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Roasted Cabbage Wedges – Simple Dish with Plant Based Ingredients

roasted cabbage with parsley seasoning and a bowl of potato wedges

Today’s definitely recipe brings me back to my childhood. I grew up in an Irish-Polish family with a deep love for St. Patrick’s day. It’s probably why I’m all about pickles, horse radish sauce and sauerkraut. Today, I’m sharing my version of a childhood recipe, Roasted Cabbage Wedges.

This recipe is full of flavor thanks to the sauce, has incredible texture (especially when you blacken the edges) and is really good for you. I can’t wait for you to try it!

How to Roast a Head of Cabbage

I know many of you have a love/hate relationship with cabbage, and I don’t blame you! If you grew up on boiled, soggy cabbage, then you are missing out. This recipe is 100% crispy and comforting.

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Cabbage is full of tightly layered leaves. Before you chop it and toss it into the oven, be sure to soak those wedges in a bowl of water for a few minutes to pull out any excess dirt.

seasoning cabbage wedges with garlic olive oil on a baking sheet

Since I’m roasting on high heat, I want to use an oil that won’t burn. Avocado oil is a rich oil that is perfect for this recipe. You’ll use it in the sauce as well.

Bake until the outside is toasty. The cabbage edges should be browned. If you like a black char then feel free to broil for a few minutes just before removing (watching it closely!).

Picking the Right Cabbage

I use cannonball cabbage for this recipe. It roasts perfectly on the outside while turning tender in the middle. Yum! I find purple cabbage too thick for this recipe, yet if that’s what you’ve got on hand then go for it!

What is your favorite type of cabbage? Leave a comment and let me know. I’d love to try this recipe out on a new variety!

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Seasoning Roasted Cabbage Wedges

While you can season your cabbage wedges however you want, I find my parsley sauce the perfect edition to this roasted dish. I also season with garlic, sea salt and pepper before roasting to enhance the natural flavors as well.

If spice isn’t your thing then just omit the red pepper flakes. You can even keep them in a side dish for anyone who wants to add some to their individual portion.

finished roasted cabbage with roasted carrots and potatoes on a table

Roasted Cabbage FAQs

What is a healthy way to eat cabbage?

My roasted cabbage recipe is a great way to incorporate delicious cabbage into your diet. It’s made with real ingredients and no weird additives. You can use less healthy fat than I do with the avocado oil, and spice it exactly how you want it.

How do you make cabbage more tender?

I use a brush when adding avocado oil to cabbage before roasting it. This allows for better coverage between the tight leaves and results in a crispy on the outside, tender on the inside dish.

How do you cut a head of cabbage?

I use a large knife with a pointed end. That way I can seamlessly slice through the head of cabbage (on a cutting board, of course!) without having to hack at it. Start with the cabbage on its side, meaning the core is facing you and not touching the cutting board. Slice in half, cutting through the core. Once you’ve halved the cabbage, you can more easily cut it into wedges. I leave the core in when roasting cabbage to help keep the leaves all together. It’s easy to remove once you’re ready to serve it.

roasted cabbage wedges

Roasted Cabbage Wedges

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I grew up on roasted cabbage so it’s a staple in my St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with my family. Enjoy this simple yet comforting recipe and start a plant based tradition with your family, too!

Total Time40 minutes

Servings4

Ingredients

  • 1 green cabbage head (large)
  • 4 . avocado oil (plus more for baking sheet)
  • 3 test minced garlic (divided)
  • 1 test sea ​​salt (divided)
  • ¼ test freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup fresh parsley (finely chopped)
  • 1 lemon (freshly juiced and zested)
  • ¼ test red pepper flakes
  • ¼ test paprika

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400° F. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment. Drizzle a little avocado oil over the parchment.

  • Prepare the cabbage by peeling away any yellowed or dry outer leaves. Cut the cabbage in half, leaving the core intact. Cut each half into 1-inch thick wedges.

  • Place wedges in a large bowl of cool water and allow to soak for 3-5 minutes to remove excess dirt. Pat dry with a clean dish towel.

  • In a small bowl, stir Together 2 teaspoons of minced garlic with 2 tablespoons avocado oil, ½ teaspoon sea salt and black pepper. Drizzle or brush the garlic oil over the cabbage, making sure some get in between the layers.

