Vegan Maple Pecan Pie Smoothie

from The Blender Girl Smoothies app

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Raw
  • Dairy Free
    Dairy Free
  • Gluten Free
    Gluten Free
  • Egg Free
    Egg Free
  • Soy Free
    Soy Free
  • Blender

Rob and I were in Ojai, California this week and we were baking! No – not the “put a pie in the oven” kind of baking; rather, the “it’s too hot for humans” kind of baking – where you are sweating in embarrassing places you didn’t know could weep for themselves. OK, so perhaps I am overstating the heat just a tad, and I shouldn’t be complaining after escaping the “slap you in the face” oppressive heat of Arizona. But when you have been standing under the hot sun in a field knee deep in bushes for two hours waiting for the light to change, it brings out the little princess “where is my assistant with the umbrella?” side of any girl!

We came back to the hotel and were in desperate need of refreshments! Or more accurately….treats! Rob started craving a piece of mum’s blender pecan pie. For those of you not familiar with this bite of heaven, let me acquaint you. But be warned -- this pie brings out the nutty side in everyone! Flash back to Rob’s infamous homage to “George Costanza with the chocolate éclair," when under the guise of doing the dishes after one of our piggy parties, he was sprung surreptitiously shoveling left over pecan pie from the plates of our dinner guests! Today, seeing as we could not zap ourselves into our kitchen; (and quite frankly, had no inclination to bake any more), we decided to do the next best thing, and turned to our trusty blender for inspiration.

Much like my apple pie smoothie and pumpkin pie smoothie, this smoothie really does taste like a delectable “maple pecan pie in a glass”. Those of you with nut allergies, my profound apologies. There is just no nutty equivalent! In the spirit of replicating our perfect bite of pecan pie (or more accurately, pie worthy of stealing off other people’s plate), we only used 2 tablespoons of maple syrup to keep the sugar content down. I found this was just enough to bring out the natural sweetness in the bananas and take the edge off the pecans. But feel free to sweeten the deal. The pecan milk adds that hint of a nutty pastry flavor, and the cinnamon and vanilla perfect the blend.

This smoothie does every creamy bite of mum’s pecan pie justice, and hits the “B spot” for those of us not inclined to bake. And I don't think I 'll need to eat humble pie.

Vegan Maple Pecan Pie Smoothie

Vegan Maple Pecan Pie Smoothie

from The Blender Girl Smoothies app

Makes two 16-ounce glasses10 MINS
  • 1 1/2 cups (360ml) filtered water
  • 1/2 teaspoon probiotic powder (optional, see post)
  • 1 cup (110g) raw pecans, soaked
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon natural vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of Celtic sea salt (optional, see post)
  • 2 medium-sized frozen sliced bananas
  • 1 cup (125g) ice cubes

Optional Boosters

  • 1/2 cup (60g) frozen raw cauliflower florets
  • 1 tablespoon shelled hemp seeds
  • 1 tablespoon flax oil 

Throw all of the ingredients into your blender (including any boosters) and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds until smooth and creamy.


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