Blueberry Smoothie

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.

Blueberry Smoothie | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

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.

Blueberry Smoothie | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Blueberry Smoothie | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

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.

Blueberry Smoothie | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Blueberry Smoothie | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

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.

Blueberry Smoothie | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Blueberry Smoothie

Makes about 750ml, enough for 2 smoothies

Prep Time: 4 minutes

Ingredients:

1 banana

½ avocado

1 tbsp chia seeds

8-10 ice cubes

140g frozen blueberries (about 1 cup)

1½ cups apple juice (or blueberry juice or pomegranate juice)

Method:

  1. 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!

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2 comments

  1. Thank you so much for a dairy free smoothie recipe! It’s so hard to find these! This looks amazing. I also totally understand your food aversion to bananas, I used to hate them with a passion. Now I can eat them as long as they’re part of something else, but plain bananas are so not my thing.

    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one who has a thing against dairy smoothies and plain bananas!

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