This morning was a smoothie fail. I mixed up some chocolate hemp protein powder with almond milk, peanut butter and strawberries and it was awful. Not only was the taste not good, I cannot for the life of me figure out how to mix/blend this protein powder so the little chalky clumps go away.
I have tried everything: the Blender Bottle cup, the Magic Bullet blender/mixer and even just stirring with a spoon. I even changed up the order I put the milk and powder in together. No luck whatsoever. I will not be getting this protein powder again.
So since that was a major fail this morning, I wanted to share some awesome smoothie blogs and recipes with you. Enjoy!
My friend Bob has Smoothie Recipe TV and I like the fruit smoothies there but you’ll also find other interesting drinks too. And Pam from Blending Fun has a Watermelon Strawberry Smoothie that sounds delicious. Oh and don’t miss the green smoothie info on Tera Warner’s blog.
I have also found quite a few healthy smoothie variations on Pinterest that you can find on my Healthy Foods/Recipes page. I love me a good smoothie but today’s was not it.
Have you ever had a smoothie fail?
Deb Gallardo says
I suggest giving this a try. It is a trick I learned from learning how to mix cocoa powder, which produces those same clumps. The key is in mixing the tiniest amount of liquid possible until you have a paste-like consistency. Not sure what the texture of the hemp stuff is (sounds strange, like drinking liquid rope… LOL), but you’ll want to use a spoon for this mixing method.
Depending on how much of the hemp protein powder you will be using, I would start with a ratio of 1 part liquid to 12 parts powder. So, if you use, say, 1/4 cup powder, then try 1 teaspoon liquid with it. You can always add more, but you can’t take it out once it’s in there. (1/4 c. = 4T. 1 T = 3 t., so 3×4=12) If the measurements are in grams, you’ll need to find an online converter.
Don’t over-estimate how much liquid you’ll need. You want to make a paste first, then gradually add liquid to it, a bit a time, until you fully incorporate all the milk. Be patient. This is a trial and error process until you get the proportions right. I suggest adding 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon liquid at a time until you achieve the paste. Make a note of how much you put in so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every day. Once you have the paste, try adding 1 Tablespoon at a time. Then as you achieve a more liquid state, you can add maybe 1/4 cup. While it’s still a paste, you could experiment with adding the peanut butter to it. Depending on how much peanut butter you use, you might be able to use it to mix the powder.
I’m only guessing here, but I think you can extrapolate from this example if you use more or less powder to begin with.
Let me know if this works for you.
Thanks Deb, will try to mix a little at a time. I know I won’t be getting hemp again lol Should have just stuck with my whey protein powder but I was traveling and that was what they had.
Bummer as the flavor combo sounds yummy. I’m still on the hunt for a vegetable based protein powder that tastes good enough I can just put it in a shaker. It’s impossible. The one company I found that I
loved has stopped making it. I can’t have whey or any dairy so this really limits my choices for bars and shakes.