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Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie

Hi everybody!

Today, it feels like Old Man Winter has come around! Cloudy, rainy, chilly and very windy. Not my kind of weather…but like the Rolling Stones sang (and I used to always sing to my daughters), “You can’t always get what ya want”. 😉

I recently posted about my starting to work with Meal Garden, an awesome meal planning, recipe collecting, shopping list making, healthy eating web site. Be on the look-out because soon I’ll have some exciting news to share with you relating to that site! You can always check them out with my special link here. And, you can also see one of my recipe collections with this link. I’ll tell you the good news as soon it’s available!

Today, I have another smoothie recipe for you. It’s SO GOOD! It really IS like drinking your dessert! It makes a great, filling snack or even a meal replacement.

I’m sure you’ll love it!

Happy cooking! (Or, in this case, smoothie making!)

~Renee

Here, I've assembled all my ingredients except the milk and protein powder. (I forgot to get those in the pic...oops, my bad!)

Here, I’ve assembled all my ingredients except the milk and protein powder. (I forgot to get those in the pic…oops, my bad!)

I'm adding in the (optional) honey on top of the strawberries, yogurt, and protein powder.

I’m adding in the (optional) honey on top of the strawberries, yogurt, and protein powder.

All ready to blend up...pretty layers.

All ready to blend up…pretty layers.

The (extremely tasty) end result...it's like drinking your dessert through a straw YUMM!!!

The (extremely tasty) end result…it’s like drinking your dessert through a straw YUMM!!!

Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie

1 1/2 Cups Frozen Strawberries

1/3 Cup Rolled Oats

1 1/2 Tbls Vanilla Low-Fat Yogurt

1/2 Scoop Protein Powder

1/2 Cup Milk**

1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

1 Tbls Honey (optional)

Add all ingredients to a single-serve blender cup or blender bowl. Pulse until desired consistency is reached. (Add another splash of almond milk if you’d like a little thinner consistency.)

**NOTE: You can also add 1 Tbls raw honey (or other sweetener, if desired.

**RECIPE AND PHOTOS BY RENEE’S GOURMETS**

©Renee Norris 2016

All rights reserved.

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Cherry Almond Smoothie (with or without protein powder)

Hi everybody!

I hope y’all are doing well and enjoying the fall weather. It’s been pretty chilly at night here lately but the days haven’t been too bad. At least the sun’s been out for the most part, which makes me happy. 🙂

In recent months, my daughter Hannah has been really into making smoothies. It seems that smoothies are all the rage these days. Lots of places are starting to offer them now. I was never that keen on smoothies before, but Hannah has gotten me more interested in them.

Today I’m sharing a smoothie recipe that I came up with the other day. I need more protein so I added some vanilla protein powder but if you prefer, you can omit it. The almonds get so finely ground that you don’t even know they’re in it but they add lots of awesome nutrients (not to mention the yummy flavor)!

Also, you can double the recipe and use your blender.

I really like this smoothie and I’m sure you will too!

Happy cooking (or, in this case, blending)!

~Renee

Getting ready to toast the almonds.

Getting ready to toast the almonds.

Frozen cherries are in the cup and I'm adding the yogurt.

Frozen cherries are in the cup and I’m adding the yogurt.

The protein powder is optional but I added it to mine.

The protein powder is optional but I added it to mine.

The almond extract is already in and here goes the vanilla.

The almond extract is already in and here goes the vanilla.

All the ingredients are in my Ninja's single serve cup. Don't they look good?!

All the ingredients are in my Ninja’s single serve cup. Don’t they look good?!

It was a too thick so I'm adding a tad more milk.

It was a too thick so I’m adding a tad more milk.

Yummy smoothie! (And, the color is only from the cherries...no red dye here!)

Yummy smoothie! (And, the color is only from the cherries…no red dye here!)

Cherry Almond Smoothie

1/8 Cup Sliced Almonds

1 Cup (heaping) Frozen Sweet Cherries

1 Tablespoon (heaping) Vanilla Yogurt

1/2 Scoop Protein Powder (optional)

1/8 tsp Pure Almond Extract

1/4 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract (or to taste)

1/4-1/2 Cup Almond Milk (or soy milk)

Toast almonds, if desired, in a 325°F oven for about 4-5 minutes, stirring after about 2 minutes (I used my little toaster oven.); cool completely.

In a single-serve blender cup or a blender, add 1/4 almond milk and the remaining ingredients. Pulse to blend completely, stopping to add extra milk if it’s too thick.

And, that’s it! Enjoy!

**RECIPE AND PHOTOS BY RENEE’S GOURMETS**

©Renee Norris 2016

All rights reserved.

 #smoothie #cherry #sweetcherries #almond #vanilla #protein #yogurt #almondmilk #ninja #blender #easy #nored40