Summer Daze Smoothie



1 banana

200mls of fresh pineapple juice

½ a fresh mango

juice from half a lemon

1/3 cup of fresh orange juice



Chill all your ingredients in the fridge.

Blend everything and enjoy.


Servings:  Serves 1

Time: Takes about 5 minutes.

Freeze: N/A

Pineapple & Apricot Juice




1 cup of fresh pineapple juice

1 cup of apricots, halved and stones removed

the juice from 1 lime




Yields: 1 serve

Time: 5 minutes

Notes: I LOVE lime but the acidity from the pineapple may be enough for you, so taste this and then decide if you want the lime as well.

I also think this would be gorgeous with a little fresh ginger.

Spiced Apricot & Almond Smoothie


This reminds me of some of the drinks I had in Oman in 2011. They were rich, “creamy” and often sweetened with dates.



1 cup of almond milk

fresh apricots, stone removed . I used 4 but they were tiny. I measured them in a cup to make it a and it was 1/2-3/4 of a cup of apricots.

½ teaspoon of allspice

1-2 teaspoons of pure maple syrup



BLEND. BLEND. BLEND…..till smooth.


This would be a perfcet way to start the day and would be gorgeous made raw with home made almond milk and dates.


Yields: 1 serve

Time: 5 minues

Notes:  Almond milk is available in pretty much any supermarket these days in the UHT milk section.

Not Egg…Nog

I was first introduced to egg nog when I lived in Canada many years ago and I loved it. So when thinking about Xmas recipes this year, I was determined to create a dairy and egg free nog.

I researched how people were doing it and found some used avocados, some bananas, or vanilla pudding mix and also tofu. My first shot at it I tried using silken tofu to mimic the thickness, but I ended up with a really earthy flavour. Second time I simply made custard and added maple syrup to sweeten it. It was lovely, simple and I am thrilled!

Next time I am going to make it with a non gluten free custard powder though and may even use a little more so it’s slightly thicker but I tell you…I drank my weight in this yesterday at our xmas lunch.


4 tablespoons of custard powder. (I used Orgran gluten free Custard Powder which I get from the health food shop. I simply followed the instructions on the packet)

1 litre of Bonsoy. (Bonsoy is available most anywhere these days. The price varies drastically though so shop around. The cheapest I have found it to date is at my local organic grocer where if you buy a slab of 6 they work out to $4 each.)

1 vanilla bean, split lengthways and seeds removed. Don’t stress if you don’t’ have a vanilla bean. It just makes the nog a little more special.

1/4 cup of maple syrup (or sugar, or agave, or brown rice syrup)

2 shots of brandy

2 shots of rum

cinnamon & nutmeg to taste



Make the custard as per the packet, using the 4 tablespoons of custard and the litre of Bonsoy.

Then whisk in the rest of your ingredients. Allow the mixture to cool, then refrigerate.

When you serve  the cooled nog dust it with some cinnamon sugar.

# If you want it to also be soy free just use a different plant milk 🙂



Juice Cleanse

I really needed this, this morning.



1 granny smith apple

1 green pear

2 lemons

1 inch of fresh ginger

#optional cayenne



Juice the apple, pear and lemons.

Blend the ginger through the juice and add a little cayenne if you wish.


Servings:  Serves 1

Time: 5 minutes.

Freeze: N/A

Elderflower Lemonade w/ Pomegranate Seeds


Elderflower Cordial (I get this on the lower shelves of the cordial section of some Coles and Woolworths)


pomegranate seeds for garnish


YOU DO Mix 1 tablespoon of Elderflower cordial and chilled lemonade into a sherry or martini glass. Drop loads of pomegranate seeds into each glass.


Maple, Lime & Ginger…ade

Think warm summer’s day, soft breeze, the scent of rosemary & sage floating from the kitchen as your nut roast cooks, the “cheesecake” is setting in the fridge….Family and/or friends throughout the garden, the laughter of children and a full chilled glass of this..

…OR a quiet child free do and a glass of this with a generous dash of vodka :”..!



½ cup of pure maple syrup

½ cup of water

¼ cup of freshly squeezed lime juice

ginger ale

lime wedges for serving



Put the maple syrup and water in a pot, whisk them together and bring to the boil. Simmer gently for a few minutes. Turn the heat off and whisk through the lime juice. Place in the fridge till chilled.

Pour equal amounts of the maple and lime mixture into 4 glasses filled with ice and top up with ginger ale.

Serve with lime wedges


Servings:  Serves 4

Time: I haven’t timed this one.


Pine Apple & Lime Juice


Make a big batch of this and fill a jug with loads of mint and some slices of lime and offer it the kids instead of cordial.

Or skip the toast and enjoy this for breakfast.



1 cup of fresh, chopped pineapple

1 very large granny smith apple, roughly chopped

1 juicy lime, skin removed

#optional fresh ginger to taste

1 handful of fresh mint



Put the pineapple, apple, lime & fresh ginger if you are using it through your juicer.

Half fill a tall glass with ice, add the mint and pour the mixed juices over the top.


Yields: 1 serve

Time: 5 minutes

Notes: Refrigerate your fruits until they are nicely chilled before you juice them.

Hazelnut & Coconut Iced Coffee


I had an iced coffee a while ago and it just didn’t hit the mark. So I had a go at my own version of iced coffee, with one of my favourite plant based milks ~ hazelnut!



1 cup hazelnut milk

1/2 cup of strong espresso coffee

2 teaspoons of pure maple syrup

a couple of generous scoops of your favourite plant based ice cream. (I used coconut ice cream)

a handful of ice blocks



Blend the hazelnut milk, coffee and the maple syrup until well combined.

Put the ice in a tall glass. Pour the milk and coffee mix over the top of the ice and top with your ice-cream.



Time:  5 minutes

Yields:  1 large or 2 small serves

Peppermint Milkshake

This is why I love food! The diversity of what and how you can prepare a dish is incredible.

This needs no cow’s milk, no ice-cream…yet feels just as naughty and delicious as it’s counterparts, because the xanthium gum gives it the same consistency of a milkshake and the ice gives it, it’s chill factor 🙂

The 1st step is crucial. Believe me. My 1st trial I just threw the xanthum gum into the milk and blended it and I ended up with nasty little lumps. It turns out that xanthium gum is so incredibly fine that it sticks to itself so it needs to be ground down with another dry ingredient before being added to a wet ingredient.



1 gram of xanthum gum (I got mine from my local health food shop)

1 tablespoon of cocoa

2 tablespoons of maple syrup

500mls of chilled rice milk

peppermint essence to taste

6 ice cubes



Grind the xanthum gum and cocoa together with a mortar and pestle.

Place the rice milk in a blender and add the xanthum gum and cocoa mixture a little bit at a time and blend. Keep adding until it is all in the rice milk, blending each time.

Add the cocoa and maple syrup and blend. Carefully add a few drops of peppermint essence at a time until you are happy with the flavour and blend.

Add the ice cubes, blend and serve 🙂


Serves: 2

Time: 10 minutes

Freeze: N/A

Notes:  If you don’t want to use essence you could infuse a mint flavour into the milk by slowly bringing the milk to the boil with a heap of fresh, washed mint leaves. Allow it to cool, remove the leaves and refrigerate the milk until chilled and then proceed with the steps above.