Vegetarian food blog featuring delicious and nutritious whole food recipes, creative baking and luscious chocolate.

Berry and Rose Kefir Smoothie: a Healthy Start to the Day

Rose Berry Smoothies

A speedy nutritious and delicious fruity breakfast smoothie. Serve this berry and rose kefir smoothie in a sundae glass and eat with a spoon for a satisfying start to the day.

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Red Berry Smoothie Bowl with Coconut

Berry Coconut Smoothie Bowl

A speedy nutritious and delicious breakfast red berry smoothie bowl with coconut. It’s a bit thicker than your average smoothie so you can serve it in a bowl for a slower more satisfying start to the day.

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Sunshine Pink Grapefruit Smoothie

Sunshine Pink Grapefruit Smoothie.

A refreshing salmon pink citrusy smoothie to energise and give you that sunshiny feeling. Who could resist this easy to make sunshine pink grapefruit smoothie?

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Raw Chocolate Spread with Cashew Nuts

Raw Chocolate Spread

A delicious silky smooth dairy free raw chocolate spread with cashew nuts. Works wells as a cake or biscuit filling and also as a vegan cheesecake. Easy to whip up in a blender.

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Spring Tonic Nettle Smoothie – Power in Those Greens

Spring Tonic Nettle Smoothie

A dairy free, creamy green pick-me-up spring tonic nettle smoothie. It makes the most of spring foraging and will leave you raring to go.

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Kefir Raw Cacao and Goji Berry Smoothie

Kefir Cocoa Goji Berry Smoothie
This recipe for a kefir raw cacao and goji berry smoothie is super quick and easy to prepare when you’re in a hurry. It produces a delicious creamy and chocolatey breakfast drink that will keep you going for hours. It’s also good for whenever you’re in need of a power boost.

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Chocolate Avocado Smoothie (Raw and Dairy Free)

Bottles of chocolate avocado smoothies.

A vegan friendly breakfast smoothie which is not only deliciously thick and chocolatey, but is packed full of nutrients. This raw chocolate avocado smoothie is both nourishing for the body and for the soul too.

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Tropical Smoothie with Coconut, Mango & Banana

Tropical Smoothie with Coconut, Mango & Banana

A sumptuous and refreshing non-dairy tropical smoothie recipe. It’s choc full of tropical fruits and raw goodness. Namely coconut, bananas, mango and raw cocoa powder. You’ll also find a review of several raw chocolate products.

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Raw Chocolate Smoothie for a Power Breakfast

Raw Chocolate Smoothie for Breakfast

Breakfast, Raw Foods, Smoothie | 29th August 2013 | By

Start the day as you mean to go on. That’s how I kid myself when I have this raw chocolate smoothie for breakfast anyhow. It’s delicious, healthy and a breeze to make. Perfect for breakfast or a post workout boost.

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Matcha and Banana Superfood Breakfast Smoothie

Although I can often be seen running down the road with a piece of toast in my hand first thing in the morning, I have had a bit of a love affair with breakfast smoothies recently. Packed full of healthy and delicious ingredients, they can be a great way to start the day. If I’m at home on my own, I sometimes have one as an easy lunch option. Normally I use raw dairy milk, but when given the opportunity to try some unsweetened Almond Breeze recently, I thought I’d take the chance to reacquaint myself with almond milk.

Made from Californian almonds, Almond Breeze is dairy free and soya free. It is very low in calories with only 14 per 100 ml, making it ideal for those on the 5:2 fasting diet. 100 ml also provides 15% of the recommended daily allowance for Calcium.

Foodies 100 set a challenge to come up with an “easy to make but incredibly scrumptious breakfast smoothie”. Well, I had this one sorted without even having to think about it. I’ve honed my matcha smoothie to the point of perfection and for optimum nutrition, it was just a matter of swapping the dairy milk for Almond Breeze.

This is how I made:

Matcha and Banana Superfood Breakfast Smoothie

  • Soaked 2 tbsp of porridge oats and 2 tsp of chia seeds in a litre of unsweetened almond milk (Almond Breeze) for 15 minutes so that the oats and chia would swell and thicken the smoothie.
  • Added two chopped fairtrade bananas, 1 tsp matcha powder and 2 tsp honey (I usually use Cornish honey, but I had been sent some Beech Forest Honeydew from the New Zealand Honey Co, so thought I’d use that to give an extra boost with its 10+ pre-biotic factor).
  • Whizzed this in a liquidiser for a couple of minutes until smooth and frothy.
  • Poured into 2 large glasses and topped with shavings from a bar of 100% chocolate.

Pure breakfast bliss and so simple. It was thick and frothy, just as I’d expected. The matcha green tea gave a pleasant green colour and infused the smoothie with its distinctive taste and high density of antioxidants. The chia seeds gave a lovely speckled look and added additional powerful nutrients. The chocolate on the top gave a real burst of intense cocoa with every sip and without the addition of sugar is super healthy too. For a vegan alternative, the honey could easily be replaced by date syrup or agave nectar or left out all together.

Disclaimer – I was sent two litres of almond milk to try. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.