Fruity Freak Smoothie

Fruity Freak Smoothie

Disclaimer: this might be the most satisfying smoothie we’ve ever made!

We love a fruity smoothie in our household, but every now and then we like to take them to the next level and experiment with multiple layers and fun decorations.

This smoothie combines three of our favourite fruits: banana, strawberry and mango. These fruits give the smoothie a lovely bright and vibrant colour.

The crushed pistachios, which we end up mixing into the smoothie, give this recipe a crunchy texture (and they look great on top!).

Remember, the trick to getting the coconut cream to separate from the water is using a can of coconut milk with high fat content. You can usually tell by shaking the can in the supermarket to see if it’s already separated. If you can’t hear it shaking around, then it’s usually a safe bet!

Fruity Freak Smoothie

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Fruity Freak Smoothie
Fruity Freak Smoothie
Servings
1 large smoothie
Ingredients
For the strawberry layer
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/4 cup nut milk (i.e. almond or soya)
For the mango layer
  • 1 banana
  • 1 mango sliced
  • 1/4 cup nut milk (i.e. almond or soya)
For decoration
  • 2 strawberries
  • 1 can of coconut milk (high in fat)
  • small handful of crushed pistachios
  • 1 wooden skewer
Servings
1 large smoothie
Ingredients
For the strawberry layer
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/4 cup nut milk (i.e. almond or soya)
For the mango layer
  • 1 banana
  • 1 mango sliced
  • 1/4 cup nut milk (i.e. almond or soya)
For decoration
  • 2 strawberries
  • 1 can of coconut milk (high in fat)
  • small handful of crushed pistachios
  • 1 wooden skewer
Fruity Freak Smoothie
Instructions
  1. Slice the banana into small pieces and put the pieces inside an airtight container, then freeze for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Meanwhile, place the can of coconut in the fridge for at least a few hours or overnight.
  3. Next, take one of the strawberries for decorating and cut it into slices half a cm thick. Then press each slice firmly onto the inside of the serving jar. Make sure the inside of the jar is dry, otherwise the slices might not stick.
  4. Blend together the ingredients for the strawberry layer and pour three quarters of the mixture into the jar.
  5. Next, blend the ingredients for the mango layer (leave a couple of pieces of mango to one side for decoration) and gently pour the entire mixture into the jar on top of the strawberry layer. If you like clean layers, use the back of a spoon to gently guide the mango layer on top.
  6. Top with the remaining strawberry layer.
  7. Remove the can of coconut milk from the fridge and open. Scoop out the coconut cream that has settled at the top and transfer to a mixing bowl. Note: if the coconut cream hasn’t separated from the water, there probably wasn’t enough fat content in the can. Beat the coconut cream until light and fluffy, then transfer to a piping bag.
  8. Pipe the coconut cream on top of the smoothie and sprinkle with crushed pistachios.
  9. Take the remaining strawberry used for decorating and cut it in half. Then take the remaining mango pieces, add both fruits to the wooden skewer and carefully place the skewer inside the jar so the fruit pieces poke out of the top.
Recipe Notes

You will also need a 1 litre Kilner jar or similar.

Mango and Avocado Salad

Mango and Avocado Salad

Salads. They’re not exactly the trickiest of recipes to get right. But what can be a bit tricky is making a salad taste great. The sort of salad that makes you think “wow!”.

And I think we might have just done that!

We’ve fallen in love with this mango and avocado salad. It’s embarrassingly easy, yet bursting with sweet, fresh flavours… perfect as we build-up for the warm summer months.

Mango and Avocado Salad

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Mango and Avocado Salad
Mango and Avocado Salad
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
For the dressing
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
For the salad
  • 1 mango diced
  • 2 avocados diced
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup tinned black beans
  • 1/2 cup tinned sweetcorn
  • 3 leaves of iceburg lettuce
  • handful of coriander
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
For the dressing
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
For the salad
  • 1 mango diced
  • 2 avocados diced
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup tinned black beans
  • 1/2 cup tinned sweetcorn
  • 3 leaves of iceburg lettuce
  • handful of coriander
Mango and Avocado Salad
Instructions
  1. Add the dressing ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix together with a spoon.
  2. Next, add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix everything together with two wooden spoons, until all the ingredients are coated in the dressing.

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Super Green Smoothie

Super Green Smoothie

Makes 1 smoothie.

Ingredients

1 banana peeled
1 cup mango diced
1 cup kale chopped
1 cup spinach
1/2 tsp spirulina powder
2 cups almond milk

Super Green Smoothie

Super Green Smoothie
– Full recipe http://bit.ly/2d2BWKt

Posted by So Vegan on Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Method

1. Combine all ingredients in blender until smooth.
2. Pour into serving glass and top with your favourite seeds.

Strawberry Split Lollies

Strawberry Split Lollies

Makes 4 ice lollies.

Ingredients

1 banana
1 mango
1/2 cup coconut cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp agave syrup
3/4 cup strawberries

You will also need ice lolly moulds and pop sticks.

Strawberry Split Lollies
– Full recipe http://bit.ly/2a95yCI

Posted by So Vegan on Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Method

1. Place can of coconut milk in fridge overnight or in freezer for a couple of hours to set the cream. Eventually the cream will settle at the top of the can.

2. Remove skin from the banana and mango, and roughly chop. Discard the stone from the mango.

3. Blend the banana, mango, coconut cream, vanilla extract, and 1 tsp of agave syrup until smooth and set aside in a measuring jug.

4. Blend the strawberries with 1 tsp of agave syrup until runny.

5. Pour some of the yellow mixture into the ice lolly moulds, followed by a few teaspoons of the red mixture.

6. For a tie-dye effect, use one of the pop sticks and push the red mixture down into the yellow mixture along the sides of the moulds.

7. Fill the remainder of the moulds with the yellow mixture and insert one pop stick into the middle of each mould.

8. Freeze for at least 4 hours or ideally overnight.

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