Blueberry Carob Green Smoothie

by Gena on November 26, 2012

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It feels a little odd to be posting about a blueberry carob smoothie at this time of year, when berries are no longer seasonal. I aspire to eat seasonally, I really do, but it’s hard for me to curtail my love of certain foods, even for a few months at a time. I eat berries in winter, and pumpkin in summer, always feeling a little guilty about my carbon footprint, but without sufficient remorse to stop! Thankfully (for me), frozen berries are delicious year round; perhaps this summer I’ll make a conscious effort to freeze my own.

The smoothie in this post was made much more delightful by the addition of some superfood goodies from Oriya Organics. I’ll be doing a full review of two of their products soon, but for now, this recipe works well with any green powder and any protein of your choosing. It’s a simple smoothie, but the flavor combination is unusual and quite delectable. Just see for yourselves!

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Raw Blueberry Carob Smoothie (raw, vegan, gluten free, soy free)

Serves 1

1 1/2 cups blueberries (or mixed berries)
4 tbsp vegan protein powder of choosing (my favorite is hemp, or combinations that include hemp)
3 tbsp carob powder
1 tsp green powder (Amazing Grass, Navitas Naturals wheatgrass powder, spirulina, chlorella, or Vitamineral Green are all good examples)
1 heaping handful spinach
1 cup almond milk (extra as needed)

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender till smooth. Add more almond milk as needed, till you reach the consistency you like!

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Delicious! I am a huge fan of carob, not only for its taste but also because it is rich in fiber and provides sweetness without tasting too sugary. I typically blend it with banana, spinach, and almond butter, but it worked really nicely in this smoothie, too.

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I actually served this smoothie today as an afternoon snack, after I’d just finished a particularly long and tiresome lab. I found it energizing and delicious. If you want to drink the smoothie as a meal, go ahead and add a tablespoon of nut butter, hemp seeds, or some avocado for a little extra healthy fat!

And on that note, I’m off to decompress a little before hitting the books again for the night. See you back here tomorrow, friends.

xo

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Marissa November 26, 2012 at 8:43 pm

I like the cute straw in the glass!

I’m a carob fanatic. Once I stopped thinking of it as a chocolate substitute, I really started to appreciate the unique flavor. I’m always throwing a few tablespoons in smoothies. This smoothie sounds like a great snack.

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bitt November 26, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Mmm this actually sounds good, and most green smoothies haven’t been very appealing lately. I bet the carob covers the green flavor nicely.

been meaning to comment and say Happy Thanksgiving, belated. Lots of luck finishing the semester.

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Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie November 26, 2012 at 10:13 pm

I love love love blueberries in my smoothies and since I drink a smoothie for breakfast 5 days a week I’m always in the market for fun new recipes to try – Thanks for the yummy idea!

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Hannah November 26, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Carob floats my boat. It floats my boat way out of the water and into the starry sky.

Also, remember: southern hemisphere folk. They be rockin’ the berries seasonally/legitimately now. You’re being world-conscious, not heavy-carbon-footprint-y!

Smoochies.

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Kari @ bite-sized thoughts November 27, 2012 at 12:45 am

They’re seasonal here in Australia :) And this looks great!

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Lisa @ The Raw Serenity November 27, 2012 at 1:56 am

I have a blueberrie and banana smoothie most days and it looks like this due to the spirulina I add in with it.
It’s funny when people are disgusted by the look but when they taste it they keep asking for more!
I bought carob ages ago but always default back to cacao because I thought that was a little more dense in nutrients?
I have been trying to buy those glass straws for 6 months now and can’t find them anywhere online, where did you pick up yours?
Xx

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marisa November 30, 2012 at 5:24 am

amazon has dozens of different brands of glass straws, i got ones with hand blown fishes on them :D

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Amy S. November 27, 2012 at 6:35 am

Glass Dharma sells glass straws. I’ve gotten a bunch from them! They’re fun, made from tempered glass, and the company will replace them if they break.

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Cassandra November 27, 2012 at 4:27 pm

I love blueberries and carob together! I’m a huge carob fan in general. Sorry, chocolate, but carob is my true best friend.

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Christa @ Edible Balance November 27, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Oooohhh, I’m going to change my smoothie up tomorrow morning and make this! I cannot get enough green smoothies in the morning, it starts my day on a deliciously nutrient-packed foot. I agree, blueberries and carob? One of my favorite combos.

I get my glass straws from Strawesome! Best customer service ever, and the straws are gorgeous. I have at least ten (all different sizes). I am hooked for life!

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Lia November 27, 2012 at 5:20 pm

You know, blueberries in smoothies have never been my thing, but I made a smoothie very very similar to this recently, as a fair amount of frozen blueberries came my way. This really is a great combination, even for non-lovers of the blue berry. Thanks for sharing! Glad you have the benefit of good food in your life to keep you at your best when going through the crazy med school prep stuff!

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Ttrockwood November 28, 2012 at 1:04 am

This looks amazing!! I really appreciate when you add notes about how to make meals or snacks more substantial or variations to try- it also really helps new vegans and those new to raw foods to see how to modify recipes of yours to fit their own nutritional needs and goals. I cant tell you how many people i have recommended your site and recipes to
I was so glad to hear/jealous you had an amazing meal at candle!

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MIan Sulman November 28, 2012 at 5:49 am

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Smoothie Maker November 28, 2012 at 4:19 pm

I’ve been looking for a good blueberry recipe for some time now, and this one got my interest particularly because I’ve never tried carob powder in smoothies before. Should be interesting, thanks for sharing.

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Heather Williams November 28, 2012 at 5:35 pm

What a great smoothie recipe! The carob powder is an interesting ingredient. I will have to try this recipe with some spirulina powder and see how it mixes.

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Michelle November 28, 2012 at 6:09 pm

The wheatgrass, barleygrass, spirulina and chlorella mixture on the Oriya Organics website looks really great! Thanks for sharing!

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Michelle@HappyHeart November 29, 2012 at 7:23 am

Delicious! I think I possibly love carob more than cacao at this stage and paired with blueberries it’s just amazing!

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Caitlyn December 1, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Hi Gena! I’m a little belated in posting this, but I just wanted to let you know that I gave this bad boy a try for breakfast earlier this week, and found it to be delicious: nice work with a slightly unorthodox pairing! :)

Also wanted to mention a post I saw on the Yoga Dork blog earlier this week involving eating disorders, fat speak and yoga: http://www.yogadork.com/news/cut-the-fat-speak-an-open-letter-to-the-yoga-community-and-message-for-the-holiday-season/#more-32688

As a yoga teacher and someone constantly battling my own food demons and disordered eating patterns, this was a breath of fresh air, and as someone with similar leanings, I thought you might enjoy it.

Good luck with your finals, and happy holidays! :)

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Gena December 3, 2012 at 4:32 pm

I can’t wait to read it, Caitlin! And I’m so happy you enjoyed the smoothie. I look forward to reading.

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Lisa @ Best Food Processor December 16, 2013 at 9:29 am

carob powder is very good for the body! i love this recipe!

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