Coconut Vanilla and Almond Butter Smoothie

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This Coconut Vanilla and Almond Butter Smoothie Recipe is a velvety coconut desserts idea made with coconut milk, vanilla paste, almond butter and sweetened with dates. The coconut milk and almond butter create a nice velvety texture, with lots of fresh vanilla specks throughout. This coconut vanilla and almond butter smoothie is a good way to start off your day. Adding almond butter to the smoothie is a good way to add some extra nutrition. Almonds are nutritionally dense being a rich source of B vitamins, riboflavin, and niacin, calcium, iron, vitamin E, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and phosphorus. Almonds also have thiamine, folate, and the essential mineral potassium. Almonds are high in dietary fiber, monounsaturated fats, and polyunsaturated fats, fats which potentially may lower LDL cholesterol. This smoothie recipe can be enjoyed for breakfast or for a delicious coconut desserts idea the whole family is sure to love.

This coconut vanilla and almond butter smoothie recipe call for vanilla paste or vanilla extract. If you haven't used vanilla paste before you will want to give it a try. This amazing ingredient has lots of flavorful brown specks that look good in any recipe. Vanilla comes in pure vanilla extract, vanilla paste, and vanilla beans. You will also find vanilla sugar and infused vanilla syrups amongst other options. Most people rely on vanilla extract for their baking needs mostly because it's easy to find and fairly affordable. Vanilla extract is made by the process of macerating vanilla beans in a mixture of alcohol and water. When purchasing vanilla extract try to avoid imitation varieties as they will have a weaker and sometimes tinny aftertaste. It pays to spend a bit more for good quality. Vanilla beans, are more expensive but offer the ultimate in flavoring and scenting baked goods. Vanilla beans are an almost waxy dark brown pod that is filled with thousands of little brown flavorful specks. When purchasing you purchase vanilla beans you want to make sure the beans are plump and smooth, and never dry. Vanilla beans should smell highly fragrant and have a slight shine to them. The advantage to using vanilla beans is the way the thousands of little black dots fleck throughout your recipe.

Nutrition Facts for: Coconut Vanilla and Almond Butter Smoothie from With Salt and Wit

Ingredients: Coconut milk, almond butter, dates, vanilla extract or paste, ice.

* The entire recipe has been calculated for 2 servings.

* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet

* Per Serving: Calories 598, Calories from Fat 418, Total Fat 46.4g 71%, Saturated Fat 27.0g 135%, Cholesterol 0mg 0%, Sodium 26mg 1%, Potassium 830mg 24%, Carbohydrates 43.6g 15%, Dietary Fiber 7.1g 28%, Sugars 30.6g, Protein 10.4g, Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 6%, Calcium 13%, Iron 20%

For lighter, more fluffy desserts such as white cakes, cupcakes, and muffins using a vanilla bean offers the best flavor as it is so intense and it's nice to see the little black specks in the finished recipe is well worth it. Vanilla paste comes in a small jar and contains the scraped-out vanilla pod, so you also get that super fragrant, sweet, speckled product in a more convenient option. Thank you to Megan for sharing this coconut desserts idea for coconut vanilla and almond butter smoothie on the "With Salt and Wit" recipe site. On this site, you will find all sorts of recipe ideas from 30-minute meals, weekly meal plan, beef and pork, desserts, chicken, paleo recipes, pasta, healthy recipes, gluten-free recipes and so much more. You will also find easy coconut milk dessert recipes, simple healthy recipes, and plenty of other recipe ideas. *

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