  • Place the baking sheet into the oven. Roast 25-30 minutes, or until toasty looking and tender. While the wedges are roasting, prepare the parsley sauce.

  • In a bowl, stir together lemon zest and juice with the remaining 2 tablespoon avocado oil, 1 teaspoon garlic, ½ teaspoon sea salt, red pepper flakes and paprika. Add the chopped parsley. Cover and set aside until ready to serve.

  • to serve, transfer the cabbage wedges to a serving platter and drizzle with some of the parsley sauce. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Leaving the core intact while baking helps prevent the wedges from falling apart before you’re ready to serve them.
  • I recommend using cannonball cabbage (the green head you typically see at the grocery store) in this recipe for the best results.
  • Avocado oil works great since it has a high heat point, yet you can swap with coconut oil or olive oil if needed.

Nutrition (estimated)

Calories: 192kcal (10%) Carbohydrates: 16g (5%) Protein: 4g (8%) Fat: 14g (22%) Saturated Fat: 2g (13%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monnounsaturated Fat: 10g Sodium: 633mg (28%) Potassium: 491mg (14%) Fiber: 6g (25%) Sugar: 8g (9%) Vitamin A: 1534IU (31%) Vitamin C: 107mg (130%) Calcium: 117mg (12%) Iron: 2mg (11%)

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Easy Vegetable Recipes

I hope you love this recipe as much as I do. I know part of it is nostalgia, yet it’s also just a good dish! If you’re looking for more ways to easily incorporate veggies into your meals then check out some of these great options:

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Vegan Parmesan Cheese – A Plant Based Alternative with Real Ingredients

vegan parmesan cheese

Today I’m sharing a pantry staple I use on the regular. It has replaced traditional parmesan cheese for me, and I don’t even mind. This vegan parmesan cheese recipe is super simple and quick to make, and it can be used on many savory dishes.

I love dairy, but my body doesn’t. I also love good food and won’t settle for a dairy alternative unless it is outstanding. I’ve got standards! So trust me when I say this cheese sprinkle’s got it all: texture, flavor and real ingredients.

ingredients for vegan cheese sprinkle

Vegan Parmesan Cheese Recipe

This recipe is so easy! Plus, you can make it once and use it over and over again, unless you’re like me and find you put it on everything. All you need is a food processor or blender with a pulse function.

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. The mixture should look like breadcrumbs.
  2. Transfer to an airtight container and store in a cool, dry place or refrigerate up to several weeks.

Why do I love this recipe so much? I know exactly what’s in it, there’s no need for weird preservatives or dyes, and it’s got a seriously cheesy flavor and parmesan sprinkle texture. My body doesn’t handle dairy well, yet I don’t like using alternatives with average taste.

If you like parmesan cheese sprinkle, then I bet you’ll quickly fall in love with this vegan version.

vegan cheese recipe

Sprinkle Cheese Ingredient Swaps

My basic vegan parmesan recipe is easily customizable. Swap out the almonds and cashews for the nuts or seeds of your choice (know the flavor changes depending on what you use). Roasted, unsalted nuts can also be swapped in.

If you’re looking for a certain flavor, feel free to add the spices of your choosing. Onion powder, chili powder or smoked paprika are all great additions.

Vegan Parmesan FAQs

What’s in vegan parmesan cheese?

My recipes combines almonds, cashews, nutritional yeast, sea salt and garlic powder. Just toss in a food processor, pulse until it looks like bread crumbs, then top all the foods!

Is parmesan cheese vegan?

Parmesan cheese is vegetarian, yet not vegan. It does not contain meat; However, parmesan is a dairy product and therefore a by-product of meat. My vegan parmesan cheese honestly gives you the cheesy flavor you’re looking for and none of the dairy. It’s a win-win!

What is a non-dairy substitute for parmesan cheese?

This vegan parmesan cheese recipe is perfect for those looking for that cheesy flavor yet can’t do real sprinkle parmesan. It even has the texture of parmesan but without any weird additives, dyes or preservatives.

vegan parmesan cheese recipe

How to Use Vegan Cheese Sprinkle

Honestly, use this vegan version wherever you use regular parmesan cheese sprinkle. Here are a few inspo recipes for you to try:

Stuffed portobello mushrooms

Roasted spaghetti squash

Classic pizza

Healthy breakfast bowl

Roasted vegetables

Zoodles

How do you like to use cheese sprinkle? Drop a comment and let me know!

vegan parmesan cheese

Vegan Parmesan Cheese

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Your favorite cheese sprinkle without the dairy! This delicious mix works great on pizza, pasta, veggies and more. I seriously love it. Easy to whip up and store, vegan parmesan cheese will become your go-to meal topper in no time.

