Vanilla Thrilla Smoothie

Vanilla Thrilla SmoothieWith all the chocolate smoothies I make, vanilla is a nice change of pace. Native to the tropical rain forests of Central America, vanilla is one of the more popular spices, now used around the world.

Vanilla is more than just a flavoring agent though and imparts its own unique health benefits. First, it combats free radicals through its high levels of antioxidants. The active compound in vanilla, aptly named vanillin, is a polyphenol that provides the antioxidant punch.

Vanilla contains small amounts of the minerals zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and manganese. There’s also been studies showing vanilla’s ability to alleviate anxiety and protect against cancer. Lastly, vanilla extract contains small amounts of B-complex vitamins, which include niacin, pantothenic acid, thiamin, riboflavin and vitamin B-6.

I often buy the whole vanilla bean, cut in half, scrape out the powder for use in my smoothies, and use the rest of the bean in teas. More concentrated, vanilla extract is also great for flavoring smoothies and other dishes.

This isn’t your typical fruit and/or vegetable smoothie, but instead features chia seeds as the thickening and fibrous agent. I’ll delve deeper into chia seeds and all their wonderful health benefits in the future. You can optionally use chia seed gel for this recipe, which you might not be familiar with. Chia seed gel is a mixture of about 1 part chia seed to 1 part water. Simply mix chia seeds and water in a small container. The gel will be ready in twenty minutes or less. Store in the fridge and use for a couple of months.

I hope your taste buds get a thrill out of this smoothie like mine :)

Vanilla Thrilla Smoothie Recipe

The Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk of your choice (I used almond)
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes or shreds
  • 2 heaping tablespoons chia seeds or chia seed gel
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or vanilla powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon organic honey (substitute maple syrup or stevia)

The Add-ons

  • 1/2 tablespoon cacao powder or nibs (chocolate and vanilla go together beautifully)
  • 1/3 avocado for a thicker, creamier smoothie
  • 1 serving vanilla Sun Warrior protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • A dash of Celtic sea salt

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Add all the ingredients into your high speed blender and blend for around for 30-45 seconds or until the desired consistency is reached.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 319
  • Fat: 20g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 32g
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Sugar: 19g
  • Vitamin A: 10% RDA
  • Vitamin C: 1% RDA
  • Calcium: 41% RDA
  • Iron: 20% RDA

Please leave a comment below if you try this vanilla thrilla smoothie. Happy Blending!

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10 Responses to Vanilla Thrilla Smoothie

  1. kim #

    Ryan;
    Hi,can I put the colostrum powder in the vanilla thrills smoothie when I buy the colostrum powder in june?I have to buy five ingredients to make this smoothie.
    Kim

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Yes, I think colostrum will go great in this smoothie, Kim.

  2. kim #

    Ryan;
    hi,I ntry the cocohave all of the ingredients for the vanilla thrills smoothie and now I am going to make it in my blender,and I will let you know how much I love your smoothie after I make it in my blender.I am going to try the coconut unsweetened milk in this smoothie,with all of the ingredients that I bought to make this smoothie.
    I also bought a container of almond,hazelnut and cashew milk and both milk are now in my fridge getting cold enough to put in my blender.hopefully this almond,hazelnut and cashew milk will work in this smoothie and taste good.I will let you know how your smoothie tastes with this milk in it.
    Kim

    • Ryan Carmody #

      The almond, hazelnut, and cashew milk should be a big hit in this smoothie, Kim. Enjoy!

  3. kim #

    Ryan;
    Hi,I just made your vanilla thrills smoothie and I am drinking it now.wow this smoothie tastes really good,and I put just a bit extra avocado,chia seed powder in it and I even put the add one in my smoothie.it looks like a thick green smoothie not a white smoothie in your picture of your smoothie.
    Kim

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Glad to hear you enjoyed this smoothie, Kim. Nice add-ons. The avocado must have turned it green.

  4. kim #

    Ryan;
    Hi,I just made your vanilla thrills smoothie again,and this time I put just a little bit of frozen fruit and a little bit of frozen banana in your smoothie,and it tasted really good.
    Kim

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Fantastic, Kim. You’re rocking the smoothies!

  5. kim #

    Ryan;

    Hi,I was just wondering if your vanilla thrilla smoothie can be frozen in Popsicle molds.what other smoothie recipes can be frozen into Popsicle molds besides the blueberry yogurt smoothie that I just read about on your website.

    It is really hot and warm here in Edmonton and the summer season arrived on June 21,and I want to keep myself and my family cool and I want to try making your smoothies and put them into Popsicle molds and freeze them in the frigerator.

    Kim

    • Ryan Carmody #

      This recipe and really any recipe you think would taste good frozen can be made into Popsicles, Kim. There’s no restrictions :)

      Your family will thank you for a delicious, nutritious, and cooling treat.

      Ryan

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