This incredible raw cookie dough smoothie from Julie Morris's incredible Superfood Smoothies book tastes like a decadent dessert.
As the face of Navitas Organics, Julie is one of the leading authorities on superfoods cuisine. She has a penchant for creating nutrient-dense recipes with unique and balanced flavor profiles. As a chef, recipe developer, and writer, Julie has worked in the natural food industry for over a decade. She is the presenter of the Navitas Organics TV Video Series, host of her own web-based cooking show, Superfoods With Jules, and the author of Superfood Kitchen.
Superfood Smoothies is the easiest, most comprehensive guide to creating healthy plant based smoothies I've seen. Julie covers everything you need to know in order to create nutrient-rich smoothies, such as: ingredients for bases, thickeners, and sweeteners; using frozen fruits and vegetables; making chia gel and flavored ice cubes; layering a smoothie in your blender; the difference between juices and smoothies; homemade nut and seed milk tips, superfoods substitution cheat sheet, conversion charts, resources guide, recommended reading, and more.
Julie meticulously covers what she calls "The Super 15" top superfoods such as açai, algae (chlorella and spirulina), cacao, camu, chia, flax, goji berries, hemp, maca, maqui, mulberries, pomegranate, and sea buckthorn berries, as well as some other wonderful foods like lucuma.
Julie shares their history, basic information, nutritional benefits, taste, ingredient pairings, substitutions, buying tips, and storage suggestions. This is a relative superfoods bible. Everything you need to know in order to incorporate superfoods into your diet is included in a fun, digestible way that inspires confidence. And let's not forget the recipes! Oh my...
Some of my favorites include: Strawberry Chamomile Tea Smoothie, Carrot Cardamom, Lucuma Lime, Pineapple Watercress, Sweet Pea, Banana Fennel, Pistachio Cherry, Green Tea Goji, and Red Velvet Cake. There's even a recipe for her green-smoothie-drinking dog, Fritz. You gotta love that. Julie's gorgeous photography appears throughout the book too.
The smoothies are arranged with a benefit index: beauty, bone strength, cleanse/detox, heart health, immunity, low calorie, and protein, so you can make recipes that not only taste delicious and are fun to make, but specifically address the demands of your lifestyle.
This cookie dough smoothie is like a decadent dessert in a glass. Julie says in the book, "Even though there’s no real cookie dough in this smoothie, it sure tastes like it! Caramel-like dates, rich and nutty pecans, and cacoa nibs with their hint of chocolate blend perfectly with lucuma powder - which has a natural “cookie-like” flavor - making this smoothie all kinds of fabulous."
*Probiotic Powder - I add 1/2 teaspoon of probiotic powder to all smoothies to replenish stores of healthy bacteria for immunity, digestion, detox, and to balance the acidic effects of high-sugar fruits and other sweeteners. The really potent probiotics require refrigeration. If you have capsules, break the shell and release the powder. Unsweetened probiotic-rich liquids like kefirs (water, coconut water, milk varieties) or kombucha make wonderful health-promoting additions to shakes, too.
*Celtic Sea Salt - I add a pinch (or more) of this alkalizing, mineral-rich salt to all smoothies to boost the natural flavor of fruits and veggies; temper the acidity of sweet fruits and sweeteners; stimulate the lymphatic system; replenish electrolytes; aid digestion; and help the body access energy. I do not recommend adding common table salt which is generally heated to extreme temperatures, iodized, bleached, processed, and refined. This salt does not have the same benefits. If you have a health condition that requires you to limit your sodium intake consult your doctor before adding salt to your smoothies.