Super Smoothie

Super Smoothie - Dairy Free & Vegan - adult & children's sizes

Let me start by mentioning three blog posts that have inspired me to try and make my first ever smoothie.

As soon as I read Alex’s post about her Iron Boosting Smoothie, I knew I wanted to attempt making it. What appealed to me most in Alex’s post was the fact she explained in detail why each and every ingredient she chose was good for you. I will not paraphrase what she has written so well; check her fab recipe and informative post!

Then Sarah’s Simple Summer Smoothie caught my eye a few days later. It looked refreshing and I could taste its goodness just by reading Sarah’s post! Do not take my word for it, check it!

Finally, I read about Jenny’s Spinach & Kale Breakfast Smoothie. This was a nice-looking smoothie; the kind of drink I would get in town. It is dark pink and for some reason, I have always been quite partial to pink or red food. I love all fruits in that colour and whenever I open a pack of sweets, they are always the colours I go for. Same for yoghurts (shoes and clothes as well actually!).

I have not been researching smoothies or had a sudden obsession for them. I just happen to follow and read regularly these three fab blogs. As I have been craving smoothies for the whole length of my pregnancy, I thought it was time to have a go at making one myself and I pinned these three to use as a starting point. Please check their blog posts as Alex, Sarah and Jenny really know what they are talking about. I am just making it up as I go along!

My plan was to make Alex’s smoothie, adding some cranberry juice like Sarah had to help relieve Beanie’s urine infection as well as lots of strawberries like Jenny’s recipe to make it pink.

When hubby went shopping on Sunday, I did not check the recipes and gave him a few of the ingredients from memory. I definitely remembered that the common factor in all three recipes was kale. I had no idea whatsoever what it was but for some reason I thought it might be a leafy vegetable. I was wondering why all three girls had used it, but if they had, so would I! Hubby came back with the kale but forgot the strawberries. Luckily I was not scared to go completely off-piste and we had a few ingredients I thought I could include in the house.

Super Smoothie - Dairy Free & Vegan - Ingredients

Whenever I get a smoothie, it has banana in it so it was a given that the fruit would be included in my recipe. I also wanted the smoothie to taste really sweet and I thought a few dried fruits would help. I soaked them in the cranberry juice to soften them a little.

Super Smoothie - Dairy Free & Vegan - Layered Ingredients

I have to admit I was a bit worried about the kale, its salad-like aspect and awful smell (I might be exaggerating). It was not something I fancied putting in a fruity smoothie, but I trusted the girls and went for it! I felt like a pioneer, taking improvisation to the next level, whatever that may be!

Super Smoothie - Dairy Free & Vegan - Chopped Ingredients

Armed with my trusty 2L Pyrex bowl and my old soup blender, I was excited about this whole new me; Mel turned healthy smoothie-maker. In the end, the soup blender was not the ideal tool for making smoothie, but it worked well enough.

Do not be repelled by its lumpy, greenish appearance. This smoothie was actually lovely, as sweet as I wanted it to be and it did not even have a hint of salad! Despite its lumpy texture, we drank it through straws and it tasted great. I am sure that had it been mixed in a real smoothie machine (what is that even called?), it would have been as smooth as shop-bought ones.

This was my first ever attempt at making smoothie, please do not be too harsh with me!

Here is what my family thought:

  • Hubby suggested that rather than posting this recipe, I should attempt making yellow or red smoothies, ha ha! Fear not, I probably will at some point!
  • Crevette (5 years 9 months): “It looks yucky, but it tastes yummy!”
  • Beanie (3 years 7 months) would not touch it; simply because of its aspect (I cannot blame her, really!).
  • Jumpy (1 year 6 months) just kept asking for more. It was like she was in a trance. She was so enthusiastic about it that I reserved a bit for her and froze it in her ice lolly moulds.
  • I loved it and had just over half a pint and felt full for a good four hours, which is quite rare for me at the moment. I am 35 weeks pregnant and I eat absolutely everything I crave whenever I fancy it. I can eat a lot (and I do!). That stopped me for a few hours and in the process reduced the awful heartburn that has been bothering me constantly for the past few weeks.

Super Smoothie - Dairy Free & Vegan - Perfect for the Whole Family



Super Smoothie

Healthy, Nutritious, Dairy Free & Vegan
Servings 2 pints


  • - 6 dried apricots
  • - 3 slices dried mango
  • - 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • - 1 ½ cups cranberry juice
  • - 1 large handful of curly kale stalks removed and sliced
  • - 2 oranges quartered and peeled
  • - 1 pear cored and diced
  • - 2 ripe bananas peeled and sliced


  1. Start by chopping the dried fruit finely and soaking it in the cranberry juice for about half an hour.
  2. In the meantime, peel and chop the rest of the fruit.
  3. Blend all ingredients together.
  4. Serve straight away and enjoy!
Tasty Tuesdays on


  1. 06/05/2014 / 10:56 pm

    I love that you’ve added dried fruit – and what a great way to soften it. I think Jumpy’s response was the best! Can’t imagine my Milin doing the same sadly, again, because of the look of this. It sounds divine though. Thanks for sharing it with us x

    • 06/05/2014 / 11:02 pm

      I know, the look is not a winner, but if you close your eyes, it works!

