To start the day, why not blitz up this delicious thick and creamy Cinna-Pear Smoothie? Added bonus – it is protein-packed thanks to the original superfood – Friendship Dairies cottage cheese.
Thank you to Friendship Dairies for sponsoring this conversation.
One of my goals for 2016 is to make healthier choices. Now, while I might never fully give up my morning cup of java, starting the day right with a protein-packed smoothie is always a delicious option and this Cinna-Pear Smoothie has been my morning obsession.
Smoothies, to me, always seemed to be the same thing – ice, a bit of almond milk, some protein powder and some fruit (and/or veggies). I am more of a fruit gal and always have fresh fruit on hand – toss everything in the blender, blitz and it is breakfast on-the-go as I am racing to the 9to9. Another ingredient I have on hand for those days when I want to add a bit more protein to the menu is Friendship Dairies cottage cheese – the original superfood – that is high in protein. I use their 1% small curd cottage cheese that packs a whopping 15 grams of protein per serving and is a great source of long lasting energy like in these Chocolate Cherry Almond Bowls. Cottage cheese has glammed up my friends!
I was perusing the Friendship Dairies website and noticed that they had some recipes for smoothies that used cottage cheese. I never thought to add cottage cheese to a smoothie – pure genius! It makes the smoothie so creamy and luscious – clearly, I have been doing it all wrong. I had to try it and used their trusty Superfood Generator to play with some ingredients I had on hand like cinnamon, agave nectar and old-fashioned oats. Check this out!
I went to grab some fruit to add to the mix and, as I am obsessed with all things pear lately, I diced up some fresh pears and added them to the blender. This would be equally as delicious with some fresh apple as well. One sip and, I swear on my Choos, I did not have the desire to touch a cup of coffee all morning. This Cinna-Pear Smoothie has become my new favorite and could not be easier to make. I am seriously tempted to see if I can make a Mexican Hot Chocolate smoothie or, perhaps, a java jolt smoothie. The options are endless and I am sure you will be seeing more smoothie love here this month.
When you are looking to add a bit of protein punch to your smoothie, add some Friendship Dairies cottage cheese and make this delicious Cinna-Pear Smoothie. It has the energy to keep you going all day long!
On to the recipe:
Let’s gather the ingredients
Time to blitz up these old-fashioned oats
There is nothing like fresh pears
Talk about a protein punch!
Time to blend
Now – doesn’t this look fantastic?
Dust with a touch of cinnamon and serve!
- ⅓ cup of old-fashioned oats
- 2 pears, peeled and diced
- ½ cup of Friendship Dairies 1% small curd cottage cheese
- ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons of agave nectar (you can add more if you like it sweeter)
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla protein powder (optional)
- 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
- In the container of a high-powered blender, blitz the old-fashioned oats until they form a powder.
- Add the peeled and diced pears to the blender container followed by the cottage cheese, cinnamon, agave nectar, vanilla extract, vanilla protein powder (if using) and almond milk.
- Blend on high for about 5 minutes until the smoothie is thick and creamy.
Have you tried the Friendship Dairies Superfood Generator yet? What smoothie would you love to create with their protein-packed cottage cheese? Share your smoothie in the comments for us all to see!
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