Every so often someone searches quinoa smoothies and lands on my site. I had never thought to add this wonderful little food to my drinks before but curiosity got the best of me this morning. I was working to meet my day’s calcium quota with a breakfast smoothie when I spotted a Tupperware of quinoa leftover from yesterday’s lunch. Now seemed like as good a time as any to try it.
I’m sort of on the fence about the results but wanted to at least share the recipe with you so you can decide for yourself. I’ll be honest, the texture was a little funny. For lack of a better word the quinoa made the smoothie a little…chunky. Not that that is necessarily a bad thing. I use chia seeds in my smoothies all the time so I’m used to a some crunch or bite in my morning beverage and prefer it to super smooth smoothies. This may just have been a little too much bite.
Again, to each their own. Maybe this will be your cup of
Quinoa Colada Smoothie (vegan, gluten-free, soy-free)
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
2 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup light coconut milk
1/2 cup almond milk
1/3 cup cooked quinoa, using these cooking directions
Thaw your banana slightly in the microwave. 20-30 seconds should do.
Place all ingredients in a blender or measuring cup if you’re using an immersion blender.
Blend for a minute.
Add extra pineapple and quinoa to the top.
As I type this I am just now thinking a couple of tablespoons of shredded coconut would have been a nice addition to this as well.
Serve in a pretty glass for no reason other than that you can. (Excuse the windows reflection in the glass 🙂 )
Enjoy and Exhale!