I’ve always wanted to get some blueberries into me, but I have never been able to stomach the taste. To me, they taste like plastic.
They’re low in fat, but have plenty fibre, to help stop us being hungry all morning. This is a great morning recipe for me. It also helps with consuming natural vitamin C, which I’m not that great at doing. I like oranges, but due to the carb count and high sugar, as a diabetic, I tend to shy away from them a lot. Berries are my friends, so I really wanted to add blueberries to my diet somehow. Diabetics need to watch their eyes, and given that Vitamin C is said to help prevent glaucoma, it’s not one that I want to do without on a regular basis.
The raw cacao in this, for me, was an acquired taste. Don’t get me wrong, I love milk chocolate, but adding chocolate powder to fruit was a new experience for me. I was on my fourth or fifth smoothie before I managed to get a taste for this. I wouldn’t put it in every smoothie, but the mood enhancing properties certainly draw me to it.
We can make this all fresh, or all tinned, or a mixture of both. The boys wanted some fruity smoothie and I didn’t have enough of any one thing to made a dedicated smoothie, so we experimented with the left over strawberries that we had, and a tub of peaches and pears in juice from the cupboard.
Smoothies are really easy peasy and gets some fruit into our bodies.
Just under half the blender of crushed ice.
Strawberries – I used a 400g tub
Tub or tins of peaches and pears – 400g, including the juice.
Add all ingredients to blender.
Stir to mix ice and fruit
Switch on blender and let run for a few minutes. Stir a little if the ice stops crunching up.
Want a speedy dessert that will make kids fall over themselves with delight at having made? One they can share with family and friends, or just to eat themselves?
There is nothing difficult about creating such a spectacular tower of indulgency for a sweet dessert to die for, nor does it take any time at all to put together. Using bits and bobs left lying around the house, it uses up all the fruit and sweetie leftovers.
Ingredients my boys used:
a pre-made meringue pavlova case
carton of custard (or you could make it yourself)
spray Tip Top cream (thoroughly ashamed, but hey, it was speedy)
strawberries and raspberries
Pinching a marshmallow is good fun too.
With some custard added to the bottom of the pavlova, spraying on the Tip Top was the next step.
Adding the fruit and veg is the most difficult bit for fingers.
Then simply finish the decoration and eat immediately. This is not a dessert that can languish in the fridge. If you use fresh cream, you would get away with putting it in the fridge for later.
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