Total Time5 minutes

Servings16

Ingredients

  • ½ c raw almonds
  • ½ c raw cashews
  • ¼ c nutritional yeast
  • ½ test sea ​​salt
  • ¼ test garlic powder

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. The mixture should look like breadcrumbs.

  • Transfer to an airtight container and store in a cool, dry place, or refrigerate up to several weeks.

Notes

  • Add spices to taste
  • Roasted unsalted almonds and cashews can be used instead of raw
  • This can also be made in a blender using the pulse feature
  • Feel free to swap the almonds and cashews with the nuts/seeds of your choice, just know the flavor will change slightly

Nutrition (estimated)

Calories: 51kcal (3%) Carbohydrates: 3g (1%) Protein: 2g (4%) Fat: 4g (6%) Saturated Fat: 1g (6%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monnounsaturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 1g Sodium: 73mg (3%) Potassium: 72mg (2%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 1g (1%) Vitamin A: 1IU Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) Calcium: 13mg (1%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

More Plant Based Dairy Recipes

Since my body doesn’t do well with dairy, I’m always looking for good substitutions. I love the way cheese tastes, yet I don’t love the way my stomach feels after eating it. Here are a few alternatives I’ve made that work so well yet leave the dairy at the door:

Let me know how this vegan parmesan cheese recipe turns out for you. I can’t wait for you to try it!

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18 Healthy Chocolate Desserts – Easy + Delicious Plant Based Recipes

  healthy chocolate desserts on a table

Whether you just want a sweet treat or you’re looking to satisfy a crowd, I’ve got a chocolate dessert that will fix that craving. These healthy chocolate desserts give you the sweetness you want while also giving you natural ingredients you can pronounce.

I believe in a balanced diet, and that balanced diet includes sweet foods too! I don’t need all the artificial ingredients or dyes in my desserts. Scroll through the recipes below and pick out your favorites to try this week. Don’t forget to let me know how they turned out!

Shareable Healthy Chocolate Desserts

If you’re looking for chocolate desserts to share with that special someone, then the following recipes are perfect. The vegan chocolate chip cookies are my favorite recipe, while my husband can’t get enough peanut butter fudge.

Fudgy Gluten Free Brownies

Thick, fudgy brownies that also happen to be vegan and gluten-free. (No one will be able to tell!) Loaded with delicious chocolate flavor and a great texture, this Fudgy Gluten Free Brownie Recipe really hit the spot.

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Peanut Butter Fudge- 4 Ingredient Dessert!

You’ll definitely wanna include this vegan peanut butter fudge into your holiday menu this year. This decadent recipe is easy to make and provides a beautifully rich treat. Plus, it’s only 6 ingredients!

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Chocolate Covered Banana Bites

Grab a friend and whip up these delicious bite-sized snacks. Chocolate covered banana bites are super easy to make, and oh so fun!

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are simply THE BEST vegan chocolate chip cookies around! We’ve given them another upgrade by adding in toasted coconut (you can buy it or make it) and toasted almonds for extra flavor and crunch. Use your favorite dark chocolate chips and bake up a batch or two. They make great gifts and store well in the freezer for when a craving hits.

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Soft Ginger Cookies with Chocolate Chips

These soft ginger cookies are also naturally gluten free. The flavor of warm ginger shines through thanks to both dried ground ginger and freshly grated ginger. The second best part might just be the pockets of dark chocolate in each bite. These are sure to become a favorite!

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Ultimate Gluten-Free Crepes

Get ready to experience the best gluten-free crepe recipe. The nutty, earthy taste of the quinoa marries well with the homemade chocolate hazelnut spread (hello, healthy nutella!), and fresh fruit. Feel free to use pre-made chocolate hazelnut spread from the store to save time.

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Healthy Zucchini Bread

A fun bread the whole family can enjoy (and help make!). I love that this bread contains a whole cup of veggies, and that it’s vegan… though you can’t even tell!

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Drinkable Vegan Chocolate Desserts

Mint, nut, fruit… I’ve got you covered with all the flavors you love pairing with chocolate. Feel free to top these with cacao nibs, extra fruit and coconut whipped cream for a fun and healthy chocolate dessert.

