If you don’t recall the ridiculous movie Zoolander with Ben Stiller as the zany supermodel, Derek Zoolander, then I guess this whole thing just went right over your head! In any case, if you make this decadent smoothie recipe, none of it will matter once you taste it. There is a scene in the movie where he and his model buddies go off on an adventure to get some Orange Mocha Frappuccinos and ride around town with their devil may care attitudes, spraying one another with gasoline to the soundtrack of Wake Me Up Before You Go Go by Wham! Sound to good to be true? See for yourself:
Well anyway, if you’re on the “Go Go” and need a super tasty wake me up, search no further than THE SMOOTHLANDER. It’s my healthy smoothie inspired by the famous Starbucks drink. Cold, frosty and creamy with notes of dark chocolate and zesty Orange; melding with the earthy, roasty flavor of the Espresso and the creamy, nutty finish of the Coconut Cream. Damn, this was delicious! Not to mention all of the health benefits you’re getting from just the Vega One protein alone; 20 grams premium plant-based protein, 6 servings of greens, 50% daily intake of food-based vitamins and minerals, 25% DV fiber, 1.5 grams of Omega-3s, Antioxidants and 1 billion CFU Probiotics…HOLY MOLY!!!
You may not want to jump into your Jeep, turn up so hard with your friends that you blow them up at a gas station; but you can make and enjoy this awesome smoothie all the same…enjoy!
For the Smoothie:
8 oz ALMOND MILK
1/2 FROZEN BANANA
1 ORANGE (PEELED)
2 OZ FRESHLY BREWED & CHILLED ESPRESSO (Regular Coffee or Chai Tea are fine too)
2 TBSP CACAO POWDER (OR NIBS)
1 SCOOP VEGA ONE MOCHA
1 TBSP CHIA SEED
1 TBSP FLAX SEED
4-5 ICE CUBES
For the Coconut Cream Topping:
4 OZ COCONUT CREAM (FROM CANNED COCONUT MILK)
1 TSP ORGANIC COCONUT PALM SUGAR (FAIR TRADE)
1/2 TSP ORGANIC VANILLA EXTRACT
With an Espresso machine, brew a 2 oz shot of your favorite espresso (if you don’t do espresso, you can just brew some of your favorite coffee instead..or even Chai Tea if you’d like). Once your espresso is brewed, set aside in the fridge to chill a bit. In the meantime, get out your blender and fill the jar with the Almond Milk, Banana, Orange and blend until smooth. Now add in the Cacao, Vega One, Chia and Flax and blend again until smooth. Now get your chilled (or room temp) espresso and add that to the blender along with ice cubes and give that a short whirl until it’s at your preferred consistency (I like a more frosty consistency). Set aside the smoothie in the fridge while you prepare the Coconut Cream.
The Coconut Cream consistency will depend on the type of cream you get from your canned Coconut Milk. Mine was a more liquid consistency, whereas some others have a thicker cream. The thicker, the better as you will be able to achieve a more “whipped cream” texture. Mine is more of a smoothie cream layer consistency. You can also refrigerate your coconut milk can overnight to achieve a thicker texture. In any case, here is how I made mine. Get a medium size mixing bowl and an electric hand mixer. Pour the coconut cream into the bowl. Add in the Coconut Sugar and Vanilla. Beat with the electric mixer until desired thickness.
Now pour the smoothie mixture into a glass and then add the coconut cream layer on top. Dust with extra Cacao Powder and garnish with an Orange slice. Now drink it up with a fancy, reusable straw from Glass Dharma!