Look, I’m not even sure if you need a recipe to make a smoothie, but this one has been on the menu at our place a lot recently, generally in lieu of breakfast, and I’m excited about it, because I’d never thought of using non-dairy milks in smoothies (still loving your book, Amber!), and they are really lovely. Much less rich, somehow, and if you use almond milk, you can start the day feeling that not only do you have your daily 2 servings of fruit covered, but you’ve also made a good start on all those healthy nuts you’re supposed to eat. This is especially helpful if, like Andrew, you don’t actually like nuts – these are stealth almonds, cunningly disguised as milk (which Andrew also doesn’t like – did I mention that he can be a little bit difficult?) and just adding a light, slightly almondy backing note to the strawberry lead singer.
And speaking of backing notes, I just have to pause here and say something totally un-cooking-related, because I had an absolutely brilliant time on Saturday night getting to sing with a Scottish dance band at a wedding – I’ve never sung with a band before and I’m still totally excited from the experience and can’t actually hold any sort of conversation that doesn’t include a mention of it. Including, apparently, a blog post about smoothies. And they want me back – halfway through the evening, there were all these discussions about things they could do ‘now we have a singer’. Yay!
Also I got to dance, which was also fabulous, because I usually avoid dancing, on the grounds that I am horribly unco-ordinated, but I actually really love the kind of dances where you just need to be able to skip and count and make patterns, because these are more reliant on one having a brain and a working pair of legs than an ability to remember where one’s hands and feet are, and that’s what most Scottish dancing is, and it’s really fun. Though I do think the definition of courage is dancing country dances in a strapless wedding dress for four hours. I’d be terrified of dancing right out of the dress…
Oh, and while I’m just generally bragging about singing stuff, I passed my singing exam with Distinction and 84%, which was much better than I expected, and what’s more, the examiner’s comments suggest that he really enjoyed my performance, which is a bonus (and something no piano examiner ever implied about me even slightly, I might add). So I’m very happy right now!
Right, anyway, about that smoothie! I really love this recipe – it tastes fresh and a little minty and is one of those things that you can just *feel* is doing you good as you drink it, but is still fun, which is important. I’m not much of a believer in healthy foods that taste aggressively healthy and kind of boring.
Also, it’s pink! Very pink! Pink like my new blender! I cannot tell you how much this adds to my joy in this recipe… though I imagine all the pictures of pink blenders and pink cups in this post are a bit of a giveaway in that respect…
Your Shopping List (makes 2-3 serves)
1 banana, smallish
1 date, fresh, not dried, because if it is dried it will not smoosh up properly in the smoothie, and a smoothie should not have chewy bits in it
9 tinned apricot halves. But if you had fresh apricots, that would probably be even better
250 g strawberries, hulled
6 big mint leaves, or to taste
1 cup almond milk