Red Velvet Smoothie

Give your heart a healthy boost with cacao (unsweetened cocoa) in this green smoothie recipe. Serve it in a fancy glass with two straws so you and your loved one can enjoy it together!

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Chocolate Protein Shake

Blend up a creamy, cold chocolate protein shake smoothie made with plant-based superfood protein powder for a delicious meal or snack, or before/after a workout. Includes adaptogens to help ease inflammation.

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Chocolate Smoothie Bowl

Cacao adds rich chocolate flavor as well as a big boost of iron and other vitamins and minerals coupled with healthy fats to this chocolate smoothie bowl.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Better than a milkshake! This plant-based peanut butter chocolate smoothie is so creamy and decadent, you’ll think it’s ice cream. Your body will thank you for enjoying this all-natural, no-sugar-added sweet treat.

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Hot Chocolate Smoothie

This dessert-like smoothie is perfect for a cool day or healthy treat. It’s packed with chocolate-y flavor as well as ingredients like spinach and hazelnuts.

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Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie

This antioxidant-packed Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie is a healthy indulgence that will satisfy any sweet tooth.

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Cacao powder chocolate dessert smoothie
Energizing Mocha Coffee Smoothie

Sip on this cool and creamy coffee smoothie for breakfast or as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

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Healthy Coffee Smoothie using protein and caffeine
Coconut Joy Vegan Smoothie Bowl

Blend up some plant-based goodness for a delicious, nutrient-rich dessert or snack. The flavors of coconut, chocolate, and almond come together quickly in this vegan smoothie bowl.

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Coconut Joy Vegan Smoothie Bowl
Skinny Mint Smoothie

The combination of cacao powder and fresh mint leaves will give you that chocolatey-mint flavor you’ve been craving, but instead of packing in the fat and calories, you’ll be packing in nutrients from spinach, and avocados! It’s really a win-win. When the Girl Scout cravings hit, reach for this smoothie instead.

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Banana Split Smoothie

Blend up this sweet banana split smoothie and watch your kiddos sip up some leafy green goodness without even knowing it! Top with a spoonful of coconut whipped cream and place a cherry on top for a fun, healthy treat.

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Nutritious banana split green smoothie with coconut whipped cream
Homemade Hot Chocolate

Take a spin on the classic hot chocolate recipe and not even miss a beat with this homemade hot chocolate recipe. This one is even better tasting AND twice as good for you. Let’s cheers to that!

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Vegan Dessert FAQs

What dessert is the healthiest?

Choose the dessert that makes you happy, and eat it with no regrets. Seriously! These vegan chocolate desserts are made with plant-based ingredients and, hopefully, love. If you feel guilty about eating something, then don’t eat it. Life should be balanced, and it is 100% worth it to me to enjoy chocolate chip cookies with my family.

What is the healthiest chocolate?

Look for dark chocolate with real sugar or natural sweetener in it. There is no need for any weird ingredients or preservatives in your chocolate. Most of these vegan chocolate desserts are made with cacao. Look for unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder.

Can I still have dessert and lose weight?

Honestly, yes. Instead of focusing on weight loss, I look for chocolate dessert recipes made with real ingredients, mostly plants, and taste the best. It’s not worth it to me to eat dessert just to eat it. I want to love what I’m eating. I enjoy all the healthy chocolate desserts on this list.

Which recipe are you going to make first? I can’t wait for you to share these healthy chocolate desserts with your family and friends; tag @SimpleGreenSmoothies so I can see your lovely creations!

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Epic Almond Smoothie – An Easy, Plant Based Beverage

almond smoothie

Almonds are my go-to snack since they provide a quick boost of healthy fats, protein and fiber. I often take them on long runs, into the Grand Canyon, and you can probably find some floating around my purse in the case of an emergency. This almond smoothie recipe was a no-brainer. Almonds and almond milk combined with bananas and strawberries quickly become a filling and delicious breakfast.

How to Make an Almond Smoothie

Get ready for the world’s healthiest fast food- a smoothie. In one easy step, you’ve got a meal that is filling, full of great nutrients and delicious tastes.

  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth.
  2. Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy!

