Green Smoothie – Pear Cashew Cream

Where were we?  Ah, yes.  It’s the first third week of the New Year.  And I am still writing 2012.  See?  That’s what happens when you write a bunch of posts in advance and forget that they won’t make sense when they are actually published.  Sigh.

I don’t know about you, but I need a new Green Smoothie.  I need to cram as many green, leafy vegetables into my body as I possibly can; and not just because Jonathan Bailor said so – although it’s true that man can get me to agree to just about anything.  In this instance though, it’s because my doctor said so; for entirely different reasons to Jonathan.  Well, I suppose, not entirely different reasons.  They both have my well-being at heart.

According to the vials of blood that were so expertly coaxed out of my reluctant right arm last week, I have a major vitamin D deficiency going on.  I simply cannot fathom how this can be true, but if numbers never lie, then it must be.  Of course, a vitamin D deficiency has nothing to do with needing more greens.  That was just an unexpected side note on the test results.  I need more greens because my nose has taken up bleeding as a hobby, and while it’s really not that inconvenient most of the time, it can make driving a little bit more exciting than even I care for.  Turns out that vitamin K does a mighty fine job of making blood clot; and leafy greens are chock full of the stuff.

In an aligning of the stars that occurred right before Christmas – involving the delivery of a fantastical gift of, amongst other things, the most luscious, beautiful pears ever grown – I was able to create us a staggeringly tasty new Green Smoothie, right on cue for my upgraded clotting requirements.  My good friend, Bill, always sends me a Harry and David Tower of Treats around the holidays.  Last year I gleefully took my boxes of treats on my road-trip to San Diego.  It made a perfect picnic for the two-day drive.  This year, with no road-trip in sight, I chomped on my treat-filled tower right here at my kitchen table.  It was awesome.  Thanks, Bill!

If you’ve been tagging along for a bit you probably already know how I feel about pears.  I had an inkling as soon as I spied the huge Harry and David box on my porch that it would contain a fabulous smoothie in the making.

Green Smoothie - Pear Cashew Cream

The cashews make this incredibly smooth and creamy – not a single texture issue for miles, even with all that spinach in it.  You can usually buy cashews pre-toasted, or you can toast your own.  You could use raw cashews too, but you won’t get the depth of flavor that toasted-until-they’re-golden cashews bring to the proceedings.  This would be a great way to use up pears that are slightly past their prime for eating – you know when they are so ripe they gush with juice as you bite into them.

Green Smoothies are the fastest route to getting your 10 servings of non-starchy vegetables into you.  If you are still not convinced that drinking something that looks like swamp water – or maybe algae scooped off the top of a pond – can possibly be pleasant to drink, all I can do is plead with you to try.  You cannot taste the spinach.  All you have is a glass full of creamy pear and cashew deliciousness.  If this is your first one, you’ll likely want to try all of these immediately afterwards.

Living a *SANE life should never mean boring.  Or nasty-tasting.

Green Smoothie – Pear Cashew Cream
Author: Carrie Brown
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
  • 2 cups / 1 pint unsweetened thin coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup toasted cashews
  • 2 ripe pears
  • 6 oz. / 170g fresh spinach
  • 2 oz. / 55g vanilla whey powder
  • 1/4 cup / 2 fl oz. water
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  1. Place the ingredients in the blender in the order listed.
  2. Blend until completely smooth.




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  • allisol - Oooooh! You need some vitamin D do you…? Hmmmm. I know how we can address that issue!!! Did someone say lawn chair????? 77 is the high for Tuesday and Wednesday. Niiiiice.

    Can’t wait to try this smoothie. I love pears.

    I’ll be back later today w/ my report on the chocolate granola. Might attempt some SANE bread item today too. You are the bomb, Carrie!ReplyCancel

  • Janknitz - Grassfed butter is a great source for Vitamin k2, which is the best bio available form. Slather butter on those greens!ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Janknitz – this is why I find it hard to believe I am deficient – you should see the buter that gets slathered in this house!!!ReplyCancel

  • David - I’m intrigued by the pear and cashew combination. How long could I keep the smoothie. I don’t particularly want to use the blender in the wee hours of the morning, could this be made the night before and refrigerated?ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Hi David, I have left all my smoothies overnight in the fridge, so it should hold up well. I love the flavors of this one – give it a try and let me know what you think!ReplyCancel

  • Janine - Loved this smoothie. My blender didnt fit everything in so I lost out on some spinach. Next time I will do the recipe in 2 batches. I can’t believe it was only 1 serving. I couldn’t finish it so I will be super excited to some tomorrow too. Thanks for sharing these recipes and love you on the podcasts.ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Thanks for the podcast love, Janine!! Sometimes I can’t down a whole one, either. In fact I am drinking the second half of yesterday’s right now!ReplyCancel

  • Corinne - The look didn’t appeal to me, but I thought I would give it a go. So glad I did its so nice!ReplyCancel

  • Shawna - This is, hands down, the best tasting protein smoothie I have ever had. Thank You Carrie!!!ReplyCancel

  • Patti - My pears weren’t ripe yet, so tried nectarines instead….really yummy! Can’t wait to try the pears!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Welle - I was making the same blueberry smoothie over and over and was so burnt out. Huzzah, enter Carrie and her awesome green smoothies… I have tried several of these green smoothies and I am hooked. Here is my question, the one thing that I am not keen on is that when I make these they all come out room temperature…. any suggestions if I like my smoothie colder?ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Ah ha, Nicole! You uncovered the Brit in me ;-) Warm drinks!! I would just had ice instead of the boiling water. The ice plus the frozen fruit should give you the cold you want. You will need a high-speed blender to get the right consistency though. Hope that helps! So excited I was able to help with the burn-out!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy - Trying to go SANE. My protein smoothies were TERRIBLE! Decided to try yours. Didn’t have coconut milk so used Naked Boosted Juice Smoothie. Didn’t have cashews so used raw walnuts. Didn’t have vanilla whey powder so used plain with a bit of vanilla extract. Had the pears and spinach! Still delicious! Thank you so much!ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Sandy – so glad you found a smoothie recipe you love!! Just wanted to mkae sure you realize that by using juice you are increasing the sugar content quite dramatically. Of course, depending on where you’re at and what your goals are, that might be just fine!!ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - I sm a complete convert…however I could not find any pears…this is England fir gods sake…garden of the world etc….so had to use a mango.. How ironic is that….anyway Carrie its fabulous. I am intrigued how you ended up in the USA. Always been my dream to wirk as an artists on the west coadt….ho hum. JillReplyCancel

    • carrie - Jillian?? No pears in England?? That’s madness!! Glad you loved it with mango :-))ReplyCancel

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  • Wren - OMG! This smoothie should also be in the dessert section. I had no idea toasted cashews were so delicious! I toasted mine in some olive oil and had a hard time being patient enough to put them in the blender and not eat them all! Now my house smells delicious as well. There should ba candle that smells like this tastes. Somebody call Bath & BodyWorks. I’m such a fan. I’ve never been so excited about cooking.

    ps. I cannot rate the recipe with my iPad. It just doesn’t work. I tap it and nothing happens, but it’s a 5 star for sure.ReplyCancel

  • Eda - Carrie, do you think I can replace the whey with powdered egg whites? I bought whey but it hasnt arrived yet (plus it is really really really expensive in Brazil…)ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Hi Eda – YES, but you will probably have to add extra sweetener and maybe a drop of two of vanilla extract. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

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