Sunday, 18 May 2014

Rose and Barley grass Bliss smoothie!

If bliss were in a glass, this smoothie would be it. I have no clue why it never occurred to me to try rose in a smoothie before, especially as we enjoy so many of them in our house!

I brought some beautiful rosewater to make some tasty chocolates with this week. Before my healthy eating ways, I was a sucker for some Fry's Turkish Delight! The love for that combination of rose and chocolate never really went away and I was determined to try and satisfy it. They're a work in progress that I really hope to share with you soon, but the whole process got me thinking what else I could do with rose water.

As a result, I discovered not one, but two amazing recipes this week. The first was a take on a traditional Tudor almond milk recipe, with a hint of rose water. Yup, you heard it right! Almond milk isn't a new thing, its been around for 500 years as a tasty and clever way for those Tudor's (who could afford it) to get around the dairy ban at lent. The addition of rosewater makes it really something special. I made up my standard almond milk recipe and added a teaspoon of the rosewater to it. This gave a delicate flavour that wasn't at all overpowering, you've really got to try it!

The second was this smoothie, and it totally blew me away! It's not often that you get such a new and interesting flavour combination in a smoothie, so I was really surprised by this, I've actually enjoyed it for breakfast the past 3 days! It will amaze you how much green stuff is packed into it too, as all you'll notice is the delicate and floral flavour of the rose and sweet berries.

Rose and Barley grass Bliss!

2 cups of almond milk
1/2 an avocado
1 tbsp barley grass powder
A big handful of lambs lettuce (or green of your choice)
10 drops of vanilla or original stevia
1/4 tsp vanilla bean powder
1 tbsp flax oil
1 cup of frozen mixed berries (organic is possible)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Blitz everything together until smooth and creamy in a high speed blender. We love our Enpee blender as an affordable alternative to Vitamix or Blendtec, but with just as much power and great results!