Tastes like dessert!


This post is just a silly smoothie recipe but it feels like a party to me. The Worst Writers Block of 2015 has officially been broken! The few things I actually did write during The Worst Writers Block of 2015 were so terribly bad that it sent me into some sort of writing depression. I go through this a lot, so don’t worry about me too much.

Anyway, I did a lot of reading during that down time and it made me realize how good a really good writer is. I felt things and thought things and connected dots and cried and had a week of rage and a month of illness and three days of depression, after I finished The Wind Up Bird Chronicle. And then I smiled, knowing that Murakami had done his job. His work fingerprinted my life- little smudges that will never get washed away…

So here I am, back at “writing”. I missed you all! This post is actually intended for a lovely friend of mine who lives in San Francisco. Her name is Kari. She and I worked together and joked that we were twin sisters (patients got us confused sometimes too!) I diverge- point is, this post serves to:

1) Apologize to Kari for never sending her my damn smoothie recipes like I promised

2) To tell her that I still don’t have them ready (want to type ‘em up nice for her)

And 3) to provide you all (and Kari!) with a most delicious concoction I created recently, that was too good not to share.

So with that long-winded intro….

Time to smoothie and celebrate the end of yet another WRITER’S BLOCK!


For when you want something deliciously fatty/creamy/yummy/sweet

(But don’t want to wake up with a sugar hangover tomorrow/break a healthy eating streak/it’s not your “cheat day”/you had 11 cookies yesterday/whatever)


Tastes Like Dessert Green Smoothie

  • Difficulty: easy
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What you need:

  • Big handful mixed greens (I love the organic bag of baby kale, chard, & spinach from Costco)
  •  2 big pitted Medjool dates
  • Generous shake or 5 of cinnamon (I take my cinnamon like I take my garlic- “2 cloves means 6” so adjust according to your liking)
  • 1/2 tbsp Hemp Hearts (on a budget? Costco has a large bag @ a discount)
  • 3 frozen bananas
  • 2 generous spoonful’s of PB (or sunflower seed or almond or cashew, go crazy)
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or any milk you’d like)
  • Dash of vanilla extract (optional)

What to do:


If you don’t have a high powered blender it is helpful to soak your dates in a little hot water to soften them before blending.  Also, try blending just the greens and liquid first, then add your remaining ingredients. I find that the “baby” greens blend best in regular blenders.

Serve with a sprinkle of granola (I love the Mamma chia brand

Makes: just about 3 cups

PRO-TIP: eat the smoothie soaked granola with the spoon at the end of your smoothie experience for the most delicious bite of Mamma Chia granola you have ever tasted.

Blend your greens & be good to yourself. 



One thought on “Tastes like dessert!

  1. A 6 months writer’s block? C’ mon, it was just a blog block. Did you ever consider that it was “The Wind Up Bird Chronicle” that caused it? Now you’re finished and you can continue with your literary life. Next, try “Euphoria” by Lily King for some anthropological fun in the field. Hope to hear more from you soon! I missed you.

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