Stone Fruit Banana Split Green Smoothie

You can make this smoothie layered or blend it all together, it tastes delicious either way.  Now that warmer weather is here, stone fruits are a delicious fruit to add to your green smoothies to make them sweet, tart, and tasty treats.  Did you also know that stone fruits (orfruits with “stones”/pits in them rather than multiple seeds, such as cherries, plums, mangoes, etc.) are known as drupes?  Ya’ learn something new every day!

Ingredients:

1 handful of spinach

1 handful of kale

1/2 an avocado

2 Medjool dates (Make sure to pit them!  The first time I made a smoothie with them, I was so excited to try it that I completely forget that I bought them with the stone still in them, put them straight into the blender, and tiny pieces of the stone were chopped up in my smoothie :P)

1 plum (cut in half, for a layered smoothie)

2 frozen bananas

4 Tbsp. hemp protein powder

1 C cherries (freeze them the night before for a thicker smoothie)

1 C unsweetened vanilla coconut milk (or the plant-based milk of your choice; but make sure that it is unsweetened, as the extra sugar is unnecessary with the use of fruit in the smoothie)

1 C of water for blending

Directions:

For a layered smoothie, blend the spinach, kale, avocado, hemp protein powder, one date, one frozen banana, half the plum, and water until smooth.  Empty contents into glass.  Rinse out blender.  For the second layer, blend the cherries, another date and frozen banana, the other half of the plum, and the coconut milk until smooth.  Top off glass and enjoy!

If you’re short on time, blend all of the ingredients together (adding all of the coconut milk, and the water just as needed to blend).

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