I used to be a really fussy eater. My mum is probably reading this right now and nodding her head vigorously in agreement. Three of the things I most despised growing up were peanuts, onions and bananas. Peanuts, I still refuse to eat, always will. Onions, I will now eat in most things, except bolognese sauce. And bananas, I do eat now. I wouldn’t say I go out of my way to eat onions or bananas, but I’m not as opposed to them as I once was.
Today’s recipe is for a Blueberry Smoothie. But this isn’t any old smoothie recipe. Because my fussiness is rearing its ugly head again, this time in the form of an aversion to dairy-based drinks, today’s smoothie is dairy-free. I especially dislike yoghurt- and milk-based smoothies, so when I decided to replace my Vegemite on toast with a healthy smoothie for breakfast I had a tough decision to make – yoghurt/milk or bananas – my two nemeses are the best thickeners in smoothies and I had to pick one of them.
I picked the lesser of two evils – bananas – to make my smoothies nice and thick. And you know what? If you use a juice with lots of flavour, you can barely taste the bananas. I’ve tried a few different juices now, and I found that apple, blueberry or pomegranate juice all enhance the blueberry flavour of the smoothie, but cranberry juice seemed to bring out the banana flavour too much.
This smoothie is also packed full of other healthy goodies that you can’t taste – avocado and chia seeds. When I first decided to make smoothies for breakfast, I thought I would end up starving by 10am, and was pleasantly surprised when I got all the way through to lunch without feeling any hunger pangs. My theory is that the chia seeds keep expanding in your stomach making you feel fuller for longer. I don’t know if it’s been proven in the science world, but I feel like my theory might have some sort of validity, don’t you think? Needless to say, this smoothie has become a permanent breakfast fixture now.
Makes about 750ml, enough for 2 smoothies
Prep Time: 4 minutes
1 tbsp chia seeds
8-10 ice cubes
140g frozen blueberries (about 1 cup)
1½ cups apple juice (or blueberry juice or pomegranate juice)
- Add ingredients to a blender, leaving the juice until last. Blend on low speed for about 1 minute, until ingredients are fully combined. Pulse for another 15 seconds to pulverise any remaining lumps.
Note: This smoothie can be adapted as you like. Feel free to add spinach, kale, different juices or, God forbid, yoghurt or milk!