Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Okay so It’s no secret that I am a nut butter addict, I know I’m not alone. Peanut butter is my number one.  I used to hate the all natural stuff, Instead I’d opt for something that had more palm oil and sugar than peanuts. Thankfully over time I managed to convert myself over (for the most part). Though don’t the processed stuff still has a place in my heart.

Moving on. Here’s my fall back smoothie when you just want a slap of something delicious. I’m all about adding greens into my smoothies but sometimes they just don’t have a place.  This really ticks all the boxes for me-sweet, creamy and slightly salty.

I’ve listed some optional extras which I’ll be honest I always add in. I get that protein powders and cacao nibs don’t float everyone’s boat so the choice is yours!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Ingredients:

1  Frozen Banana

2 tesapoons of Cacao Powder

1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1 tablespoon on Peanut Butter

1/2-1 cup of Milk, quantity depends on how thick you like it.

Optional:

1 tablespoon of Cacao Nibs

1 Shot of Espresso

1 Scoop of Protein Powder (I like this one)

Method:

Place all ingredients into the blender, I use my beloved nutribullet, any blender will work fine. Whizz together until all the ingredients are combined and the smoothie is thick and creamy. Serve it up.

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Blueberry Cheesecake Smoothie

The sun is shining, the temperature is rising and that means smoothies are making a comeback on the breakfast menu. Smoothies can make for a really well balanced breakfast if you add in the right ingredients. Quite often they are a blend of fruit and fruit juice /milk, making a delicious drink but not exactly nutritionally balanced. Carbohydrates, proteins and fats make up a balanced meal so why not apply this to your smoothie too? Adding in some sources of protein and fats bumps up the nutritional profile and you get so much more than one of your 5 a day (or 10 a day as it now is!).

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Don’t be put off by the cottage cheese it adds SO much to the smoothie, flavour, texture and protein (a whopping 15g with not a protein powder in sight!).  In addition to the more obvious ingredients I’ve added in some cashew butter for a good dose of plant based fats and  lemon zest for a  little lift. I add lemon to most things as you will soon find out. This smoothie, in all honesty, is like drinking a blended up cheesecake, which is everyone’s dream right?

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In terms of liquid I use use almond milk simply because that is what I tend to have in the house. You can use any other milk that you want be than plant based or dairy. The cottage cheese could be subbed for some soya yoghurt or maybe even some silken tofu ( I haven’t tried this but if you do let me know how it goes!).

Blueberry Cheesecake Smoothie (Serves 1)

Ingredients:

1 Frozen Banana

1 cup Frozen Blueberries

½ cup Fat Free Cottage Cheese

½ cup  Almond Milk

¼ teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1 tablespoon of Cashew Butter

A good grating of Lemon Zest, ~¼ Lemon

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Method:

There really isn’t a complex method here. Simply pop all the ingredients into a blender and whizz it up, add in some extra almond milk if you like it a little thinner, less if you like it a little thicker.
Top with some extra blueberries and an other toppings, granola is great for a little crunch.  The most deliciously indulgent smoothie ❤ 

As always if you try any of my recipes be sure to tag me on social media or pop a comment below and let me know your thoughts x x

Very Berry Smoothie

My obsession with smoothies continues. Now the the temperature has increased, marginally, I feel it’s time to revert back to some more refreshing breakfast options. I decided to move away from my beloved green smoothies and go back to basics.

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I always add in some protein powder into my fruit smoothies to add some staying power but you could add in some yoghurt, nut butter or oats instead. The protein powder is definitely not an essential and makes no difference to the taste whatsoever.

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I’ve been making this particular smoothie all week.It is in no way complicated but it’s super tasty. Another easy weekday “recipe”.

Very Berry Smoothie

  • 1 medium Banana, frozen
  • 3/4 Cup of Frozen Summer Berries
  • 10 Mint Leaves
  • 3/4 Cup of Coconut Milk (I love the Alpro coconut and rice blend), you can use any milk you like.
  • 1 teaspoon Maca powder
  • 1 heaped teaspoon Milled Flax Seeds
  • 1 scoop Protein Powder, I use vegan blend unflavoured

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Chuck everything into your blender and whizz it all up until it’s velvety smooth. Pour into a glass an enjoy whilst dreaming of summer days x

Pineapple Mint Green Smoothie

Green smoothies. They are all over my Instagram. It’s a love affair that I am unashamed of. I could literally have one of these every morning  for the rest of my life and I would never become tired of them.

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They aren’t something new to the foodie world and I am by no means claiming to have anything to do with the idea of adding leafy greens to a smoothie.  Quite frankly the thought of putting kale or spinach in a smoothie horrified me. Not being one to shy away from a new food craze I whipped up one of these bad boys and  after my fist mouthful I was hooked.

My initial smoothies were quite sweet with a small amount of spinach. Now the greens are the main bulk with just a hint of fruitiness. You can really throw in whatever you like. I’m a fan of cherries, blueberries and  pineapple but the following has to me my all time favourite.

You can alter the sweetness by adding in some medjool dates, add more fruit, throw in some fruit juice or lessen the quantity of greens. Play around with your own tastes and you’ll find  a recipe that’s right for you. It’s taken me several attempts to get this one just right for my little taste buds.

 

Pineapple Mint Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 Frozen medium Banana or 1/2 a large banana

1/2 cup of Frozen Pineapple

10 Mint Leaves

2 BIG handfuls of Baby Spinach

1 cup of Coconut Water liquid of choice ( my favourite others are almond milk and coconut milk)

1/4  of and Avocado

Optional: 1 scoop of protein powder (I use vegan blend protein powder)

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My favourite toppings: Chia seeds, mulberries, fresh pomegranate, cacao nibs, granola, nut butters, gogi berries.

Method:

Simply throw everything into a blender and whizz it up. I put the greens on the bottom as I find if you put the frozen fruit on top so as to not give your blender too much hard work.

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You don’t have to put any toppings on but I love the textural difference it adds. The dried fruit when mixed with the frozen smoothies also go crunchy and extra chewy which just drives my senses crazy.

 

I pretty much  ALWAYS serve mine in a bowl these days but it makes the best portable breakfast out there.

What’s your favourite morning smoothie?