I am writing today on the first beautiful day in August. The air is crisp and in motion. Days have been slow and the heat thick and permanent. But today is different and today is Tuesday. A fresh start to what looks like a beautiful week! Having traveled throughout the summer, I haven’t gotten back into a rhythm, which is to say I haven’t decided on a breakfast. Usually, I get obsessed with something and start making it a lot. For a while it was bread, and anything on it; for a brief moment in the mid-summer heat, I was all about hot oatmeal and hot tea (I know…), and now it’s a variety of mixes of whatever I have or whatever looks appealing that day. Not very much in a routine...but that’s ok, because that’s what I love about summer. Every day feels different, there’s an endless feeling of possibilities. And so my breakfast changes and my routine is put on hold.
Today’s recipe is a Raspberry Cotton Candy Smoothie. If you're wondering by the title, no there is no cotton candy in this recipe, not even refined sugar, but I name it so because it tastes just like cotton candy! Perhaps it’s the combination of tart raspberries, sweet mangoes, and vanilla extract that makes this smoothie resemble a childhood favorite. A very simple breakfast bowl indeed. One that will get you going and feeling energized. Only 5 ingredients: raspberries, mango, banana, almond milk, and vanilla extract. The vanilla really helps amplify and add aromatic flavors to the smoothie. Like many, this smoothie takes 5 minutes to whip up and most of the ingredients you can store or have on hand for whenever you want to make it.
I made my smoothie into a smoothie bowl by adding berries, almonds, and hemp seeds for texture and extra protein. Feel free to add whatever ingredients you like. You can use fresh or frozen raspberries/mangoes. I love using a frozen banana because it creates a thicker and creamier texture. The mangoes add a undeniably rich sweetness, the raspberries a delicate, tart flavor and the vanilla a perfumed flavor that makes for a sweet and refreshing summer treat -- one that tastes like cotton candy! An easy and delicious smoothie indeed, one that is great for the archives and perfect for summer days. Enjoy!
In a blender, add the raspberries, mango, banana, almond milk, vanilla extract, and ice and blend until smooth. Enjoy in a glass or pour into a bowl and add your favorite toppings! Enjoy!
Makes: 1 smoothie
Total time: 5 minutes
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 large mango or 1 small mango (a heaping 1/2 cup mango)
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
a small handful of ice (optional)