By Amie Valpone

There’s nothing like a chilled summertime smoothie. It is just simply fun to slurp n’ sip on when the summer heat is getting to you. Instead of the traditional smoothie, I decided to get a lil’ bit creative. You will LOVE this recipe. Refreshing is an understatement – it’s flavorful, smooth, sweet n’ fun to sip. I added a fresh and ripe avocado just because, then a few raw cashews, chia seeds and flax seeds to add a nice balance of protein and healthy fats. You can add in or substitute the cashews for another nut but I just love the creaminess in raw cashews.  This succulent smoothie is hands down one of my top 5 favorites. I may just have to make it again tomorrow. I simply can’t resist the coolness this brings to my mouth and I know it will do the same for yours…

Ingredients

Serves 1

  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 10 fresh cherries
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 large, ripe banana
  • 2 Tbsp. ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup Greek plain yogurt (or dairy-free yogurt)
  • 2 fresh Basil leaves
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut flakes
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 5 raw cashews
  • Dash of cinnamon

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender; pulse until smooth
  2. Pour into serving glass; serve chilled
  3. Enjoy!

Amie Valpone is a Manhattan based Personal Chef, Culinary Nutritionist, Professional Recipe Developer and Food Writer specializing in simple Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free “Clean” recipes for the home cook. She is the Editor-in-Chief of The Healthy Apple and the Publisher and Marketing Director of the online gluten-free magazine, Easy Eats. See more of her posts on Spa Week Daily, here.