Summer

Delicious feel good smoothies (A basic flexible recipe for two)

At this time of year, a delicious, creamy and refreshing smoothie can be hard to resist! Every cafe appears to have a few pretty amazing concoctions on offer. But, it’s also nice to make your own at home as this allows you to create a flavour, texture and thickness that you love. I’ve finally started to make a lot more smoothies at home (yes, a little late I realise, we’re well into summer!).. and why? Well, apart from loving smoothies I recently bought us these nifty stainless steel straws (highly recommend!).

Creating a nice balance of flavour, sweetness and texture is really a matter of playing and experimenting but if you love smoothies, don’t make them often and are not sure where to start the below flexible recipe (which makes a nice amount for two) is easy and works every time. Sometimes I’ll make this amount, pour myself a glass or jar and store the rest in the fridge for the following day or I use leftover smoothie to make little ice-blocks – perfect for snacking and desserts.

The basic recipe below is a guide, which allows you to use the fruits and greens and extra bits that you love. I’ve also included a recipe for this creamy yet refreshing fruity cacao smoothie which I now make quite often (featured in the photo above). It’s not your standard chocolately style smoothie as it exhibits layers of tropical flavours while also having a strong chocolate punch. This may sound a little odd but it’s delicious, very energising and uplifting and a seriously nutrient dense one, which leaves you feeling bright and bouncy. I hope you love it too!

 

A basic flexible smoothie recipe (this makes a nice amount for two):

  • 2 cups fruit (eg. banana, strawberries, berries, mango, stone fruit, etc)
  • 2 cup greens (eg. spinach, kale, collard greens, lettuce, parsley, mint, avocado)
  • 1 cup fluid (water and/or coconut water and/or milk
  • A handful of nuts (walnuts and/or almonds are lovely)

Optional (For extra creaminess and nourishment, I love adding these too)

  • Yoghurt
  • Oats

For more umph and thickness, try adding:

  • Oats
  • Nut butter
  • More nuts
  • More yoghurt
  • Avocado
  • Flaxseed oil

For more sweetness, try adding:

  • Dates
  • Honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar

To boost nutritional value, try adding:

  • A little nutritional yeast
  • Chia seeds
  • Flaxseed oil
  • Macca powder

To decorate, try using:

  • Goji berries
  • Seeds (chia, pumpkin, sunflower)
  • Dried coconut
  • Cocoa/cacao/cacao nibs, cinnamon
  • Bee pollen
  • Fresh berries

 

Fruity Cacao Smoothie

  • 2 cups fruit (1 banana, strawberries, frozen raspberries, 1/2 an orange)
  • 2 cups greens (raw curly kale, cucumber, ~ 1/2 an avocado)
  • 1 cup fluid (1/2 coconut water, 1/2 water)
  • A good handful of almonds
  • 1.5 Tbsp. cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • Maple syrup (I use ~1 tsp.) or you could a date or two (if you like smoothies to be sweet)
  • Optional: Macca powder or nutritional yeast (I often add one of these, usually ~1 tsp.)

Method:

Mix all together in a blender or in a jug using a handheld mixer. Pour into 2 glasses/jar and decorate with your choice of beautiful things. Or, make a smoothie bowl – just pour into a bowl and top with your favourite things e.g. dried fruits, fresh fruit, fresh berries, seeds, nuts, coconut, bee pollen, cacao nibs, buckwheat kernels (aka buckinins), etc.

Fruity cacao smoothie recipe

Lara x

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