Cucumber is actually a melon so, technically, the name is redundant, but no one probably cares. I love a good theme, and cucumber and cantaloupe fit the melon theme perfectly.
I love cantaloupe (like other melons) for smoothies because its mellow sugar and flavor let you still appreciate a good homemade nut milk, while the low acidity makes for a super creamy smoothie that could almost pass off as a milkshake.
If you can’t have dairy, sub the yogurt with coconut cream. You can either buy a can of it or open a can of regular coconut milk and scoop out the solids (a.k.a. the cream) that have separated from the liquid.
Note: If your cantaloupe and cucumber aren’t frozen, I recommend adding a few cubes of ice or frozen nut milk.
Cucumber Melon Mint Smoothie
⅔ cup nut milk (I love almond sesame milk from scratch for this smoothie) or grass fed cow’s milk
1 ½ cups cantaloupe chunks (ideally frozen)
½ medium cucumber, peeled and cut into chunks (ideally frozen)
1 teaspoon cold milled flaxseed
4 fresh mint leaves
½ teaspoon vanilla extract or 1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder
⅓ cup yogurt or 1/4 cup coconut cream
1 Medjool date
Optional: 1 scoop protein powder (I use Tera’s Whey Grass Fed Plain)
What to do:
Place all ingredients in blender and run at high speed until smooth, 1-2 minutes. Serve immediately.