This blueberry cauliPOWER (hehe – see what I did there?!) smoothie is, hands down, my favorite smoothie recipe ever! I make it all the time – and even Sophie loves it, too! Whenever I post a photo of it on Instagram, I always get at least one comment that says, “You put cauliflower in your smoothie – WHAT?!” Hear me out. If you steam cauliflower, and then freeze it, it makes for the PERFECT tasteless veg addition to your smoothie! I promise you won’t even be able to tell it’s there. Really. Raw cauliflower, however, is another story – and I know that from experience. No bueno! Every other week or so I’ll chop up a whole head of cauliflower, steam it until fork-tender, and then lay it all out on a piece of parchment paper on a plate or baking sheet. Then, I’ll stick that in the freezer and wait a few hours until the cauliflower is frozen, break apart any large pieces that are stuck together, and then transfer the cauliflower pieces to a gallon-sized freezer bag. By letting it freeze on a flat surface initially, it won’t all clump together and be impossible to measure or blend.
There are just five “required” ingredients: nut milk (I choose unsweetened vanilla almond milk), frozen blueberries, steamed-then-frozen cauliflower, almond butter, and a ripe, frozen banana! From there you can add a couple scoops of your favorite protein powder (I love and use Vital Proteins collagen peptides!), a tablespoon of hemp or chia seeds, and even a handful of greens for extra nutrients! This smoothie is nutrient-dense, creamy, perfectly sweet, and an excellent vehicle for your favorite toppings – I love granola, more nut butter, cacao nibs, coconut flakes, and hemp seeds! If you’d rather drink your smoothie than eat it out of a bowl, just add a little more nut milk to thin out the consistency!
What are your favorite smoothie combinations?!
- 1-1½ cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk (depending on how thick you want it)
- 1 c frozen blueberries
- 1 c frozen cauliflower (steamed first!)
- ½-1 frozen ripe banana (depending on how sweet you want it)
- 1 T almond butter
- 2 scoops collagen peptides or preferred protein powder (optional)
- 1 T hemp seeds or chia seeds (optional)
- handful of fresh or frozen spinach (optional)
- Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth!