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Maple Walnut Smoothie

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I love maple walnut ice cream. It reminds me of going to my grandparents house as a little girl, I always got that as a treat from my grandfather 🙂 It really brings back happy childhood memories. I do really love the flavour of maple walnut ice cream, but when I think about all the dairy, artificial flavours and sugar that it contains, I don’t tend to think of it so highly anymore.

So I was craving this ice cream the other day and decided that I would make a smoothie with a similar taste. It actually tasted like the ice cream, and was so satisfying! I wasn’t hungry for hours as the protein in the walnuts kept me full for awhile.This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, raw and vegan.

This is also a great smoothie for breakfast,  post workout or as a mid afternoon snack.. Plant based protein is  slow burning fuel that helps sustain you for longer, and keep the hunger pains away.  It’s also full of healthy omega 3 fats and potassium.

My daughter has never been a huge breakfast eater, so this smoothie this is perfect, quick and easy to stomach in the morning. And did I mention it is delicious?! Definitely kid approved!

Recipe

Ingredients:

Serves 2

1 cup raw walnuts

2 small frozen bananas

1 cup almond milk ( or enough to cover all ingredients)

3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1-2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Add almond milk as needed for desired thickness.
  3. I love adding a handful of ice to my smoothies to make them extra chill.
  4. Top with crushed walnuts for a nice crunch.

Notes: Walnuts tend to be a bit bitter unless you soak them overnight. They are also most digestible when you soak them. Please use organic raw, unsalted walnuts for this recipe.

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