Monday, 10 April 2017

 

Easy Banana & Red Fruit Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

With spring finally here, few things beat a smoothie as a great breakfast to kickstart the day. A smoothie maker has been on my wish list for a very long time yet rather than me getting one for myself (which I should've done a long time ago) it wasn't until I got one for my birthday in February that I finally tried it out. And I have been hooked since! My concoctions so far have all been based on the basic starting off recipe of Greek yoghurt, milk, a fresh banana en frozen food, but I'd like to share with you my journey in experimenting on this blog, starting with the recipe that has become my staple breakfast several times a week.


Banana & Red Fruit Breakfast Smoothie (With Some Healthy Add-Ons)

Prep-time: 5 minutes // Makes 1 smoothie



What you need:

  • A smoothie maker (I have the Duronic BL3/W Blend & Go because it is small, affordable and comes with a 2-year warranty)
  • Tumbler that can hold 600ml of ingredients
  • Measuring cups and spoons

Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yoghurt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup frozen red fruit (I use a mix of blackberries, cherries, blueberries and raspberries)
  • 1 banana (a ripened one works better than a slightly green one to add sweetness without having to add sugar or sweeteners)

Optional additions, you can add one or more of the below to the mixture for an extra health kick and to fill you up longer:



Instructions:

1. Measure out all the ingredients and put the yoghurt and milk in the container first.

2. Add your frozen fruit, I use frozen fruit from the supermarket but you can of course also freeze your own. I personally prefer to put frozen fruit in the middle of the ingredients to not have it too close to the blades as it can make them blunt quicker. Smaller pieces are better for your equipment if you're able to break them up.

3. Add your healthy and protein ingredients at this stage, think seeds, oats, powders, etc. I try to spread them out and layer them with the frozen fruit if adding a lot, to make sure they don't clump together when blending.

4. Finally, peel your banana and add it in chunks to the tumbler, making sure you don't overfill it. If there is still a lot of space left over you can add more yoghurt, oats, or fresh fruits (not the frozen ones, they should be in the middle).

5. Close the tumbler, give it a quick shake so the milk and yoghurt is everywhere and blend in the smoothie maker until everything is properly mixed. This smoothie is quite thick in consistency (the frozen fruits almost turn it into a sorbet) so it's nice and cold for a warm day, and will slowly become thinner while you're drinking it throughout the morning. If you prefer a more liquidy smoothie to begin with, add more fresh rather than frozen fruit and less yoghurt.



Top tip: If you don't have time to make your smoothie in the morning, make it the night before, add some lemon juice to prevent discolouring, and store in the fridge overnight. In the morning just give it a quick shake and you're good to go.



And that is my basic breakfast smoothie! What ingredients do you like to add? Do you have a favourite recipe? I'd love to try new things and share them on my blog, so please leave your recommendations in the commends below.




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