Sunday, 1 March 2015

Tri smoothie and cinnamon granola


It's the first of March, people, which means one thing: Spring is on its way! 

Here are some things I love about the season:

Pastels, daffodils, gardens beginning to bloom with colour. Longer days, bunny rabbits, munching on Easter chocolate late into the night. Lambs, sunny interiors, cherry blossom underneath powder blue skies. Noah And The Whale, dungarees, fields of yellow crops which are made for running through...  


The arrival of Spring and all its delightful hues got me craving homemade ice cream and sorbets. Ice cream and sorbets in rose pink, magenta, soft greens, lilac and vibrant yellow- colours of the season that when piled together look naturally photogenic and positive. 

Whilst back home for the latter half of the week, I planned to ease myself into this by building a smoothie topped with beetroot and orange ice cream, inspired by Annie Tarasova and her mouthwatering 'nicecreams'. But when the time came, I was like "actually, I'm really not in the mood for ice cream." It only really works when the weather is warm.

So here is my alternative: A juicy tasting smoothie with a fusion of complimentary colours and flavours. It has the taste of warmer days but with the added comfort from the cinnamon and apricot granola (and the lack of coolness).

To make, You will need...

carrot and apple smoothie
1 carrot, half an apple, almond milk

Beetroot and orange smoothie
1 beetroot (2 small) already cooked, 1 orange, almond milk

Banana and apricot smoothie
small handful of dried apricots (soaked in water overnight), 2 bananas, tea spoon cashew butter, almond milk

Cinnamon and apricot granola

What to do...

I layered it by its levels of sweetness so began with the carrot and apple one, rinsed out the blender and prepared the beetroot and orange. I then poured this into a glass with the first smoothie, rinsed out the blender and formed the banana and apricot one. PAUSE. The apricot and banana smoothie is my new favourite. Why? It tastes like caramel. I am not a huge caramel fan but it really works in liquid form like this.

Once your glass is filled with all three varieties, stick in a straw and sprinkle with the granola. This granola was made the same way as my ginger one but with modified ingredients.

All you need to do is blend oats, walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds together in a blender then tip into a bowl and mix in cinnamon and dried apricots.
Melt together 1 table spoon of coconut oil and 1 table spoon of honey (I made a small batch so for a bigger one you can double the amount) and poured into the nut and seed mix, stirring so clusters are formed.

Store the granola in an airtight container or jar.

And now... now you can enjoy ;)



5 comments:

  1. This looks and sounds ridiculously, insanely, outrageously good. I'm going to have to wait until I return home at easter for the use of a blender, but make this I will! (aAy have to substitute something else for the banana though.. I WANT to like it, but can only enjoy it baked into banana bread…)

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  2. the smoothie looks incredible, definitely going to give it a try!

    xx danielle // shades of danielle

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  3. This sounds like a really good healthy alternative and I love granola...always have I don't know why!
    Aleeha xXx
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  4. Super amazing!!! ;)
    Kisses from Spain.
    Xoxo, P.

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