The Green Goblin – a nutritional non-dairy blizzard boost
It is the day after Thanksgiving in the States – also known as Black Friday – or the busiest shopping day of the year! According to Wikipedia, it hasn’t always been the busiest shopping day of the year (only since 2005), but I think for most people it is the unofficial start of the Christmas season, and a lot of Christmas shopping takes place on this day.
So if you are exhausted from a long day of fighting crowds and racing other shoppers for the perfect gift, need a boost before you head off to start your shopping, or you’re stuffed from eating so much yesterday and want something healthy but delicious to eat/drink…or actually – come to think of it – no matter what is going on in your life today, I highly recommend trying this nutritional powerhouse treat which is easy to throw together. And don’t let the spinach in the ingredient list scare you off – this drink may look scary but it tastes like a blizzard!
Ingredients (measurements are approximate and ingredients can be changed depending on what you have in your cupboards)
Serves: 2 with large glasses plus a bit leftover for seconds
2-2.5 cups/about 500 mL of non-dairy milk – we use soya milk, but any non-dairy or regular milk would work.
2-3 frozen bananas (more bananas makes it sweeter) – the bananas really do need to be frozen as this is what makes it creamy, but if you peel the bananas and break them into chunks they freeze fairly quickly.
1 cup (approximately) of frozen spinach or a couple handfuls of fresh spinach
1 large heaping tablespoon of peanut or other nut butter
1 tablespoon of honey (manuka or regular honey, or could be made vegan by using agave nectar or other vegan sweetener)
4-5 squares dark non-dairy chocolate
2-3 tablespoons of seeds of your choice (we usually use sunflower seeds and flax/linseed seeds)
handful of walnuts if desired
Optional: practically anything!
Place everything in the blender, and blend, stirring when necessary, until smooth. Sometimes I put the chocolate in toward the end to leave more chocolate chunks. Then pour into glasses, serve with a spoon, and be ready to have your world turned upside down!
And if you are busy shopping and decorating and listening to Christmas music, and you are in the mood for something with more of a Christmas flavor today, this mint version is also delicious!
Note: These green goblins (particularly the mint version) are boyfriend, brother, and father approved, in spite of their green color…so you really can’t go wrong. 😉