Groovy Green Smoothie – This week: Almond!

green groovy smoothie

Just to recap, last week I asked you to come up with a Green Smoothie recipe with Almond milk, ground almond or almond butter.  

Not any odd smoothie recipe.

No, it should be candida diet friendly – in other words, without sugar, dairy or tropical fruit.

Yep, not a mean task, as I had to find out for myself – trawling the internet for sugar-free yummy smoothie recipes.

3 Green Smoothie Resources for your inspiration:

  • A refreshing Green Smoothie with frozen apple puree from IncludingCake (delicious gf free & vegan food creations and pics, the latest addition to my fav foodie blogs)
  • a creamy coconutty one with oats from Greenthickies (THE resource on Green Smoothies online!)
  • and a lemon gingery one from OhSheGlows (an amazing resource for vegetarian & vegan cooking – one of the very first foodie bloggers I started following – if you don’t know it yet, a ‘must’ to check out!)

Groovy Green Smoothie – Almond (Original)

I hope you have had a chance to try my first green concoction, that I called “Groovy Green Refresher & Gut Repair Smoothie”  (it is very nice, just a bit watery perhaps)

  • half a can coconut water/ milk
  • 1/4 l almond milk
  • 1 whole cucumber, peeled and cubed
  • 1 flax egg
  • 2 tablespoons ground almond
  • 1/2 tsp chlorella
  • optional if you’ve got it at home: 1 tbsp protein powder for an extra protein kick (I used whey)
  • optional: and 1 tsp l-glutamine – for healing leaky gut

Groovy Green Smoothie – Almond (Variation)


Groovie Green Smoothie
Recipe type: Drink, Juice
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Serves: 1
  • ½ l almond milk
  • 1 organic celery stick
  • 2 heaped tsp ground almonds
  • 2 heaped tsp sunflower seeds
  • ½ tsp chlorella
  • ¼-1/2 apple (braeburn and cox orange are nice)
  • sprinkle cinnamon and/or nutmeg
  1. Put the milk in the blender first, then the bits of celery, and the pulver.
  2. Blend until mixed well.
  3. Makes 2 small glasses.

I tried many different versions of my groovy smoothie:

  • Ranging from adding different spices like cinnamon, nutmeg or vanilla – all tasted equally lovely.
  • Leaving out the flax egg gave it less body and less nutty flavour, but hardly noticeable.
  • Adding 1/4 apple, 1/2 or no apple – all ok, 1/2 apple obviously the best option ? even if I wouldn’t recommend this in stage 1 or 2 of the candida diet.
  • 1 celery stalk instead of the cucumber – fine, very well disguised. You also don’t taste the chlorella. It’s just a fresh drink with a hint of apple and almond.
  • I tried cashew nuts, sunflower seeds or desiccated coconut instead of the ground almonds, they all work, but I prefer almond (it’s sweeter).
  • When I felt really lazy I tried mixing just almond milk, maca powder (a fancy caramel coloured super food powder that tastes like a mix between vanilla and horlicks (malt) – subtle but very pleasant), some ground seeds/almonds and chlorellaleaving out the greens basically, hah. You’re left with a green juice basically, not really a smoothie, since it doesn’t have a thick creamy texture. But for a quick drink this tasted very nice, indeed. It also neatly tided me over instead of grabbing a quick snack. And it disguised the chlorella and spirulina flavour for me, which is a bonus!

What if you can’t afford to buy a juicer?

You don’t need an expensive juicer for these recipes – just a simple old-school blender!

That said, a “proper” juicer obviously makes smoother, quicker smoothies. No doubt. Hence I’m saving up for one.

Next week’s Groovy Smoothie Challenge: Green Smoothie with Coconut!

Create a Green smoothy with Coconut flavour.

Get involved, try something. Tell us how it went, share a photo on the FB wall. I’ll be posting my own sneak peak over the weekend, too :-)

Hey, this is not a competition. It’s just meant to encourage you to find a few tasty healthy drinks that you can resort to when you next get cravings or feel fatigued.

Let’s help each other to get fit for Spring!

Happy mixing!!!

    If you’ve got the taste for making green smoothies now, see what I did there ? then you might like the follow up post including the Coconut Smoothie recipe – it’s here.

    I shared this post with Wellness Weekend, Healthy Vegan Fridays and Gluten Free Fridays – where you can pick up useful tips & recipe inspiration every week. I recommend you check them out.

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    • Ricki

      Reply Reply March 22, 2013

      Thanks for linking up to Wellness Weekend! Looks yummy (yes, celery and cholorella look yummy to someone on the anti-candida diet!!) ? I like the coconut milk challenge-it’s one of my favorite ingredients. Can we share older recipes, or do they have to be new?

    • Sandra

      Reply Reply March 22, 2013

      I totally agree, Coconut is one of my favorite ingredients, too.
      It really transforms smoothies.

      So, glad you’re thinking of sharing one of your recipes. All green smoothie recipes welcome, new & old :-)

    • Sandi @ Sandi’sAllergyFreeRecipes

      Reply Reply March 23, 2013

      This is my favourite smoothie these days…

      But I will give your’s a try too.

      • Sandra

        Reply Reply March 23, 2013

        Thanks Sandi, yours sounds berry nice, I mean very nice!
        I love that you included avocado and almond butter. That would make is much creamier. It’s hard for me in the cold UK to get hold of ripe avocados unfortunately. But I’ll just try yours without. I bet it still tastes lovely. Thanks for sharing your recipe :-)

    • Groovy Green Sounds good to me~ YUM Got it pinned and tweeted! Thanks for linking up at Gluten Free Fridays!

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