I’ll talk about this Chocolate Smoothie with Frozen Cauliflower in a sec, but first I want to talk about why I went MIA this past week.
All last week I was with my siblings and their kiddos celebrating the 4th of July and I barely looked at my laptop. There were eight of us adults and nine kids total, all of which are six years old or younger. You’d think it would have been chaos, but it didn’t seem that way to me. More like a beautiful mess. All our kids (the cousins, as we like to call them) are really good friends and played well together most of the week. I felt like most of the time all of us adults could hang out, cook and talk without having to referee the kids very much.
My oldest brother and his amazing wife were the hosts and I always learn so much from spending time with them and watching how they interact with each other and host. They do life well. Whenever we are at their house, every meal is delicious and homemade. They’re the kind of people who pour chips into serving bowls (instead of serving them out of the bag), warm up their maple syrup for pancakes and offer fun adult beverages using homemade simple syrup in the evenings. Goodness, it’s amazing how such simple gestures can make things feel so special and casual all at the same time. Being in their home really got me excited to be back in our home in China so that I can start hosting again.
Another major aspect of this past week was the weather. I expected to feel cooler traveling from Orlando, FL up to Virginia, but it was just as hot, if not hotter, in Virginia. We took the kids to the pool one morning and despite chugging liters of water, sitting in the shade when possible and dunking my head under water, I still left feeling sick from the heat. It got back to the house with a headache and not much of an appetite. All I wanted for lunch was a smoothie.
In general I’m not much of a smoothie drinker, especially when it comes to meals. I love to chew my food! But this summer heat has me craving smoothies more than normal and sometimes that’s all I want at meal times. That’s why I love adding vegetables to my smoothies, like in this Chocolate Smoothie with Frozen Cauliflower. I fell like I’m eating a sweet treat, but my body is simultaneously getting in some micronutrients. It’s a win win.
I’ve shared some other delicious and unique smoothie recipes in the past. The smoothies below contain some unconventional ingredients, but still taste amazing! (And my apologies for the horrible photos from the older blog posts! Thankfully the smoothies still taste good despite the photos.)
And today I’m adding this Chocolate Smoothie with Frozen Cauliflower to the list! I find cauliflower to be fairly flavorless on it’s own, especially when frozen. If you add in a little to your fruit smoothies, you won’t taste a thing! I’m definitely going to be adding frozen cauliflower, spinach or raw zucchini to all of the smoothies I make for Harper in the future. I’m hoping she’ll even enjoy my Refreshing Green Smoothie, which contains all kinds of veggies!
I hope you give this Chocolate Smoothie with Frozen Cauliflower a try. Feel free to swap out the peanut butter for a different nut or seed butter. Up the amount of frozen cauliflower too if you’re feeling brave!
Please let me know if you give this smoothie a try. I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below. Better yet, take a photo of this smoothie and tag @theconscientiouseater on Instagram so I can see you creation!
Help The World Eat More Plants!
- 2 frozen bananas
- ½-1 cup frozen cauliflower*
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter**
- 2 cups non dairy milk
- 2 medjool dates or 4-6 small dates, pitted
- Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately.
**Feel free to swap out the peanut butter for any other nut or seed butter that you like!