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Is everyone back at work today?  Chris has one more day off [today!] so we are currently snowboarding in the mountains.  We left Sunday evening and are staying at a friend’s condo.  Sunday was a lazy day, which was so needed.  Well, lazy as in we didn’t leave the house or workout.  However, I cleaned the kitchen, vacuumed the house + couch, and did a bunch of laundry.  So glad to have that done!

Breakfast was a bowl of the Bob’s Red Mill high fiber cereal, that I picked up in the bulk bins the other day.  It’s pretty good, but not my favorite.  It gets a little bit gelatinous from the ground flax.

Check out this awesome bowl my mom found for me!  It’s actually supposed to be used to whisk eggs. 

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It’s actually quite large and the sides come up nice and high, to make whisking easier.  The little pour spout will work great, as well as the indentation on the other side, to comfortably hold the bowl while whisking.

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I topped this bowl with a little almond butter, peanut butter, jelly + maple butter.  Lots of butter action + lots of deliciousness!

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While catching up on my Google Reader today, Angela’s recipe for an Clementine Creamsicle Smoothie caught my eye!  Orange creamsicle popsicles were always a childhood favorite of mine.  Her smoothie looked luscious + creamy, and luckily I had all the ingredients on hand.  Since I’m still having sinus/cold issues, I thought this would be a perfect vitamin boost!

The frozen goods : banana + clementines + avocado

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I picked up this small box of creamed coconut a few months back.  This was my first time using it though.  This box was really cheap, coming in around $2.  Inside is a bag of solid coconut cream that you can use to make coconut milk at home.  I’m not sure how much you would use to equal a whole can, but it has 7 servings with 220 calories per serving.  So from that, I think you could compare it to canned coconut milk and estimate how much you would need.  All you do is mix this with water at 1 parts coconut cream : 2 parts hot water.

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I made a few changes to the recipe, although I’m sure the original was delicious!  I absolutely loved this!!  It was so much creamier than a frozen fruit smoothie, thanks to the avocado.  If you have avocado on hand, always add 1/4 of it in your smoothie.  It gives them the best texture!

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This was quite a large smoothie.  I got about 1.5 servings out of it.  Chris got the 1/2 serving. :)

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The only change I would make next time, is to add about 1/4c of orange juice + 1/4c almond milk, instead of 1/2c almond milk.  The orange flavor from the clementines was really masked from the banana + avocado.  You can’t taste the avocado, but I’ve noticed before that it mutes the overall flavor a bit.

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Orange Banana Vanilla Smoothie serves 1 – 1.5 [adapted from Angela]

  • 1 medium banana, very ripe
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1T coconut cream + 1/4c water [or 1/4c full fat coconut milk or 1T coconut oil or butter + 1/4c water]
  • 1/2c unsweetened almond milk [or 1/4c almond milk + 1/4c orange juice]
  • 3 clementines [or 1 large orange]
  • 1, 8oz container 2% vanilla yogurt [Greek or regular]
  • 1t vanilla
  1. Freeze the banana, avocado + peeled clementines.
  2. Throw all ingredients into your blender and start at a medium speed.
  3. Work it up to high and let it go until completely creamy + thick.
  4. Top with shredded coconut!

*If you want to make this a heftier smoothie for breakfast, add in 1/4c uncooked rolled oats and/or 1 scoop vanilla protein powder and/or 1/4c cashews or almonds.

**Add 1T more almond milk, until desired thickness is met.

Creamy, refreshing, deliciousness.  Thanks for the idea, Ang!

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While slurping our smoothies, we played a round of Pandemic, because we are obsessed. 

Dakota hovered.


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Catch you guys on Tuesday!!!


Reader Comments (45)

I've never seen that coconut product before. Definitely keeping my eye out from now on.

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEvan Thomas

I want that coconut!! MMMMMMMmmm..
And I almost bought farro at my grocery store today. But it was $9. I didn't want to start out the new year with Mr. How Sweet having a hissy fit.

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

I saw Angela's recipe, too, and I'm dying to try it. Twice in one day, must be a sign. Hope you're feeling better!

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBlog is the New Black

This post, was supposed to post tonight at 1am...oops! haha $9!!! Do you have costco?? They have it! Or, order it?

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I think I've seen this coconut before but I never really knew what I could do with it. You've definitely got the right idea going. ;)

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Never saw that coconut before. Pretty cool, I'll have to keep my eye open. That smoothie is taunting me!!!!!

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

Creamsicles were definitely one of my favourites as a kid :) I can really see how the banana + avocado would mimic the creaminess!

I've seen that coconut before in my international aisle.. but I had no idea what it was. I actually thought it was coconut butter :o

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTatianna

I'm teaching my friend how to make stovetop oats today and totally forgot about coconut!! Definitely bringing that for our toppings bar :)

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGabriela @ Une Vie Saine

I saw that recipe on Oh She Glows yesterday too and will be trying it very soon!!

Costco has farro?! Hmm, that could be dangerous...

