In addition to being a food stylist and running Mindful Cooks, I also bartend part time. Its a wine bar, so I usually just pour wine and chit chat with the regulars all night. We do however, have this one regular who comes in and orders shots of tequila with an orange coated in cinnamon… at a wine bar. As socially unaware as this particular regular may be, he did inspire the concept of adding cinnamon to orange in a beverage application. So here we have these orange cinnamon smoothies! It sounds SO weird, but Im telling you, they’re perfect. Cinnamon brings a touch of sweetness without the need for added sugar. Its kinda genius if you think about it.
Since it is February and cara cara oranges look amazing right now, I used them, but you can use whatever oranges are in season! I personally love cara cara because they aren’t too sweet and have really pretty pinkish flesh. Blood orange would definitely be a fun twist!
I might try swapping out the banana for ice and adding tequila next time I have the girls over! I can’t stand to drink one more basic ass tequila sunrise. Things are gonna change around here. We can do better. Its about time we got some booze here on Mindful Cooks anyway.
Cara Cara Orange Smoothies
Cinnamon brings a subtle sweetness to these cara cara orange smoothies. Sub in some ice and tequila for an even more gratifying beverage.
- 2 frozen bananas, peeled
- 2 cups orange juice
- 4 cara cara oranges, peeled
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- Step 1 Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Garnish with orange slices, if desired.
- Step 2 TIP: swap the bananas for 2 cups ice and add 1/2 cup of tequila to bring this breakfast smoothie into cocktail hour.