Sometimes, you just have to eat dessert before dinner. And today was one of those days. It’s a Sunday. My homemade chili is simmering in my crock pot. My husband and daughter are outside raking leaves, as they have finally fallen to the ground; the reds, yellows and oranges covering the green, damp, autumn grass. My nonverbal Autistic Son, is snuggled under his weighted blanket, snoring peacefully. My oldest son and my youngest son, chasing each other throughout the bottom floor of our house, the sounds of little feet and giggles filling the air around me. And I’m in the kitchen, working on this beautiful smoothie – the first dessert – made special, just for this blog of mine.
Happy Sunday, my friend. Or whatever day you’re finding yourself reading these words. Oh and psssst. Before we get to chatting, this post may contain affiliate links, to products I love and personally recommend. All opinions are 100% my own.
I love Sundays. They are our only family day, where everyone is home at the same time. I wish we had more days like this, something I’m working towards for the future. How about you? What day of the week is your favorite? Why?
Dessert should be super easy and quick to whip up sometimes and this one, surely is. I was inspired by the yellow colors of the autumn season and decided on something easy and delicious for this first dessert bowl.
With only a handful of ingredients, this is sure to please. There’s one ingredient that I hid and is totally optional, when you’re whipping this up. And I would love to tell you a little more about it.
Unflavored, Grass-Fed and Pasture Raised Collagen Peptides. That was a mouthful, right?
With one of my littles being on The Autism Spectrum, one little being extra tiny and undergoing testing for a growth hormone deficiency, two littles who aren’t HUGE fans of cows milk and one ME who is having specific tummy issues, I was looking for a protein supplement that was healthy and beneficial to us all. I searched for hours, every day, for three weeks and every time I thought I found one I’d like to try, I’d find a review stating that it tasted chalky or there was too much of A, B or C in it. I just about gave up hope, until I stumbled upon a recommendation from someone who was also adopting a more Keto Diet lifestyle. I read her words and decided to go on one last research adventure. Even though studies are all over the place, two things that stood out the most, was it’s supposed to help with gut-health and packs a protein punch! I ordered my first container and haven’t looked back. It’s one hundred percent optional for you, but one hundred percent a must-have for my family. We love it in this house!
Let’s get to this yummy dessert recipe, shall we? As always, this recipe is for the base only. Toppings are up to you and should be added to your chosen food tracker, along with my recipe, to give you an accurate nutritional snapshot. I use this one. We ate our dessert bowl garnished with a little heavy whipping cream, a few frozen raspberries and dark cacao nibs. Yes, those are ice cubes you see. Fancy, huh? I thought so.
These two dessert cup bowls were split among 4 of the 6 of us and devoured within moments. My daughter, Millie, asked if we could eat it every day and my son, Carson, said it was better than ice cream. Thanks, my littles. I love you, too.
Frozen Mango Orange Dessert Smoothie
Recipe is for the base mixture only. Toppings are not added to the nutritional numbers.
- 1.5 Cup Frozen Mango Chunks
- .25 Cup Pulp Free Frozen Orange Juice
- 100 mL Unsweetened Almond Milk
- 1 Scoop Unflavored Collagen Peptides Protein Optional
- 1 Tsp Xanthan Gum Thickening Agent Optional
Add all your ingredients to a blender and pulse until smooth. Add your favorite garnish on top and enjoy! The protein powder supplement and the thickening agent is totally optional. I LOVE adding them into my bowls, and do so often.
Some other nutritional numbers you may be interested in (approximate):
NET CARBS 23g
TOTAL CARBS 25g