Here’s a simple tip that can revolutionize you into a gourmet smoothie chef. You probably all know about using vanilla extract in your smoothies, and it’s an awsome way to improve the flavour, but have you thought about all the other flavours of baking extracts and what they could do for your smoothie experience?
These nourishing smoothies are practically upped to dessert status just by adding a little tasty natural extract for that extra burst of flavor..
Minty Smoothie Goodness
This yum recipe is pepped up with peppermint and was shared witb us by our customer Loren. Thanks to Loren! Peppermint is also particularly divine with cacao.
• 2 bananas, chopped frozen
• ½ avocado
• 1 cup fresh spinach leaves, firmly packed
• ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, firmly packed
• ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
• ½tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract
• ¼tsp Nielsen-Massey Pure Peppermint Extract
• 1-2Tbsp raw honey or grade B maple syrup
Blend and enjoy.
Chocolate Orange Smoothie
Try something different with some orange extract. Up the flavour of cacao, or fruity, citrusy smoothies, or even creamy ones. It goes really well combined with vanilla extract too.
• ½ cup almond milk
• 3 medjool dates, pitted
• ¾ frozen banana
• 1 mandarin orange, peeled
• 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
• 1-1/2 cups frozen blueberries
• 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
• 3 ounces fresh spinach (1 large handful)
• ¼ teaspoon orange extract
• 1 cup water
• 5 ice cubes, if desired
Blend all the ingredients together in a high powered blender, pour into a glass and tantalise your tatsebuds with a super healthy treat.
(adaptd from: http://thewateringmouth.com/chocolate-orange-smoothie-recipe-video/)
Almond Blueberry Smoothie
Almond extract adds that marzipan-like flavour that goes so well with cherries and berries and also combines well with vanilla, chocolate and milky flavours, especially taking the taste of almond milk to a new level.
• 1 ripe, frozen, sliced banana
• ½ cup frozen blueberries
• ¾ cup almond milk
• 1 tbsp almond butter
• 1 tsp ground flaxseed
• ⅛ tsp almond extract
Combine everything in a blender and blend until smooth.
(adapted from: http://www.hummusapien.com/blueberry-almond-smoothie/)
Coconut Vanilla Matcha Smoothie
Vanilla goes well with just about anything and is a classic way to smooth over wayward tastes.
• 1 can coconut milk
• 1 tablespoon Matcha powder
• 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
• 2 ½ tablespoons agave nectar or raw honey
• ½ cup shredded coconut
• 1 cup frozen pineapple
• ½ ripe banana
• ½ cup ice
• Small pinch salt
Combine in a blender and enjoy.
The great thing about extracts is that they are easy to store, last a long time and all you have to do is add a dash to your smoothie.
If you feel like some fresh minty-ness but don’t have fresh mint on hand – or want that citrusy burst of lemon or orange, or the dessert-like flavour of vanilla or almond, our range of Nielsen-Massey extracts are an all natural range of delicious, healthy flavourings to up your smoothie game.