Vanilla Bean and Berry Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries: Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are a classic combination, but you can customize this with your favorites.
  • 1 ripe banana: Adds natural sweetness and creamy texture. Freeze it beforehand for a thicker smoothie.
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt: Use Greek yogurt for extra protein and thickness, or your favorite non-dairy alternative.
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice: Almond, soy, oat, or regular milk all work.
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped: Or use 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract.
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup (optional): Adjust sweetness to taste.

Instructions:

  • Prep the vanilla bean (if using): Slice the vanilla bean pod lengthwise and carefully scrape out the seeds using the back of a knife.
  • Combine ingredients: Add all ingredients (frozen berries, banana, yogurt, milk, vanilla bean seeds or extract, and optional sweetener) into a high-powered blender.
  • Blend until smooth: Start on low speed and gradually increase until the mixture is completely smooth and creamy. This may take 30 seconds to a minute, depending on your blender.
  • Adjust consistency: If the smoothie is too thick, add a splash more milk and blend again. If it’s too thin, add a few ice cubes.
  • Taste and serve: Do a quick taste test and adjust sweetness with a bit more honey or maple syrup if needed. Serve immediately in chilled glasses.

Tips:

  • Fresh vs. frozen fruit: You can use fresh berries, but frozen create a thicker, icier smoothie.
  • Make it a smoothie bowl: For a trendy twist, use slightly less liquid and pour the smoothie into a bowl. Top with your favorite granola, fresh berries, nuts, or seeds.
  • Protein boost: Add a scoop of your favorite protein powder for a post-workout snack.

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