Green Goddess Smoothie

As a vegan of over 20 years and momma to 2, I’m often asked about my go-to breakfast meal ideas. I like to keep it simple, with a Green Smoothie every morning, for the whole family. This gets us going on the right foot, with the all of nutritional boosts and benefits to start off our day!

I like to keep our green smoothies with a well-rounded variation of healthy fats, greens, protein, carbs, and added superfoods. I pack it all in my Oster Pro Blender with Texture Select Settings and 2 Blend-N-Go Cups , which has the perfect “Smoothie” setting to keep it easy and worry free every morning. What I love about the Oster Pro Blender with Texture Select Settings and 2 Blend-N-Go Cups, is it has the option to blend at a specific texture, and also a specific setting! Perfect for creamy smooth smoothie guaranteed every morning!

Oster ® Kitchen has expanded its legacy in blenders with the Oster Pro Blender with Texture Select Settings. This new blender gives you more control in the kitchen by allowing you to choose the texture of your smoothies, sauces, salsas, soups and more! I love changing the texture setting and using this in place of a food processor.

The Blend-N-Go Cup feature on the Oster Pro Blender with Texture Select Settings, is perfect for when I make my husband’s smoothie before he goes off to work and the kids aren’t up for their breakfast smoothie yet. I can make it just for him in his Blend-N-Go Cup and just place the to-go lid on and it’s ready for him to take out the door!

The Blend-N-Go Cup is also perfect when we’re all craving different smoothie ingredients, and I can make single servings for whoever wants something different. Or my personal favorite use, to make sauces, dressings, or salsa in smaller and easier batches.

Now onto the recipe that I hope you will try for your breakfast or any time of day, you can customize with your preferred fresh fruit/frozen fruit or added superfood supplements.

Green Goodness Smoothie

INGREDIENTS

1 ½ cups Almond Milk (or nut milk of choice)

½ cup Full-Fat Coconut Milk (place in fridge over night for thicker consistency)

1 cup Green Grapes

1 ½-2 cups Powergreens mix (Baby Spinach, Baby Kale, Swiss Chard)

3 stalks Celery

½ Lemon (juiced)

½ Lime (juiced)

3 sprigs Mint

1 ½ cups Frozen Fruit (I used a mix of Peaches, Mango, Pineapple, & Strawberries)

1 Banana

2 tablespoons Chia Seeds

1 tablespoon Spirulina

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Place all ingredients in blenders in order of: liquids first, then greens, fresh fruit, frozen fruit, and finally seeds and powers.

2. Blend together on “Smoothie” setting of Oster Pro Blender with Texture Select Settings.

3. Enjoy the Green Goodness and nutritional benefits. Cheers to health!

This delicious smoothie recipe has been sponsored by my new favorite kitchen appliance: Oster® and their new Oster Pro Blender with Texture Select Settings, which can be found at Amazon.com on sale now from 11/22-11/29 for $74.99! bit.ly/2QFkLmI

What’s your favorite type of smoothie? Share with us in the comments below!

Love and Health,

The Vegan Momma

The Best Ever Pancakes!

Happy Fall Y’all! The weather is cooling (or at least we are willing it to!), sweater weather, boots, and the smell of crisp leaves are in the air! The only thing missing is the best ever pancakes that you HAVE to enjoy all season long (and after)! PUMPKIN SPICE PANCAKES!!! You are going to be just as obsessed as we are, our kiddos beg for these on the weekend mornings, and we’re more than happy to whip these up while playing Jake Johnson “Banana Pancakes” on repeat (cue dancing and pancakes flipping)!

I’m drooling just thinking of these amazing pancakes! Okay without further ado, onto the RECIPE!

PUMPKIN SPICE PANCAKES

INGREDIENTS

2 Cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour OR Bob’s Red Mill: 1:1 Gluten Free Flour OR Preferred GF 1:1 brand

2 tsp Baking Powder (Aluminum Free!)

1 tsp Baking Soda

1 tsp Cinnamon

1-2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

1/4 tsp Himalayan Pink Salt

1 Cup Organic Pumpkin (canned or fresh purred–add extra depending on consistency)

3 tbsp Maple Syrup (plus extra for serving, while pancakes are cooling warm it on the side!)

1-2 tbsp Coconut Sugar (depending on desired sweetness)

2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

1 1/2 Cups Unsweetened Almond Milk/ preferred non-dairy milk)

1 tbsp Avocado Oil (or preferred cooking oil)

Dairy-free butter for serving

Pomegranete Seeds for topping or preferred fruit or nuts (optional)

METHOD

  1. Sift all dry ingredients
  2. Mix all wet ingredients
  3. Mix together dry with wet ingredients—I like to use a blender or can handmix well
  4. Use 1/4 cup to dollop onto greased hot skillet (medium heat)
  5. Flip once starting to bubble
  6. Set aside on plate and make more until batter is gone
  7. Warm Maple Syrup
  8. Top Pancakes with fresh fruit or nuts (optional)
  9. Serve pancakes with butter, drizzled maple syrup!
  10. Enjoy the taste of Fall Y’all!

What’s your favorite thing about the Fall Season?!

I hope you enjoy this season with all the yummy food, apple picking, pumpkin patches, in awe of the leaves changing colors, Thanksgiving dinners, and all the pumpkin spice EVERYTHING!

Love & Veggies,

The Vegan Momma

My Favorite Vegan Kitchen Gadgets

As a vegan, who is passionate about both healthy and equally delicious food, I have accumulated a list of very helpful kitchen gadgets that have made vegan cooking fun and easy—as well as time-saving, which all of us Mommas’ need more of in our lives!

Learning how to cook new recipes and completely plant-based may seem challenging at first, but it is actually very easy and can be really fun as you explore new flavors and items, as well as new kitchen gadgets to take advantage of!

All of My Favorite Kitchen Gadgets

1.High-speed Blender: I am absolutely in love with my Blendtec!  It makes my morning green smoothies easy and fast, which the whole family is very thankful for! It is basically what I use for a food processor too, and can even make blended soups and sauces—which you’re going to want for creamy vegan sauces! Also—my daughter’s favorite: Nice Cream—blended frozen bananas that make an ice cream consistency!

2. Cast iron skillet: Not only does it add a source of iron to your cooking, I swear it adds better flavor and all-around cooks everything tastier! I also love that you can make one skillet meals and you can put it in your oven if you want to.

3. Spiralizer: Because who doesn’t like zoodles, or at least saying the word zoodles?! I also enjoy making curly fries for the kiddos with this fun gadget!

4. Good knife set: Makes chopping those fruits and veggies are breeze! I love this colorful & durable set. I also recommend sharping them monthly.

5. Bamboo cutting boards: Bamboo cutting boards are what I prefer to chop on and will last a long time, they’re also pretty!

6. Collapsible strainer: This colorful handy dandy collapsible strainer has a minimal profile, so easy storage!

7. Instant Pot: Multi-functioning, easy, and fast are all things that this amazing kitchen gadget is capable of. You can make rice, soup, chili, yogurt, popcorn, pasta, steamed potatoes & vegetables, beans, and even vegan cheesecake! I’m always learning new ways to use my instant pot and am absolutely in love with it!

You’ll find all of my favorite kitchen gadgets on my The Vegan Momma Amazon Shop https://www.amazon.com/shop/theveganmomma

In future posts, I’ll be sharing with you specific recipes that you’ll be able to make with some of these fun gadgets! Happy vegan cooking y’all!

Love & Veggies,

The Vegan Momma