Recipes: The Best Summer Smoothies

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Now that Ramadan is over and we are back to a somewhat normal eating schedule again, there is more room for experimentation in your diet, which means you have can start playing around in the kitchen with new and creative smoothie recipes. Smoothies are a great way of easing your body into a normal diet again; they are easily digestible and can act as an intense shot of vitamins and nutrients to your system. Check the smoothie recipes below for some delicious inspiration.

Chia and Cherry Smoothie Jars
chia and cherry smoothie jars
This recipe by papaya sunshine is bound to leave you swooning. The mixture of chia pudding and smoothie adds a lot of texture and bulk to the meal, helping fill you up at breakfast without leaving you feeling uncomfortable or bloated.

Recipe:
Chia pudding

  • 1/4 cup of chia seeds
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 tsp of vanilla bean paste
  • 1 tbs of maple syrup

Leave to soak for a minimum of 4 hours then stir well to avoid clumping.

Smoothie

  • 1 cup of frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup of pitted cherries
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 tbs vanilla protein powder

Blend all ingredients together until smooth.

Chocolate Smoothie Bomb
chocolate smoothie bomb
Sometimes we need a chocolate fix, and having it in smoothie form rather than as cake is much better for both our health and our waistlines. The recipe below, again by papaya sunshine, is a foolproof way of healthily satisfying your chocolate craving.

Recipe:

  • 1/4 cup of whole hazelnuts, skinned and soaked overnight
  • 1 tbs raw cacao powder
  • 1 tbs chocolate protein powder
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2-4 soft pitted dates
  • 3/4 cup hazelnut milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or powder
  • Some ice cubes

Blend everything together in a blender until smooth and creamy.

Mango Smoothie with Superfood Topping
mango smoothie superfood topping
Nothing says hello summer like mangoes. The frozen banana when added to this recipe makes the smoothie taste more like ice cream than anything else, not to mention the tartness of the blueberry complements the sweetness of the smoothie perfectly. Find the full recipe here.

Raspberry Lemonade Smoothie
raspberry lemonade smoothie
This smoothie is the perfect thing to cool you down on a hut summer’s day when served ice-cold. Find the full recipe here.

Vanilla Mint Green Smoothie
vanilla mint green smoothie
Not only are the layers of this smoothie visually appealing, but the combination of coconut, vanilla, and green flavors make this smoothie to-die-for. Find the full recipe here.

 

Peach and Strawberry Smoothie
peach and strawberry smoothie
Peaches and strawberries are a great match already, add some turmeric and cashews to the mix and you have nutty and earthy flavors perfectly balancing out the sweetness of the fruit. Recipe by myberryforest.

Recipe:
Smoothie base

  • 3 frozen bananas
  • 1/4 cup soaked cashews
  • 1/2 cup plant milk (almond, coconut etc.)
  • 1.5 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp baobab powder

For peach base: Add 2 peaches and 1/2 tsp tumeric
For strawberry base: Add 1/2 cup chopped strawberries

Coffee Smoothie
coffee smoothie
Want your coffee fix in the morning but can’t quite deal with having a hot drink in this heat? This coffee smoothie is perfect for a summer breakfast add-on, or to have completely on its own if you’re not feeling particularly hungry. Find the full recipe here.

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