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at KeepItSweet

ahh that smoothie looks so CREAMY- thats def the best way to have them... smooth and creamy!

wow your smoothie looks delicious! Gotta make something similar, maybe with regular milk.
I wanted to ask you, what exactly is farro? Is it spelt or something? I want to try that broken farro recipe of yours, but I don't know what to buy :))

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarina

Have a good day up in the mountains! And stay warm!

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

I came across the recipe yesterday, went over to the fruit bowl and saw that my dad had eaten all of the clementines, it was a sad, sad day indeed. :(

I'm sure you're probably already know this, but I just wanted to recommend going easy on the OJ if you add it to the smoothie. I once used some for an apricot smoothie and all I could taste was orange. Not that it's a bad thing, but when you're going for apricot, orange isn't really the same and it would be a shame to end up only tasting orange in that smoothie rather than a dreamsicle flavor. :P

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

Oh man, that smoothie looks refreshing and amazingly delicious! The one time I put avocado in a smoothie I wasn't sold on it, but I may have to rethink my original opinion!

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristin@purplebirdblog

So funny. Creamsicle smoothie caught my eye last night too and I made my own version last night for the fam (sans the avocado, cuz I already ate it for dinner).

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

I just made your vanilla bean ground farro for breakfast this morning...holy yumm! So good ... this is going to be a new favourite.

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I saw Angela's recipe too! It looks delicious.

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaddie (Healthy Maddie)

I love that last photo. I looks like Dakota is playing the game. Ha ha.

I thought the creamsicle smoothie looked good, too!

I never thought about putting avocado in a smoothie! Yum!

I love your photos! They are so beautiful and you make the food look SO YUMMY! I saw that smoothie as well on Oh She Glows...and now that I have seen it twice, I think it is a sign I MUST make it!

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAri @ ThE DiVa DiSh

wow, coconut cream looks like a real money saver!

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJaclyn and Jenn

Wow, that smoothie looks so creamy and colorful! Mental Note: Try Clementine Creamsicle Smoothie asap! Now, if only it would warm up, so I won't freeze while sipping on a smoothie ;)

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHaleigh

I love creamed coconut! I cut off chunks of it and eat it straight up! It tastes kind of like coconut butter :)

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBridget

that IS a great bowl! I can totally envision holding it... to whisk eggs or... eat oatmeal :D

this smoothie looks delicious.

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristina @ spabettie

I just saw this on her website and thought it looked great! Can't wait to try it!

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjessica

Delish! Good thing we have ripe avocados in the fridge ready to be smoothie-fied! :D

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterezzie

Love that bowl!!! My Mom got me some cute bowls, plates and placemats for Christmas, I can't wait to use them :)


January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Lazy days can be great, I love getting caught up on house stuff. Like the bowl. And I've got to try Angela's smoothie, it looks so good. And so does yours!

I am with you, avocado in smoothies are amazing, it gives it a creaminess and fluffiness like no other fruit does, I just added 1/4 of an avocado today to my breakfast smoothie: blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, avocado, greek yogurt and amazing grass green superfood, total yum and perfect texture!
That bowl is beautiful, I love it! Where did your mom get it Ashley?
Thanks for the tip on the coconut product, quite interesting to have in the freezer!

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAna

My boyfriend got Pandemic for Christmas and we have now played it a lot. It's totally addicting!

I'm glad you tried out the smoothie using the coconut cream bar, I though about switching out for that when I saw Angela's recipe and now you've taken all the guesswork out for me; I know it works!

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNichole

I've never thought to freeze avocado. Looks like it keeps the color really well frozen. So so yummy looking!

Orange Banana Vanilla Smoothie?!
Come to me, baby!

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGabriela @ Fro-Yo Lover

clementines in smoothie! OMG delish!!! i had the day off today but back at it tomorrow (boooo)

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi(onefitfoodie)

I love your smoothie pictures--it looks so delicious! Yeah for New Belgium. :)

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

I love pandemic and creamsicle! What a great combo!

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkate

mmm that smoothie looks delish!

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJusteen @ Blissful Baking

I thought the same thing ;)

January 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hope you're doing well Emily!!

January 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

You just HAVE to try it!! :)

January 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

LOL...that cracked me up!

January 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hmm, I never knew you could freeze avocado! Thanks for the tip on adding avocado to smoothies, I'll have to try it. I remember seeing the creamsicle post on Angela's blog and totally drooling over it! Can't wait to try it out!

January 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Well, I only froze it for this recipe for about an hour. I'm not sure what happens if you freeze it for longer, but my assumption is that it works! Maybe best to wrap it tightly in saran.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Just found your blog and made this smoothie this morning- YUM! I added some coconut to the smoothie itself, I love coconut. A note- I froze my banana, oranges, avocado overnight and they were fine. I can't wait to find some farro and try that out for breakfast.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKitchenVixen

I always have a HUGE bag of frozen bananas ready to go! :) Glad you liked the smoothie!

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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