When Plant Based Cooks first asked me to write an article for their magazine, with a fall-related recipe, my first thoughts were of pumpkin and spices but then I thought there are so many recipes for that kind of thing already. Later on, that night while I was out for a walk I stumbled across a wild blackberry bush in the woods. After I got in I decided that’s what I wanted to do, there is nothing more fall related in England than a wild blackberry bush. So I did some research about what flavours work best with blackberries, I eventually decided on pear and almond as the matching flavours.
After I knew what flavours I wanted to include the next thing I always try and figure out is how I want the finished dish to look, this also helps with deciding on measurements of ingredients and what form I want them to come in.
So off back into the woods, I went, basket in hand to pick some wild blackberries. I don’t think the blackberries being wild effects the flavour, but you can’t beat the fresh air and fighting nettles with stained hands. When I had gathered all the ingredients together its time to make the smoothie and experiment.
Making the actual smoothie is always the best part. It’s where everything comes together, and I get to play with the flavours and the overall look of the end product. The finished smoothie turned out really good with subtle tastes of pear and almond with a nice tangy blackberry punch at the bottom that can be mixed in. I wanted the ingredients to be easily available to everyone, and nothing fancy added in, so everyone can have a go and make this delicious smoothie at home.
The ingredients that I have included in this smoothie give an amazing hit of vitamin E and antioxidants with the whole almonds and blackberries. And because there’s a whole serving of almonds in here it will keep you full right up until lunch with 6g of natural protein. The blackberries and pear offer a nice vitamin C hit which is perfect for the upcoming cooler months. The best part about this smoothie is that every time you make it, it turns out different with the colours and effect, it’s like tie dye for food.
- 23 almonds
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 1tbs chia seeds
- 1 very ripe William pear
- 6 small ice cubes
- 55g blackberries
- 1tsp of water
- 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
- Place all ingredients except the blackberry layer in your blender, blend until nice and smooth and thick.
- While its processing mash your blackberries with a fork in the vanilla and water.
- When its all ready place your blackberry mix in the bottom and slowly pour over the pear and almond mixture.
- Now because the almond mixture it heavier it will start to blend together creating the tie dye effect.
Hello my name is Helen and I am from the north of the UK, I am fairly new to being plant based. I started it as a way to eliminate all problem foods from my diet in a bid to help my crohn’s disease. I’ve found following this way of eating has vastly improved my systems day to day and has helped cut down the number of big flare ups that I will have throughout the year. I’ve always had a passion for cooking and undertook catering when I left school, but never took things any further. When I started experimenting in the kitchen with different ingredients and methods of cooking, I fell in love all over again. I then decided to start my blog to share some of my creations. A year onwards I now realize that this is what I want to do with my life, to turn my cooking into something more and share my passion with the rest of the world.