Blackberry Smoothie- Dairy and Gluten Free

I know we are in the throws of a heat wave here in the UK, but I couldn’t help noticing that the wild black berries are starting to ripen.

Well it would be rude not to combine these delicious berries with some ice and blend into a smoothie for a refreshing, cooling drink ( or breakfast n my case) wouldn’t it?

Also I LOVE the colour that blackberries produce so always use it a lot at this time of year. This little lovely is also gluten, dairy and nut free as well- hooray

Ingredients

  • Serves 1
  • 100g blackberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1-2 tbs of gluten free oats
  • 1tbs of chia seeds ( optional)
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • Good squirt of honey or maple syrup to sweeten.
  • 250 MLS of milk of choice ( I used coconut).
  • A few ice cubes
  • Put everything into your blender/ nutribullet and whizz is all up.
  • Serve up and enjoy straight away.
  • Right back to enjoying the beautiful sun, with a refreshing drink in hand. I’ll be back this week with a review and hopefully a new recipe for you all to try.
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    Chocolate (Green) Smoothie

    Hello, hello, hello I’m back ( or BT has finally fixed our phone line). anyway now normal service can be resumed and I’ve got loads of posts to share with you all, so I best get started. 

      
    This here Is a green smoothie in disguise. It’s perfect for a chocolate fix but has less sugar than some of the other smoothie combinations out there. I’m not going to say  it’s clean, or sugar free etc, sugar is sugar whichever way you look at it, and this has some fruit in. 

    Ingredients 

    • Handful of spinach 
    • Small piece of cucumber
    • 1/2 frozen banana 
    • A few chunks of mango
    • 1tsp of cacao powder 
    • 1/2 tsp maca powder
    • Milk of choice 

    Place all ingredients into your blender/ nutribullet etc and voila there you have your smoothie

      
    Right back to it I’m experimenting with photo backdrops and have some pictures to take. ( it’s one of my aims this year to improve my photography skills). 

    Eggnog Smoothie

    Welcome to day 2 of my Blogmas posts. I thought a recipe would go down well for today.  I say a recipe, but that makes this super easy smoothie sound harder yo make than it is.  Fear not it’s incredibly easy and tastes fantastic. 

     Edit   
    To me there is nothing more satisfying that the festive taste of an eggnog, it’s rich and oh so moreish and contains all the right spices that just scream christmas. However I can appreciate as much as the next that A) not everyone likes the idea of eggs in a drink and B) it’s fairly  calorific as a drink, but hey it is christmas so a treat is ok.  With all this in mind this version has all the taste but without the egg or refined sugar. I can’t (and won’t) be jumping on the clean wagon with this. There is still sugar in it- so you know every thing in moderation, but this can be vegan friendly, it’s all down to your choice of milk used. 

    Ingredients

    • 1 frozen banana
    • 2 dates or a dash of maple syrup
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
    • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 
    • Top up with milk of your choice ( almond works brilliantly) 

    Put all ingredients into your blender and blitz until well combined.

     Edit   
    Enjoy in between wrapping, putting up decorations or, in my case, as a reward from stopping the cat from wrecking the Christmas tree. Cheers 

    Fruity Berry Smoothie Bowl 

    So smoothie bowls, what’s all the fuss you may ask? These lovely creations are so much more than something to make for pretty Instagram photos ( although I’m not denying they do make pretty Instagram photos). They are a great way to eat fruit/ vegetables if that’s not your thing, they are perfect for breakfast or as a satisfying sweet craving if you find yourself thinking about grabbing that Ben & Jerry’s in the freezer. 

      
    They are also very easy to make ( just aim for a thicker version of your regular smoothie) and you can experiment to your hearts content on different flavour combinations and toppings. Things that work well are chia seeds, fruit, cacao nibs, desiccated coconut, coconut chips or coarsely chopped nuts. The main thing is to have fun and enjoy making and eating your healthy creations. 

    I took my flavour inspiration from Wimbledon and berry season here in the UK, that and places like Aldi have cherries for 59p at the moment so it would be rude to not buy them right? 

    So how to make a bowl- it’s more assembly work really, rather than cooking but here is the recipe: 

    Ingredients 

    • 1 frozen banana
    • Handful of spinach
    • 1/2 cup strawberries 
    • 1/2 cup blueberries
    • 6-8 cherries chopped 
    • 200 ml milk of your choice ( add more a bit at a time for your desired texture) 

    Method

    Blend all the ingredients together 

    Pour into a bowl and then decorate however you fancy.  In this recipe I have used chia seeds, coconut and strawberries. 

