This is a great store cupboard breakfast that’s quite decadent. All you need is canned coconut milk and frozen berries. Too easy.
I’ve used a mixture of blueberries and raspberries, but pretty much any combination of frozen berries will work. If you happen to have a stash of fresh berries, just add in a few ice cubes to get the temperature right.
1 cups coconut milk
2 large handfuls frozen berries
1. Shake coconut milk can and place in a blender or food processor with the berries and 1 cup chilled water.
2. Whizz until smooth – a minute or so. Taste and add more berries if needed.
3. Some people might like a little bit of sugar as well.
Smoothies loose their lovely light foaminess if left to sit for more than about half an hour. You could make in advance then keep in the fridge and whizz again before serving.
Will keep in the fridge for a few days. See note above re. rewhizzing before serving.
variations for fun
dairy-lovers – replace the coconut milk with your favourite regular milk. Goats milk would also be lovely.
coconut-free – replace coconut milk with almond milk or other milk substitute. Look out to make sure your milk substitute isn’t pre-sweetened as that can make the smoothie too sweet.
decadent – add a few scoops of vanilla ice cream. And maybe serve for dessert instead of breakfast.
different fruit – feel free to use different fruit. I quite like pear & vanilla smoothies – replace the berries with 2 small chopped ripe pears and add in a little vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste.
problem solving guide
too bland? – Add more berries!
too creamy -coconut milk varies quite a bit in concentration and fat content. Add a little more water if you find it too rich.
too watery – again, blame your coconut milk. Add more berries if you have them or some more coconut milk.
too hot– for me a smoothie has to be icey cold to be lovely. Here we’re relying on the berries and the chilled water to cool down the coconut milk. If it’s a really hot day you might like to add in a few ice cubes to help things along. Or keep your coconut milk in the fridge.
too tart – even frozen berries can vary in their sweetness. Add more berries or a few pinches of sugar to balance out the acid.
‘off’ flavour – if your berries have been floating around the freezer for too long, they will pick up what I call a ‘freezer off flavour’. It’s not going to hurt you but is nowhere near as pleasant as it could be. Next time use fresher frozen berries.
Great as a light breakfast on it’s own. OR serve as a healthy dessert.
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