A thousand apologies for my absence! No, I have not dropped off the face of the earth -- merely relocated to another gorgeous piece of it. I moved to L.A! To find out more about my hilarious journey across the Mid West, check out my events blog.
I am writing a new chapter in my life and am determined to make it full of joy, laughter, and of course, delicious vegetarian food. I am just absolutely basking in the extraordinary variety of fresh local produce on offer at Whole Foods and the various farmer’s markets. I had forgotten how exquisite the fruits and vegetables are out here. I lived here for 5 years when I was a college student at UCLA and gobbled down more than my fair share of fresh fruit as I was touring the various markets! I am determined to deliver an encore performance during my return season! It is a feast for the senses and provides endless inspiration for story-telling in the kitchen. PERFECT for someone writing a vegetarian food blog. I picked up some gorgeous plump ripe mangoes and was compelled to recreate the mango coconut smoothie I devoured at my favourite vegan smoothie bar in Kauai about 8 years ago.
If you are in search of a taste of the tropics, look no further than this vegan mango smoothie. I wanted to call it “Taste of Hawaii” but thought that was a tad corny. But I have let the cat out the bag now, so I suppose I may as well commit! If you are looking for one of the best Vitamix recipes and blender recipes you have found it! You just throw everything in the blender and puree until smooth and creamy. I tried this with fresh and frozen mangoes and they both worked “s’blendedly”. I have put the agave nectar and coconut essence as optional extras. You can also substitute vanilla extract. But this raw vegan smoothie tastes fantastic without the flavour enhancers. But I was in a decadent, celebratory mood and wanted to heighten the nutty flavour and sweetness. If you are looking for great raw vegan recipes and allergy free recipes this one is a winner. It is raw, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, soy free and sugar free.
Trust me. Blend up this simple raw vegan smoothie and you won't be sorry. It is pure bliss.
Now…..for the 225 other exotic fruits on offer at the market today…..Look out California fresh produce! My blender carriage is a’comin!