Sugar-Free Vegan Carob Smoothie
I fell in love with my Sugar-Free Vegan Creamy Chocolate Smoothie recipe, a couple of weeks ago. And, before I knew it, I was indulging everyday for four days straight. I was so excited to come up with a sugar-free smoothie recipe, that I forgot about how much caffeine I was consuming.
Caffeine makes me feel pretty anxious and jittery. But it’s a sensation I’m willing to put up with just to indulge in a chocolatey treat from time-to-time. But my willingness to go to that place lasted only so long, and the following week I found myself pondering how to have a sugar-free smoothie without having chocolate.
I find enjoying a smoothie difficult because you typically have to cram it with fruit or added sugar. So, I usually don’t have smoothies very often; since I live sugar-free (I do eat fruit, but not in large quantities — it’s too sweet!).
It didn’t take long for me to think of carob as a substitute for my sugar-free chocolate smoothie recipe. I absolutely LOVE carob. It reminds me of my childhood.
As a kid, I used to have serious migraines each month: from the age of 8 to 15. My doctor didn’t want to prescribe medication, since I was so young, so he recommended diet modifications.
Transforming my diet to help me deal with chronic illness is nothing new; I’ve been doing it since I was eight. To lessen the severity of my migraines, I had to quit caffeine, preservatives, cheese, and red meat. That meant a childhood without chocolate or most soda pops!
And, I never gave it much thought. When the family ordered pizza, they ordered one without cheese. My mom gave me hot carob instead of hot chocolate. And, I was fine with that. I thought carob was delicious and I could live without cheese.
Have you ever tried carob? I have a preference for the roasted kind rather than the raw version. It’s really wonderful in a smoothie.
- 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup of full fat coconut milk
- 1/4 ripe avocado
- 3 tbsp of carob powder
- 1 Medjool date
- 1 small pinch of salt
- 15 drops of NuNaturals vanilla liquid stevia
- 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract
- 5 ice cubes
- Into a blender (I use a Vitamix), add all of the ingredients: except all of the ice cubes. At first, just add 3 ice cubes.
- Blend the smoothie ingredients until very smooth.
- Add the final 2 ice cubes and blend, again, until thick and smooth.