If you are looking for a breakfast drink smothered in caramel sauce, you need to move on. This is not Starbucks. This is the VeganByTheBook blog, where you will (MOSTLY) find health-promoting tips and recipes on the plant-based path.
Today’s smoothie is topped with chopped raw organic jungle peanuts and diced apple.
This breakfast power boosting drink has a hint of caramel flavor thanks to a bit of pan-roasted fenugreek seed. Yes, the harsh bite of fenugreek is tamed by a bit of roasting, unlocking a taste reminiscent of caramel.
To save time in the morning you can prep the fenugreek seed the night before. Any extra can be saved in an airtight container for another day.
- Preheat an oil-free, nonstick skillet on medium heat. I have a small Berndes brand skillet, made in Germany, which is perfect for oil-free stovetop use.
- Add at least one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds and heat for about a minute, stirring occasionally,, watching closely that the seeds are not scorched.
- Remove from the skillet to a small bowl to cool a bit.
- Then, grind either in a designated spice grinder or the dry grinding jar of your Vitamix (if you have one). You could also pound the seeds a bit using a mortar and pestle.
- Set aside the prepared fenugreek in a small container which has an airtight seal for any extra not needed for today’s recipe.
Without getting into the healthiness debate between raw and roasted foods, let’s look at how the raw organic jungle peanuts used in this recipe differ from the packaged roasted and unsalted peanuts I happen to have from Whole Foods Market 365 Everyday Value.
Location, location, location:
- The 365 brand peanuts are grown in China or India, not in North America. Note the wording on the package: “PROCESSED AND PACKED IN CANADA.” There is no mention of where the peanuts were grown. Very little of the world’s peanut supply is grown in the United States.
- The jungle peanuts are grown … “in a pristine region of the Amazon jungle” as noted on that package.
As nature intended:
- The 365 brand roasted peanuts have added canola oil (GMO-free, expeller-pressed) and are the standard legume hybridized or the years for uniform shape, with a taste better suited for mellowing by roasting.
- The jungle peanuts have a bumpy, ridged texture and its flavor in raw form is mild enough for most tastes without have to be roasted. This is the way peanuts used to be before taken out of their jungle origins. No additives needed!
An apple is a low-calorie high-fiber food that happens to be sweet and delicious. Celery is likewise, high-fiber, low-calorie. Try this combination every so often in your morning smoothie with a bit of caramel flavor and nuttiness.
Nutty Caramel Apple Smoothie, by Veganbythebook
MAKES: 30 ounces (about 900 ml)
- 1 frozen banana (peeled before freezing)
- 1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk
- ¼ cup raw organic jungle peanuts plus 1 tablespoon chopped for garnish
- 3 tablespoons raw hempseeds
- 1 teaspoon ground toasted fenugreek seeds (toasted for a mellow, caramel-like taste)
- 1 teaspoon maca powder
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- About 1 inch piece of vanilla bean
- 1 medjool date, pitted
- 1 apple quartered and cored (unpeeled) – cut one quarter in half again, finely chop one of those halves and set aside for garnish
- 1 ½ cups chopped celery (2 small stalks or 1 large stalk)
- Add all ingredients (except garnishes) to the jar of a high-speed blender and process until smooth, about 1-2 minutes, tamping down as needed
- Pour into glass and add garnishes. Enjoy!