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Raspberry Smoothie

raspberry smoothie

My birthday party last weekend was great fun. The only snafu? Excess victuals. There must have been 1 pie per person in attendance at our gathering. And while a good time seemed to be had by all –a couple handfuls of children jumped on the trampoline with the sprinklers going under it –my refrigerator was still overflowing by the evening’s end.

Luckily, our friends Chris and Larry had their own soiree the next night and were kind enough to let me bring my extra quiche, pies and cookies to their place to serve to their guests. So, as you can see it was quite a busy weekend.

Right now the boys and I are in recuperation mode, making quick and easy snacks and meals. Yesterday, my younger son came up with this delicious fruit smoothie comprised of raspberries and peaches –very refreshing. While his version of the beverage calls for apple juice (super sweet in result), mine uses rich and creamy cashews blended with water (cashew milk), adding a bit of protein to balance out the sweetness of the fruit.

Raspberry Smoothie

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  • 2 cups (raw) cashews, soaked 4-8 hours, discard soaking water
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup raspberries (frozen)
  • 1 cup peaches (frozen)
  • 2 tablespoon agave nectar or honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 ice cubes (if you want it colder)
  1. Place cashews and water in a vitamix and process on high speed until creamy, about 1 minute
  2. Add raspberries, peaches, agave and vanilla and blend until rich and smooth
  3. Blend in ice cubes if desired
  4. Serve in tall glasses

Serves 2

You can always make this without soaking the cashews, however it will be much creamier if soaked prior to making the smoothie. Also, be forewarned that I made this in my Vitamix and cannot vouch for the results when using a regular blender. I highly recommend the Vitamix; I use mine at least once a day and it may be one of the best major investments I have made –ever.

I drank a lot of this tasty, refreshing smoothie this afternoon; it’s delicious and quite filling! Enjoy.


posted on August 5, 2008

  1. susie

    Elana,
    I am 44 years old and newly diagnosed with Celiac’s. As you can imagine, I have been cooking my favorite recipes for years. I come from a big Italian family and every year my siblings and I get together and make our Grandmother’s cookies. What better way to honor and remember a person then to bring joy to others using the very thing she loved. FOOD. Here is my dilemma. I have no idea how to convert her recipes. The flour is the biggest concern. I have seen your recipes and you have suggest Almond flour for baking. Can this be used as a substitue for all baking? I only found out about the Celiac’s about 3 weeks ago, so I am truly grasping at straws about what to do with all of the information I am finding. Thank you for your site, It’s very helpful, and delicious.

    HELP!!
    Susie

  2. Elana~

    I stumbled onto your website and it has truly been a ray of hope. I am a young mom who loves cooking and eating and was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis Oct. of last year. I have chosen the road less traveled and am opting to try food as medicine as my main treatment rather than traditional Western methods of treatment. Hence why I have found your recipes and site so hopeful! I am wondering however if the Vitamix you have the link to is the one you use personally, I have began upgrading my appliances and this seems to be the next step but am unsure of which one to purchase. Thank you for being such an inspiration and for sharing your recipes and journey.

    Jill

  3. Susie – I’m not sure if almond flour can be used for all baking. The only suggestion I can give you is to experiment with converting recipes using almond flour. You may also want to try posting this question in the forums to see if anyone else has any other suggestions.

    Jill – Thank you for your kind words! I actually use the Vita-Mix 5000 series. I’ve changed the link in this post to reflect the Vita-mix I use at home.

    Elana

  4. Steph

    I love almond milk and fruits together. I’ve used several different fruits, but never these two together. Thanks for the idea!

  5. This looks so creamy and refreshing. It’s interesting to use cashews in a smoothie.

  6. Chrissy

    Elana,
    Our kids LOVE to jump on the trampoline with the sprinkler underneath! I thought we had come up with something new! LOL!
    This sounds yummy – I am out of cashews though. Sad. Gotta get some more!
    Chrissy

  7. Jessica

    Hi Elana,

    Am I correct that you purchase your almond flour already ground? I’m about to purchase a vita-mix and would like to ground my own flours (from nuts and legumes mostly) – they offer a dry blade container for an extra $140…I’m conflicted as to whether or not I really need this. Any advice?

  8. Steph -You are very welcome.

    Lynn -Yes, it is interesting, they are so creamy, it actually works quite well.

    Chrissy Thanks for another great comment.