  2. adeline
    06/05/2014 / 10:57 pm

    là j’avoue je sais pas si je vais la tester celle-là!!!! je me sens toute proche de Beanie dis-donc!!!!!

    • 06/05/2014 / 11:00 pm

      Tu me fais rire! Je t’en ferai un la prochaine fois que tu viens chez moi, juste pour voir ta tête!

  3. adeline
    06/05/2014 / 11:04 pm

    Avec un cocktail de fruits aussi vitaminé, pas étonnant que tu ne sois pas encore au dodo!!!! petite crevette doit remuer dans tous les sens!

    • 06/05/2014 / 11:10 pm

      Elle a la patate cette petite! Il faudrait que je me couche. Et toi alors? Il est minuit passé en France!

  4. 07/05/2014 / 5:26 am

    Sounds like you all had a lot of fun in the process, and I’m sure they tasted delish – which is the most important thing. Love it when other blogs are the inspiration behind a post 🙂 #TastyTuesdays

    • 07/05/2014 / 10:30 am

      Alex, Jenny and Sarah did a much better job than me at making their smoothies so they definitely deserved a mention! I also doubt I would have tried making my own had I not read they brilliant posts. Mine looked rather awful I have to admit and the lumpiness does not sell it well, but it really tasted yummy for a first ever attempt.

  5. 07/05/2014 / 6:22 am

    The ingredients all look incredible, and are all personal faves. I have to admit that smoothies are often bought not made in our home. Feeling inspired to give this a go. Thank you for the lovely comments on my blog. I’ve been following your for a while and I voted for your in the Bibs! Good Luck! x #TastyTuesday

    • 07/05/2014 / 10:27 am

      Thank you so much, Emily. I did not expect that! (Huge grin!) Same here, we normally buy them but I have to say they taste really lovely when they have just been made. Not sure that would justify spending tons of money on a decent smoothie blender, but I am sure they are worth it.

  6. sarahhillwheeler
    07/05/2014 / 6:24 am

    Thanks for the mention Mel. I think your smoothie looks lovely…. am actually drooling over the fruit pictures (though I also have to confess a little bit of me is seeing the potential for some summer cocktails by a small addition). Am really becoming a smoothie convert as they are such a brilliant and quick way of getting your fruit and veg in! And taste amazing too.

    • 07/05/2014 / 10:32 am

      My pleasure! You really inspired me. I quite fancied one with yoghurt like yours but Jumpy would not have been able to have it so I am glad I gave it a miss as she really was the biggest fan of my green lumpy drink (ha!).

  7. 07/05/2014 / 6:26 am

    arh yes, babies love smoothies!! Thomas can’t get enough- even when one of my concoctions go wrong! haha I love that Jumpy liked it 🙂 I think it look kinda pretty 🙂 and anything that makes a pregnant feel full is a winner in my book! xx

    • 07/05/2014 / 11:57 pm

      Are you suggesting my concoction might have gone wrong, Susan? Ha ha, hubby would agree (and looking at the photos with an objective eye, I think I might join you, too!). It did taste nice but next time, I might go for ‘strawberries and bananas with a splash of orange juice’. Simple, low-risk, not green! x

      • 10/05/2014 / 2:02 pm

        hahaha no no no!!! not at allll!!!! I was talking about myself!! I’ve made smoothie mistakes a lot- sometimes I even have to tip them down the sink…what a waste! xx

        • 10/05/2014 / 6:53 pm

          Well, I would not go that far, what did you put in it to have to throw it down the sink?

  8. Sarah (@tamingtwins)
    07/05/2014 / 7:19 am

    I’m a bit of a smoothie obsessive, but I never use dried fruits. Sounds yum. If you want to get them as smooth as possible, my top tip is blending the greens and the liquid first until it’s green water, then adding everything else. I find it gives the best consistency 🙂 (There’s a great site called Simple Green Smoothies where I got that tip from.) x

    • 07/05/2014 / 11:54 pm

      Thanks for the tip, I will try that next time (or maybe avoid the dried fruit altogether and put some honey in!). x

  9. 07/05/2014 / 8:16 am

    Sounds like a lovely smoothie! I’m new to the whole kale thing (only just started getting it in my veg box last year) but I’m going to have to try it in a smoothie. Not sure my blender is up to the challenge though! Popping over from #tastytuesdays (and congrats on your Bibs2014 shortlisting!)

