This smoothie blitzes two cups of cherries into a drink that's equally good for breakfast or dessert, despite using only fruit for sweetness. It's vegan, if you're into that sort of thing, but tastes like it might be packing a scoop of ice cream because of the vanilla and the slight creaminess that homemade almond milk contributes.
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Some people—normal people—crave sweets. It's evolutionary. You'd seek out high-sugar foods in the wild, or you'd die of starvation. Me? I wouldn't have lasted a month. I crave umami. Salt. Tang. There's definitely something wrong with me. If you want a tangy smoothie—pleasantly sweet, sure, but also nice and brisk—sometimes it pays to just go ahead and invent one. So I did.
January or no, I like my good-for-you fare to taste amazing. That's where drinks like this Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie come in. It's creamy, just sweet enough, and smattered with cakey overtones of vanilla and almond. Smattered, I tell you.
One of the biggest problems I've discovered since going vegan is that when I gave up meat and cheese, I didn't simultaneously cocktails. How is this a problem? Well, if you follow my weekend recipes, you'd know that fatty meat and cheese are sort of staples in my regular hangover regimen (exhibits A and B). So what's a cocktail-loving vegan to do? How about go back to the roots and hit up one of the grandaddy's of hangover helpers: The Frito Pie.