    Serve and enjoy. 

      

    Have you tried a smoothie bowl yet? What are your favourite flavour combinations? 

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    Beetroot Berry Blast

    Rubbish title I know but bear with me. I love this season all the berries are starting to come into the supermarkets, and more importantly my local town market. The fruit and veg stall in Stratford upon Avon is amazing, and so were the fresh beetroot and strawberries. I thought it would be rude not to buy some. 

      
    I prefer to cook beetroot myself, I think it tastes better but each to their own. The color is fantastic as well, giving this smoothie such a vibrant, exciting purple hue you will just want to dive in ( hopefully). 

      My other tip is to use frozen blackberries if out of season These from tesco are great, last ages and are £2 so great value. I like my smoothies ice cold so frozen fruit is great instead of adding ice cubes to give you that icy kick. 

    Ingredients 

    • 1 frozen banana
    • 1/2 cooked (or raw if you prefer) beetroot 
    • 1/2 cup raspberries 
    • 1/4 blueberries
    • A few frozen blackberries. 
    • 1tbs chia seeds. 
    • 250 ml or either water, coconut water or milk of your choice 

    Method 

    Put all the ingredients into your blender/ nutribullet/ processor and blitz for about 30 seconds.  Pour and serve straight away. 

    Today’s Smoothie -Berry Blast

      
    Morning all, I hope the week it treating you well? Just thought I’d share my smoothie this morning, I’ve been using stuff up and this totally works. 

    Ingredients

    • Handful of Spinach
    • 1 frozen banan
    • 1cup frozen mixed berries
    • 1tbs chia seeds
    • Top with coconut milk (coconut water would work to I think) 

    Blitz and serve. 

    Strawberry, Banana and Blueberry Smoothie. 

    This should be called a thickie really due to its thick filling nature, but for now we can go with smoothie. 

    It’s dead easy to make, and another time saving tip I have is pre prep all your fruit in a sandwhich bag, so in the morning all you have to do is add your milk and oats, then whizz and go.

      Ingredients 

    • 5-6 strawberries (remove the stalks)
    • Handful of blueberries 
    • 1 peeled banana
    • 1-2 tbs of rolled oats (I used gluten free from Delicious Alchemy
    • 130 mls of milk of your choice
    • 1-2 tsp of a sweetner of choice agave works well, or honey to. 

    Put all ingredients in a blender, blitz for 45 seconds, serve and enjoy. 

    Watch out for some more posts this weekend, I have gluten free , nut free, dairy free and vegetarian food options to cater for, my thinking cap is on. Have a great weekend all 

    My super smoothie

    Silly title I know, but it really is super and full of antioxidants and a great choice for National Breakfast Week.  This is a quick post today as I’m in the midst of funeral organising sadly, but never the less I still wanted to share this with you all. 

      
    Ingredients 

    140mls water or milk of your choice

    Handful of spinach 

    Handful of blueberries

    1 Apple cored

    1 good handful of beetroot in natural juice 

    1tbs chia seeds (optional) 

    Honey or agave to sweeten. 


    Blitz for 45 seconds and serve. I should add you can use ice cubes as well if you like your drinks that bit cooler in the mornings. 

    Product Review- M&S The Green Smoothie 

    I spotted these new pots the other day when pottering through my local M&S, “why not” I thought to myself, I like a gimmick, and let’s face it, a premade (almost) smoothie is a gimmick for the January health conscious. If I’m honest it’s an expensive way to make a smoothie £2 if not bought in the 2 for £3 offer but it’s easy and convenient which I’m sure some people love. 

      
      

    So making it is easy, tip Into your blender pour in the lime shot and add 150 mls of water. I was a rebel and changed the water for coconut milk ( I know you are all shocked aren’t you?) Blend then serve in a glass. I should add I think the colour is great, green and fresh looking and very inviting. 

    So how does it taste? I liked it, although my first couple of Sips tasted of cucumber which felt odd at 8am, but a good stir seemed to rectify this.  Its also lower in sugar than a lot of smoothie recipes which is always a bonus and I think it’s a good pre of post workout smoothie.

      
     Would I buy it again? Quite possibly not, just because I usually have the ingredients in my stocks, but I will be trying out this smoothie ingredient combination in the future. 

    Do you have any smoothie favourites? Let me know in the comments box.