Chocolate milkshake with coconut milk and cacao

chocolate milkshake
chocolate milkshake

Oh bonjour chocolate milkshake that’s really delicious, healthy and feeds you and a friend.

Makes just over 1 Mason jar but it’s really filling so 4 kids or 2 adults

 2 bananas
¼ cup cacao
splash of vanilla essence
¼ desiccated coconut
4-6 dates depending on size and sweetness, make sure you take the pips out
1 ¼ cups coconut milk
1 tsp coconut nectar, honey, maple syrup….if you like it sweeter

Whizz it all up together in a high speed blender until totally smooth!

And if you want to be jazzy and do the coconut around the top of the glass…melt some honey on a plate, turn the jar upside down and roll in the runny honey and then do the same on a plate of desiccated coconut and it should all stick.

Photos Jase Hancox, Colab Creative

Fresh pineapple, coconut water, lime and vodka cocktail with mint

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“If you like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain.
If you’re not into yoga, if you have half-a-brain.
If you like making love at midnight, in the dunes of the cape.
I’m the lady you’ve looked for, write to me, and escape.”

I just started writing my version of the lyrics to the Pina Colada song and decided to google them since it would be horrendously embarrassing if I did a whoopsie and got them wrong, and boy oh boy am I glad I did. It turns out I had made up pretty much all the words. It’s a bit like the time I was singing Success by Iggy Pop to my sister and she was like “You do realise it’s “here comes Success” not here comes sexy ass” and I thought it was hilarious and that it probably would have been a better song with my stupid lyrics! No offence to Mr Iggy Pop!

This Pina Coladary style cocktail is funky, fresh, dangerously delicious and and in my opinion can’t possibly give you a hangover! You have the naughty Vodka, the least naughty of all the alcohols and then pineapple which is mega high in vitamin C and B which is apparently great to help your body while your partying away. And of course coconut water which everyone has heard does wonders for you, especially when your hungover so why not prepare yourself the night before! It really must be the best weekend cocktail to get the night started, especially if like me you can’t take any of the sugary mixers and think that hangovers are pretty stinky. So get your coconut bra on, dance around the kitchen with some tropical tunes whizzing away with your blender and of course a cocktail umbrella in your drink and a flower behind your ear. 

Food from Flossie Pineapple cocktail

Food from Flossie Pineapple cocktail

Makes enough for 4 glasses

½ pineapple
1 cup of ice
2 cups chilled coconut water ( I use CoAqua)
1 cup vodka (best kept in the freezer)
2 limes 
Fresh mint

Prepare the pineapple by removing the core and the skin and add to your high speed blender. Add the vodka, ice, coconut water, juice of one of the limes, 2 mint leaves and blend until super smooth. Pour into the glasses and squeeze in a lime wedge and serve with a sprig of mint. Enjoy getting silly without your head feeling like a willy.

Another must have cocktail tune to add to your playlist “Kokomo by The Beach Boys”

Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I wanna take you to
Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama
Key Largo Montego,
baby why don’t we go
Ooh I wanna take you down to Kokomo,
we’ll get there fast
and then we’ll take it slow
That’s where we wanna go,
way down in Kokomo.

Photo credit and proffesional cocktail drinker award to Camilla Rutherford 

Chocolate, peanut butter and banana smoothie

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Mmmmm, my new obsession with the Vitamix is making nut butters. I had a delicious peanut and chocolate butter at a friends house the other day and it inspired me to make a big pot of my own at home. It’s super easy to make and you can put any nuts in it you fancy. Personally I like a mix, half peanut and half a mix of almonds and hazelnuts, woohoooo for posh, all natural homemade nut butter. When I made my first batch I tried it on toast which was yummy then discovered that mixed with banana it’s freaking delicious, so that was one pot gone in a day.

Then today feeling slightly fuzzy headed from a wild fancy dress party where I got to dress as Barbie (it was awesome I got to wear all pink! Unfortunately my date went as a Bogen and looked pretty creepy) I needed something sweet and yummy in my tummy  that was going o help get rid of my party headache. I got a big load of the most delicious coconut water from CoAqua this week so I decided to jazz up my smoothie with a bottle of that and some of my peanut butter and hells yes it was so creamy and delicious, it tastes like you are drinking something really naughty too so I’ve saved mine for pudding tonight after we watch some movies. 

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Peanut, cacao butter – makes one big jar
3 cups toasted peanuts
2/3 coconut oil, hard from the pot
2 tbsp honey 
2 tbsp cacao powder
 
Makes enough for 2 smoothies
1/3 cup cacao, peanut butter
2 bananas
1 CoAqua coconut water or 250ml of any other kind

To make the peanut butter melt the coconut oil and honey together and add to the Vitamix with the peanuts and cacao and a couple of pinches of salt….to however you like it to taste. Blend until it’s all smooth unless you like it a bit crunchy. Everyone likes their peanut butter different so add more salt or honey if you want it sweeter or saltier.

To make the smoothie, just put all the ingredients n the blender and wizz until it’s all creamy and smooth. Pour into a milk bottle and drink it through a fun straw to sparkle up your day!

If you don’t have time to make the peanut butter just add some shop bought butter and chuck in about a tbsp of cacao powder.