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Take a Trip Down Candy Cane Lane

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Crisp and clean, an invigorating icy sensation greets me right as the sun begins to awake from its slumber on this early December morning. No, it’s not a fluke snow storm visiting California for the first time in years, but a wintry treat hailing from the warmth of the kitchen.

While the threat of actual flurries strikes fear into my heat-seeking heart, the oral chill of peppermint is an entirely different story. Be it pungent and herbaceous or smooth and subtle, I can’t get enough of the flavor, particularly when Christmas rolls around with an endless supply of candy canes around every corner. Those brittle sticks of red and white striped sugar are never going to inspire a frenzied Instagram fad like some popular seasonal sweets, but they’ll always be an essential element of the holiday season.

It’s never too early to get into the spirit, so a light, bright, candy cane smoothie is just the ticket, no matter what the weather is outside!

Pairing up bananas and mint together may sound like disastrous blind date, but hear me out on this one. In their unripe state, those tropical fruits merely lend creaminess and body to the blend, without any discordant flavor. Mint is powerful enough to speak above the subtle undertones anyhow, so all you’ll get is pure, bright, peppermint power with every sip. With this fool-proof formula, there’s no reason why you can’t make every day a holiday.

Candy Cane Lane Smoothie

3 Small Unripe Bananas, Frozen
2 Tablespoons Vanilla Protein Powder
1 Cup Non-Dairy Milk
1 – 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup or Light Agave Nectar
1/4 – 1/2 Teaspoon Peppermint Extract
1 Tablespoon Beet Powder

Toss the frozen bananas, protein powder, non-dairy milk, 1 tablespoon syrup, and 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract into your blender. Puree until perfectly smooth, taste, and adjust sweetness and minty-ness to taste, as needed.

Pour half of the mixture into a separate pitcher and set aside. Add the beet powder to the blender and puree to incorporate.

Layer the two colors into a glass to create red and white stripes, gently stirring just before serving for a slightly marbleized effect. Add a straw and drink in that refreshing wintry goodness!

Makes 1 Serving

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Author: Hannah (BitterSweet)

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

10 thoughts on “Take a Trip Down Candy Cane Lane

  1. Beautiful candy cane smoothie !

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  2. This looks wonderful! Anything vegan and candy cane sparks my interest!

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  3. This smoothie looks so refreshing with the peppermint! I have never tried beet powder in a smoothie, but I will definitely keep this recipe in mind this holiday season!

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  5. Sounds great and looks beautiful, Hannah. But I may keep this idea for a warmer day. :-) I use frozen bananas as a smoothie base all the time and it’s a great way to use those that are just a bit too ripe for anyone to want to eat the. :-) Happy Monday.

    janet

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  6. Peppermint and winter just go together. Since I have a smoothie most days for breakfast I will be trying this one.

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  7. This is gorgeous and sounds amazing, I am a sucker for anything peppermint over the holidays. Thanks!

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  8. Looks so delicious. Thank you for sharing.

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  9. Reblogged this on clawingmywayin and commented:
    healthy smoothie

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