|Almond milk smoothie with carob and banana.|
It's the little things in life. So they say. And today I would agree- wholeheartedly, in fact, with every rebel piece of my dairy-free chocolate verboten heart. The heart that beats without the comfort of gluten, without the silky swirl of cream, without the sexy burn of Tapatio sauce and raw red onion. The heart that misses Penne Arrabiata and roasted tomato salsa. The pragmatic heart that now beats on a mission, to quell this monkey gut of mine long enough to heal a stubborn duodenal ulcer.
So one particularly soft and balmy day last week I thought of carob powder- that earthy crunchy nutty substitute for chocolate those of us old enough to remember the counter culture in fond and vivid flashbacks recall with a surge of bedeviled hippie affection.
Carob-Almond-Banana Smoothie Recipe
Pacific Almond milk makes deliciously thick and creamy smoothies. Lucky for us it's gluten-free and dairy-free (always check labels on your particular brand).
Chill a glass with a few ice cubes as you whip up this yummy smoothie.
For a single smoothie you'll need:
1 sliced frozen banana
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 rounded tablespoon carob powder
1 rounded tablespoon Nutribiotics Vanilla Rice Protein Powder
Pinch of Authentic Foods Vanilla Powder
Pinch of stevia, to taste
Combine the ingredients in a sturdy blender or Vita-Mix and whip on high till smooth and creamy.
Pour into a chilled glass and sip. Luxurious.