Two tone cherry ripe smoothie – gluten free, grain free, wheat free, dairy free, clean, vegan and paleo friendly
Hello there! How have you been? I hope you had a wonderful Christmas break.
I had a fantastic break over in New Zealand while visiting my sister Sandra. Much to everyone’s surprise (except for mine and dad’s) she got married on Christmas Eve to her long term partner, Paul shortly after guests had finished their BBQ dinner. Paul’s eldest son, Caleb strummed to Pink Floyd on electric guitar as dad walked Sandra down the aisle and his youngest son Josh was ring bearer. There were plenty of tears (good ones, I promise).
Apart from this amazing event of 2016, I want to highlight 4 wonderful things that happened to me while I was away:
1. I reached a state of pure and utter relaxation that I haven’t felt in a very long time
2. Time ceased to exist.
3. I experienced feeling like a kid again as I jumped off the jetty in Takamatua’s afternoon sun and played ball in the water.
4. I felt pure joy and gratitude. Life is beautiful and I am lucky to be surrounded by people that love me.
It mattered not that most of my stay was spent in Winter clothing borrowed from my sister. My holiday was a success.
I had one week of holidays left upon my return to Australia and let me tell you, it has been a scorcher here in Sydney. As it’s been too hot to cook, it’s only appropriate that today’s recipe is all about beating the heat while taking advantage of nature’s seasonal bounty. Enter my two tone cherry ripe smoothie. Cherries are still in season and have reduced in price so when I walked past my local fruit and veggie shop yesterday, I couldn’t resist these luscious, juicy beauties..
You will need to pit and freeze your cherries for this recipe. Don’t be turned off by pitting your own cherries. It’s quite simple and doesn’t take that long. All you need is a chopstick or something similar with a blunt end. Remove stalk from cherry and push the chopstick through the bottom of the cherry until you feel the stone. Push/guide the stone up through the top of the cherry where the stalk used to be until it comes out. The more you do it, the quicker you will be at it. Otherwise, you can use pre-pitted, frozen cherries if your supermarket stocks them. Nothing beats using your own cherries though.
If you want to add some decadence to your two tone cherry ripe smoothie (which I highly recommend), you can add some chocolate shavings and melted clean/raw chocolate. I’ve dipped the rims of my jars in my home made chocolate ganache which you will find the recipe for in my upcoming e-cookbook “Naked chocolate breakfasts, treats and desserts”. I have then drizzled more ganache over the top of the chocolate smoothie layer to really give it that chocolate hit and take it to the next level.
Speaking of my e-cookbook, I’m so close to releasing it but I have a bit of a problem – I can’t decide between three book covers I have made so I will need your help. More details will follow soon, however I can tell you that I will be running a Facebook competition on which is the best cover and you will get the chance to win a PDF copy of my cookbook.
Ok, let’s get onto this recipe, shall we?
Have a beautiful weekend.
Love, Tash x
Why this is so good for you
Cherries help prevent colon cancer, reduce the risk of gout, help relieve insomnia, can help relieve pain from osteoarthritis, lower risk of heart disease, reduce risk of diabetes, help ward off Alzheimer’s disease and reduce the risk of stroke.
Coconut speeds up metabolism, reduces the risk of heart disease, reduces the risk of diabetes, improves digestion, increases immune strength, is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic, prevents osteoporosis, prevents stroke, hydrates, is anti-aging and helps prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Raw cacao powder protects against aging and cancer, improves digestion, gives energy, improves mood, lowers blood pressure and increases circulation.
- 500 grams fresh ripe cherries, pitted and frozen (remove a few for garnish if you wish)
- 1 cup light coconut milk
- 1/4 cup dessicated coconut
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 10 ice cubes
- Optional: Maple syrup (or alternate sweetener, to taste)
- 2 tablespoons (or more) raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup light coconut milk
- Grated chocolate, melted chocolate, extra cherries and extra dessicated coconut.
- Blitz cherries, coconut milk, dessicated coconut, ice and optional sweetener in a food processor or blender with ice crushing blades till smooth. Divide HALF this mixture between 2 mason jars leaving the other half in the blender.
- Add the raw cacao powder and extra coconut milk to the remaining mixture and blitz again.
- Pour over top of cherry coconut mixture.
- Top with cherries, grated chocolate, melted chocolate or cacao nibs and dessicated coconut