If you’ve been reading my little blog for a while you might have noticed how much I love smoothies and milkshakes. I’ve whisked up a few healthy of my own recipes over the years, including my fruity oat smoothie and my energy boosting breakfast smoothie. I’ve also shared my ultimate caramel doughnut freakshake recipe, but that’s more of a weekend treat than an everyday shake 😉 So you can imagine how excited I was to find a recipe book dedicated to my favourite drink! I grabbed a copy of Make Your Own Smoothie by Michelle Keogh and started to investigate…
It may sound like a rather boring plus-point, but this recipe book is spiral bound. I really prefer this type of binding for all recipe books, as it makes it much easier to keep your place when working on a recipe. That said, it’s a particularly important feature of this book as it allows you to mix and match the ingredients to create over 60,000 smoothie combinations. Much like those funny head-body-legs books you read as a child, you simply flip over the pages to find the ideal combination of base ingredients, liquid and ‘boost’ toppings.With that in mind, this is probably the only smoothie recipe book you’ll ever need. I defy you to find an ingredient that isn’t already somewhere in this recipe book so you’ll be sure to find the right taste and texture to suit you. Don’t like coconut? No problem! Can’t function without freeze dried fruit? It’s all in there. There are gluten-free, low-fat, vegan and dairy-free options, so you can make any flavour of smoothie into something that suits your own diet.
My own preference for smoothies is something milk-based so that it feels more like a naughty shake rather than a healthy drink! Even so, there are SO many options for the liquid layer (including fruit juices, yoghurts, waters, teas, vegetable juices and proteins) that even a die-hard milkshake fan like me might actually start to be a little more adventurous with my smoothie ‘designs’.But you don’t have to rummage through all the options before finding a suitable recipe – at the back of the book there’s a list of classic smoothie combos to try and some basic recipes to help you get started. And it’s not just healthy smoothies either… if you don’t believe me, just have a look at the cinnamon apple cookie shake I concocted above!
Let me know what your favourite smoothie ingredients are by leaving me a comment below and tweet me a photo of your weekend smoothie @Cassiefairy or tag me in your Instagram pics @Cassiefairy. Build Your Own Smoothie by Michelle Keogh is published by Quarto.