As much as it pains me to say it, summer has passed its half-way mark – and although I would rather it didn’t, some people already claim it is rather close to its finish line too. With the last summer Bank Holiday in the UK and all of us desperate for sunshine to try to take advantage of the last few warm days left of the year. For me it means, among many other things, picnic; and there is no good picnic without some smoothies, I am telling you.
I was actually halfway through preparing another Let’s try… and then my oven broke and all my plans had to be adjusted. Who knew living without an oven would be such a pain? But to some extent I am glad it happened; because otherwise I would not turn my attention to smoothies and I would not try all of the delicious recipes I am listing below.
The rules are the same as always – I pick a few recipes that I have pinned, try them out for myself and let you know if they are worth any attention.
Strawberry Mango Smoothie by Ashley (Baker by Nature)
Strawberry and mango has always been a summer classic for me, hence there was no way I couldn’t start with this recipe by Ashley. Plus, looking at all the delicious layer photos she had posted, there was really no strength in me to resist it.
Mango + strawberries is an extremely simple formula, really. As far as smoothies go, you cannot get more basic. Yet it is a favourite of so many of us – sometimes simplicity is the answer, isn’t it?
Ashley’s strawberry and mango smoothie recipe does what it says on the tin; which in itself makes it really delicious. It would also be a great start for anyone who is new to smoothie land or simply does not have enough time to prepare anything more extravagant. It takes around 4-5 minutes to make and the ingredient list is rather short too.
The only thing I would change would be to change the proportions between the fruits and orange juice; mine turned out a bit too orange-y for my liking, but that is not a deal breaker anyway.
Tropical Fruit Breakfast Smoothie by Tieghan (Half Baked Harvest)
Out of the basics land straight into the tropics! I was looking forward to this recipe by Tieghan, and although I failed to buy a papaya (really, M&S? you sell dragon fruit and 6 different types of melons, but no papayas?), it did not disappoint.
I must admit, I had tons of fun making this one; mostly because I decided not to buy coconut chunks but a whole coconut and had to mallet it down on a pavement in front of my house. I mean, all my neighbours must already think I am crazy, with all these Disney song singing and blog photo taking, I don’t really have much of a good reputation to look after.
At the end of the day, it was my boyfriend who slew the coconut, but don’t tell anyone.
Tasting Tieghan’s smoothie made me feel like being on holiday, really. I did book a holiday on the same day as well, so it definitely was a good inspiration to finally get around to doing that. It was just so… coconut-y and mango-y, and definitely belonged on a warm beach or something.
With so many flavours in it and so many different ingredients, it is definitely a more ‘advanced’ smoothie recipe, if there is even such a thing in smoothie land; after all, anyone with a blender can make some. But it is worth the effort and at the end of the day it does not take that much time to make (well, unless you do buy a whole coconut…).
Green Spring Smoothie by Paula (Thirteen Thoughts)
Paula’s blog is one I visit frequently; so when this recipe popped out in my Bloglovin’ feed, I could not wait to give it a go. It is a bit of a cheat Let’s try, because I have kind of definitely tried it before, but… I always cheat here anyway.
I am a self-confessed and self-diagnosed spinach addict. I put spinach in everything. No one asks me what I want for dinner anymore, because whatever it is, it usually comes with spinach (and garlic) anyway, and I think people are just bored with it by now. If you don’t like spinach, you’re missing out, but I guess it is too late for your soul to be saved. If you do like spinach, you’re in for a treat.
This is not really a summer smoothie… But it is tasty, and healthy, and to be honest, I did not want to share with you guys 5 recipes of fruit smoothies; these are very common and everyone is bound to have tried at least one in their lives. Veggie and, generally, healthy smoothies are just a tad less praised by the general population – although they definitely should.
Other than its great, spinach taste (spinach for life!), my favourite thing about this one is its colour – isn’t it just dashing? I eat with my eyes and definitely drink with my eyes too, and let me tell you, looking at this one is a real treat.
Thank you, Paula, for this recipe! Paula’s blog, Thirteen Thoughts, is more on the lifestyle side than a cooking one; but if all you’re in for is food (I won’t blame you; food is awesome), she posts healthy recipes from time to time too.
Sweet Sunflower Smoothie with Kale by Justine (Honest Cooking)
And since we’re talking health, how could we not talk kale too? Personally I am not a fan myself (spinach does it all for me), but I do push countless amounts of kale at my boyfriend; and with him in mind I have picked this recipe by Justine.
I would love to tell you that I made my own sunflower butter for this one – to be fair, I probably would, but I kind of lost an oven. But even with a shop-bought sunflower butter, the addition of this ingredient makes all the difference in the world.
It is such an unusual smoothie! At least for me, who likes to stick to her well-proved recipes. I’d never think to put butter in my smoothie, plant butter or not. But it just… works.
If you too are a no-kale kind of person or you’re trying to push some kale into your significant others, friends, parents, kids, this is definitely a good way to approach the subject. Sneaky, I know, although it still kind of looks like blended kale, yet I think it may be very effective.
Thank you, Justine, for this recipe! If you are looking for more bold drink ideas, check out Honest Cooking, an online cooking magazine this recipe was featured on, or Justine’s blog, Cooking and Beer.
Layered Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie by Lee (Fit Foodie)
And we finish on an ingredient I never thought I would put in my smoothies – chocolate. Well, maybe not chocolate as such, but this recipe by Lee does include cocoa and chocolate protein powder, so if you are a fitness kind of person with a sweet tooth on top of that, you’re in for a treat.
A little bit of a disclaimer here: this recipe contains dairy which I do not eat, hence I had to make a few adjustments. I have replaced the Greek yoghurt with a soya one and I have used my pea protein powder instead of the regular once, hence I cannot guarantee it is the same smoothie experience as designed.
I wish I was good at layering, because this smoothie, if layered nicely, is a work of art to look at. It does not resemble a smoothie at all, more like a white and milk hot chocolate, so it is easy to trick your brain into thinking it is actually a dessert not a clever protein shake. Amazing.
It tasted of chocolate. Can I sell it any better?
The only issue I had was just how thick it turned out! Partially it was my own substitutions – I mean, have you ever seen pea protein powder? It can get real thick, hence I usually add it to salads and do not make shakes as such. But on top of that I think it could do with having less yoghurt and more milk, or even milk instead of yoghurt all together.
And that’s it from me today! What are your favourite smoothie recipes? Any combos you enjoy above all else? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to try some more! Don’t want to miss my next post? Follow me on Bloglovin’ for automated updates. See you on Wednesday!