Who doesn’t have a great childhood memory involving a Blizzard or a Frosty, something thick and creamy and so delicious you can eat it with a spoon. But all that dairy, corn syrup and fructose probably wasn’t great for us, was it? When we are looking for something sweet, but we want to avoid processed sugars, a great staple in a healthy diet is the delicious date!
Why are dates so good for you? They are full of fibre, potassium and magnesium. They are also high in antioxidants.
I stumbled upon this version of a “Frosty” when I was super hungry after a morning class and didn’t have any kale or spinach (the horror) but had a lot of frozen cauliflower.
Now, let’s talk about frozen cauliflower and why you must always have it in your freezer – as a cruciferous vegetable, it goes a long way in reducing inflammation in your body and is full of fibre, too. It is a wonderful thickener for any soup or stew, but in a smoothie like this is adds all the creaminess you want. We also add ground flax seeds to this to add an extra kick of fibre! The dates are also a source of fibre, potassium and magnesium and are high in antioxidants.
The best thing about this recipe? You can make it as a “Frosty” or as a smoothie – adding extra nut milk (see notes) or water to thin it out or keep it thick and add some toppings to make it a delicious “Frosty.”
- 3 cups frozen cauliflower
- 1 frozen banana
- 8-9 pitted dates
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
- 1/4 cup dark cocoa
- 2 cups (or more) of unsweetened almond milk (I like vanilla) OR Oat Milk OR Cashew Milk (I have made it with all three and they are equally delicious). Add 1 cup additional milk or some filtered to make it smoothie texture
- TOPPINGS: Cacao nibs, coconut, hemp seeds, drizzle of almond butter, chopped nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds.
Take all the ingredients and place in a high speed blender on low turning to high. Make 2-3 servings