Make sure at least one of your fruits is frozen to produce a refreshingly cool smoothie. And if you just can’t handle a smoothie without leafy greens then toss ’em in!

ingredients for a plant based snack

Almond Smoothie FAQs

Are almonds in smoothies good?

Yes! Adding in raw almond, almond milk, or almond meal to your next smoothie will give you fiber and a healthy fat boost.

Is almond milk bad in smoothies?

Only if you don’t like almond milk. It’s a delicious, plant-based option that easily blends with a variety of fruits and veggies. Almond milk adds in good nutrients as well as works as a natural thickener.

Are raw almonds good in smoothies?

They can be! If you’ve got a high-powered blender, then you can add pretty much any raw nut to a smoothie and enjoy its benefits. If your blender isn’t Vitamix-grade, then soak the nuts for four hours before blending to soften.

energizing almond smoothie recipe

Easy Recipe Swaps

Swap in one serving of your favorite plant protein powder for chia seeds. The cinnamon honestly makes this smoothie next level. Omit it if cinnamon isn’t your thing. While this is called an almond smoothie, there is no judgment if you use a different plant milk. Cashew or oat would work great!

If the natural sugar is a bit too much for you then swap out ½ of the banana for ¼ cup frozen cauliflower. Swap the 2 tbsps of almonds for the nut or seed of your choice.

superfood almonds in a snack

Benefits of Almonds

Almonds are a pretty impressive nut. One ounce holds 3.5 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein and 14 grams of fat as well as large amounts of the recommended daily value of vitamin E, manganese and magnesium.

They also contain large amounts of antioxidants, which our bodies use to fight inflammation and cancer.

Because almonds are high in fat, protein and fiber, they can help lower blood sugar. Grab a handful for your next snack and soak in the benefits.

I use both almond and almond milk in my almond smoothie recipe to increase all the goodness going into my body.

Choosing the Right Milk

You can either buy or make almond milk, and both are great options!

Store-bought almond milk: There are so many brands to choose from when buying almond milk. I love the variety and accessibility of plant-based milk today! Yet ALWAYS read the labels (even of your favorite brand!) to make sure companies aren’t trying to slip weird ingredients into your milk.

Every year Simple Green Smoothies searches all the grocery stores in the Tampa Bay area for new and improved brands of almond milk, then we test them and rate. We do all the research for you!

Homemade almond milk: I love making my own plant milk. It’s easy and I know exactly what goes into it. If you’ve never tried to make your own before, then try it! You might never go back to the store-bought stuff again.

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Using Almonds in Smoothies

Check out these great smoothie recipes that use almond or almond milk:

Give this epic smoothie a try and let me know how it turns out! I love a new smoothie recipe, don’t you?

Epic Almond Smoothie

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Start your morning with a protein fueled breakfast all wrapped up in a perfectly sweet smoothie. This almond smoothie is delicious and an easy on-the-go beverage for a busy day.

Total Time5 minutes

Servings1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbs almonds
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup strawberries (frozen)
  • ½ test ground cinnamon
  • 1 test maple syrup (or honey)

Notes

  • Make sure to use a frozen fruit for a refreshingly cold smoothie
  • Add even more protein with 1 tablespoon of chia seeds or 1 serving of Protein Smoothie Boost
  • For less natural sugar, swap ½ banana with ¼ cup frozen cauliflower

Nutrition (estimated)

Calories: 339kcal (17%) Carbohydrates: 44g (15%) Protein: 9g (18%) Fat: 17g (26%) Saturated Fat: 1g (6%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g Monnounsaturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 1g Sodium: 329mg (14%) Potassium: 727mg (21%) Fiber: 12g (50%) Sugar: 19g (21%) Vitamin A: 94IU (2%) Vitamin C: 53mg (64%) Calcium: 456mg (46%) Iron: 2mg (11%)

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Warm Butternut Squash Smoothie – Deliciously Comfy Plant Based Drink

butternut squash smoothie

You already braved leaving those warm covers, hopped across a cold floor and shivered after getting out of the shower. The last thing you want for breakfast is a chilly smoothie! I hear you, so I present my Butternut Squash Smoothie. It is warm and buttery with a little bit of spice and definitely counts as a green smoothie.

I know people don’t normally think of drinking warm smoothies, yet I dare you to give this one a try this winter. It’s so tasty and the perfect way to use seasonal ingredients in a palatable way during the coldest months of the year.

