One day, I was listening to the Meal Makeover Moms podcast and they were talking about their adorable new Smoothie Bowl Adult Coloring Cookbook (available free on their website!). They hinted at a Key Lime Pie Smoothie, and I thought that’d be a perfect healthy substitute for my mom’s traditional key lime pie on St. Patrick’s Day. Then I couldn’t get it out of my head, so I made it a few days early. I was planning on following their recipe exactly because I trust that they have tested all these recipes to perfection, but I just kept getting all these ideas of ways to change it, so I went a little off-course.
- I added chia seeds, because most of my smoothies start with chia seeds for a little omega-3 boost.
- I switched out regular lime for Key Limes, because I saw them and they are adorable (but you also have to juice 6 little limes per big lime, so I don’t recommend it).
- I used skim instead of 1% milk, because that’s all I had, and I added ice because I wanted it to be more like ice cream.
- I switched out the agave for sweetened condensed milk for a few reasons:
- I could eat sweetened condensed milk with a spoon. And I do.
- I only had sweetened condensed milk from another recipe, and I don’t like agave.
- Sugar is sugar- you could use any liquid sweetener you’d like.
- I used a lot more lime juice, because I love really, really tart key lime pie (like my mom’s!)
- I added a bunch of spinach for a boost of nutrition, but mostly for the vibrant green color. My mom used to color her pies dark green, so that’s how I like my key lime pie too!
Blend it all up, and you have a little bowl of healthy key lime pie- full of vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, healthy fats including omega-3s, protein, and fiber. I topped mine with graham cracker crumbs (I used the cinnamon covered ones, because if you don’t prefer the cinnamon covered ones I don’t want to be your friend), and it really tasted exactly like key lime pie!
What’s great is that it makes 1 hefty serving or two snack size servings, and it freezes great. The avocado provides enough fat to keep it silky, and the blending incorporates enough air to maintain its spoonability.
- 1/3 cup skim milk
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 large or 1 small avocado
- 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt, preferably Greek
- 1 large handful spinach leaves
- 1 Tbsp condensed milk or other sweetener, more to taste
- Zest and juice of 1 lime
- 2 mint leaves
- 5 ice cubes
- Graham crackers, granola, or fruit
- Blend the milk, chia seeds, and vanilla on high until smooth.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth and bright green, adding more spinach to make the color more saturated.
- Pour in to a bowl and top as desired.