Welcome to the Cast Iron Lane Maple Monday Series where I feature a delicious recipe that includes maple syrup. With Indiana’s Maple Syrup production increasing in recent years – I thought this would be a fun way to introduce more of its use to my friends and family.
You can browse a wide selection of maple syrups here. Keep in mind that all maple syrups are not equal. If you have tried a maple syrup in the past and you found it to be bitter, try again. It’s probably just that brand or particular harvest or process that you do not like.
Make sure that you use real maple syrup in the recipe, and not corn syrup – which is what most table syrups are. It can greatly affect the taste of the recipe if maple syrup is not used.
I hope you give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments below!
Kitchen Items for this Recipe
Enjoy and happy smoothie-ing! ?
How to Make Maple Yogurt Smoothie
Maple Yogurt Smoothie
- 1 Cup plain yogurt
- ½ Cup milk
- ⅓ Cup maple syrup
- 1 banana, peeled
- ⅛ tsp cinnamon (or just a pinch)
- 2 - 3 ice cubes (or up to ½ cup smaller cubes)
- Place all ingredients in a blender, liquids first, then banana, cinnamon, and ice
Are you ready to take a sip into the world of smoothies? Then buckle up because we’re going on a wild and juicy ride!
Smoothies have been around for quite some time now, and for good reason. Not only are they delicious and refreshing, but they’re also packed with a punch of nutrients that are essential for a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Whether you’re a seasoned smoothie drinker or a newbie looking to jump on the bandwagon, this guide is here to give you all the tips, tricks, and insider knowledge you need to make the most delicious and nutritious smoothies possible.
Let’s start with the basics: what exactly is a smoothie? Simply put, a smoothie is a blended beverage that typically contains fruit, dairy (or a dairy alternative), and sometimes other ingredients such as veggies, nuts, and sweeteners. The possibilities are endless when it comes to making a smoothie, and the combinations are limited only by your imagination (and the contents of your fridge, of course!).
Now that we’ve got the definition out of the way, let’s talk about the key ingredients that make up a smoothie.
Fruit: The star of the show, fruit provides the natural sweetness and flavor to your smoothie. Whether you prefer berries, tropical fruits, or stone fruits, the options are endless. Some of the most popular fruits to use in smoothies include strawberries, bananas, blueberries, mangoes, and peaches. Pro tip: Use frozen fruit to create a thicker, creamier smoothie and to save time on prepping fresh fruit.
Dairy (or dairy alternative): This ingredient helps to create a creamy and smooth texture in your smoothie. Dairy options include milk, yogurt, and kefir, while dairy alternatives include almond milk, soy milk, and coconut milk.
Veggies: Adding veggies to your smoothie is a great way to boost the nutrition content and pack in some extra greens. Some popular veggie choices include spinach, kale, and cucumber. Pro tip: If you’re new to the world of veggie smoothies, start small and gradually increase the amount of veggies you add to your smoothie. This will help you get used to the taste and texture.
Nuts and Seeds: Nuts and seeds provide a crunchy texture and an extra boost of protein, healthy fats, and nutrients to your smoothie. Some popular nut and seed choices include almonds, chia seeds, and flaxseeds.
Sweeteners: If your fruit isn’t sweet enough or if you have a bit of a sweet tooth, you can add a touch of sweetness to your smoothie. Some popular sweetener choices include honey, maple syrup, and agave nectar. Pro tip: Start small when adding sweeteners, as you can always add more, but you can’t take it away.
With the key ingredients covered, let’s talk about the tools you’ll need to make a smoothie. A blender is the most essential tool for making smoothies, but if you’re short on time or prefer a portable option, a personal blender or a smoothie cup with a built-in blender can be a great alternative.
Now that you’ve got the tools and ingredients you need, it’s time to start making some smoothies!
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