    Jessica -Yes, I find it too time consuming to make my own almond flour and also the quality is not as good as purchasing Honeyville. If you go to the purchase section on my side bar you can find links to most of the ingredients that I use on this site. The vita-mix is very expensive –however I use mine every day and have found it to be a worthwhile investment for me.

  9. Viktoria

    Hi Elana,
    I plan to make this asap but I’m wondering if the water called for in the recipe is the same water the nuts were soaking in. Is it OK to use the soaking water or better to discard?
    Thanks,
    Viktoria

  10. Hi Viktoria,

    Thanks so much for your comment and for pointing out the lack of clarity regarding water in this recipe! I’ve amended the recipe so that it includes instructions to discard the soaking water.

    Thanks,
    Elana

  11. Viktoria

    Thanks so much, Elana. Love your blog. So inspiring!
    Viktoria, in Vancouver, B.C.

  12. Viktoria -You’re welcome; you are in one of my favorite places in the world, Vancouver.

  13. ~M

    Hi Elana,

    Do you have both the container for the dry blade for your vitamix (which grinds grains into flours) and the container for the wet blade (like a normal blender) or just the later?

    I can’t tell whether it makes sense for me to have the dry blade container…

    Thanks,
    M

  14. Happy belated birthday!

    The smoothie looks as satisfying as any rich milkshake.

    I bought my Vita-mix a year ago and since it has become my best friend in the kitchen – never looked back on the inital $. Actually, I constructed mine as a hybrid: Waring base (higher hp), and Vita-mix container.

  15. ~M -Yes, I have both the dry and the wet containers for the vita-mix. I rarely use the dry, though it’s nice to have around. I use my vita-mix at least twice a day.

    Heidi -Thanks for the birthday wishes and hooray for the vita-mix.

  16. Jenni

    Elana,
    Hello! This smoothie looks very yummy and I will definitely be trying this one. I do have a question for you. Do you make green smoothies? I have recently gotten on the green smoothie band wagon and I love them, but I was wondering if you have any concoctions that you could share. I have found that green smoothies have helped me tremendously with eating a gluten free diet, low glycemic diet. My desire for sugar and gluten filled foods have plummeted since I have started drinking them, among other things.

    Oh by the way I have tried your cashew milk recipe and I love it! It is so easy and I prefer the consistency of it over almond milk. I use it a lot in my smoothies. Thanks again for sharing all of your wonderful recipes!

  17. Jenni,

    You are very welcome. I sometimes do green juice, though haven’t made green smoothies. Sounds good. What do you put in yours?

    Elana

  18. Jenni

    Elana,

    I have been making green smoothies for about a month now and I have a few that I like a lot. You put whatever greens you like and a combination of fruit to your taste. You can’t taste the greens at all. The great thing about green smoothies is that you can throw whatever you want in it. If you want less fruit, use less fruit. I am very sensitive to sugar and a lot of carbs but even with all of the fruit these smoothies don’t bother me and leave me very satisfied for hours. My concoctions are still pretty basic without too many “weird” things which is a good place for anyone to begin. Here is one of my family’s favorite smoothies:

    Hawaiian Delight Green Smoothie

    lots of spinach and a couple leaves of Kale(Organic if possible)
    1/2 pear
    1 banana
    1 ring of pineapple
    1 cup water
    1 cup coconut milk (canned)
    1-2 T flax seed

    You can fill the blender up with your greens and add your liquid and blend it down to make space for your fruit.

    Blend until smooth.

    I have a couple more listed here: http://someofthisandadashofthat.blogspot.com/

    Let me know if you try it and what you put together!

    Thanks again,
    Jenni

  19. Mikey

    A smoothie that my partner and I used to make was Almond milk, Sunflower seed butter, bananas (i like it better with out the Nanners) and flax seeds, We would put them together in a blender and let it blend into a smooth, creamy smoothie! It is so so so so so so so so good. I just wanted to suggest this cause i had no idea where to put it…

  20. Kirsten

    Hi Elana, I am 14 years old and love to cook and bake. My mom and I just started going on your website and we love the gluten free recipes. My mom found out that she is gluten intolerant and we thought that we were going to be limited on what we could cook. Now that we found your website, we have been in the kitchen everyday almost all day cooking gluten free meals. Thank you so much for posting this recipe.

  21. Jeanmarie

    Thank you for a yummy milkshake like smoothie. I am enjoying it exactly 5 years after you posted on my own birthday:)

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