Morning Smoothie–oooom Good!

Smoothie ingredientsAlmost every morning my breakfast is a delicious, nutritious kefir smoothie.  No other breakfast is as satisfying; I just feel better when I have my smoothie.  The smoothie I like best is made with raw goat milk kefir, cocoa powder, and banana. Here’s my recipe:

1 cup raw goat milk kefir
1 small ripe organic banana (or half of a large one)
1 tablespoon raw organic cocoa powder
1 tablespoon organic flaxseeds (optional)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 egg yolks, from pastured chickens
Stevia to taste

 

Smoothie in beaker ready to blendFinished smoothieMeasure kefir into a beaker [I prefer to use a heavy-duty borosilicate glass beaker rather than the plastic beaker that came with my hand blender.] Add–in any order–banana, flaxseed, coconut oil, cocoa powder, egg yolks, and stevia. Using a hand blender, blend until well combined and the flaxseeds are broken up.  [Note: if seed pieces in your smoothie bother you, just omit the flaxseeds. I love the chewy bits of seed in my smoothies, but not everyone likes to chew on their smoothie.]

The smoothie could be made in a regular blender, but I like the ease of cleaning up using the hand blender and beaker. I also usually just sip my smoothie out of the beaker–saves one more cleanup.

Variations:

Instead of the banana and cocoa powder, add 1/4 cup fresh or frozen organic blueberries and a dash of organic cinnamon. This is probably my second favorite. Instead of blueberries, I sometimes use mixed berries. We can get local blueberries in season, but I buy the other fruits fresh or frozen, organic, of course.

I make my own kefir and have used cow milk kefir to make the smoothie; however, although cow milk kefir is good, I really prefer the extra zing of the goat milk kefir.  But for drinking plain, I like fresh raw cow milk better than goat milk.

Sources/brands:

kefir: local raw goat milk from Anala Goat Company
cocoa powder: Sunfood
coconut oil: Tropical Traditions Gold Label
flaxseed: Bob’s Red Mill Organic
Egg yolks: my favorite local farmer’s rainbow eggs–beautiful!

This entry was posted in Healthy Fats, Organic Food, Pastured Eggs, Raw Milk, Real Food, Recipes and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

7 Responses to Morning Smoothie–oooom Good!

  1. Joan Smith says:

    I do the same every morning, adding 1 T raw almond butter and greens – kale, beet , parsley, whatever I have on hand, about 1 cup. My newest addition is nopales (cactus pads). I also add 1 T of turmeric and 1/2 t of cinnamon for their health benefits.

    • Carolyn says:

      Adding nopales sounds interesting. I’ve read that they have lots of nutrients. How do they taste?

      • Joan Smith says:

        At Fiesta they blend the nopales and give out samples. It has a light, refreshing flavor, a little sweet, a little sour. They sell bags of pieces, I put most of them in the freezer in a bag and just break off a few pieces into my shake. I freeze my bananas, too.

        • Carolyn says:

          I’ll have to try the nopales. Several years ago I froze my bananas, mostly to thicken the smoothie to a slushie consistency, but I’ve learned that I prefer the taste of fresh banana to that of a frozen banana, even if the smoothie isn’t as thick. I don’t know why freezing a banana should change the taste for me, but it does.

          • Joan Smith says:

            Interesting, I’ve never thought about how freezing changes the taste. But I’ve got so many flavors going on I guess I haven’t noticed. I do use the quart sized smoothie jar on my Oster, blend right into it, snap on the lid, then drink all mourning at work.

  2. Knifty Mama says:

    Yum! I added a bit of cinnamon and raw honey instead of stevia and used cacao powder. This is exactly what I was craving! Thanks for posting!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>