Post-Run Maple Cinnamon Breakfast Smoothie
When I think of fall flavors, of course pumpkin comes to mind but being that I am just a hop, skip and a jump away from Canada, I also associate fall with maple too.
Actually, the area where I live also produces some pretty yummy maple syrup and it’s rich deliciousness makes it the perfect natural sweetener for baked goods and of course, smoothies.
While I have been using maple syrup to whip up some baked goodies, it has been some time since I’ve made a new smoothie creation. For years I always started my day with a plant based smoothie. It’s an easy peasy way to fuel and throw breakfast down the hatch when you’re too busy to actually make anything more substantial.
For whatever reason the last few months I fell off the smoothie train and have been making lots of eggs instead. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE me some eggs but this weekend I was craving a smoothie. I wanted something with fall flavors and needed a break from pumpkin (there such thing as too much of a good thing) so instead I went the maple cinnamon route.
As flavor combinations go, maple cinnamon is the perfect duo. The maple adds some sweetness, the cinnamon adds some spice – add them to a smoothie and you’ve got what tastes a lot like a liquid cinnamon bun in a mason jar.
On top of being tasty, this easy to make smoothie is packed with plant protein and happens to gluten free, dairy free, soy free and yep – nut free!
It’s made with sunflower butter, naturally sweetened with maple syrup and instead of using almond milk, I used my new jam – flax milk from Good Karma which is made from flax and is nut free and allergy friendly! Oh and what makes this the perfect way to refuel post run (besides the plant protein) is that it’s also made with gluten free oats!
Yup, oats in a smoothie. Sounds strange but it add some healthy carbs and fiber to keep you full, feed your muscles the glycogen it needs and help you recover.
Maple Cinnamon Breakfast Smoothie
- 1 cup Good Karma Flax Milk
- 2 tbsp sunflower butter
- 2 tbsp organic Grade A maple syrup
- 1 tsp maple syrup extract
- 1/3 cup gluten free quick oats
- 1 40g scoop vegan vanilla protein powder (I used PlantFusion)
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- dairy free whipped topping, if desired
- Combine all ingredients in a blender except the whipped topping and blend until smooth.
- Top with dairy free whipped topping and garnish with cinnamon stick, if desired.
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