Pimp My Smoothie Part 2: Tasty Tweaks 

  • Written by Kelly Harris
  • August 30, 2021
  • 6 min read
Pimp my smoothie 2

I may be a nutrition professional now, but years ago I started out my career as a professional pastry chef in the fine dining industry. I was a pretty good one too and won the regional grand gold award for my competition class. So, it’s fair to say I naturally have a sweet tooth. I’ll also never be one of those nutritionists who will tell you that blended beetroot and spinach pâté tastes just like chocolate (because it doesn’t!). I have, however, devoted an embarrassing number of hours in my life to finding healthy sneaky swaps for my favourite sweet treat flavours.

My taste buds have changed over the years and I have learned to appreciate a wider range of healthier flavour profiles. However, it doesn’t mean that I don’t still love plenty of classic dessert flavour combinations, especially when incorporated into my favourite meal of the day – my morning smoothie!

I’m going to warn you that some of these aren’t the best weight loss smoothies, but if you’re looking for a tasty treat that is a healthier swap compared to “the real deal” then try out some of our sneaky swaps so you can tweak the taste of some of our smoothie kits or even make your own from scratch! They’re also great ways to up your carbohydrate and protein intake if you’re in training for a marathon or athletic event.

I like my smoothies to be thick like soft-serve ice cream and prefer eating them with a spoon out of smoothie bowls, but if you prefer your smoothie to be more liquidy like a milkshake, just adjust the liquid content to your own liking.

smoothie bowl

Throughout the recipes when I refer to vanilla or chocolate protein powders, I use Vega Clean Protein powders because of their powerful flavour profiles, non-chalky textures and general dessert-like tastes. I say this because I have a graveyard of yucky tasting, chalky protein powders living on top of my fridge and I don’t want you to go through the same disappointments I have. But if you have a protein powder you already know and love, use that one!

 

Snickers Bar Smoothie

snickers flavoured smoothie
The essential flavours of a Snickers bar are chocolate, gooey caramel and salty roasted peanuts. For me this isn’t a daily smoothie, but rather a decadent treat to have once (or maybe twice) a week.

Ingredients:

  • Date Caramel Sauce
  • 1.5 – 2 frozen bananas
  • 200 ml almond milk (or more for a thinner consistency)
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbsp of salted roasted peanuts
  • 1 tbsp of dark chocolate chips or chunks

 

This smoothie taste tweak is a 2 step process. First make the date caramel sauce in advance (I use THIS recipe) and set aside. To make the actual smoothie, fill a high powered blender with 200 ml of almond milk, 1.5 – 2 frozen bananas, 1 tablespoonful of peanut butter, 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder, and blend until you have a soft ice cream like consistency. Add in the spoonful of chocolate chips and pulse once or twice just to roughly break the chocolate up. Scoop it all into your smoothie bowl using a rubber spatula. Gently swirl in one or two big spoonfuls of the date caramel followed by a spoonful of salted roasted peanuts. Make sure you don’t fully integrate the caramel, as part of the delight of this decadent smoothie is to come across a big vein of caramel as you eat your way through this healthy candy bar in a bowl.

 

Strawberry Shortcake

strawberry shortcake smoothie
For this smoothie, start with our tasty frozen Good Morning Sunshine smoothie kit and add a scoop of vanilla protein powder. Blend it up with 270 ml of barista standard oat milk and scoop into a smoothie bowl. Swirl in a teaspoon of your favourite strawberry jam or strawberry compote and if you happen to have a digestive biscuit in the cupboard, crumble that on top before serving for a yummy summertime strawberry shortcake flavour. 

Ingredients:

  • Good Morning Sunshine smoothie kit or recipe
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 270 ml barista standard oat milk (or preferred plant milk)
  • 1 tsp strawberry jam or strawberry compote
  • 1 digestive biscuit

 

Green Tea Cupcake Smoothie

green tea smoothie
All the flavours in the world, and my favourite is plain old vanilla! When you think about it, vanilla is amazing. Not only is it an elegant flavour profile packed into one little pod from an equally elegant orchid, but it also enhances the qualities of other flavours when you combine them with vanilla. Green tea, for instance, combined with vanilla is a matcha made in heaven. (See what I did there?) 

Ingredients:

  • More Mochi smoothie kit or recipe
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 extra frozen banana
  • 270 ml barista standard oat milk (or preferred plant milk)

 

Peanut Butter Fudge Smoothie

peanut butter smoothie
This delicious flavour combo was discovered by our founder Vikesh. Determined to convert his brother Neil to a daily smoothie habit, he blended
The Fitness Fuel One smoothie kit with peanut butter, hazelnut milk and vanilla protein powder. It was an instant hit and Neil is now hooked!

Ingredients:

  • The Fitness Fuel One smoothie kit or recipe
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 270 ml hazelnut milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder

 

Snickerdoodle Cookie Smoothie

snickerdoodle smoothie
This classic American cookie is a delicious sweet, soft and chewy, cinnamony, buttery treat. And our
The Christmas One smoothie is a brilliant base that requires only a few small tweaks to make a snickerdoodle smoothie. 

Ingredients:

 

Make sure to blend this smoothie really well so the oats become smooth and creamy. Spoon into a smoothie bowl and if you’re feeling extra decadent, add a swirl of date caramel sauce just before serving.

 

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Smoothie

mint smoothie photo
Mint chocolate chip ice cream was a favourite of mine when I was growing up. I try not to think too much about whatever chemical made that lurid green colour! As a base for this smoothie, you can use either our
Clean Green Protein or our The Mint Chocolate Chip One smoothie kits or recipes. To provide sweetness, an ice cream-like flavour and a healthy protein punch to this smoothie, you can add either a scoop of vanilla or chocolate protein powder to your ingredients before blending with your favourite plant milk. I like both equally.

Ingredients:

  • Clean Green Protein or The Mint Chocolate Chip One smoothie kit or recipe
  • 1 scoop vanilla or chocolate protein powder
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 270 ml almond milk (or your favourite plant milk)
  • 2 drops oil of peppermint if you’re using Clean Green Protein as your base or 1 drop of oil of peppermint if you’re using The Mint Chocolate Chip One (as it already has fresh mint leaves in it). Make sure you’re using a food safe, ingestible oil of peppermint.
  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips if you’re using Clean Green Protein as your base or 1 tbs chocolate chips if you’re using The Mint Chocolate Chip One as your base (as it already has delicious cacao nibs in it). 
  • 1 batch of vegan, paleo friendly chocolate sauce (optional)

 

Blend the first 5 ingredients thoroughly.  Add the chocolate chips at the very end and only give them a quick pulse or two to break them up before scooping into a smoothie bowl with a rubber spatula and enjoy on a hot summer’s day! If you’re eating this for dessert, I recommend drizzling it with this delicious healthy homemade chocolate sauce.

 

Written by
Kelly Harris
Nutritional Therapist
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