April 6, 2021

Surprising Smoothies: 5 Delicious Drinks with Unusual Ingredients

Have you ever tried a smoothie made with lentils or sweet potato? When it comes to smoothies, most of us like to stick to the basics. However, smoothies offer a great opportunity to sneak in some nutritious ingredients while staying true to our favorite flavors! Time to shake things up and try these five smoothie recipes that include some surprising and unusual ingredients.

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Why do we like smoothies? For one, they can be refreshing and filling at the same time. They’re customizable, can be made quickly, and can include nutritious ingredients all the while tasting absolutely delicious. Not to mention, there’s plenty of room for creativity and experimentation! The following five smoothie recipes show how easy it is to add unique ingredients into the mix and how versatile smoothies can actually be. Bon appétit!

Banana “Bread” Smoothie with Defatted Almond Flour and White Beans

Ever wished you could turn your favorite baked good into a healthier drink? This recipe will let you enjoy the flavors of banana bread in a creamy smoothie. And that’s not all! Made with California almonds and white beans, this recipe contains complementary proteins. The incorporation of almond protein into this recipe is easy and smooth, giving it a slightly sweet and light nutty profile without any grittiness. All in all, a great breakfast smoothie or yummy treat to satisfy your cravings during the day. 

Ingredients include: almond milk, banana, white kidney beans, almond protein, dates, maple syrup, lemon juice, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, sea salt, and ground nutmeg. 

The entire recipe can be found here.

Sweet Potato Smoothie with Walnut Milk

Just because a smoothie is orange, doesn’t mean it’s made with oranges. This vibrant smoothie gets its color from North Carolina sweet potatoes and juicy mango. Blended into the smoothie, both sweet potato and California walnuts are considered a great source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. This orange dream is both creamy and refreshing at once!

Ingredients include: sweet potatoes, mango, walnut kernels, limes, and cinnamon powder.

The entire recipe can be found here.

Green Lentil Monster Smoothie

If you’re a fan of green smoothies, then you’re in for a treat. Staying true to the green classics, this recipe includes spinach leaves, creamy avocado, green apples, and a banana base. What makes this drink special, are the two unique additions: green lentils and pea milk. Did you know that green lentils and dry peas are classified as pulses? Want to know more? Check out our article on pulses!

Ingredients include: avocado, ginger, apples, banana, green lentils, blueberries, spinach, pea milk, and cinnamon. 

The entire recipe can be found here.

Apricot Chickpea Smoothie

If you think adding dried fruit is the secret ingredient, you’re wrong. While the dried apricot does add a delicious flavor, the surprising ingredient here belongs to the pulse family once again. The adaptable chickpea makes it into the mix, turning into a super smooth consistency when blended with banana and a splash of plant-based milk – in this case, silky California almonds

Ingredients include: banana, dried apricot, chickpeas, almond milk, cinnamon, and cardamom. 

The entire recipe can be found here.

Blueberry Chai Protein Smoothie 

Do you enjoy berry smoothies, but want them to keep you satisfied longer? Then the Blueberry Chai Protein Smoothie will do the trick. Sweet and tasty, this blueberry delight gets its protein from pea protein powder. Increasingly popular, this plant-based protein made of yellow split peas, a high-fiber legume, is very easy to add to any smoothie. The dashes of cinnamon and cardamom mixed in with ginger and almond milk gives this smoothie the taste of a chai latte. Take a sip and enjoy!

Ingredients include: blueberries, banana, pea protein powder, almond milk, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and ice cubes.

The entire recipe can be found here.