Friday, February 5, 2010

Vanilla Agave-Nut Smoothie

I think smoothies are ambrosia, you know, the food of the gods... especially if they have peanut butter in them! This is my favorite homemade smoothie recipe. If the blender wasn't such a pain to clean for my lazy-ass, I'd make this smoothie ALL the time.

Vanilla Agave-Nut Smoothie

2 cups non-dairy vanilla frozen dessert1
1/2 cup vanilla soymilk2
1/2 cup soymilk2
1/3 cup silken tofu (preferably soft but firm should work fine)
1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoon agave nectar3

Blend the tofu until smooth. Add soymilk, peanut butter, and agave nectar and pulse a couple of times. Finally, add the non dairy frozen dessert and blend until desired consistency. Serve immediately.

My preferred products and where you can find them:

1. Just about any vanilla non-dairy frozen dessert works. A couple I use:
a. So Delicious Creamy Vanilla Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert - Sprouts, Whole Foods, and Fry's Marketplace
b. Purely Decadent Vanilla Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert - Sprouts, Whole Foods, and Fry's Marketplace

2. Even though this recipe calls for two flavors of soymilk, I usually just use whatever I have on hand for both line items, which is usually:
a. Silk Original Soymilk - Sprouts, Whole Foods, and Fry's Marketplace

If you don't want to use vanilla-flavored soymilk, but you want the extra taste of vanilla, you can add a teaspoon of vanilla extract.

3. I don't really have a brand preference for Agave Nectar, as every one I have ever tried is good, I just wanted to explain what Agave Nectar is. Agave Nectar is a sweetener made from several species of agave plant and is produced in Mexico. Agave nectar is a little sweeter than honey, though not as thick, and it has a lower glycemic index than many other sweeteners. It is a fabulous substitute for honey and can be used in any way that honey would be with a 1:1 substitution. Agave nectars are sold in light (mild, neutral flavor), amber (medium caramel flavor), dark (stronger caramel flavor), and raw (mild, neutral flavor) varieties. The raw agave nectar is produced at temperatures below 118 °F, so is perfect for use by raw foodies. Most vegans do not consume honey, and agave nectar is a perfect replacement.


ladytick said...

Is this the one I made for you a long time ago? It is really good. It's not one I make a lot cause I don't always have tofu on hand--or frozen dessert.

Kenike said...

Yes it is! The only difference is I changed the honey to agave. I usually have tofu on hand, but not the frozen dessert.