This has been one of my favourite smoothies for a long time and I just realised there isn’t a recipe for it on the blog! Well, I had to fix that.
Blueberries with cinnamon and dates give a delicious flavour that reminds me of blueberry muffins – hence the name of this smoothie.
Chia seeds help thicken (and add nutrition) without the need for bananas, which I cannot eat raw.
Plus, I always found banana to be quite a strong flavour and can be overpowering in a smoothie when you don’t want something that tastes like banana.
I’ve had problems with bananas for a while, although I am perfectly fine to eat them cooked. Recipes such as banana bread is no problem, strangely enough.
But in their raw state, they make me so ill and it took me a while to figure out why.
Turns out it’s not so uncommon to have this problem with bananas and the culprits are most likely either a latex-fruit allergy or pollen-allergy syndrome.
I happen to have both which means that quite a few raw fruits and nuts eaten in their natural state can give me an allergic reaction.
Although, most of the time if blend them or cook them, I get no reaction because it breaks down the protein that causes the reaction.
If you think you might have a banana allergy, there is some useful information here.
Look at that colour. Purple is my favourite colour (next to green) so not only does the taste of this smoothie make me happy but just looking at it brings me joy!
This smoothie is:
- Raw & vegan
- Gluten-free, grain-free and paleo-friendly
- High in fibre
- High in omega 3s and heart-healthy fats
- Full of vitamins & minerals
- ½ cup frozen blueberries*
- 360ml / 1½ cups almond milk
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 dates (or more, depending on how sweet you want it)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- Simply blend all the ingredients together until smooth.
- Pour into a large glass and serve immediately. Enjoy!