Today we bring you something light, luscious and which will leave you content from breakfast to lunch. Uncomplicated, unfussy and good for you. Not really Elvis-like then, though our ingredients are an ode to the King. Peanut butter, Banana and ‘Jelly’ (in our case a raw chia fruit seed mix). This smoothie is a dairy free, nutritious energy fix that will sustain you for hours. Nut butter, banana and strawberries for a mix of fruit, protein and complex carbohydrates.
We’ve been whizzing up so many smoothies since we got sent the Optimum 9400 by Froothie. It is a power blender – we reviewed it here, that can pulverise dry stuff into powder, make milk from nuts, make super silky soups and smoothies and is incredibly efficient, but most importantly it does this with one jug – so whilst it is bigger than your average blender (though no bigger than it’s rival the Vitamix), there is no need for juggling accessories or attachments.
Having presented you with a gourmet raw recipe made using the blender last week, here is a more everyday idea.
Smoothies make a great meal replacement, but typically they are high in sugar and may have a high glycaemic index – meaning you get a burst of energy but then it wanes. When you add in protein, you can even things out. Yoghurt is a common one, but nut butters can also work well, and nuts are also full of other goodies like essential fatty acids.
We used a ready made nut butter but if you do have a power blender you can make your own in smaller batches.
And talking of omega’s we have some chia seeds. We talked about making Chia jam in our last froothie post and so we again used the thickening power of these seeds to create a sugar free strawberry chia jam
Add a tablespoon of oats, a banana, some ice cubes (lovely to create a ready cooled smoothie) and a little water and you have a dairy free, super nutritious, low GI smoothie that really will keep you filled up for hours. Use a ripe banana so you do not need to add anything more sweet (though a little honey can be added if you prefer).
- 2 tablespoons porridge oats
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 medium ripe banana
- 1 teaspoon peanut butter
- 3 to 4 ice cubes
- 8 medium strawberries
- 50-80ml water
- half to 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
- Put all the ingredients other than the water into the blender.
- Blend till the mixture is homogeneous and smooth - build up to top speed on your blender.
- Remove the porthole on the blender lid and slowly pour in the water to your preferred thickness.
- If you want a little extra sweetness, add a little honey.
some other lovely dairy free smoothies with equally exotic names:
Sarah’s Shrink Mummy Shake
Disclosure – we were provided an Optimum blender for review by Froothie and the links to Froothie are affiliate links.