Banana Cashew Smoothie (Dairy Free)
Happy Friday! Does anyone have any big plans for the weekend? I plan on doing a whole lot of resting to try to kick this cold as soon as possible.
I’ve definitely been on a smoothie kick lately and trying combinations that are way outside of my normal smoothie-zone. For instance, I’ve been making “green monster” smoothies with spinach in them. I’m one of those weird people who would much rather drink my fruits and veggies than actually eat them. I even got my hubby on board with them and he’ll drink them after he works out. I love how healthy, filling and easy smoothies are!
Besides being a great snack, cashews blend well in smoothies and provide a rich creamy consistency that I love. Cashews are one of the healthier nuts you can eat and contain less fat than many other nuts. They are rich in copper, manganese, tryptophan, magnesium, phosphorus, and healthy fats. The fats they do contain are primarily unsaturated fat. The monounsaturated fats in cashews promote good heart health and can even help lower cholesterol levels.
Oh, and with this smoothie there are no worries for those that are lactose sensitive (like me!). You won’t find any milk in this one.
Now, if I can only get over this nasty cold so I can actually start tasting food again!
*Serves 1, double for 2 servings or if you want one large smoothie*
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup raw unsalted cashews
1 cup ice
1/2 banana, peeled and cut into chunks
1 Tbsp pure maple syrup (or to taste, I added 1 and 1/2 Tbsp)
Combine the water and cashew in a blender or closed container and refrigerate it for at least 6 hours or overnight to allow cashews to soften. Do not drain the water.
Add ice, banana & maple syrup to blender or food processor along with the cashews and water they have been soaking in. Blend for approximately 1 minute or until smooth and frothy.
Note: I saved some of this smoothie for a later time and it was even better the next day!
I’ve been on a huge smoothie kick recently too! I love that you can throw random ingredients together and it comes out tasting like ice cream 🙂 I’ve never thought to put cashews in a smoothie before. My husband loves cashews so I have a feeling this is going to be his breakfast tomorrow!
This was the first smoothie I made with cashews in it..I loved it!
Cashews…what a great idea! I love smoothies too. I will definitely be making this one soon 🙂
Thanks, Suzie! I hope you enjoy it
I wonder if Joe could tolerate nuts if there were crushed in a smoothie. This sounds yummy. I love how bananas make great smoothies.
I never thought about that but maybe he would be able to eat them if they were ground up!
WhWhat a brilliant smoothie idea 😀
Choc Chip Uru
Thank you thank you!
This smoothie looks so light and fluffy – I can’t believe it doesn’t have milk! Super!
I know – I wasn’t sure how it would be without milk but I didn’t miss it!
Can’t wait to get out my blender and start blending some smoothies!
Once you start it will be hard to stop!
ooooh I love this smoothie!
I love cashew anything, but never thought about putting them in a smoothie! I love that idea! Have a great weekend, Ashley!
Thanks, Marie, I hope you do too!
I love the use of cashews here. This is an interesting smoothie. I hope your weekend is off to a great start. Blessings…Mary
Thanks, Mary! Have a great weekend!
Looks delicious. Great way to use cashews!
Thanks! I had exactly one cup of them left and used them wisely 🙂
I love that this is dairy free. I mean, don’t get me wrong – I love dairy! But sometimes it’s just too much for me in the morning. This is a great option to keep in mind.
I totally agree! Thanks, Ashley!
I’ve never had cashews on a drink before. And what a great find, being dairy free. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you so much, Alex!
I love cashews, but have never thought to include them in a smoothie. Fantastic idea! This looks so totally wonderful. Great idea – thanks.
They actually worked really well in a smoothie – I was a little surprised!
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Ashley! This is right up my alley. I have been trying to eliminate dairy, except in my cookies of course – and I would LOVE to try this. I love banana anything!
Thanks, Sally! It tasted awesome even without the dairy 🙂
I am obsessed with banana, and banana smoothies happen to be my fave. You totally stumped me on this one, Ashley — just by looking at it, you’d have no idea there wasn’t dairy in this milkshake! It looks so unbelievably creamy and rich. Love the secret cashew ingredient — those are always the nuts I pick out of the mixed nuts bowls and eat first haha 🙂
It’s funny because I’m not crazy about cashews but I do like them in smoothies! Who woulda thought! 😉
When summer rolls around I bounce back and forth between smoothies and fresh juices, I can’t get enough! I can’t wait to try this, it looks and sounds amazing and so refreshing.
Thank you, Christina! I am the same way – I want to start being healthier and start making even more smoothies!
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