My 5 Favourite, Unique Smoothies
*Let’s all just pretend yesterday’s weather was a blip* - HELLO beautiful sunshine and warmth this last week! Inspired by this glorious weather I thought I’d share my favourite smoothies that are simple and downright DELISH. I taught the twin girls I babysit how to turn a smoothie into a smoothie bowl, and they were so excited by it that our first one was chockers with toppings and falling out of the bowl and they wolfed it down in approximately 2.3 seconds. So THEN we got onto making the ones you can actually see pictured, and I’ve given you a couple of other faves for good measure, followed by some topping ideas.
The main tip I have for a smoothie bowl versus a smoothie is to blend it for longer and add as little liquid as possible, but always add the liquid first (as this stops any powder/toppings getting stuck at the bottom). Of COURSE you can add/chop/change any of the ingredients listed below, these are just some ideas and ones I love. Now blenders at the ready!
Blueberry Cardamom Smoothie Bowl
This is way tastier than I expected. Don’t knock it till you try it.
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup of yoghurt
a teensy pinch of ground cardamom (too much will be really overpowering)
dash of vanilla
handful of ice
dash of water/milk of choice (only enough to get it to all blend properly)
Blend and serve with aaaall the yum toppings (see below).
If you don’t like mango we can’t be friends. This has some bonuses added in because health and good for ya.
3/4 cup of frozen mango
1/2 a frozen banana
1/2 cup milk of choice
1/2 cup greek yoghurt (or coconut works well too)
1 teaspoon of fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder (1/2 if you love the taste - looking at you Alice)
Spoonful of honey (small spoon or big spoon depending how sweet you like it)
Blend up and serve with chosen toppings (this one is FAB topped with macadamias). You could also mix this one up and add passionfruit and mint to make it extra tropicana.
Chilli Choc Smoothie
I personally prefer this one in a glass to a bowl as I think it’s perfectly rich and delicious on it’s own, but do as you please!
1 small frozen banana
1 teaspoon of chilli flakes
1 cup of milk of choice
1 tablespoon of cacao
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
handful of ice cubes
Blend and serve (great with brazil nuts!). If you’re not a fan of spice, sub the chilli for peanut butter a.k.a more yum.
Apple Chai Smoothie
handful of ice
1 cup of apples (stewed is best but fresh works too!)
1/2 cup of milk of choice (nut milk works really well)
good dash of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
dash of maple syrup
tiny pinch of ginger
tiny pinch of ground cloves
Choc Pina Colada
This is bounty meets tropics. The chocolate is optional (but a delicious option).
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
handful of ice
coconut cream (milk isn’t coconutty enough - I freeze coconut cream into trays and would use 5 or 6 of these - perhaps you could try coconut yoghurt if you’re fan$y)
1 frozen banana
Dash of vanilla essence
1/2 tablespoon of cacao (add more or less depending on love for chocolate)
a little bit of water/milk of choice to help blend
Blend and serve. This one is also great for an extra 20 mins in the freezer to make it more ice cream-esque!
I LOVE trying the different combos available at The Source - they always have such interesting muesli mixes and breakfast blends that can be used as smoothie toppers or cereal or on yoghurt or just straight from the jar (*guilty*). But if you feel like getting creative on your own, why not try:
dried banana chips
pumkin or sunflower seeds
chopped banana/strawberries/kiwi fruit/other fruit in season
almonds/peanuts/cashes/basically any kind of nut you like
dollop of nut butter or jam
maple syrup/honey/rice malt syrup
What are your favourite smoothie and topping combos? Let me know in the comments below! x