One of the things I miss most is ice cream.
I no longer eat ice cream because I’m on a dairy free. (This seems to help my widespread body pain.)
But all is well. Because I’ve found that adding a couple of other ingredients works just as well.
So you can still enjoy a fruity, creamy treat. Without yogurt.
Actually, I don’t even miss the yogurt. Because pea milk works really well.
Have you ever heard of pea milk? I hadn’t either. Until someone introduced me to this creamy beverage.
Out of all the milk substitutes I’ve tried, pea milk is my favorite. Out of all the milk substitutes I’ve tried, pea milk tastes the most like real milk. (But without that sour milky after taste.) It also has a consistency that resembles cow’s milk, only just a little thicker.
Pea milk works perfect in fruit smoothies and fruit vegetable smoothies.
Apparently others have discovered this “secret” ingredient. Because we have a difficult time finding unsweetened pea milk at the grocery store.
I think it flies off the shelves.
Pea milk is nutritious, as well as delicious. It contains 8 grams of protein per 8 ounce serving. It is also rich in calcium and healthy Omega 3 essential fatty acids.
There’s also another “secret” ingredient I add to my dairy free fruit smoothies. It thickens it and turns it into a delicious treat you can eat with a spoon.
This is chia seeds, which are often referred to as a super food because they are packed with nutrients.
How To Make A Fruit Smoothie Without Yogurt Recipe
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Some people make fruit smoothies with fruit, yogurt or a milk substitute and a sweetener of some sort.
Others add green vegetables. This is what I do.
I hate eating vegetables. Especially the green leafy ones we’re supposed to eat a lot of. So I “hide” them in a fruit smoothie. This results in a pudding-like mix that still tastes fruity enough.
This recipe doesn’t necessarily need to be sweetened. But it tastes much better if you add a little honey. Or liquid stevia if you wish.
To me, smoothies made with raw organic honey taste much better than those made with stevia. But whole leaf liquid stevia is a viable option if you’re trying to avoid sugar.
Smoothies can be made in either a good sturdy blender or a Nutri Bullet Magic Bullet smoothie maker, which we use.
The Nutri Bullet Magic Bullet is easy to use and very easy to clean. So we tend to make a lot of smoothies in our house.
A Nutri Bullet is not necessary to make a good smoothie. But it sure is nice.
The recipe below calls for 1 cup of whole organic frozen raspberries. Because that’s what I have in the house as I’m writing this post.
But I’ve made smoothies with frozen strawberries, blueberries, peaches and mangoes. Really, any frozen fruit will do.
Sometimes, I add a ripe banana to the mix. When I do this I reduce the amount of honey I use by one half. This will also add more liquid to the smoothie. So you may end up drinking it instead of eating it with a spoon. But it’s a great way to use up ripe bananas on the verge of going bad.
Anyway, here’s how to make a delicious fruit smoothie that contains no yogurt.
Dairy Free Fruit Smoothie Recipe
This recipe is designed for the large Nutri Bullet Magic Bullet serving cup. (It will also work in an average size blender.) If you use the smaller Nutri Bullet cup cut the recipe in half.
Start with one cup of raw organic spinach. Then add 3/4 cup of pea milk. I’ve found that turning these two ingredients into liquid before adding the fruit makes for a better smoothie. Because the recipe will require less pea milk, needed to blend the frozen fruit.
Only later do I add 1 cup of frozen raspberries, and then 1/4 cup of the reserved pea milk. Then 2 teaspoons of honey and 1 tablespoon of chia seeds.
Blend the remaining ingredients until everything becomes a thick liquid.
Unscrew the top of the Nutri Bullet. Turn the cup upside down and enjoy. You can scoop your smoothie right from the Nutri Bullet cup, which I do. Or you can pour it into another, more attractive cup.
- 1 cup unsweetened pea milk
- 2 cups raw spinach leaves
- 1 cup frozen raspberries or other frozen fruit
- 2 teaspoons raw honey (This is to taste. Sweeter fruit may require less)
- 1 tablespoon of raw chia seeds
- Put spinach and 3/4 cup of pea milk in a Nutri Bullet blender or a sturdy regular blender.
- Blend until these ingredients turn to liquid.
- Add the fruit, honey and chia seeds.
- Blend until well mixed. You might have to shake the mixture a few times, especially if you use large chunks of fruit. If it stops blending move ingredients with a spoon or a fork.
- Reserve 1/4 of the pea milk and add later in the blending cycle, to help the fruit blend easier.
- You can eat your smoothie directly from the Nutri Bullet or you can pour into a different glass or mug.
Sometimes large pieces of frozen fruit do not mix easily, or they seem to get stuck. You can add a little more pea milk after the fruit is in the blender/smoothie maker to make mixing easier. However, if you add too much the mixture becomes runny and it loses its fruit taste. Also, you may need less honey if you use another fruit such as mango. Raspberries tend to be tart.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 629 Total Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 20mg Sodium: 391mg Carbohydrates: 112g Fiber: 38g Sugar: 48g Protein: 33g