Pink-Topped Carob Smoothie

by Valerie on March 1, 2011 · 11 comments

Carob Raspberry Smoothie 007

I have not been cooking many new things lately.  Or rather I have, but nothing I have adapted or tweaked enough to call my own, much less created.  Work has been stressful and I have felt kind of meh.   This morning I was thinking how I just wanted there to be a flood of summer light in the apartment, rather than the gray winter sun (which, admittedly has brightened up quite a bit as the sky is now a beautiful blue) and I was thinking about the picture above, which I took last July, as well as some other pictures.  

And then it occurred to me that a bright pink hat was the perfect antidote to the winter blues.  After all, it is March today, which means Spring is just around the corner.  That just cheered me up a whole lot.  Really, sometimes you just need a pink hat.

Pink-Topped Carob Smoothie (Gluten-Free, Vegan, Soy-Free, Nut-Free)
Makes 1 cheerful smoothie

For the pink topping:

  • 1/3 cup frozen raspberries 
  • 1-2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk

For the smoothie:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder of your choice (I like Sunwarrior but it contains stevia, so be sure to adjust the additional stevia accordingly)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 heaping tablespoon carob
  • 1 cup mild greens of your choice (I used tiny tender kale, but spinach would be more flavor neutral)
  • 4-8 drops chocolate flavored stevia (use 4 if your protein powder contains stevia)
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • Ice (optional) 

Make the pink topping by blending the raspberries and almond milk just enough to get a slightly slushy texture. Pour out the topping into a bowl and set aside.  There is no need to wash the blender.  Add the rest of your ingredients and blend until smooth, adding ice if you like.   Pour smoothie into a tall glass, leaving about an inch of room at the top.  Pour pink topping and enjoy immediately.

I am linking this post to Amy’s Slightly Indulgent Tuesday and Linda’s Gluten-Free Wednesday at the Gluten-Free Homemaker.


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1 eliz@thesweetlife March 1, 2011 at 3:07 pm

What an absolutely gorgeous smoothie!!!

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2 MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College March 1, 2011 at 3:26 pm

I love that pink hat! I didn't expect it and it is awesome! Sounds delicious too!

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3 Eryn March 1, 2011 at 3:53 pm

What a creative smoothie! I'm looking forward to making it- really into carob right now- Thanks!

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4 Meri March 1, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Hmmm… I have almost none of the ingredients for the smoothie, but I do have frozen raspberries and almond milk, so I could make the pretty pink topping! (Which is the part I want the most anyway, its lovely!) Maybe I'll put it on some oatmeal once its cooled :)
Meri
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5 Lauren March 1, 2011 at 10:29 pm

It's probably weird to call a smoothie cute, but that's exactly what I thought when I saw this!

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6 Alisa Fleming March 2, 2011 at 1:00 am

It cheered me up just looking at that picture! I can only imagine the deliciousness.

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7 RenaissanceTrophyWife March 2, 2011 at 6:08 am

Perfect way to welcome spring! Sounds delish.

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8 Mary March 3, 2011 at 1:31 pm

What a unique blend of ingredients:) Sounds and looks tasty!

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9 Heather March 3, 2011 at 11:44 pm

So glad I'm not the only weirdo who gets excited about an adorable smoothie!

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10 Tasty Eats At Home March 15, 2011 at 3:15 pm

What a bright and pretty smoothie! I need one!

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