I’ve been wanting to make this smoothie for a long time, ever since I first saw it posted online. Well, today was a long, hot day, and I decided it would make the perfect afternoon snack for Zander and me–so we made it! And now I am hopelessly addicted. Seriously, it is THAT GOOD. 🙂
Before I share the recipe, I want to share the dialogue that occurred between Zander and me before he would even taste the smoothie:
Me: Look, I made you a Honey Bear Smoothie!
Zander: (utterly appalled, because apparently, he thought there were actual bears in the smoothie) Mom, we don’t eat bears!!!!!
Me: Oh, no, honey. You’re right, we don’t. There are no bears in this smoothie. It’s called a Honey Bear Smoothie because it’s made with the sort of things that bears might like to eat.
Zander: (relieved) Oh! But I am not a bear, Mama. I am an octopus (points to octopus on his t-shirt as evidence). Could you please make me an Octopus Smoothie instead?
Me: Oops! I messed up. As it turns out, this IS an Octopus Smoothie! Here you go!
Zander: (complete silence as he sucked down his entire smoothie without pausing for air)
I didn’t take any photos of the smoothie, but you can see some beautiful ones on the Neighborfood blog, which is also my source for the recipe. As usual, I modified slightly based on what I had on hand (and in this case, to make it raw and fully vegan), so I’ll include my modifications below.
1 cup almond or coconut milk (I used about 1 1/2 cups raw coconut milk instead–I made this by blending about 3/4 cup Thai young coconut flesh with about 3/4 cup coconut water–delicious!!! I really think this is what made the smoothie taste so decadent and special…)
ice cubes (small handful)
2 Tbsp peanut butter (I used raw almond butter instead)
1/2 Tbsp honey (I used 1-2 Tbsp Grade B maple syrup instead)
1 banana (frozen)
2 tsp cinnamon (I used one HEAPING tablespoon)
First, I blended the Thai young coconut flesh and coconut water to make the coconut milk. Next, I added everything else and just blended it until it was smooth (for about a minute).
This was one of those days when I was especially happy to have a Vitamix (not that a day goes by when I don’t use it), because nothing else matches the creamy consistency it can create with such ease. 🙂