Looking for new ways to cram in more vegetables?  Then try this fabulous smoothie from my new book Supercharged Juices and Smoothies. Adding cauliflower to a smoothie might seem odd, but it creates an attractive velvety texture and is a useful way to add more health-promoting brassica vegetables into your diet. Frozen cauliflower florets work best – but you can also use leftover steamed cauliflower, if you like.

Chocolate Hazelnut Cauliflower Smoothie

Overview

Difficulty – Easy

Time – 5 mins

Serves – 1


What’s good about it?

Adding nuts into the smoothie is a great way to add protein and healthy fats. I like to add a spoonful of lucuma powder too for a creamy texture. Lucuma is a popular superfood powder to help naturally sweeten recipes as well as provide plenty of fibre, vitamins and minerals

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Chop the banana and put it into a freezer bag. Add the cauliflower florets. Exclude all the air, then seal and freeze overnight or until solid.
  2. Put the hazelnuts and coconut water into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  3. Add the banana, cauliflower and the remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth and creamy.
  4. Add a little more coconut water to thin if needed. Serve immediately.

Did you Know?

Beloved by the Incas,lucuma is a super nutritious Peruvian fruit that contains beta carotene, iron, zinc, vitamin B3, calcium, and protein. Its maple-like taste makes it a sweet addition to smoothies, baked goods, and even ice cream.  Being high in fibre it is also a great way to support digestive health.

½ banana

90g/3¼oz/¾ cup cauliflower florets

1 tbsp toasted hazelnuts

200ml/7fl oz/scant 1 cup coconut water, plus extra if needed

1 tbsp raw cacao powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp ground cinnamon

2 tsp lucuma powder

2 pitted soft dried dates, optional