Blending a Butternut Squash Smoothie

This smoothie does take a bit of prep, as the butternut squash needs to be cooked before blending. I recommend cooking the squash ahead of time, then reheating before adding it to the blender or just using the heat generated from your high-powered blender to warm up the smoothie by blending it longer than normal.

  1. Blend the spinach and cashew milk until smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend again until smooth. If you have a high-powered blender and are using that to heat up the ingredients, then blend until warm.

To roast the butternut squash: Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the butternut squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds from each half. Lightly rub the halves with a little oil. Roast cut side down for 20 minutes, turn squash over and roast for 10-20 minutes longer, or until very tender when pierced with the tip of a knife in the thickest part. Let cool slightly before using for this butternut squash smoothie. Store leftovers, wrapped, in the refrigerator.

warm smoothie ingredients

Easy Ingredient Swaps

Instead of butternut squash, use cooked sweet potato, kabocha squash, or acorn squash. A red apple works great instead of a pear. Swap kale with spinach. Use the spices of your choice. Any milk can be used in place of the cashew milk. Make this butternut squash smoothie your own #idowhatiwant.

Squash Smoothie FAQs

What fruit goes well with butternut squash?

My butternut squash smoothie uses pear. Red apple or mango also go well with butternut squash.

Can you eat butternut squash raw?

Yes, you can. Yet if you want to blend it into a smoothie I recommend baking beforehand. Raw squash is pretty hard and would be difficult to blend up well. Baked squash is soft and easy to blend into a silky smooth beverage.

How do you make a warm smoothie?

You can either use warm ingredients or use a high-powered blender to blend the ingredients until heated. A blender like a Vitamix has a powerful motor that can heat up ingredients into the desired temp.

warm butternut squash smoothie

Butternut Squash Benefits

One cup of this sweet vegetable contains only 4 grams of sugar, making it a great smoothie ingredient. It also contains 6.6 grams of fiber, over 100% the recommended daily value of vitamin A and a decent amount of magnesium, calcium, vitamin C, potassium and phosphorus.

Butternut squash can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as help prevent asthma through its large amounts of beta carotene. It’s wonderfully low in sugar (yet naturally sweet!) and is a great low sugar option for those with diabetes. Blend up this butternut squash smoothie and enjoy no sugar spike!

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5 Warm Smoothie Recipes

A chilly green smoothie might not be your breakfast of choice right now. I totally get it! I created a few warm smoothie recipes to get you through the winter months:

Honestly, you can take the chill out of almost any smoothie by using room temp or fresh ingredients instead of frozen. If you’re using a high-powered blender then the motor will warm up the smoothie if blended long enough.

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Warm Butternut Squash Smoothie

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Sip on a warm smoothie when the weather turns chilly. This one features spinach, butternut squash, pear, a hint of spice, and creamy cashew milk.

Total Time5 minutes

Servings1

Ingredients

  • ¾ cups fresh spinach
  • 1 cup cashew milk (warmed)
  • ¾ cup butternut squash (cooked (see notes))
  • ½ ear (peeled and cored)
  • ¼ test ground cinnamon
  • ¼ test ground nutmeg
  • 1 serving Protein Smoothie Boost (optional)

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Notes

  • To roast the butternut squash, preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment (baking) paper or foil. Cut a medium butternut squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds from each half. Lightly rub the halves with a little oil. Roast cut side down for 20 minutes, turn squash over and roast for 10-20 minutes longer, or until very tender when pierced with the tip of a knife in the thickest part. Let cool slightly before using for this recipe. Store leftovers, wrapped, in the refrigerator.
  • Swap in acorn squash, kabocha squash or sweet potato for the butternut squash.
  • Add 1 date or a bit of maple syrup for a slightly sweeter smoothie.
  • If you don’t want a warm smoothie, keep ingredients at room temp for a room temp beverage, or freeze squash before adding to make a refreshingly cold smoothie.

Nutrition (estimated)

Calories: 132kcal (7%) Carbohydrates: 28g (9%) Protein: 2g (4%) Fat: 3g (5%) Saturated Fat: 1g (6%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monnounsaturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 183mg (8%) Potassium: 602mg (17%) Fiber: 6g (25%) Sugar: 11g (12%) Vitamin A: 13296IU (266%) Vitamin C: 32mg (39%) Calcium: 87mg (9%) Iron: 2mg (11%)