I recently bought a new food processor. My old model kicked the dust after a few years. It had served me well as I used it every other day, but I thought it time to invest, like a real grown up, in a fancy pants model, opting for a Magimix 3100.

Now as I’m sure you know, these aren’t cheap, so I’m keen to use this even more regularly than the last. Watch this space therefore for homemade pizza bases, sauces and soups as well as January’s favourite; the healthy breakfast smoothie.

You can pretty much throw anything in with juice or milk and it will be edible. A bit of fine tuning has been required however to figure out how much you want of each ingredient. Bananas or avocados are a must – they bind the mixture and make it creamy. Likewise, almond milk, apple juice or a decent amount of ice cubes are vital if you want to drink it (rather than eat it with a spoon) – A lot of the smoothie recipes below are quite thick, so if you fancy them runnier, add more milk or fruit juice to thin it out.

 

For all recipes, simply add all solid ingredients to the food processor and blitz for 3 minutes total.  If the list of ingredients includes milk, apple or orange juice then add this after 2 minutes and leave the processor to continue for another minute. 

If you want to make this in advance, prep and chop the fruit and place in the freezer. When you add to the food processor, you can leave out the ice cubes, but you’ll need to add a generous splash of apple juice or almond milk to loosen the mixture.

All recipes make 2 glasses

 

Kale, mint and ginger smoothie

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 apple
  • 1 handful of kale (tough stalks removed)
  • a thumb size piece of ginger
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • small bunch of mint leaves
  • 8 ice cubes

 

Raspberry, banana and almond milk smoothieRaspberry, banana and almond milk smoothie

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 apple
  • 2 handfuls of frozen raspberries (approx 120g)
  • a glass of almond milk (use the glass you intend to pour the smoothie into)

 

Pear, honey and cinnamon smoothiePear, honey and cinnamon smoothie

  • 1 banana
  • 2 pears
  • 2 apples
  • a generous squidge of honey
  • a pinch of cinnamon
  • a glass of almond milk

 

 Summer fruit smoothieSummer fruit smoothie

  • 1 plum
  • 1 peach
  • 1 nectarine
  • a handful of blueberries
  • 200g of yogurt (roughly half a big tub)
  • a drizzle of honey