I love whisking spices into my juices, or blending them into smoothies. Some of my go-to spices are cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, star anise, cardamom, garam masala, cumin, cayenne, chili, chipotle, mesquite, and curry. Here’s a smoothie that gets me dreaming of treasure troves of sweetness and spice.
- 4 ripe black plums, stones removed
- 1 frozen banana
- 4 pitted Medjool dates
- ¼ Cup of raw pecans
- 1 ½ Cup of pressed apple juice or cider
- ½ Cup of squeezed orange juice
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 Tablespoon lucuma powder
- ½ Teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ Teaspoon nutmeg
- A dash of powdered clove
- ¼ Teaspoon cardamom
- A dash of powdered ginger
Add all ingredients to the blender and blend well until smooth. If your dates are particularly hard, or if your blender isn’t so powerful, soak the dates in filtered water for 10 to 20 minutes. I also like to soak the raw pecans overnight first and then rinse them well before adding them to the smoothie, just to make them more digestible.