This spiced vanilla pear smoothie is the story of how I came to like bananas – but it doesn’t even have any bananas in it. First world crazy talk, I know.
The thing about me and bananas is this… I used to hate them. Never ate a spoonful of mashed bananas in my infant days.
Claimed they have the consistency of slug mucus by kindergarten.
Made my mother’s life miserable by refusing her to pack me a banana for my snack at primary school.
Left the room if anyone dared to peel a banana indoors all throughout Highschool.
Went clean eating crazy. Realised smoothies have bananas.
Proceeded to refuse smoothies with bananas.
Made delicious creamy concoctions like this beauty ??
Realised how much more expensive avocados for smoothies are vs bananas.
Decided to suck it up and learn to like bananas. Approximately 1937 smoothies with gradually more banana later, I can now safely sit in a room where somebody unwrapped a banana. A skill I was smart to acquire pre-childbirth.
Do I love bananas now? No (UNLESS they are on a peanut butter//banana//maple syrup//smoked salt kind of toast OR stuffed with dark chocolate and roasted over a campfire -> pure bliss).
Can I tolerate them in smoothies? Sure.
Do I still prefer avocado-laced banana free smoothies? You bet I do. I just don’t have them as often for the sake of my measly bank account.
I don’t drink a lot of smoothies during winter (I get cold easily), but this is one of my few exceptions (right alongside this one).
How to make a banana free vanilla pear smoothie:
As fancy as banana-less spiced vanilla pear smoothie might sound, it’s just as easy to make as any other old smoothie:
- add the liquid to your blender
- add everything else on top
- decide it’s not blended enough
- blend some more
Maybe it sounds gross to you, but I drink this at room temperature (remember, cold winters). The lack of ice is even one more reason to think this wouldn’t turn out smooth and luscious.
But oh, my friend. It does. Avocado. Almond butter. Chia. They turn this into a thick, creamy blend of bottled energy.
Of course you can add ice if the mere thought of a room temp smoothie makes your skin crawl. It will be even thicker and creamier then.
To really pulverise the chia into atomic particles and have the pear blend properly, you need a quite strong blender. I’m absolutely devoted to my Vitamix Pro Series*.
Just a quick FYI: It currently sells on Amazon for way less than I paid when I bought it!*
So, either way, try it. I know it sounds potentially gross to add avocado to a smoothie… But I promise it tastes delicious.
Pros: Essential fatty acids, creaminess, amazing colour.
Cons: Yeah… Not the cheapest option. But worth it every once in a while!
And with that said – first world crazy talk: Over and out.
Spiced Vanilla Pear Smoothie
Are you looking for a great banana free winter smoothie? This Spiced Vanilla Pear Smoothie is creamy, delicious and great for cold mornings.
- 2 cups almond milk
- 2 medium pears cored and roughly cut up
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 cups spinach packed
- 1/2 tablespoon almond butter
- 1 tablespoon chia
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup OR honey
- 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder
Pour the almond milk in a high power blender. Add all other ingredients on top. Blend until smooth and drink right away.
If you're looking for a meal replacement, this smoothie serves one very hungry person. If you have a smaller appetite or are looking for a snack, it's more likely to make 2-3 servings.
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