Forget green smoothies for a minute and lets think about blushing pink ones, laced with rose, and topped with chocolate covered chia seed sprinkles….Yes! This Rose ‘n Berry Smoothie needs to find its way to a blender near you STAT!
For a very long time the scent of roses got a really bad wrap in my book!
There was this little old lady at church when I was a kid that wore a seriously pungent rose perfume. Somehow she would always settle herself close enough to my family that her perfume would waft down the pew and by the end of the service I would be overwhelmed and nauseated. Poor little lady, I feel sure she either had nose blindness or no sense of smell at all, but whatever the case may be she ruined roses for me, for years.
I started playing with rose water in my kitchen last year, feeling as though I should probably give the essence of rose another shot. I’m not sure exactly what spawned my curiosity with this ingredient initially, but once it was in my kitchen I couldn’t seem to stop using it! I whipped up mini strawberry and rosewater pavlovas and strawberry rose jam regularly for quite some time.
I was super cautious about not being heavy handed with it at first; hardly adding enough to the recipes I was developing to even include it in the ingredient list, but as the flavor and the essence grew on me I forgot the rose scented trauma of my childhood and fell head over heels in love with all things rose infused!
With Valentine’s rapidly approaching I thought it was about time that I unleash this delectable rose treat upon the internet so you can add it to the list of all of the wonderful things you will be making and sharing with your sweetheart this year!
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****Originally published 4/28/16. Text and nutritional information updated 1/30/19****Print
For all those hot summer days ahead this smoothie is great frozen into ice pop molds!
- 3 tablespoons raw cashews, soaked and rinsed
- 1/2 teaspoon rose water
- 1 3/4 cup (1 can) lite coconut milk, shaken vigorously to combine
- 2 cups chopped strawberries
- 2 heaping tablespoons raspberry preserves
- 1 large frozen banana, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1 cup ice cubes
- sliced berries, shredded coconut, dark chocolate covered hemp seeds
- Combine all of the ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until smooth. Divide between 2 glasses and serve immediately topped with desired garnishes.