24 Nov // Liquid diet: the fruit toast edition

I'm currently doing that thing where I have a couple of writing pieces to desperately finish but I'm procrastinating with a blog post, just to get a sense of achievement and to remind myself that I can write and that everything is going to be ok. Yesterday, amongst dealing to said deadlines alongside sending a bazillion emails regarding a reasonably all-encompassing project I'm currently tits-deep in, I had to go to the dentist and spend basically all my savings on my teeth. I left with an empty wallet and a numb mouth, and soft foods and smoothies was all I wanted. Less is more when it comes to smoothies I reckon: I so often think those fancy ones you see on menus have one too many difficult-to-pronounce ingredients, and often don't actually taste that good.

My post-dentist pre-deadline visit to Farro Fresh coincided with the release of Fix and Fogg peanut butter's Fruit Toast flavour. Fruit toast is one of my all time favourite foods, and although as a kid PB was not my toast spread of choice, since a couple of years back learning about Fix and Fogg and interviewing owner Roman Jewell for a Herald piece, I've been a bit obsessed. They have a dark chocolate peanut butter (omg honestly) and a Smoke and Fire (chilli and smoked paprika), and their straight up crunchy is just so damn good. I'd heard about the fruit toast one - cinnamony, raisinny, and with bits of dried apple - and I fortuitously arrived at Farro as it was being freshly unboxed onto the shelves. I also bought a punnet of fat, ripe strawberries, and together they made an absolutely banging smoothie. I managed to drink it without dribbling (praise be), and keeping with the soft-food theme I bought crumpets, just to really double down on the peanut butter experience. 

It was all excellent, I'm a huge fan, and the smoothie especially was one of the best I've had in a while. Highly recommended early summer drinking, numb mouth or otherwise. 

strawberry fruit toast peanut butter banana smoothie

Sorry about the long name, I was going to call it 'fruit toast smoothie' but then it's fruit toast peanut butter, and also the strawberries are important, and so is the banana. So here we are. 

Ingredients

1 frozen banana, or one banana and a small handful of ice

A decent handful of fresh strawberries (I bought a punnet and put all but two in the smoothie)

A decent pour of good quality natural or greek yoghurt (maybe half a cup if it's thick?) 

A sprinkle of LSA (linseed, sunflower seeds and ground almonds mix)

A wee splash of good quality vanilla extract 

About half a cup of almond milk (or whatever milk you want) - add more depending on how thick you like your smoothies 

1 decent spoonful (do what your heart tells you) of Fix and Fogg's Fruit Toast Peanut Butter (note: you could just use peanut butter)

Method

Blend all ingredients in a blender until very well blended. Taste and adjust as necessary, and then drink and enjoy!