In the perfect game of hide-and-seek, you’d never imagine that this thick and creamy smoothie contains cauliflower. We’re willing to bet on that. Along with avocado and banana, frozen cauliflower simply creates a fudgy body. Dare we say, this delicious smoothie could stand in for dessert. If you wish, you can reduce some of the liquid and serve as a smoothie bowl with your favourite toppings.
1 cup (250 mL) unsweetened almond or cashew milk
1/4 cup (60 mL) water
2 pitted dried plums (prunes)
1 scoop of protein powder of choice
1 Tbsp (15 mL) cocoa powder
1 Tbsp (15 mL) almond butter
1/2 tsp (2 mL) vanilla
1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) cardamom
1 cup (250 mL) frozen cauliflower florets
1 small frozen banana, chopped
1 tsp (5 mL) cacao nibs (optional)
Into high-speed blender container, place all ingredients in the order listed. Blend until smooth. If mixture is too thick, blend in additional milk or water. Pour into a large glass and serve garnished with cacao nibs, if you like.
Tip: Beyond great taste, there is another good reason to make your smoothies on the thick side. A British study found that subjects perceived a drink with the thickness of a milkshake to be more filling than one that was more juicelike in consistency, even when they contained the same number of calories.