Blueberries are my favourite berry, and are ideal for my energy smoothie. They are bursting with antioxidants and just so versatile. My kids will eat frozen blueberries like sweets so I try and buy the organic brand to get chemicals down. Stock up on them while they are on special and store in the freezer till needed.
You can literally see the goodness!
Blueberry are an energy giving superfood that fuel the mind and body! Try and eat a handful of blueberries every second day.
Make sure you soak the almonds first, overnight if you can with a pinch of sea salt, this helps them to soften and turn into an almond milk without the need to make your own almond milk before hand.
Another reason to soak nuts:
Soaking nuts also helps them to be easily digested and breaks down the process of hibernation that the nut has undertaken in order not to sprout until conditions are right. This is how I explain to my kids the reason behind soaking nuts, if you want a more detailed explanation make sure you give it a google, or look out for my upcoming post on how and why to soak nuts.
Right now we have a handful of soaked nuts, lets make a mouth watering energy smoothie!
Blueberry Chia ENERGY Smoothie
1/2 cup blueberries (Frozen)
1/2 cup soaked almonds
1 tbsp chia seeds (Soak these for at least 1 hours before adding to the smoothie).
1 large ripe banana
Squeeze of lemon or lime juice if you have it on hand.
Whizz all the ingredients together really well and enjoy.
Makes one large or two small smoothies.
Check out my delicious Strawberry Smoothie, it’s gluten and dairy free too! Tell me below, what’s your favourite berry right now?
Dairy Free Strawberry Smoothie Recipe
This is one of my favourite smoothie recipes and it makes a great base for other smoothies. It doesn’t contain any banana which is helpful for those days when the kids have raided the fruit bowl and your supplies are low….pretty much daily at our house!
It is not only dairy free and vegan friendly but this dairy free strawberry smoothie recipe works without expensive nut milks, PLUS you don’t even have to make your own nut milk.
By soaking a handful of almonds the night before you activate them. This makes them easily digestible and soft enough to turn into a yummy nut milk just by whizzing it well with the the other ingredients.
It also helps keep in the extra fibre than can be lost when putting nut milk through a sieve.
Dairy Free Strawberry Smoothie Recipe
1/2 cup of well soaked almonds
600mls water (or you can use coconut water if you have it handy)
1 cup of frozen strawberries (use other berries if you have them and don’t have strawberries, but they may not make it as sweet).
A good squeeze of lemon (I used 4 drops of my doTERRA lemon essential oil)
Simply whizz all ingredients really well. I pop mine into my Blitz 2 Go and whizz for 30 seconds 3x.
These delicious and refreshing smoothies go really well with my Easy Soft Peanut Butter Cookies – these are dairy free too are whipped up with only 4 ingredients!
Remember: If you would like more recipes that are dairy free and easy to make let me know. I have lots of yummy and nourishing recipes that I am happy to share with those wanting to make healthy changes to their lives.
In the meantime I hope you enjoy this recipes as much as we do at our house! Jamie x
The Best Banana Smoothie
Why is it the best?
- It’s simple! Just 4 everyday ingredients.
- Dairy and gluten free
- Bursting with flavour – thanks to the addition of the juicy fresh pineapple.
- Tummy healing almonds fill you up.
As well as being the BEST banana smoothie, it is possibly our favourite go to smoothie recipe, especially for times when we are in a hurry and need to grab something on the go.
The kids LOVE this recipe and easily whip it up themselves.
Any leftovers are ideal for freezing as ice pops for a healthy dessert!
This smoothie is a tummy healing godsend, and a great place to start if you are new to smoothies because it won’t cause the bloating that green smoothies can cause.
Use this recipe as is, or make it your own by adding berries, seeds or even a scoop of pea protein powder.
The BEST Banana Smoothie Recipe
2 soft ripe bananas (It will be sweeter the riper the bananas)
1/4 sliced skinless pineapple
700mls of water
1 handful of almonds (soak your almonds first for at least a few hours to activate and soften them)
A Glass Of Tummy Healing Goodness
Simply whizz all the ingredients together and enjoy!
This makes two medium size smoothies that are thick and creamy!
If you enjoyed tis easy recipe, try my nourishing Chocolate Sunflower Milk – It’s dairy free too!
Chocolate Sunflower Milk
My gorgeous kids have been wild animals today!
Maybe it’s the wind, and the cooler weather, or maybe they are getting a little bit overtired, but it was a sign they needed to stop and just be still for a while.
They both love this deliciously calming chocolate sunflower milk, and always seem so settled after a big glass of it.
Sunflower milk is super easy to make, and a great dairy free alternative to cows milk. I made this while doing the lunch dishes today and while the kids were jumping around in the kitchen with excitement to drink it.
Sunflowers are especially high in the vitamins and minerals children need to thrive, including tryptophan an essential amino acid which helps to calm the mind and body. 💕
It’s also good for us adults too…love that right?
Chocolate Sunflower Milk Recipe
1 cup of sunflower seeds – soaked in water for a couple of hours or overnight
400mls of water
1 tablespoon coconut sugar
1 tbsp organic fair trade cocoa
pinch of sea salt
Drain the water from the sunflower seeds and add the seeds and 400mls of new water to a blender.
Whizz the seeds and water well.
Once smooth, drain the sunflower milk through a muslin cloth or strainer. I have a colander that fits into a bowl so I can just tip the whole mixture in easily, and it drains itself.
Add the strained sunflower milk back into the blender along with the cocoa, coconut sugar, and pinch of sea salt and whizz again.
This makes it nice and fluffy.
You can enjoy the chocolate sunflower milk cold, or heat it gently in a pot on the stove until it’s warm. This takes around 2-3 minutes.
It is super easy, so I hope that it made sense when you read my directions? If not let me know and I can clarify.
Try making a batch of healthy gluten free BLISS BALLS to go with this yummy milk drink.