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Cranberry Clementine Smoothie

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January is always the toughest month for me for cooking. There’s a post-holiday malaise that hangs over the kitchen.

I try to balance the excesses of December with austerity, but it’s hard to get excited about much of the seasonal produce when the pickings are slim. Oh, I like root vegetables and cabbage and squash but sometimes I need a break from all of that.

Sometimes I need a break from everything.

For the first time in our adult lives, we didn’t travel anywhere for the holidays. Dan and I had the luxury of waking up in our own bed on Christmas morning, of exchanging presents under our tree. Of lazing around, eating a variation on these cinnamon buns for breakfast, meeting a friend for a viewing of Star Wars in the afternoon. It was all marvelously relaxing and easy.

I so enjoyed the relaxation that I decided to take a real break from everything. We didn’t have our New Year’s brunch this year–it turned out we didn’t have the energy and motivation–and it felt oddly freeing to skip it.

In the last few weeks, I’ve been taking a break from ambitious cooking, from taking meticulous notes with everything I cook.

Cranberry Clementine Smoothie. A creamy jewel-toned smoothie that comes together in minutes. Vegan, gluten free, dairy free. From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious | www.blossomtostem.net

And it’s been great.

I’ve finally started itching to get back and play in the kitchen, to find that little spark of inspiration, to feel the desire to get back to work.

Cranberry Clementine Smoothie. A creamy jewel-toned smoothie that comes together in minutes. Vegan, gluten free, dairy free. From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious | www.blossomtostem.net

Which brings me to this cranberry clementine smoothie.

It’s a way to ease back into cooking with January’s brightest jewel-toned fruits. It takes about two minutes to make.

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It’s creamy and citrusy and nutty and gets smoothed out with a splash of vanilla. There’s no added sugar or sweetener. It’s vegan and gluten free. And it makes a lovely simple breakfast when you’re trying to reset for the new year.

Cranberry Clementine Smoothie. A creamy jewel-toned smoothie that comes together in minutes. Vegan, gluten free, dairy free. From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious | www.blossomtostem.net

Looking for another smoothie recipe? Try this pineapple mango ginger green smoothie.

Yield: 1 12-ounce smoothie (or 2 smaller smoothies)

Cranberry Clementine Smoothie

Cranberry Clementine Smoothie. A creamy jewel-toned smoothie that comes together in minutes. Vegan, gluten free, dairy free. From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious | www.blossomtostem.net

This smoothie takes about two minutes to make. The sweetness of the clementines and banana balance out the tart cranberries without any added sweeteners. The almonds provide some added nutty creaminess. You can toast the almonds before adding them to enhance the flavor (or you could use almond butter if you prefer). The vanilla extract rounds out the acidity of the fruit. When I have bananas that are on their way out, I peel them and put them in a ziploc bag to freeze. Fresh or frozen bananas work here as do fresh or frozen cranberries. If you’re using frozen bananas, you can skip the ice cubes. I like to add flax seeds and protein powder to my smoothies for their nutritional benefits, but they are optional.

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup frozen cranberries
  • 2-3 clementines, peeled, 2 medium or 3 small
  • 1 banana, fresh or frozen
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds, optional
  • 1 tablespoon protein powder, optional
  • a few ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a glass. Serve.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 380
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Summer Daisy

Saturday 6th of February 2016

This looks so refreshing! I love a good smoothie ♥

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Sowmiasgalley

Tuesday 19th of January 2016

Healthy and delicious smoothie.. Lovely clicks

thewordhermit

Thursday 14th of January 2016

Yum! This is my third year doing a 21-day cleanse in January. It's hard, but it's the easiest time of year for me to do it for all the reasons you've mentioned. My kitchen creativity is gone, so I might as well make smoothies. Anyone, this one I can do, and I'm going to try it tonight.

Mary

Thursday 14th of January 2016

You're right that it makes sense as a time for a cleanse. I hope you like this one!

Danielle James

Wednesday 13th of January 2016

Yummy! I wouldn't have thought to pair cranberries and clementines. I'd love to try this.

Mary

Thursday 14th of January 2016

Thanks Danielle! I think they work really well together.

Liz @ The Clean Eating Couple

Wednesday 13th of January 2016

This sounds delicious!! I would have never thought to pair those two things.. but now I want to try!

Mary

Thursday 14th of January 2016

Thanks Liz! I think it's a combination that really works.