– vegan – gluten free – grain free – refined sugar free –
This smoothie is so tasty and refreshing, it will make you wish you were laying on the beach and your smoothie was spiked with rum! In the meantime, enjoy this healthy, refined sugar-free smoothie made with only 6 ingredients. If you like this smoothie, you will love the vanilla gorilla’s nutty sister, the chunky monkey smoothie.
A high-speed blender
See below for a breakdown of nutritional information and substitutions.
For this vanilla gorilla smoothie, you will need:
- Bananas: one medium banana contains 16% of your daily potassium intake, 33% of your vitamin B6, 18% of your manganese, 14% of your daily vitamin C and 3 grams of fiber. It is a good rule of thumb to use 2 baby bananas in place of 1 standard banana. It is important that the banana is ripe not only for taste, but for quality. The more a banana ripens, the more resistant starches change to simple sugars that are easily digested and more antioxidants are present.
- Medjool dates, pitted: a naturally sweet fruit that tastes like caramel and has the consistency of caramel when blended with coconut milk. Like most fruit, dates are a healthy source of carbs and fiber and can fix your sweet tooth without breaking your diet. Substitutions: you could also use pure maple syrup for sweetener but I find medjool dates have a better taste and texture for this smoothie.
- Coconut cream: made with just coconuts, water and guar gum, coconut cream is a good source of healthy fats and adds a nice creamy texture to food. Substitutions: you could also use full-fat coconut milk, but coconut cream has a very different taste that I find works best for this smoothie.
- Banana-sweetened almond milk: a great dairy-free alternative to cow’s milk since it has less calories and less sugar. Depending on your milk of choice, dairy-free milk is a great source of calcium and vitamin D. Be sure to buy unsweetened milk for this recipe to prevent added sugars. Substitutions: any type of plant milk will work for this smoothie (nut/oat/soy/hemp milk, etc), but the banana-sweetened almond milk adds a very unique flavor.
- Vanilla extract: I recommend choosing a higher quality vanilla extract, as cheap vanilla extract often has artificial flavors and caramel coloring that disrupts digestive health. Stay away from extract that has propylene glycol, which is essentially just antifreeze. Pure vanilla extract is actually a great antioxidant and can reduce inflammation.