Nut Smoothies & Goji Chia Jam

by Sasha on May 17, 2011

One of my favourite things to drink besides a fresh green juice is a nut based smoothies. I haven’t had one for a while and after I made one this week, I could not figure out why I haven’t been making this.

I think this is also a great drink to share with your friends who have never tried raw food or drinks. If you have someone who is skeptical that raw food tastes good then this is one to share. I love nut “mylk” because they are so nutritious and filled with trace minerals. They taste amazing and they don’t have any negative anti-nutrients in them. They are not filled with sugars, chemicals or other additives.



This week I have made an Almond & Brazil Nut Smoothie and Protein Smoothie.

For almond milk, you will need to soak the almonds overnight. Put them in water before you go to bed and drain them and rinse them in the morning. Then you are ready to start. I use a Vitamix so I have some pretty powerful blending happening. However, you could use whatever blender you have on hand.

Almond & Brazil Nut Goodness:

1 cup almonds soaked and drained
5-6 Brazil nuts
Frozen banana
1 date (pitted)
Vanilla- I use powdered organic vanilla that is lovely.
Water

First add water to your blender with the nuts. Blend until the nuts are liquefied. You will need to strain the mixture with a nut bag. You will need to strain the mixture with a nut bag. Once you have strained you nut milk put the pulp aside for another dish. DON’T THROW THIS OUT. If you don’t know what you are going to use it for you can freeze it. Add the milk back into the blender and add the rest of the ingredients.

I didn’t put the exact measurements, because you can play around with the amount of dates and banana to get the sweetness you would like. As well if you are on a budget add a little more water to make the nut milk or “mylk” stretch.

Bring on the protein:

Later in the week I was feeling a little tired and this was in part due to the fact that I was rushing around doing to many things. Now who can relate to that? So I choose an nice protein packed smoothie to give me a lift. I am so loving Sunwarrior protein. I will give you my honest opinion, that I think it is the best out there. In this drink, you can not taste anything but pure goodness.

Vanilla Protein Punch:

1 scoop Vanilla Sunwarrior Raw Protein
Frozen Banana
Hemp Seeds
Vanilla (powdered vanilla)
2 spoons or almond butter
Water

This had the same amazing profile of the almond & brazil nut smoothie, however it was packed with a protein punch. Enjoy and take a moment to relax while sipping on this.

Now on to Goji Jam:

I have been eating a lot of goji jam this week. One raspberry and goji jam, one orange and goji jam and one ginger jam. However I think the best profile is with orange. If you don’t like the goji flavour, then the raspberry mixture is a good one to choose. I originally got this idea from David Wolfe’s recipe. However, I felt like trying something a little different.

Blyssful Health Goji Chia Jam:

1/4 cup goji berries
1/2 to 1 whole date (I don’t have a huge sweet tooth, so you can up the dates to your liking)
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup of chopped orange segments
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp of fruit zest (I used lemon and orange)
1 tbs of chia seeds soaked for a minute in 1 tbs water
pinch of salt (optional)
1/2 tsp coconut oil( optional)

Soak the goji berries in the freshly squeezed orange juice. Let the date sit in the water as well. I let it sit for about an hour or more. Place the goji berries and the liquid in your food processor. Add in the fresh orange segments and blend until smooth.Then stir in the lemon juice, fruit zest and chia seed mixture. You can add a pinch of salt. If you find the jam is to thick add a little more orange juice to the mixture. I also added about half a spoon of coconut oil to my mixture at the end.

If you want to hide the goji flavour, add some frozen raspberries to the mixture. You may need to add another date.

You can eat this on it’s own, put it on some raw crackers or even use it in a salad.

Enjoy.

Please let me know what you think of the new layout? I would love the feedback.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Erin May 19, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I need to try making my own nut milk! I've heard so many good things! Seems simple enough! Where do you get nut bags from?

I'm also curious to try the Goji berries…do you just buy dried? From whole foods I assume? Looks like some yummy jams!

ps. still no video…just so you know!!

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Jody May 19, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Hi Sasha! Mmmmmmmmmmm, the smoothies and the jam look so yummy! I, too, LOVE the Sunwarrior Rice Protein. You have inspired me to make some more nut mylk. 🙂 Will have to try the Goji Berry Jam, interesting combos you have. The Goji Berry Orange is calling my name! LOVE the new look of you blog. You got it goin' on! 🙂 Have a blyssful day!

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kelli May 19, 2011 at 2:00 pm

love the photos! goji jam with orange sounds delectable. a while ago i wanted to make a goji/oraange ice cream cake but never got around to it.

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Sasha May 19, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Hi Erin,

Thanks for your comment. You will LOVE nut milk. I will post a link to the nut bags. I got mine from an online store. The goji berries you should be able to find at your local health food store. Yes they will be dried.

I send you a fb message about the video.

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Sasha May 19, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Thanks so much Jody,

Yeah. Great to hear that you will be making nut milk. I am so loving the Sunwarrior and almond milk combo. It is awesome when it just tastes so yummy and you don't have any grainy taste. That is why I so love Sunwarrior.

Thanks for feedback, glad to hear that you are liking the changes.

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Sasha May 19, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Kelli,

Thanks for your comments. Mmm, goji and orange ice cream would be yummy. I also have hear that it works well with mango, but I haven't tried that combo yet.

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Amber Shea @Almost Vegan May 21, 2011 at 2:08 am

I love that pic of the smoothie with all the raw books in the background 🙂

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Lisa May 24, 2011 at 12:40 am

I need that jam…the orange goji combo sounds amazing!

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Sasha May 24, 2011 at 1:56 am

Hi Amber,

Thanks for your comments. I am glad you like the photo. I often like to make a smoothie and then read a little bit. So I thought I would pass on some raw inspiration.

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Sasha May 24, 2011 at 1:57 am

Thanks Lisa,

You may have to adapt it depending on your sweetness level. This one is not sweet, but still yummy.

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rawkinmom May 25, 2011 at 1:19 am

missing your posts!!!!

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Sasha May 25, 2011 at 1:48 am

Hi Rawkinmom,

Thanks for letting me know. Yes I am coming back soon with some posts and new pictures.

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shannonmarie May 25, 2011 at 12:57 pm

There's that goji jame again. Yum!

Did you change your header? I like it.

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Sasha May 25, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Hi Shannonmarie,

Yes the goji jam again. Everyone wanted the recipe so I had to repost it and share my take on the jam. Thank you, I did change the header.

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