Anyone who has read my post on Go Raw L.I.F.E. Center knows how much I love their Sunbutter Smoothies (www.thefussyfork.com/go-raw-life-center/). I could drink one every day. In fact, while I was on the Go Raw six day meal plan that is exactly what I did. I have missed them. Last week when I was grocery shopping, I saw sunflower butter on sale. It made me wonder if I could re-create this delicious smoothie in my own kitchen.
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I assembled the required ingredients in my basket on faith. After all, who would guess that carrot juice and cacao powder would compliment each other?
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If you’ve never seen sunflower butter, it can be found on Amazon!
Smoothies taste best cold. The easiest way to chill a smoothie is of course to add ice. However, this also has the undesired effect of diluting the smoothie. Enter frozen bananas.
If you are new to freezing bananas (it is a great way to save those bananas that are on the brink of becoming over ripe!), simply follow these steps:
(1) Unpeel the bananas. It is extremely difficult to take the peel off of a frozen banana.
(2) Break the banana in half. Whole, frozen bananas can be unwieldy.
(3) Store bananas in a Ziploc bag. They will keep indefinitely.
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I won’t say that the compilation of ingredients in my blender looked pretty (or that my blender couldn’t use a good scrubbing!) but that is often the case with smoothies. The final product is more than the sum of its parts.
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The resulting rich and sweet smoothie is decadent with a milkshake like consistency. Quite simply, this is the best smoothie I have ever made. I hope you enjoy it as much I have!
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- 2 frozen bananas
- 1.5 cups carrot juice
- ½ cup sunflower butter
- 4 tablespoons cacao powder
- 3 medjool dates
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil (optional)
- Place all ingredients in blender and pulse until smooth
- Enjoy immediately (or pour leftovers in glass and store in refrigerator)