Delicious, Vegan, Gluten-free Smoothies?
June 1, 2010 10:19 PM   Subscribe

I would like your favorite recipes for smoothies that do not contain any animal products or gluten! I am looking for things of the organic/healthy variety (I am very interested in adding various powders/oils/whatever), but almost equally as important is that they be yummy (so, also very interested in adding delicious ingredients I may not have thought of)! Thanks!
posted by jitterbug perfume to Food & Drink (14 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
This is my current favorite combination:

Frozen mixed berries
Almond extract
Splenda, to taste (or sweetener of your choice, of course)
Almond Breeze (enough to create the right thickness)

Not sure whether oats are gluten-free but a lot of people like them whirred into smoothies. I've tried it once with good results.
posted by lakeroon at 10:24 PM on June 1, 2010

silken tofu
orange juice
frozen berries
frozen banana
drop of vanilla
posted by nadawi at 10:31 PM on June 1, 2010 [1 favorite]

My theory is that you need two of the following: banana, soy/almond milk, and silken tofu. If you use silken tofu and bananas, thin with water. Do not use regular tofu! Avocados are also good for making really rich smoothies. Then add whatever else. I usually have frozen berries, peanut butter, ground flax seeds, hemp hearts, orange juice and spinach.
Another delicious option is soy milk, bananas, peanut butter and cocoa powder.
posted by carolr at 10:40 PM on June 1, 2010

I like bananas, acai, blueberries and soy milk. Acai is a superfood and so are blueberries!
posted by too bad you're not me at 11:28 PM on June 1, 2010

Green smoothies:
40% spinach, chard, dandelion or other raw greens. Remove the stems if you don't have an industrial-strength blender. Pack the greens in with a bit of water. Whir. Then add:
60% fruit that you have on hand: peaches, berries, apples, bananas, berries, etc. Frozen or fresh.

It will look bright scary green, but it tastes good and is good for you. If it tastes too "green," add a banana. You can also add protein powder, ground flax seeds, or chia seeds.
posted by troyer at 12:13 AM on June 2, 2010

Melon, cucumber, lime zest + juice, ice, sugar to taste depending how sweet the melon is
posted by Diablevert at 1:48 AM on June 2, 2010 [1 favorite]

If you can find a vegan replacement for yogurt, I like adding it to mango and some ground, gently dry-roasted cardamom pods to make a homemade mango lassi/smoothie.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 4:31 AM on June 2, 2010

I asked a similar question a while ago and received a lot of great answers.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 5:43 AM on June 2, 2010

I really like mango and peeled cucumber for some reason. It makes a very pleasing cooling jelly drink. A lot of raw vegan sites have great smoothie ideas. You can also get ideas from the menus of these upscale NYC smoothie places: ABC Elixir, Free Foods, and One Lucky Duck.

ABC's Solar Power: avocado, frozen pineapple, Thai coconut meat, kale, cilantro, lime, agave, and 20 grams of hemp protein
One Lucky Duck's Goji High: Goji berries, brazil nut milk (you can make this yourself), and vanilla
Free Food's Hawaiian Creamsicle: Pineapple, Orange juice, Vanilla, Baby Banana, Soy Lecithin, Honey

If you want a milkshake, you can add some of your favorite vegan ice cream plus a good vegan milk. I make my own ice cream with coconut milk or nuts. A favorite of mine is coconut milk ice cream + hazelnut milk.
posted by melissam at 6:33 AM on June 2, 2010

My daily breakfast (which I modified slightly from Alton Brown's recipe) is a smoothie with non-fat soy milk, a banana (I find that fresh blends better than frozen), a few walnut pieces, lots of frozen blueberries, and a couple of other frozen fruits (strawberries, raspberries, pineapple, et cetera). It tastes good and is very healthy.
posted by paulg at 6:45 AM on June 2, 2010

I really like the hemp protein powder from Trader Joe's. It's organic, vegan and gluten free. I make a smoothie with it and orange juice, frozen berries, and yogurt. It's equally delicious without the yogurt too.
posted by apricot at 7:56 AM on June 2, 2010

Soak some rolled oats (Bob's Red Mill does GF) in the milk sub of your choice in the fridge overnight. Toss that in a blender with the frozen fruit of your choice, and 1-2 tbs of milled flax.

For 2 servings, try 1c. oats, in 2c. chocolate soy milk, 1 banana and 1c. strawberry (frozen), 2 Tbs milled flax (also keep this in the fridge/freezer). You may want to add ice or more milk to your discretion.

Not entirely certain how "healthy" it is (not like there is a standardized "healthy" point scale anyhow), but it sure is delicious, and uses very simple (and cheap!) common ingredients. Of course, the chocolate soy will have more sugar than plain, but really just play around until you find something you like.

I rather scoff at the smoothie designed frozen fruit packs you can find at whole foods (well, mostly I scoff at their pricetag), but if you're interested in getting an omega 3, antioxidant punch, that would likely be the most natural way to do it.
posted by fontophilic at 9:18 AM on June 2, 2010

Avocado, sugar, soy milk, ice. And whatever else sounds good.
posted by jeffamaphone at 11:39 AM on June 2, 2010

I usually use frozen bananas and Trader Joe's chocolate soy milk. Sometimes I add peanut butter (sometime BP2) or Plantation Molasses. Plantation Molasses has the highest iron content of any molasses I've found.

I only came here to add this tip about bananas: when the get ripe, peel them and chunk them. Put the chunks in tupperware and freeze. When you make the smoothie, you can use one chunk at a time, as much as you like. The chunked bits will blend up nice and fast too.
posted by chairface at 10:20 AM on June 4, 2010

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