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April 27, 2017

The REAL Unicorn Smoothie

Leave it to Starbucks to ruin the magic of Unicorns with a fake and dangerous imposter!

(sigh of relief that they’ve vanished!)
Want in on a secret?! Unicorns are REAL! And you can taste their full magic only when using REAL ingredients!
Introducing the Real Unicorn: a smoothie worthy of consumption. Full of flavor, nutrients, color and a generous helping of real magic!
Get the recipe below!

Saving Dinner’s Real Unicorn Smoothie

Serves 4

Whipped Cream:

1 (14 ounce) CAN Unsweetened Full Fat Coconut Milkthere’s a trick with this. If you have a store that sells “coconut cream” then use that! If not, do not fear, you just gotta shake the full fat cans to see how thick it is. I have found that in all my local grocery stores there’s always more than one coconut milk brand (usually in the ethnic foods aisle) – I shake them to judge thickness. If you hear the liquid slosh around, it’s not as thick as we’d like, if you don’t hear anything and it seems solid, you found a winner! That just means, the water has separated from the cream, and all the cream is on top, so it makes great whipped cream! IF you can’t find one that’s that thick, that’s ok. Buy whatever full fat kind you can find, and you can just leave it in the freezer a little longer before serving and it should still hold up!

1 tablespoon raw honey

Blue/green stripe:

1/2 cup plain coconut yogurt

1 teaspoon raw honey (optional)

A dash (about 1/2 teaspoon) of Saving Dinner’s Just Juiced Greens OR of Blue Majik (a superfood powder that looks bright blue when added to anything, can be found on Amazon or some local health food stores) – just use enough to get the color you’re hoping for. I used a tiny little bit of both Blue Majik and Just Juiced Greens for the images on this post!

Purple base:

1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk, divided (I use carton coconut milk for this part)

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1/4 cup frozen blackberries

1/2 scoop Saving Dinner’s Vanilla Perfect Paleo Protein

1/2 scoop Saving Dinner’s Fibermender 2.0 (optional)

Pink top:

1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk, divided (again, the carton kind)

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

1/4 cup frozen raspberries

1/2 scoop Saving Dinner’s Vanilla Perfect Paleo Protein

2 teaspoons Saving Dinner’s Just Juiced Reds (plus a little for sprinkling)

1/2 scoop Saving Dinner’s Fibermender 2.0 (optional)

Instructions:

WARNING: to achieve the look in the images, it takes a little more effort than the average smoothie! If appearance doesn’t matter as much to you, then follow the simplified assembly at the bottom of the recipe!

First up: whipped cream! If you were lucky enough to find an especially thick can of coconut milk, and the cream and water separated, then carefully scoop the cream out of the can and into a medium bowl (dispose of water at base of can – and if you didn’t find a can where the cream separated, that’s ok! Just add it all to the bowl). Add honey and whisk together until fully combined and smooth.

Pour into a zipper topped plastic bag, release excess air, seal and place in freezer.

In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients for the blue/green stripe (yogurt through Just Juiced Greens/Blue Majik). Whisk together until fully combined and smooth. Pour into a small zipper topped plastic bag, release excess air, seal and place in freezer.

In a blender, pour 1 cup of coconut milk. Add all remaining ingredients for the purple base (blueberries through Fibermender) and top with remaining 1/2 cup of coconut milk. Blend until smooth and transfer to a separate pitcher or measuring cup. Give this a quick stir before serving. *If it’s too thick, add a little more milk till you get the right consistency! If it’s too thin, add more frozen berries!

Rinse blender, and then add 1 cup of coconut milk. Add all remaining ingredients for the pink top (strawberries through Fibermender) and top with remaining 1/2 cup of coconut milk. Blend until smooth. *If it’s too thick, add a little more milk till you get the right consistency! If it’s too thin, add more frozen berries!

By now your whipped cream and blue/green stripe should’ve been in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes (if not, wait a couple more minutes till you get there). IF you used coconut milk where the cream didn’t separate, your whipped cream will need to set in the freezer for somewhere between 30 and 60 minutes – enough to where you know it’ll be thick and stiff enough to stand up when you add it!

To get the full visual of the unicorn magic, use a tall clear glass cup. Fill bottom half with purple base.

On one corner of the blue/green stripe bag, cut a tiny little piece of the tip off – now use it like an icing bag, and add a few swirls of it to the side of the glass above the purple half (it should stick to the glass nicely).

Now pour in pink top and leave just a tiny bit of room for the whipped cream.

Like the blue/green stripe bag, we’re going to cut the tip of one of the corners in the coconut whipped cream bag. This time a little bigger than the stripe one. Swirl the whipped cream on top, sprinkle some magical Just Juiced Reds fairy dust on top, and voila!

Want to make it easier? You can skip the baggies! Once the whipped cream is made, throw the bowl into the freezer (it’ll still need a few minutes to set). Prep the blue/green stripe (but leave in bowl) and make the purple and pink base and bottom. Then just layer! Purple, thin layer of blue/green, pink, and use a spoon to dollop the whipped cream on top!

Want it even easier?! Skip the layers. Make the whipped cream separate, but blend all other parts of the smoothie all together in the blender!

 

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