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Saturday, 1 June 2013

Summer Smoothies Part One

Since getting my Kitchenaid Blender I have been looking for any excuse to use it.  As with all my gadgets, when they are new they get used all the time, until the next big gadget replacement comes along.  Since the sun is shining and I am on a bit of a health kick I decided to blog about two smoothies.  Now these are far from new concoctions, in fact I guess you could easily find them anywhere on the web.  But anyway, these are my versions of two classic smoothies - Coconut, Pineapple & Banana, and Strapple (Strawberry and Apple)

The Strapple is like one of those slushy drinks - fresh and cold.  The Coconut Smoothie is thicker and more filling.  I always have frozen bananas at hand, they keep for ages and are always ready for blending.  I guess you could use a non-frozen banana and add in some ice cubes if you like but I would really suggest throwing any bananas that are just about to turn in the freezer until you need them.  The coconut was left over from the banana muffins I recently made.  If you don't mind little flecks of coconut in your drink I think it works well.  If I had it to hand I would have used powdered coconut as this would have created a totally smooth drink, but the desiccated had to do.

I intend to post some more blogs about smoothies, but more adventurous ones, for example I want to experiment with different chocolate bars and ice cream.  I have a craving for 'dime bar' milkshake or white choc chip cookie.

Lets hope for more sunny days...

Smoothies - makes one large glassful

Strapple Smoothie
10 ice cubes
150 ml fresh apple juice (homemade if you like, but I used 'not from concentrate' bottle)
6 to 8 strawberries
Squeeze of lemon juice (or lime)

Coconut, Pineapple & Banana Smoothie
160g fresh pineapple (I wouldn't use the tinned stuff)
1 frozen Banana
100ml fresh apple juice (see above)
1tbsp desiccated coconut
50g plain yogurt


Basically, put all the ingredients in a blender and mix - full power!  May need to stop once or twice to shake the jug.  Do make sure you have no lumps!!