    • 07/05/2014 / 10:24 am

      Thanks Elizabeth. You really cannot taste the kale at all in the smoothie so if you do not mind the green finish and have a half-decent blender (or old soup one like mine), it is a nice smoothie!

  10. Tina M Holmes
    07/05/2014 / 9:55 am

    Mmmmm yummy, never thought of using a dry fruit in a smoothie.#tastytuesdays

    • 07/05/2014 / 11:53 pm

      It might have been the reason for the lumpy texture, but it made it really sweet!

  11. Alexandra Mercer (Life of mummy)
    07/05/2014 / 11:38 am

    Thank you for mentioning my post. A Vitamix is the best machine you can get to make smoothies but it does a lot more than just that. We freeze left over smoothies into ice lollies too, no need for any waste that way. My one year old also loves smoothies, can’t get enough of them!

    • 07/05/2014 / 1:54 pm

      No worries Alex, it is a brilliant read! I have just looked up Vitamix on Amazon and I am afraid it will have to wait, haha! A KitchenAid is first on my wish list of expensive gear for the kitchen, but I would not even know where to put it (our kitchen is functional but tiny). I wasn’t sure about freezing the smoothie (because of the kale and banana – would not normally freeze ‘salad’ or bananas) but the ice lollies for Jumpy turned out lovely, and your comment is reassuring me. x

  12. 07/05/2014 / 6:58 pm

    I wish you lived closer and I would order one from you! Ha! Just yummy! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

    • 07/05/2014 / 10:46 pm

      Really? I am not sure I would order one from me again (green, lumpy). It did taste yummy, though! Always a pleasure to link to TastyTuesdays. x

  13. 09/05/2014 / 9:43 am

    I can see why it might not appeal to everyone in terms of colour but I can imagine how good it tastes. I used to make smoothies all the time for my daughter but have got out of the habit recently.

    • 09/05/2014 / 8:36 pm

      You have phrased this so kindly, Iona; it made me giggle! x

  14. 09/05/2014 / 10:52 am

    What a co-incidence; my husband made our first smoothie yesterday. I’m not sure what was in it, I could taste cress, but it was delicious despite looking like toxic waste! #PoCoLo

    • 09/05/2014 / 8:34 pm

      ‘Toxic waste’ is such a great description! I am not sure I would put cress in a smoothie… I might be a bit less adventurous than your husband.

  15. 09/05/2014 / 12:00 pm

    Great recipe! I have a go at making smoothies every now and again and get the same reaction from the kids…”it has bits in it…yuck!” Hey ho, I like them…but have never been brave enough to add kale. I reserve that for putting in the oven with a bit of olive oil and pepper till nice and crispy!

    • 09/05/2014 / 8:32 pm

      The kale did not alter the taste in any way (but it gave the concoction the greenish colour…). Great idea about baking the kale. I will try that if we buy it again. x

  16. 09/05/2014 / 2:06 pm

    Go you for being so adventurous! I’m not sure about the look but you certainly sell the taste in your description, I might well have to give it a whirl! #TastyTuesdays

    • 09/05/2014 / 8:19 pm

      Ha ha, I agree: it does not look good! I will have to work on texture and colour. x

  17. 09/05/2014 / 5:11 pm

    I super love smoothies / juicing! I was addicted cuz its so easy! But its got a bit too much on the budget =P #pocolo

    • 09/05/2014 / 8:23 pm

      I agree with you Merlinda, it could be expensive to make smoothies, but in this case, we bought just a couple of things and used what we had in the house so it did not cost very much at all. Mel

  18. @katgrant30
    09/05/2014 / 10:00 pm

    Ooh… I have loads of dried fruit left over from my annual Christmas cake bake off… This had totally inspired me to try whizzing them up sometime! 🙂 #PoCoLo x

    • 10/05/2014 / 11:10 am

      Have a go; it made the smoothie really sweet! x

  19. 10/05/2014 / 6:05 pm

    Yum. This is next on my list. My current favourite is frozen raspberries, strawberries, grapes, blueberries and a splash of cherry juice. And that one is a beautiful dark pink colour!

    • 10/05/2014 / 6:52 pm

      That sounds perfect, and my kind of colour, but do you think I would manage to blend frozen fruit with my old soup blender? Would not want to break it as I love the 20 year old thing! X

  20. Victoria Welton
    11/05/2014 / 9:54 pm

    I am feeling REALLY unhealthy at the moment so this sounds perfect! I will put those ingredients on my next shopping list. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

    • 11/05/2014 / 10:02 pm

      Let me know if you have a go at making it, Victoria! x

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