I’m feeling a festive Friday vibe today! If you know me well enough, you know my love for concocting nutritious smoothie blends and the season of fall. I’m sure you can catch on to where my inspiration for today’s post is coming from.
I feel as though smoothies get phased out a bit in the colder months, which is understandable as the heated days of summer are behind us and the crisp cool days take over. It’s natural for us to begin enjoying the things that warm us up (coming from a girl who deals with Raynaud’s Syndrome, anyone else?). Not to worry though, the beauty of this Creamy Vanilla Pecan Smoothie recipe I am sharing today is that it’s not an ice cold blend (and no, it’s not warm either, bleh…). This blend makes the perfect temperature smoothie for this time of year! It’s packed with plant based creaminess, along with warming + festive ingredients like cinnamon, nutmeg, and pecans (did I basically just sum up fall in 3 ingredients?) to leave you feeling a sense of warmth. The only cold ingredient in this recipe is the plant based cashew milk I used, the rest of the ingredients are some simple, raw, nutritious ingredients that can be found in the cupboard or on the counter, making this smoothie deliver a temperature that’s refreshing and just right.
What makes this smoothie Creamy? The one and only… Avocado! If you’ve read any of my previous smoothie posts, I’ve mentioned before about how I love using avocado as opposed to a banana. Avocado is a low sugar + high fiber option, delivers a higher amount of potassium than banana, contains heart healthy fats, and has a mild flavour which makes it great for adding into recipes for texture purposes. Those are just a few of the amazing qualities of avocado. Having said all that, avocado isn’t the only star of this smoothie. Hello pecans! Am I the only one who feels like pecans are a festive fall food? If you’re with me, let me know. Maybe it’s because I love pecan pie, and always get to appreciate it in the fall and winter season. As kids, we grew up enjoying homemade delicious pies made from scratch, and homemade pecan pie in particular is a Thanksgiving + Christmas pie staple in our family. I’m getting a vibe that I should probably share a nourishing pecan pie recipe one of these days…
Although pecans add a delicious savoury taste to pie, they do serve more than just that purpose. Pecans come with disease fighting properties that protect our heart health, improve brain health, and protect us from diabetes. They also come packed with fiber, a source of plant protein, and contain healthy fats, vitamins (vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin E…), minerals (manganese, folic acid, copper, zinc…), antioxidants, and anti-inflammatories.
This smoothie comes packed with an array of nutrients like heart healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, an excellent source of filling fiber + potassium, and plant protein to name a few features. In other words, all the healthy goods in one simple blend!
Creamy Vanilla Pecan Smoothie
Vegan, gluten free, dairy free, nutrient dense, festive Creamy Vanilla Pecan Smoothie
- 2 cups unsweetened cashew milk, or any plant based milk of choice – Check out my Vanilla-Cinnamon Cashew Milk recipe to easily learn how to make your own nutritious creamy plant based milk.
- 1 tbsp raw pecans
- 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
- Pinch of nutmeg powder
- 1 scoop vanilla plant protein powder
- 1 tsp unsweetened organic shredded coconut
- Add all ingredients to a blender (except the shredded coconut) and blend until creamy and smooth.
- Pour into your favourite glass then sprinkle with a few extra pecan bits, a pinch of extra cinnamon powder, unsweetened organic shredded coconut, and enjoy!
Smoothie Tip – always have your liquids at the base of the blender, this helps make sure all ingredients blend well, and prevents them from sticking to the sides of the blender.
What sort of ingredients do you consider to be festive ingredients? Which whole foods scream fall/winter for you? Be sure to share with me your favourites! Also, have you laid off the smoothies lately due to cooler temps? If you enjoy smoothies and the array of nutrients they can deliver, but you’re finding them to be too cold to enjoy, try avoiding frozen ingredients and keep the refrigerated ingredients to a minimum. You could use plant based milk as your colder ingredient, and blend it with room temp ingredients such as avocado, banana, plant protein powder, cinnamon, etc… this can help keep your smoothie still cool yet tolerable on those chilly days.