled nuttzo
or optional nibs.
Serve cold with a straw.
And it tastes like a blooming cookie. Without cookies, crumbs, or even grains. The nuttzo does it for crunch, and if you choose to add the protein like me, you have a full meal as far as nourishment...except it might need pikachus.
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