When I spoke to professional triathlete Brendan Brazier, he said that one of his readers was so inspired by the Thrive Diet (a vegan, mostly raw nutrition plan) that the reader opened a juice and smoothie bar dedicated to Brendan's book Thrive. Brendan added, "He's actually made my original smoothie recipes even better." In his latest book, Thrive Foods: 200 Plant-Based Recipes for Peak Health ($13), Brendan has included a few revamped smoothie recipes courtesy of his fan back at Thrive Juice Bar.
I decided to make "The Brazier," which is essentially a healthy chocolate shake. For the vanilla vegan gelato, I used So Delicious Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk ice cream with no sugar added. The recipe is not overly sweet, and I think the shake would be a great post-workout drink or a dessert substitute for adults and kids alike. I found the recipe is a little thin for my taste, so after I initially tried The Brazier, I reblended it with half of an avocado to give it a thicker, heavier texture reminiscent of a chocolate milkshake.
Tell me what you think after you make your own Brazier smoothie.
1 tsp raw cacao nibs
1 tbsp organic cocoa powder
6-7 raw cashews
2 tsp blue agave nectar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 scoop organic dairy-free vanilla gelato
1 tbsp almond butter
1/3 ripe banana
1/3 cup rice milk
1/2 cup coconut water
2 or 3 ice cubes
"Jonnie Karan, cofounder of Thrive Juice Bar, named this one after me since he figured I'd like it. He was right. It's certainly one of my favorites," says Brendan.
- In a blender, combine all ingredients, including ice, and blend until smooth.
- It's best served immediately but can be kept up to two days in the fridge.
Makes 2 cups