You can’t poke around The Chalkboard for long without running into a smoothie recipe or two. If you’re a smoothie-lover who is new to our site, prepare yourself – and then check out our recipe list here. We’ve got smoothies for days! We’re adding to that list with a truly British-style smoothie from Guest Editor, Jamie Oliver. Jamie’s mix of oats, black currants and honey make this one a must-try – and a great choice for a quick family breakfast. Here’s Jamie…
Smoothies are not only deliciously tasty but they’re also perfect to have for breakfast, as they’re full of goodness. Adding oats and nuts to them is great, because it helps slow down the absorption of the sugar from the fruit into your bloodstream, which gives you more energy for longer. The great thing about frozen fruit is that it’s been picked at its best, at the right time, and hasn’t been forced to grow out of season, like so much of the “fresh” fruit on offer to us these days. It’s also cheaper and far more convenient – it will keep happily in your freezer for months on end, so any time you fancy a smoothie, you can have one!
Here are a few of my top tips for getting smoothies right:
– Smoothies are best made in a blender, as opposed to a food processor, as this will give your smoothies a lovely silky texture.
– Feel free to use any fruit you like, either one type or a mixture. Raspberries are really tasty and you can use them here, but I tend to stay away from them because of the seeds.
– Rarely with a frozen fruit smoothie should you need to sweeten it, but if you think it needs a bit of extra sweetness you can add a little honey to taste – you won’t need much.
Jamie's Nuts & Berries Smoothie
makes 2 smoothies
1 ripe banana
1 cup frozen fruit of your choice: mango, blackcurrants or strawberries
2 heaped tablespoons natural yogurt
1 small handful of oats
1 small handful of mixed nuts
1 glass of soy milk, skimmed milk or apple juice
Optional: runny honey, to taste
Peel and slice your banana and put it into a blender with your frozen fruit and the yogurt. Whiz it up and add the oats and nuts. Add the soy milk, or apple juice and then and whiz again, until nice and smooth.
If it’s a bit too thick for you, just add a splash more milk or juice and whiz around again. Give it a good stir, then have a taste. Add honey to taste – you won’t need much. Enjoy!
- Don't have time?
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How many calories are we talking about here?
Good question, Jan! We’re not big calorie counters over here, but if you’d like to lower the calories get heavy handed with the berries and skimp on the nuts and banana!
Love this one! re: calories, I’d actually keep the nuts even if I were counting calories. Why: they increase satiety so that you won’t get hungry as quickly (and later gobble down more calories than you planned). I’d enjoy this as a breakfast.
Thanks, Jamie – let us know if you try it out!
I love this, and for me the fact that its fruit and nuts does it for me. I’m not worry what it will do to me. Instead of Soy Milk I prefer Almond (not gmo and all pure) but thanks for sharing.
We love almond milk in smoothies too, Jasmine (by the way, Pressed Juicery’s almond milk is insanely delish)
Hi. Can you put nuts in a blender with their shells on. Particularly pistachios nuts. I hav only just bought myself a blender/smoothie and don’t want to make a mistake, thank you. Christine.
I love me some nuts in my smoothie, especially a slightly salty one. These smoothies look so delicious!