I got a Vitamix for Christmas this year. It’s big and shiny and silver, and I believe my grandparents bought it before I was born.
It might be ancient, but it is 100% functional. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?
It’s been gathering dust on my countertop. I had to replace that spigot on the side and clean it a bit and I was dragging my feet. To be honest, I didn’t know what to do with it!
So I got a bug in my ear after my friend Autumn posted a series of Instagram Stories about her smoothie-making, and then a kick in the pants after she and I had a chat about how food is definitely my love language.
So I headed into the kitchen, blew the dust off the Vitamix and went to town.
I wanted to add some extras into my smoothie, a little extra kick to the basic recipe.
I added turmeric for the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and the flavor kick. Dates for sweetness (after lots of chunky smoothies, I can insist you need to soak them first). Vanilla bean (or the vanilla bean paste if you’re not worried about sugar) for a good pairing with the cocoa powder. Cocoa powder, because Whole Foods had a tiny container of Valrhona cocoa powder and it rounded out that smoothie flavor.
After a few false starts, some sweet potato on my ceiling and way too many people being greeted at my front door by me shoving a spoon at them and saying “TASTE THIS” while covered in smoothie, I think I perfected this sweet potato smoothie.
Chocolate Sweet Potato Smoothie
A sweet potato-based smoothie with natural sweeteners.
- 1 medium banana
- 1/2 cup roasted/cooled peeled sweet potato chunks
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp high quality cocoa powder (like Valrhona) optional
- 1/2 vanilla bean, scraped discard the pod
- 3 medjool or noor dates
- 3 ice cubes
- 1/4 cup filtered water
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk more if you like your smoothie less thick
Soak the dates in boiling water for 5 minutes to soften them up. Discard the water, keep the dates.
All all ingredients to blender, blend until smooth.