This is my basic smoothie base, which can be turned into just about anything. It's yummy and sweet, and great for beginners. This recipe is scaled for a Vita-Mix, but can easily be cut in half for regular-sized blenders.
To make this a green smoothie, you can omit one or both of the fresh fruits, and add an entire bunch of kale, chard, spinach, etc*. Buzz for a little longer than you would otherwise, to make sure the tough plant cells are all broken down well. You can play with the flavor, adding raw carob powder for a chocolate smoothie, or using rooiboos or a spiced herbal tea to kick up the flavor a bit. You could even use a Roastaroma-type tea for a more mocha-leaning smoothie. Hmmmm . . . I think I need to try Roastaroma and raw carob powder. :o)
*Please rotate your greens, as all greens contain some alkaloids, and you don't want to build up too much of any one kind.
1 c nuts (I like pecans, walnuts, or almonds)
Rice milk (enough to cover nuts)
~30 drops Stevia extract
1/4 vanilla bean (if you don't have a high-speed blender, you'll need to cut open the bean and scrape the seeds into the blender)
2 bananas (peeled, of course)
~2-3 cups frozen fruit (I like Sunrise Grower's mixed fruit . . . not organic, but I can afford it, and it tastes exceptionally good)
1-2 ripe pears
Water, herbal tea (Red Raspberry Leaf, comfrey & alfalfa is my fave blend), rice milk, juiced apples, herbal tea, etc, to bring it to a buzzable consistency.
Buzz the first group of ingredients until the nuts are creamed into the rice milk, and it's all homogenized and smooth. Add to second group of ingredients to the pitcher. Buzz until well-combined, and enjoy.