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!
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
- Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
- Add almond milk as needed for desired thickness.
- I love adding a handful of ice to my smoothies to make them extra chill.
- 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.