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A weird and wonderful smoothie with sweet potato, feta cheese, Greek yogurt, spices, lime juice and a hint of honey. Healthy, filling and delicious. And did I mention weird?

So here I am, participating in the Williams-Sonoma Smoothie Week challenge. (yikes!) The theme is “Not Your Typical Smoothie” and the idea is to come up with something, well, not typical. Something a little bizarre. And I must say, you’ve come to the right place for bizarre. I love trying out recipes that have strange ingredients and combinations. I could not pass up an opportunity to find a smoothie that would make you look twice at its title. Did you?

I love sweet potato. And my favourite pairing for it is with feta cheese. So why not try it here? The idea was one of the first to pop into my mind, and then sort of stayed there in a little corner until I had explored all other options. Can I just say, there are some very strange smoothies out there! My research told me that there is little that hasn’t already been done with a blender. I really wanted to come up with something different, so after going round in circles a bit, I came right back to the sweet potato. I’m glad I did.

I have two confessions to make. The first is that I have never made a smoothie before. You may be asking yourself which rock I live under, but truth be told smoothies aren’t that huge here in Greece. I mean, lots of people like them, and there are probably a few fitness gurus out there who are into the greener options, but they aren’t a craze. The second confession is that I don’t have a super duper blender. I have a pretty good one, but nothing like the big guys I see on US websites and blogs. Probably because I’ve never needed one for a smoothie. That might be about to change.

Due to this lack of super powers in my little old regular blender, my only slight issue was with the thickness of this smoothie. This can easily be remedied with a handful of ice cubes, but I didn’t dare try it. Another solution might be some almond milk. For some reason I think it might work well here, but it’s really hard to find where I live. So this is the thick version. Thick, creamy, and for some strange reason, coconuty. I have no idea why! As for the feta, you can’t taste it distinctly, but it does give the smoothie that something different. I hope you try it…

Ingredients

1 1/2 sweet potato, small, boiled (quantity after boiling is 250gr, or 1 cup of large pieces lightly squidged in)

6 Tbs stock from boiling the potatoes

5 Tbs (approx. 45gr) feta cheese, finely crumbled

4 Tbs Greek yogurt 2%

2 Tbs milk (I used regular)

2 tsp lime juice, freshly squeezed

1 tsp honey

1/16 tsp chilli powder

1/16 tsp cinnamon, ground

1/16 tsp cumin, ground

2 ice cubes (this is what I used as I thought my blender couldn’t handle more. I think a large handful would be better if possible)

Step 1

Blend all the ingredients stopping frequently to scrape the sides down. Enjoy immediately over crushed ice (depending on how much ice you used in the blending process).

Note: This smoothie is best consumed immediately. Leaving it in the fridge will thicken it more and the feta will become slightly stronger tasting.

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Other Not So Typical Smoothies
Black Bean and Blueberry Smoothie from Pink Patisserie
Bloody Mary Smoothies by Hip Foodie Mom
Brussels Sprouts and Raspberry Smoothie by Box of Spice
Ginger and Beetroot Smoothie by Moco Choco

So, what do you think? Leave me a comment!

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