Vegan Strawberry & Peanut Butter Smoothie Recipe:
I don’t know about you, but I just love experimenting in the kitchen. Especially when it comes to throwing things together in an almost random but necessary manner. We all know what it’s like, we are nearing (or waaaaaay overdue) our next food shop; looking in the fridge to see only random ingredients with no idea of how to make something half-healthy. There are a couple of things I do to ensure there’s always a way to make a delicious smoothie at home, no matter whether I’m in need of a Friday big shop or not.
1: I keep peeled and halved bananas in the freezer. Bananas are a staple for me, but I make sure I keep my frozen stock topped up. Because I tend to buy a lot of bananas at a time, if I haven’t managed to munch through them all before they get to the point of having black spots, I peel and freeze them before they can get over ripe.
2: I always keep AT LEAST two other varieties of fruit in my freezer. Usually its’ berries, whether it’s Strawberries, Raspberries or Blueberries. That way I have something sweet to add to any smoothie I may throw together. Aldi is great for buying frozen berries such as this at a reasonable price, (I find other supermarkets more expensive price per gram) but, I do like to keep my eyes on the Whoopsie sections in the supermarkets (best nearing the end of the day) and pick up fruit that is reduced. As soon as I get my shop home, I prepare the fruit and bag it up in zip-lock bags and freeze.
3: I also tend to freeze things like Mangoes and Watermelon in cubes. Mangoes in particular is one I would buy when reduced, so they don’t tend to last long. Freezing them ensures they don’t go to waste and I haven’t wasted any cash. BONUS: I also like to add watermelon cubes to a jug of water and keep it in the fridge. It not only acts as ice cubes but adds flavour to your water!
What you will need:
- High powered blender or smoothie maker
- Melon baller (optional to recreate as pictured above)
- Chopping board and a knife
1 small ripe banana (can be frozen)
100grams Frozen Strawberries
3 heaped tbsp Gluten Free Oats
1 tbsp Chia Seeds
1 tbsp Smooth Natural Peanut Butter
(I love the Meridian varieties! I’m so obsessed with it that it’s cheaper to buy in the 6kg tubs!!)
Vanilla Soya Milk to desired consistency
(I use the Alpo UHT Vanilla Soya milk which is another one of my obsessions! But you could easily use any dairy alternative milk and either leave as is OR add 1/4 tsp Vanilla powder or 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract.)
1 Fresh Fig
Desiccated Coconut (for dusting)
*** The reason I’ve stated “milk to desired consistency” is because it depends how I want to enjoy it, as to how thick I want the smoothie to be. If you want to drink it, if you’re on the go, add a little more milk, if you want to eat with a spoon topped with your favourite fruit, nuts and seeds, hold back a little with the milk to give it a nice thick yoghurt type consistency!***
To make the smoothie, add all of the ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth and pink.
It should begin to look like this:
At this stage you can either drink it up and enjoy or, transfer into a bowl and top with your favourite fruits, nuts and seeds.
as I did…
Cut your Dragonfruit (Pitaya) in half from top to bottom.
Using your melon baller, hollow out each half of the fruit, leaving the pretty pink skin in tact.
Slice your Fig into eighths.
Using the two hollowed halves of your dragonfruit as bowls, spoon the smoothie mixture evenly into each, leaving a half centimetre lip at the top to avoid overflow once you add your toppings.
Carefully place a selection of both the balled dragonfruit and the fig pieces into the smoothie and dust with desiccated Coconut. Eat immediately.
Nom nom Nom!!
I hope you enjoy this quick and easy smoothie as much as I do. It may not be the greenest creation, but it sure hits the yummy spot!! I’d love to see yours, so either leave me a comment below or tag me on Instagram @crispy1984!!