Strawberry-Banana Cauliflower Smoothie

 

Yields:  about 3 cups             

Prep Time:  10 minutes      

Total Time:  10 minutes

 

A healthy twist on the traditional flavor favorite of strawberry and banana, this smoothie has a whole cup of cauliflower that is undetected but packs a nutritional punch!

 

Ingredients

1 cup chopped cauliflower

1 cup fresh strawberries (if using frozen, reduce ice cubes)

1 cup chopped banana (about 1 large)

1 cup dairy free milk* (see note in comments)

6 ice cubes

2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

1 tablespoon raw coconut butter (for healthy fat!)

 

Directions

1. Combine all ingredient in a high-speed blender.

 

 

2. Blend thoroughly.

 (The extra white you see is from the raw coconut butter, that's all!)

 

3. Enjoy immediately or place in frozen pop molds for a frozen treat!

 

Cauliflower is a common vegetable that has been on the family table for generations.  Yet, it seems to be getting more recognition for its versatility.  It doesn’t have too much of an overbearing flavor (as opposed to other more pungent veggies).  Because of this mild flavor, it really can take on the flavor of what surrounds it. 

 

We have loved roasting it, and combining it in any way with Parmesan cheese.  I’ve also incorporated it into a delicious creamy cashew sauce.  All of the above are all savory options, so venturing into the sweet side was a bit daunting.

 

So, being kind of over the green smoothies (although, we still drink them weekly), I decided to throw some cauliflower in with a flavor favorite – strawberry banana.  It really tasted great!  I didn’t use frozen strawberries, so I needed to add extra ice cubes, as the cold temperature of a smoothie is crucial to enjoyment for my kids.

 

Now about the milk.  I’ve used regular cow’s milk, and it worked well.  We don’t drink a whole lot of straight milk, yet I cook a lot with it, so we keep it around.  Our preference is almond milk or coconut milk (carton, not can).  Although, coconut does add a coconut flavor, which may not be preferable.  In that case, stick to regular dairy or almond milk.  Something to pay attention to is whether the milk is sweetened or not.  I do use sweetened, and play around with the quantity of maple syrup (between one and two tablespoons).  I mean, come on, there is cauliflower in this thing, so bumping up the sweeter ingredients is part of the deal.

 

I made so many different variations when testing this recipe to come up with the right balance, I had quite a bit of leftovers.  So, what does one do with leftover smoothie?  Make frozen pops!  Which is exactly what I did. 

 

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